2018 was an especially good year for travel. I was fortunate to be able to travel somewhere fun almost every month, both in the US and overseas. Many of the locations were new to me, including a new continent-Africa. I also revisited some of my favorite cities-London, Istanbul and Washington D.C. I have written about my experiences for many of these destinations-but some are still sitting in my draft que, waiting to be finished (one of the resolutions for 2019 before I start traveling again).
I have mentioned before that I love and am constantly drawn to reflection photos. I shot tens of thousands of images over the course of the year, and quite a few were reflections of one form or another. So, here are my favorite reflections from my 2018 travels.
New York, NY – Jan.
The Oculus and the World Trade Center Memorial. This was my first visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York, and despite it being the middle of winter, it was still beautiful.
Washington D.C. – Feb.
Winter is a great time to visit Washington D.C. The monuments and sights are not very busy and the sunsets were spectacular.
Pennsylvania – Feb.
I am fortunate that I live only a few minutes away from Longwood Gardens, one of the premier public gardens in the US. I especially love visiting in winter during the orchid festival when the bright colors and scents offer a brief remedy to the dreary winter weather.
Dubai, UAE – March
I went to Dubai for the biannual Dubai International Quilt Show. While there, I had the chance to also sight see in this one of a kind city.
Abu Dabi, UAE – March
Since I was in the UAE, I also made it a point to go to Abu Dabi and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. With its marble floors and fountains it was a reflection paradise. I was able to photograph it during a variety of light conditions.
Istanbul, Turkey – March
From the UAE, I had the chance to go to Istanbul, Turkey for a week – one of my favorite cities.
Missouri – April
April was a great time of year to explore parts of Missouri – specifically, the areas around the Lake of the Ozarks, Branson and historic Rt. 66 in Springfield.
Tualatin Valley, Oregon – May
Tualatin valley is about 30 minutes west of Portland, Oregon. I had a great time exploring the area’s Quilt Barn Trail and great eateries.
Portland, OR – May
As part of my trip to Oregon, I was also fortunate to be able to spend a few days in Portland. I especially enjoyed exploring the city’s many gardens.
Kenya and Tanzania – July
My husband and I both agree that our trip to Kenya and Tanzania was the best vacation we have ever had. However, since we were driving around on safari in a Land Rover for most of the time, there were not that many opportunities for great reflection photos.
Zanzibar – July
From our Kenya and Tanzania safari, we flew for a few days of beach relaxation on the island of Zanzibar. Though still part of Africa, the island had more of a Caribbean vibe with Arabic overtones. The sunrise over the Indian Ocean was particularly spectacular.
Czech Republic – July
I had been to Prague twice before, but attending a travel blogger’s conference in the Czech Republic gave me the opportunity to see other, less touristy parts of the country.
San Antonio, TX – Sept.
I hadn’t been to San Antonio in almost 30 years. It was fun to rediscover this fun city.
Big Bend National Park, TX– Sept.
The first time I visited Big Bend National Park was in 1990. I had a chance to visit it again and loved it even more. Early September was a great time to visit as it was not that hot anymore and the park had hardly any visitors.
I grew up and went to school in the Midwest, but really have not spent much time there in the last 30 years. I had a chance to do a road trip to some of the best parts of the Midwest in September.
Shawnee Forest, IL – Sept.
I grew up in Illinois but had never visited the southernmost part on the Ohio River. I was pleasantly surprised at how wooded and scenic the area was.
Indianapolis, IN – Sept.
I found Indianapolis to be quite hip and artsy. My art experience started with the large Chihuly glass installation at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
Cleveland, OH – Sept.
I only had a little time in Cleveland, but was amazed at the beautiful lakefront development.
London, England – Nov.
I never tire of visiting London. It’s such a photogenic city. And so very easy to get around.
Marrakesh, Morocco – Nov.
I have wanted to visit Morocco for a long time and finally had the opportunity to visit Marrakesh when I attended an Influencer conference.
I had the opportunity to do a day trip to this Atlantic coast town in Morocco. I loved its laid back artsy vibe. Would have loved to spend more time there.
It really was an excellent travel year. I can only wish that 2019 will be just as fun and exciting.
Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year.