GTGL snippets

GTGL Snippets: Paris, France - My First Love

I could definitively say that with France, I had such a love for it. The sort of love that has understanding despite the mystery; that sees beauty in literally everything, that it can do no wrong; the one that feels a connection despite the distance.

GTGL Snippets: Paris, France - My First Love

GTGL Snippets: Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Even before I visited Florence, it already seemed like a memory. Distinctly a memory, not an imagination.

If you've come across The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, John Koenig invented the word "moledro". As I learned about the Renaissance in school, and immersed myself in reading about, it seemed I had that moledro feeling with every character I encountered.

GTGL Snippets: Florence, Tuscany, Italy

GTGL Snippets: Barnegat Lighthouse

I was so moved by Bianca’s snippet of the Portland Head Light that I’m sharing one of the many photos I took from the top of yet another United States lighthouse, the Barnegat Lighthouse in New Jersey. It took me 217 steps to get to this point of Old Barney, a nickname that residents has fondly bestowed on this local beacon, which visitors are quite happy to instantly adapt, and to capture this drone-like shot of this absolutely gorgeous pre-summer midday scene below.

GTGL Snippets: Barnegat Lighthouse

GTGL Snippets: The London Eye, Champagne Experience

In that 30-minute cycle, we were able to take the pictures we wanted, walk about leisurely without bumping into other people, thus allowing us to really appreciate what London has to offer from such a unique vista. 

GTGL Snippets: The London Eye, Champagne Experience

GTGL Snippets: Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

I have to say, I was inspired by the previous post, City Touring Challenges and How to Overcome Them. So, I thought I would share this photo from the largest independent city in the United States, Baltimore in Maryland. 

In this photo, you'll see the National Aquarium and the Lightship 116 Chesapeake, one of the Historic Ships in Baltimore docked in the Inner Harbor, taken from none other than the USS Constellation. 

 

GTGL Snippets: Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

GTGL Snippets: Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Award for Best Island in the World in 2015 went to Palawan, Philippines. How serendipitous was it that my family not only paid the Motherland a visit for the first time in five years, but also got to experience the majestic beauty of Coron, Palawan in the same year? 

GTGL Snippets: Coron, Palawan, Philippines

GTGL Snippets: Via dell’Amore, Cinque Terre, Italy

In 2012, my husband, Jesús, and I spent a week in Liguria, at the famed Cinque Terre. During our stay, we hiked the stretch of Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza, Vernazza to Corniglia, then Manarola to Riomaggiore. Much to my dismay (with some slight gratitude, though), at the time of our visit, the Corniglia to Manarola hiking path had been closed. I say slight gratitude because my husband surely would have been energetic enough to do a straight hike across the 5 lands, which I know would’ve been an amazing accomplishment. But, realistically, I don’t think I would have been able to keep up. This particular stretch of the hike was the easiest though, since it’s all been paved, and it is a veritable street really, just with more breathtaking views than your average strada.

GTGL Snippets: Via dell’Amore, Cinque Terre, Italy

GTGL Snippets: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Mother's Day 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. That year, instead of my husband doing the usual and giving me a bouquet, I opted for him to take me to see the flowers bloom. 

GTGL Snippets: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY, USA

GTGL Snippets: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It was my first cruise ever, and of course, the cruise itself should warrant its own post. This was the final day, and it was the only stop where we dropped anchor, instead of actually docking. I daresay that was pretty cool. We had this view of the arch, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, from our balcony. People went on tours to go closer and around it, which I had been curious about as I had seen numerous pictures of this rock formation.

GTGL Snippets: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

GTGL Snippets: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Lovely display of holiday cheer here at Disney's Hollywood Studios brought to you by Siemens. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is a 20-year-old tradition that takes place at the park's Streets of America.

GTGL Snippets: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

GTGL Snippets: MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

A photo is but a second (well, more or less for you shutterbugs out there) of the entire experience - captured, eternalized, relived. Every one is just a moment of a story, in the chapter of our lives that brought us to that instant.

So, we're starting a collection within our blog called GTGL Snippets - a photo (or 2), and the story behind the shot. There's only so much you can write to caption a photo on Instagram, but there's so much to share. And we'll do just that.

GTGL Snippets: MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA