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Photos of beautiful Cappadocia: discovering the landscapes that belong on another planet

Rose Valley

Rose Valley

Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most visited regions and with good reason: the whole region’s topography was  formed through thousands of years of erosion on the soft stone hills, thus creating unique landscapes that seem like they belong on the moon rather than on this planet.

We spent  three full days over there and could easily have filled many more with loads of outdoor activities. Most people that visit Cappadocia take a hot air balloon ride that lifts off at 6AM and takes tourists through the area. We decided to opt out as we prefered to visit the area with our feet firmly planted to the ground. No regrets (though everyone we spoke to that took the balloon ride loved it).

There are so many interesting things to discover while walking through the valleys!  We hired an experimented guide who goes by the name of Walking Mehmet. He took us to secluded areas and shared lots of interesting information about the region. The next day we decided to take another guided tour, this time by bus so we could cover longer distances. As things turned out, our good fortune stood by us and we ended up having another private  tour with yet another excellent guide named Mehmet (from what we gather, in Turkey Mehmet is as common a name as John is in North America). He took us to many amazing places during that day: among which an underground city, a caldera lake, the breathtaking Ilhara valley and the rock monastery of Selime.

Here are a few photos:

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley

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Photos: Butterflies go Free at the Jardin Botanique in Montreal

Last Sunday we headed to the greenhouses that are located inside the premises of the Jardin Botanique (Botanical garden) of Montreal.

Until April 21st, you can stroll through a giant aviary where thousands of butterflies are set free. The yearly event is called Butterflies Go Free. Here’s a glimpse of how beautiful it is:

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Photo tour: a walk through Notre-Dame des neiges cemetery in Montreal

Notre-Dame-des-neiges is the largest cemetery in all of Canada. Located in the middle of the city, it is easily accessible and is a great place for a long, contemplative walk, especially during the cold days of this fall season.

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Lachine’s outdoor museum: a perfect place to look silly while riding bikes

This summer, I made a promise to my boyfriend: We’d go biking together. The thing is that I hadn’t been on a bike in at least 10 years. I was secretly terrified and kept putting it off until it felt silly to do so. There was no way I would dare to ride on the city streets, even on the well designed bike paths. We found the perfect spot for me to feel comfortable as I straddled the rental bike, looking like a little kid learning to ride for the first time: the Musée plein-air de Lachine (Lachine outdoor museum).

Here are a few photos of the beautiful park where you can check out 50 giant sculptures scattered all around the bike path and the edge of the water.
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Photos of nature from around the world

Just for fun, I rummaged through my travel pics and found these photos of elements of nature taken around the world (well, on 3 continents).

When we travel, we tend to mostly take pictures of architecture and famous landmarks. I do that a lot, but I also like to capture the natural environment of the place I’m in, whether it’s a city or the countryside.

Sometimes, depending on the local climate, the flora is similar to that of Montreal. Other times, it is different and exotic (to me). I’m also very bad at identifying types of plants and trees so if any of you can tell me what some of these are, I’d be really happy to learn!

Here are a few examples of images I’ve taken while wandering around:

North-America

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This first image was taken in the far, exotic land called Hochelaga Maissonneuve 😉 (that’s in Montreal, the neighborhood where I used to live).

Flowers at Battery Park, New York City

Flowers at Battery Park, New York City

Europe

The Villa Borghese park in Rome

The Villa Borghese park in Rome

Fallen leaves in Rome

A peaceful road in Père-Lachaise cemetary, Paris

A peaceful road in Père-Lachaise cemetary, Paris

The wild beauty of Ile Sainte-Marguerite, near Cannes in the South of France

The wild beauty of Ile Sainte-Marguerite, near Cannes in the South of France

A flowery field in beautiful Britanny, France

A flowery field in beautiful Britanny, France

Buckingham palace, as seen across a pond in St-James Park, London, England

Buckingham palace, as seen across a pond in St-James Park, London, England

Flowers at the Barcelona municipal plant deposit (which is not open to the public but we ended up there when we got lost trying to find something else).

Flowers at the Barcelona municipal plant deposit (which is not open to the public but we ended up there when we got lost trying to find something else).

Asia 

A Rose in Istanbul, Turkey

A Rose in Istanbul, Turkey (probably taken on the European side of Istanbul but I don’t remember so I decided to put it under Asia since most of the country is considered as being on that continent). 

An art installation at Sapporo Art Park

An art installation at Sapporo Art Park

Flower fields in Nakafurano, Farm Tomita, Hokkaido, Japan

Flower fields in Nakafurano, Farm Tomita, Hokkaido, Japan

Tree roots at Iwatayama Monkey park, Kyoto, Japan

Tree roots at Iwatayama Monkey park, Kyoto, Japan

Kinkakui temple, Kyoto, Japan

Kinkakuji temple, Kyoto, Japan

Flowers in front of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Japan

Flowers in front of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Japan

If you enjoy this type of photography post, check out the following articles: pictures of water, pictures of winter.