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CFFC: Places People Live

Today, Cee is inviting us to post pics of places people live.

De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren is gorgeous. It’s a castle in the Belgian countryside in the small municipality of Geetsbets. The family who owns it still live in a section of the castle, the rest is a hotel and conference centre. I spent a week there in July on a course – there was no better place for that.

The back view of De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren by one of the imposing entrance gates
©2018 Regina Martins
De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren’s lake and rowboat. It would have sunk had anyone taken it out into the lake, as the wood at the bottom was rotting
©2018 Regina Martins
De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren abounded with sunflowers
©2018 Regina Martins
I didn’t have a wide enough lens to capture the whole facade of De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren – here is a part
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Visit

This series is all about colours, and what better place to visit than Thailand, which is ALL about colour! It wasn’t easy choosing which photos to show here…people aren’t afraid of colour in Thailand! I think we can all take a leaf from the Thai people and embrace colour – I’m sure that our world will be a lot happier…

From the cars…

I loved the colourful taxis in Bangkok, yellow, white and pink. Thai people certainly aren’t afraid of colour…
©2018 Regina Martins

To the waiting area at the train station…

Waiting for a train couldn’t be more colourful – the large public waiting area, made less bleak by the colourful purple seats and murals close to the vaulted ceiling, at Bangkok Central Station
©2018 Regina Martins

The golden Buddha…

The golden Buddha at Wat Traimit weighs 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms). It’s quite a sight
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A worshipper, praying at the feet of the golden Buddha at Wat Traimit
©2018 Regina Martins

…and chanting monks…

Chanting monks at Wat Po in Bangkok. It was so relaxing listening to them, I could’ve stayed there all day
©2018 Regina Martins

…to the temples…

The magnificent Wat Po temple known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage
©2018 Regina Martins

and waterfalls

One of the 7 levels of the unbelievably breathtaking Erawan Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft)
©2018 Regina Martins

Old trains

The old train, still with wooden seats painted in colourful yellow, takes us through part of the Death Railway where so many POWs lost their lives during the Japanese occupation in WW2
©2018 Regina Martins

and hotel rooms…

A welcome sight after a day of travel and sightseeing…a colourful airconditioned room at the Good Times Resort in Kanchanaburi
©2018 Regina Martins

Buddhist statues…

One of the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple, Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai
©2018 Regina Martins

…and temples…

Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep is truly spectacular
©2018 Regina Martins
The dragon keeps vigil over the 300 steep steps to reach Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai
©2018 Regina Martins

…to motorbikes…

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this motorbike, all colourful down to the helmet. Bikes in South Africa are serious colours like black, blue and red
©2018 Regina Martins

and fresh produce at the market.

Our Thai cooking teacher took us to the market in Chiang Mai to buy ingredients for the delicious dishes we later made for dinner
©2018 Regina Martins

I hope you’ve enjoyed these pics of Thailand, a colourful place to visit.

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

This week it’s letter E and the photos need to have two E’s in the topic word.

From wintery trees

Monochromatic wintry trees
©2017 Regina Martins

To dessert

Creme caramel and Indian sooji dessert
©2017 Regina Martins

And people

People trying to sight hippos and crocodiles on Lake St. Lucia
©2017 Regina Martins

Trying to sight a fish eagle, amongst other interesting animals

Fish eagle at Lake St. Lucia
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And on the other side of the coast, someone looking for interesting metal artefacts with a metal detector.

Metal detector on a beach
©2017 Regina Martins

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.

 

My Week In Instagram Photos – Focus

My advice to the young people in my life is – Get your own business, it may not be easy but it is better than being a battery for someone else’s. Take this advice from someone who has spent 25 years being a battery for other people’s business.

Food for thought #socent

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I loved the beautiful roses on my sister’s birthday cake, real ones covered in glitter, not sugar ones, in her favourite colour.

Glittery birthday roses

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Last wekend my Mom made vanilla and chocolate muffins. They lasted but a day except for one lonely muffin – the last one everyone is too shy to have 🙂

Muffins de chocolate da Mãe

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Imagine if everyone in the world replaced just one judgemental thought with a curious question, just once every week…?

Focus