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Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon Portugal

 Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos and National Archaeology Museum in Belem Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery is the most important monument in Lisbon and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the best example of Manueline architecture which is Portuguese late Gothic unique style. It is characterised by an elaborate use of sculptural detail and often includes sea motifs.


Reef Sailing in Great Barrier Reef

I took these photos of Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland off Cairns and Port Douglas during my weekend getaway trip.

For divers and backpacker, North Queensland is a can’t miss place. The reef is considered the largest living coral system on the planet. I booked a sail and dive trip on a small sailing boat with a maximum of 20 people. Winds were too light for us to sail on our journey but this was a charming way to enjoy a beautiful rolling blue sea, spent a relaxing time on the reef and met some new friends on the boat.

The journey took 2 hours to the reef site. This was a very pleasant, low key way to spend a full day visiting the great reef. On the way back to coast, 3 to 4 big, grey dolphins playfully chase our boat. I was too busy and enjoy watching them, totally forget to get some shots. Here are some snap shots from my visit.

Full Day Reef Sail Trip

 Bright blue sky and light winds, the view looking over the water is pretty stunning
























Half Day in Port Douglas




Time to Feast!










Some facts: The Great Barrier Reef Wipeout

It’s Beautiful. It’s Fragile. It’s at risk too.

Today’s paper reported Great reef is in catastrophe. The report says that the reef’s health has decreased dramatically. Half the Great Barrier Reef’s coral has disappeared in the past 27 years and less than a quarter could be left within a decade. I got to admit that south part of Great reef is at risk. It breaks my heart to witness the coral damage and blenching while I was diving there. Without the Barrier Reef most of its tourism will be lost as well.


Related Post: Great Reef, Tropical Queensland


Great Reef, Tropical Queensland

The recent weekend escape, a sailing and diving trip in Great Barrier Reef Cairns. 

The weather was absolutely beautiful. It’s 28 degrees sunny day, not too hot with blue bird skies and a gentle, refreshing sea breeze.

  Sailing, Upolu Reef, Tropical North Queensland 


The Sahara, Morocco Desert

Morocco desert road trip was epic!

I saw a new side of this Western Sahara wonder, it’s beautiful! Glad I got there and watched the Sahara sunset. It’s nothing can describe with words. My tears just naturally came out.

The nomad camp was awesome! When you laid on the sand in complete darkness, the wind, the sand blowing on your body, on your hands, your face and counting shooting stars over your heads with wonderful people camping with.. wowww I wanted to stay longer in the desert. I cannot describe how awesome it was! This journey gives an unforgettable flavour of the Sahara.



Part 1: In the desert

(To continue from my last post..) the second day around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, we finally arrived in Merzouga.

From Marrakesh, across the magnificence of the Atlas Mountains to the gate of the Sahara desert where we stopped and took an hour break in a pleasant hotel and had some great fun in the swimming pool before we hit the desert.


pool in the middle of desert




little shady house on the side of the road for people convenience




power v natural




natural v power




sandy landscape




the gate to the dunes, sun setting



Part 2: Camel Trekking

Well, camel trekking may not be the most comfortable means of travelling for some, but it is undoubtedly a ‘must’ for every traveller as a way to experience the mode of transport of the Berber nomads of the Sahara.

Around 5 o’clock, just two hours before sunset we ride camel with a desert guide at sunset for approx. one and a half hours into the dunes, to the nomad camp. The weather was perfect, the sun was setting, we made it in time to watch the amazing sunset over the huge sand.


nice to meet you my mover buddy




on the move with Zju Zju




eyes the colour of the sands




we are fantastic four




so much bigger than it’s possible to capture in a photo




watching the sunset from behind



Part 3: Meet The Nomads

We arrive to the nomad camp around 6 o’clock where we stayed at the camp for the night.

We first had a welcome mint tea with the nomads in the camp. After dinner the nomads played Berber music for us around the campfire.

We spent the evening around a campfire, slept under nomads tents uncovered around the campfire simply under an amazing, majestic sky I have ever seen in my life. It is one of the perfect place to set up your camera, capture shooting stars and evening shy in complete darkness without light pollution at all.


you are cool!!




light up our life




warm me up




moment of romantic (with a group)




nomads played Berber music around the campfire




goodnight fellows



Part 4: The Third Day

The next morning we woke up at 6 o’clock and we ride camels back to the hotel in Merzouga.

It was another beautiful sunny day, and I was in pure awe at the richness of color in this land. Once we got back to the hotel in Merzouga, we had a shower and breakfast there. After breakfast we got into the vans drove back to Marrakesh.

I did not take much picture on the third day. The tiredness emerged naturally after 3 days constant moving on the road.

Below are few highlights of the Sahara desert on Moroccan land. I have to say that it was an awesome trip. Glad I made it to Sahara – travel halfway around the world to experience the wonder.



berber leading camel in the desert




close your eyes feel the wonder moment, just awesome!




enjoying Berber play African drum 


But also my awesome group I met in the bus, and a beautiful experience. I cannot describe how awesome it was!


inside the bus




Pictures of the desert: Sahara, its landscapes, its men, and Zju Zju.



Wrap up

The beautiful landscape and the nature were the highlights of the desert camp. And look, I felt so little, the desert is just huge.

Travelling with stranger is odd at first. We were a small group. After 2 days with new friends I met in the bus, they surely had contributed a big part in my awesome experience!

I met lots of fabulous people on the road. Not say hi and bye. I mean spending time travelling together, sharing joy, happiness and experience. I would have to say I was so glad that they were encountered into my life of travel.

To say goodbye to a bunch of wanderers was not fun. At the end of the trip I joined three Dutches to Casablanca instead of the original planned destination Fez.

Have you been on a road trip and had a fabulous experience with stranger you met on the road or next to you while travelling? You never know who you’ll sit next to or meet, that’s one way to add excitement to your travel.

Related Post:
Epic Road Trip To Morocco Desert (Part 1)
Camel trekking in Sahara
World Map on Moroccan wall
Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
24 hours in Marrakech Morocco
A stroll in a local Marrakech

See you in Lisbon, Portugal

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