The almighty Skogafoss falls in Iceland are a sight to behold.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in the Skógar museum.
A walking trail around the Lake Trahlyta in Vogel State Park features an optional side trail down to a viewing platform for the Trahlyta waterfall. The platform at the bottom of the fall is very easy to access and the visitors can enjoy this beautiful waterfall right in front of you.
Every year, VIPs and members of the Royal Emirates family attend the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Race Course, and only they have access the race course by crossing this spectacular bridge.
In order to elevate the prominence of this route and to create an architectural landmark in the city, it was decided that the bridge should be illuminated. The project required a maintenance-free linear solution that would emit blue light and that could be easily integrated into the architecture and blend seamlessly with the undulations of the bridge.
The illuminated bridge creates a spectacular display of blue ribbons against the night sky, so I went there at night to capture some photos of this stunning landmark.
After a long day in a desert safari in Dubai, I decided to visit the Jumeirah Beach to watch the sunset and to take some photos of the famous Burj Al Arab hotel. To start, the beach was packed, and it was very difficult to find a parking spot, so after driving around several minutes, I finally found an available parking space and just in time for the sunset I walked to the beach.
The sun was decending quickly, and when it was almost set in the horizon, the whole scene turned into those red-orange tones. I didn't expect such spectacle.
Our cruise ship went to Isafjordur, a little fishing town with no much to see other than visiting the nearby waterfalls. We rented a car and we drove one and a half hour to the Dynjandi waterfall, and driving along the edge of the fjords and then up over the mountains is itself a unique experience.
Dynjandi waterfall is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords, and it is somehow unique because is not only one but a collection of seven small falls, with the largest one and most spectacular at the top. We arrived to the parking and there were just few cars already there, so I took the time enjoying the path to the top and once there I saw the most amazing views of the Westfjords.
I remember I read about the Dunrobin Castle long time ago, but I could never imagine that I would visit that spectacular landmark.
Our cruise included in its itinerary one stop near Inverness, Scotland, we usually rent a car to drive around on our own but we couldn't find a car rental agency near the port so we had to buy some of the offshore excursions offered by Holland America. Fortunately they were offering tours to this castle which was an excellent choice because that place has stunning gardens and a falconry show that was really fun to watch.
A history note, the Dunrobin Castle has been the home of Earls and Dukes of Sutherlabd for centuries. Dunrobin is the most northerly of Scotland's Stately Homes. 189 rooms and is one of Britain's oldest continuously occupied houses, it dates in part to the early 1300's.
The Cathedral Cove is definitely one of those places that people have to visit once in a lifetime.
I always thought about watching the sunrise in this secluded beach, but it wasn't possible that time, the drive from Auckland to the visitor parking area near the beach was around 3 hours, I remember I woke up so early that day around 3:30am but still the drive during the night in a country I was visiting for first time was kind of a challenge. After arriving to the parking area, you will be walking another half an hour to get to the beach and the cave.
After all that effort, I must admit that it was so worth it that I will definitely do it again. I've never had been in a place like that, a magical place. In winter time the beach is empty, so I enjoyed the site all to myself.
The cave and beach were part in the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia", also was used as one of the locations in the music video for the song "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Weeks before traveling to Banff National Park I did some research online on how to find this hidden cave in the Johnston Canyon trail. I didn't have the exact GPS location of the cave but after seeing some videos of other people exploring the place I had a rough idea of where it was located.
We chose a nice day to hike that trail, which is around 3 km's through the forest and along the canyon, there was some snow and ice in some parts of the trail, fortunately I had the ice cleats to wear in my shoes which made the hiking easier.
After an hour or so, I noticed the huge boulder in the picture from the top of the trail and since everything was covered in snow I carefully went down to the base of the rock and then I saw the cave. Amazing indeed! I was the only down there so I took the time to enjoy the place and take several pictures.
With a futuristic design the Peace Bridge in Calgary is another masterpiece of the architect Santiago Calatrava. I've had the oportunity of personally seeing several of his amazing designs around the world, like the Turning Torso in Malmo, the Gare do Oriente train station in Lisbon, the Women Bridge in Buenos Aires, the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin and the Infinity Tower in Dubai, and everytime I'm amazed seeing how his surreal creations seems to defy the law of physics.
This bridge is a pedestrian bridge that accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Bow River, and it's definitely a nice looking attraction for people visiting Calgary.
On our second day in the town of Banff, we decided to visit the Sulphur Mountain. It's a short drive from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel to the base of the mountain where a gondola cable car takes you to the top of the mountain. The night before there was a big snowstorm but still the mountain was open to the public.
When we arrived to the top, the views of the Bow Valley and the town of Banff were jaw-dropping, one of the most beautiful winter landscapes I'd ever seen, with the recently storm the snow was pristine white and still softly falling. Like a winter fairy tale.