Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bicycling in Autumn

I love riding a bicycle, go to the nearby super market, a short way from home, sometimes also bicycle to the office, biking is the most convenient vehicle for me in this city.

Autumn is the best season in the city, though it's ephemeral. In the last post, I said that "It's autumn now, take a trip to the colorful mountain, climbing, hiking, bicycling, etc". Riding bike in autumn is the wonderful thing, the warm weather, the beautiful views beside the road, exercise bodies easy way.

The longest distance that I have ridden is nearly 60km, it was taken between my hometown and a neighboring county seat, and I and one of my friends, rode the normal bicycle at the age of 17. A damn riding experience that time, but the pleasant memories now.

"Fall Tour", a real rider, who had done twice biking "The Golden Circle, which is actually shaped more like a broken triangle, is a 370-mile route of connecting roads between Haines and Skagway, Alaska". Although be called fall tour, the vacation was full of challenge, the headwind, the squishy trails. What awesome trails they had chosen, attractive scenic showed by the photos, also the fun trip they did.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee and North Carolina

Smoky Mountains,  also the Great Smoky Mountains, are  a mountain range located between Tennessee and North Carolina in the southeastern United States. The mountains are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Why does the name derive from? The rain clouds hank like smoke in the range, and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies.

"The Great Smoky Mountains": A cute family spent their weekend there, had rented a cabin to enjoy the beautiful scenery in and out of the park leisurely. Photos about their lovely kids, faint bear, quite a few elk, the barn with the whole in the middle, and the views of the mountains.

"Our Smoky Mountain vacation": Also about a family vacation, the couple and their toddler, nearly five solid rainy days around the park. They saw an amazing sunrise among foggy cornfields while driving through the heart of Indiana, and got lost while running out to get pizza on Monday, Tuesday they took the tram ride and had free reign of every amazing view. Wednesday was a rough one, U can read more about their last days of vacation fallow the link.

It's autumn now, take a trip to the colorful mountain, climbing, hiking, bicycling, etc.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Paradise Island, Rawa Island

Rawa Island, also named Palau Rawa, an unspoilt coral island off the east of Johor,  Malaysia, is 16 km off Mersing town, and is quite popular with tourists from Singapore and Malaysia. The island is private, owned by the Johor Sultanate. It's a paradise island, the white beaches, palm fringed, the dream blazing sunlight, a cool green, the clear lagoon.

"Palau Rawa": Like the author said, "Sun, Sea and Soft White Sands", night fishing, his wedding shoot, 4 days in the island. A irresistible place, the great wonderful trip.
"Rawa Island '09 : Island In The Sun", A series of posts about her great trip in the island, in the sun. Gorgeous views, Jumping young guys, white sand beach, blue sea. Woo, exactly faultless journey.
"Rawa Island Digital Favourites ! (Part I)", the picture of fantastic beach from her Canon, "Heaven".

The island is so great. I must taste myself.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Small Big City, Basel

Basel is Switzerland's third-largest urban area, "Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine". "A panoramic view of Basel, looking North from the Münster tower over Kleinbasel (smaller Basel)".
Basel, the European cultural center, the Cultural Capital of Switzerland, the University City. Almost 40 museums, the theaters stage plays, opera, and ballet, also the galleries, music stages showed. Like they say: Basel, Culture Unlimited.

"The view from another bridge in Basel", "August 22-23, 2009", the two links both linked one blog, a photo blog, most posts about Pereira Family who live in Basel, some posts contain a lot of photos, several only one picture that posted form iPhone. Well, wonderful life in the city.

"Basel Trip", A trip into Basel, seams only one day. Words with four shots, mentioned the banks of the Rhine river, Swiss Army Knives, and "it was a very enjoyable experience".

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fallingwater, Whose Home

Fallingwater, not a waterfall.
The G-20 Summit held from September 24-25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When i was browsing news through the net, i just wanted to know more about Pittsburgh, so i googled Pittsburgh, fortunately i lost little time on searching Pittsburgh, because i found Fallingwater.

Fallingwater, the residential masterpiece of great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was designed in 1936 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann, was named the "best all-time work of American architecture" and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

"A trip to Falling Water": Special trip to Fallingwater,  they felt that we were within a water fall before they reach the house, and the building evoked tears in her eyes, and then little discussion about the Fallingwater and  Frank Lloyd Wright. At last she said "Falling Waters was one of the most beautiful gifts" that she gave to herself and her family. and "Falling Waters is exceptionally gorgeous!!". It's a exceptionally wonderful travel notes too!

"Inside of Fallingwater": The link titled by me, several photos were shot by author, bring us to the inside of the house, kitchen, parlor.
"Fallingwater trip day 2: August 16, 2009": Just note, little words about three-days trip.

Have a photo trip here, Fallingwater on flickr.com.
"Fallingwater is located in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands and 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The home sits in a scenic, wooded setting on PA Route 381 between the quaint villages of Mill Run and Ohiopyle."  We can learn from the traveler's guide on Fallingwater.org.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Living on Saipan Island

Saipan, Located in the Northern Mariana Islands of the South Pacific, is the largest island and capital of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Saipan is a beautiful island, the ocean, the beach, wonderful for hiking, but the battle on the island during World War II was violent and merciless, vestiges could be seen on Saipan island. We could read more about the history of Saipan in wiki.

"Wonder of Saipan": A real trip visited by a Korean girl, The Bird island and the Forbidden island was mainly talking about in the post, she used "most breathtaking view" on Bird Island. During the hiking to the Forbidden island, she referred to death, but when she reached there, she felt good.

The following blogger links to show the wonderful life on the island, maybe you will  find any interesting entry.
"nelsons", a couple who "live on the little known island of Saipan", Eric & Cassandra Nelson.
"Saipan Middle Road": Though i can't understand what he means.
"Saipan Quiin": A lot of photos in this blog, to show their party, weekend, dinner with families and friends, also great colorful life.
"The Sweet Life of The SAUCES": Young couple living on the Saipan, their sweet life.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Devil's Tower, Climbing and Praying

I found the place while searching "Deadwood", i went to know more about Deadwood, occasionally got the word "Devils Tower". The word "devil" attracted me, what's the Devil's Tower.

Devil's Tower, (Lakota: Mato Tipila, which means “Bear Tower”), locates in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, USA. It was first declared "United States National Monument", so people also called as Devil's Tower National Monument. The tower is a hallowed ground for local people, but climbing the huge rock is more popular these years.

Hear is one version of the tower folklore "American Indian legends tell of six Sioux girls who were picking flowers when they were chased by bears. Feeling sorry for them, the Great Spirit raised the ground beneath the girls. The bears tried to climb the rock, but fell off, leaving their scratch marks on the sides." Well more versions here

"Devil's Tower to Deadwood": "A full-time RVer" wrote about her journey from Devil's Tower to Deadwood which located in South Dakota. Several pictures shot there, about the tower, the wild animals, the climbers, she also posted photos about "the interesting things" Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

"The Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming": Seams not a itinerary, but a introduction to the huge rock.

"Devil's Tower Wyoming!": Five photos showed, looks like a great road trip.

"Devils Tower & My Parents Learn to Speak Climbing": I tried to find some articles about climbing Devil's Tower, this post talk about Devil's Tower, climbing, his family, but not climbing this tower.

Did u remember the tower in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"?
At the end, Enjoy the awesome photos here in Flickr. Have a good day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Galiano Island, Magic Island

Galiano Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands in Georgia Straight, off the British Columbia Coast, Canada, also "is known as an artist's and writer's island". "Galiabno has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers", and is a wooded island, and is very lovely with various small fancy cabins, trailers, mushroom-houses. It is mostly unnecessary driving on the island, cyclists and hikers could find it's wonderful wonderland.

"Galiano Island": They reached the island by a ferry, passingly discussed about the car alarms on the ferry rides. They had their lunch of windfall apples in friends' yard, the chomping away fawn was mentioned too. Then the author discussed the galleries on the land and the hotel. There are some lovely photos in the post.

Also we could read "An Island Frozen in Time and Price" in the New York Times, and "The Jewel of the Gulf Islands: Galiano" from The Vancouver Guide, they are much more professional.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Laomiao Village, A Chinese Urban Village

Laomiao village, is situated in Jiangdong area, Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, China, a typical urban village in China. In Chinese, laomiao means the Old Temple, and the old temple in the village is "Zhangpu miao", stays alive now.

"初识老庙村": A local young guy shot around, to show the origin appearance of the old village. small street, old house, contrast between tall building and dilapidated dwellings, the old temple, the river, the vegetables garden, and the common life in village. Although the post was written in Chinese, u can travel the village through the pictures in post. You can click here to view the post which is translated into English.

Laomiao village is not showplace, but just a common urban village in South China.

Arles: Sun, Sunflower, Art, History

When i was reading the book "Lust for Life", biographical novel about Vincent Van Gogh, written by Irving Stone, the first time heard about Arles. Arles city impressed me with the burning sun, sunflowers, the Yellow house, the bridge, also the old night watchman, etc.

Arles, in Provence, far southern France. If we know nothing about this city, read the geography, history, main sights, famous people of Arles on Wikipedia first, then lets travel together.

"Arles": Posted by Peter, a retired swede living in Paris, about his second time to Arles. In this post, he told us "Arles has a long Greek, Celtic and Roman history and the city has still a number of more or less complete buildings from those but also from medieval times.", and "Arles is just to walk around the old houses and the narrow streets, just feeling the atmosphere." As a photographer, he also added lots of pictures of the fascinating place. After reading this, we can read his first trip to Arles , more photo in the post.

"Arles": By Thomas, only five pictures and one sentence. "Hotel Particulier: Urban Oasis in Arles" blogged by Thomas as well, about "great boutique hotel" in Arles.

"Arles Van Gogh's Friends": By Sharilyn Miller, a jewelry designer, she noted the weekend car trip heading west to the Languedoc region, Arles on her way. She love the ancient, crumbling part of the building.

"The Best of Southern France: Arles!": Was written by an American student, she lived in Arles for almost two months. She completed her article with four pars, "A Different Experience", "An Ancient Influence", "Language in Arles, France", "Why I Wrote This Guide". In her eye, "Arlesiens seem to spend their days talking, laughing, and eating outdoors in antiquated cafes. Arles, France, is alive with a spirit and love of life."

Great place, Arles, wish i could be there now.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mount Desert Island, Part Two

You may know about Mount Desert Island in last post, in this article i will show u something more.

"SP Road Trip: Mount Desert Island, Maine": The article begins with a photo of lobster-bake picnics, the traveler drove up from New York to the island, describes their stop and road trip. Then the author discusses the rustic and remote society, but i can't understand this paragraph.
Reading this, "The setting sun dancing before us fought for attention with the rising full moon as lobsters steamed in the pot, bringing the whole picture into clear focus and I realized what being a rusticator is really about." at the end of first day, "The boat ride home under the full moon across the bay was like sliding into a dream." poetical life, isn't?

Hiking Acadia National Park, enjoy the awesome natural beauty of the island. If you interested marathon, you will not miss the Mount Desert Island Marathon, a Spectacular, Breathtaking Course and a New Relay. It will be the eighth running, and will go on Sunday, October 18, 2009, you can read more about the marathon here.

Also you can read more about Mount Desert Island on NYTimes.com, there are suggested links all page, where to stay, where to eat, what to do, when to go, etc. Enjoy your best trip on the island.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mount Desert Island

(Frenchman Bay and Porcupine Islands around the town of Bar Harbor viewed from Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island. via wikipemdia by Matthew Field)

The day before yesterday, i wrote a post about Block Island, today let's travel around on Mount Desert Island, the largest island off the coast of Maine, United States.

Mount Desert Island, in Hancock County, Maine. Some natives pronounce the name as dessert ("de-ZERT"), though others spell it as desert("DEH-zert"). "Acadia National Park with ocean views, a fjord, lakes, mountains, cliff and bluffs, Maine forest, villages, and harbors" on this island. We could know more about this island on Wikipedia.

Pictures from Mount Desert Island, Maine: A post from a guy who forced himself to relax on the island, took a plane scenic tour, stayed in a cottage right along the water of Somes Sound, on the Southwest Harbor side, also he showed photo from the Red Baron, and his dog "Bandit".

Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island: John Dancy-Jones posted many pictures about views from Cadillac Mountain, and talked about a wonderful carriage ride.

Mount Desert Island Consumerism: Have known from the subject, comment on some of the consumer options available on the island, exactly in Bar Harbor.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

on Block Island

I've never heard about this island before reading this article "On Tiny Block Island, Summer lasts longer", the fascinating sunset, worm ocean, public and free white-sand beaches, delicious meal, oh that's great.

It's positive autumn at my hometown, but "On this island, 13 miles offshore, the summer idyll slides far into fall", and "September and October are the two most beautiful month on this island".

Read "wonderful weekend", there are some shots in the post, the beautiful beaches, lovely kids. "one food guy" told us more about great treat, good food, and restaurants on the island(please don't click the link at night, because there are some pictures about delicious foods). Well, before fishing, read "Block Island North Rip Fishing Tactics". At the end, take part in the wedding on Block Island.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lake of the Heaven

Namucuo, Tibet
(The Namucuo, Tibet, China. Photo copyright John Jin, he also tell something more about this wonderful picture.)
The Namucuo Lake(纳木错), the highest salt lake, the biggest interior lake, along Qinghai-Tibet railway in Tibet has a Tibetan meaning of "Lake of the Heaven".
In Tibetan "cuo" means lake, the lake is holy land of Tibetan Buddhism.

You can enjoy more beautiful photo on flickr, just click this link, google Namucuo flickr.

Someone said that the beautiful of Tibet can't be expressed by any photograph, u must feel it yourself. This post told about his journey of Namucuo, he, his wife, his friends, they met "2,000 square kilometers of the lake was blue sky, white clouds, snow-capped mountains, surrounded by meadows. All the colors perfectly intertwined", they felt like crying by the wonderful view. He shot lightning at dust, and they got really highland sickness that night. Read more about the journey(which is written in Chinese, but there are some beautiful photo).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

About taonets

Why do people like traveling? Living in different way, seeking, or just traveling.

Where both sunrise and sunset, why do people go to different place, to enjoy?

I don't understand myself sometimes, may do the travelers. If i can't travel, i can have a journey over the nets, from one place to another, from one post to another, from one blog to another.

That's why taonets exists, traveling around over the nets.

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