An Out of The Way Place

Your Out of The Way Places – Bayon Temple

This week’s photo comes from Mira, a reader in Germany.  After backpacking through Thailand and Laos, Mira and her boyfriend made their way over to Cambodia.  They decided to rent bikes to get a better feel for the vast remains of the Kymer Empire that once covered the area and whose famous temples at Angkor still draw countless visitors.  It was there she caught this stunning image:

Mmonks on the steps of Bayon Temple.

Monks on the steps of Bayon Temple.

In addition to striking me with its beauty, this photo reminds me of what goes into a truly stunning image.  The weather had decided not to cooperate and as Mira put it “the rain it was more like a waterfall than rain.”  I think we can all be grateful for her willingness to brave muddy roads and torrents of rain and the reminder that what separates a great photo from a mundane one isn’t equipment but the extra mile.   Of course having a sharp eye like hers comes in pretty handy too…

“Having it easy does not surpass having accomplishments;
being wealthy does not surpass being content…”
– Khmer Proverb

 

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Lesser Known Europe – The Baltics

Even before I started out on my life as a nomad I didn’t watch much television.  Still, when a friend of mine recommended I watch the new show “Vikings”, a surprise hit for the History Channel, I couldn’t resist the chance to get some free entertainment that I could pass off as education.  I was even more delighted when the first scene of the first episode featured mass carnage in what it described as the Eastern Baltic, the part of Europe I’m exploring now.

Far from the busy streets of Paris...

Few signs of the past Viking carnage…

The Baltics have come a long way in the last thousand years, but the region – now made up of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – is still largely unknown to the rest of the world.  I’ve been lucky enough to Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy anniversary everyone!  This post marks the three year anniversary of An Out of the Way Place and what a three years it’s been!  In celebration, a special collection of some of the best photos from over the years can be found at the end of this post!

A photo from the Camino de Santiago - the trip that started it all.

A photo from the Camino de Santiago – the trip that started it all.

For those of you with me since the beginning, we’ve seen a lot of the world together.  Over 20 countries, a hike across Spain, an Ironman, a bike trip across Europe, and a trek to Everest base camp:  these have been just a few of the highlights of what has made the last three years the best years of my life and what I hope has been a very entertaining read for all of you!

For those of you who started reading recently, first of all welcome.  While these past three years Continue reading

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Your Out of the Way Places – Naritasan Temple

“You’re so lucky you can just travel around the world!”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that.  While I’m not going to argue about my luck (I think I was assigned extra guardian angels at birth), my travels aren’t the result of incredible luck.  Of course that’s easy for me to say, so rather than using myself as an example; let’s take a look at this week’s reader photo:

This is just a small part of the huge complex of buildings which, despite having room for thousands of people, had only a handful of visitors the day they were there.

This is just a small part of the huge complex of buildings which, despite having room for thousands of people, had only a handful of visitors the day they were there.

This is the Naritasan Shinsoji Buddhist temple in Japan.  This great shot of it was captured by Heather, a regular Continue reading

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Your Photos of An Out of the Way Place

 

It’s too quiet around here lately!  To get things moving this spring I’ve decided to have my first ever interactive series here at An Out of the Way Place.  Here’s how it’s going to work:

1. Go through your photos and find one of An Out of the Way Place you’ve been to.

2. Send me the photo either via the Facebook page or at jason_visco@yahoo.com

3. Tell me where you were when you took it , whether or not you want your name included and any other details you like.

That’s it!

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The Cliffs of Calais at Dawn

Don’t worry about what you write in the email.  I’ll take care of the text.  Come to think of it I’ll even edit the photo if you feel it could use touching up (tell me or I won’t touch it!) so don’t worry about that either.  Don’t worry about anything!  Just send me something you like and would like to share.

About once a week I’ll be sharing a photo from among the ones I’ve received.  I may travel quite a bit, but the more I see the more I realize how much world is out there so lend me a hand!

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