Travel Photo Gallery – September 9, 2009


This Week’s Travel Photo Gallery

Here are some of the most compelling travel photos submitted by our listeners this week. See Clark’s favorites every week in the Thursday Travel E-Scapes newsletter. (Subscribe.)

Submitted by: Frank S
Destination: Beijing, Tianjin China
About this photo: This is in a small public park just east of the Forbidden City on a foggy morning in August, 2009.
Best deal found: A smaller indoor market south to the Holiday Inn Lido in Beijing—many of the same articles found elsewhere but much cheaper.

Submitted by: David J.
Destination: Key West, FL
About this photo: Underwater photo using a Sony DSC900 in about 25 feet of water. I believe the fish are a male and female Gosline’s FangBlenny.
Best deal found: Dennys Latin Cafe, MM100 West Side of the street. Best Cuban food and Cafe Late at real reasonable (cheap) prices. The guava danish will have you coming back!

Submitted by: Nate D.
Destination: Cologne, Germany
About this photo: I am a graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in Social Studies Education. I completed my student teaching in Cologne, Germany, where I lived for 3 1/2 months and loved it! In the background is the Cologne Cathedral. Construction on it began in 1248. The bridge in the picture was rebuilt after its destruction in WWII.
Best deal found: I was able to exchange currency for virtually no fees because of my account with Bank of America. They are a part of the Global ATM Alliance along with Deutsche Bank in Germany which allows members to avoid the $5 ATM access fee. This enabled me to take out Euros as I needed them, only paying the standard 1% transaction fee. This is one benefit I have had from a Giant Monster Mega-Bank.

Submitted by: Hope W.
Destination: Grand Canyon
About this photo:
This photo is of the Grand Canyon at the South Rim
Best deal found: None

Submitted by: Alan G.
Destination: County Cork, Ireland
About this photo: Mizen Head Lighthouse – County Cork, Ireland. I went home to Ireland with my family for my sister’s wedding. (I am originally from Ireland, came to the states in ’88). The weather was fantastic for late April. The sun was shining and the water colors in contrast to the lighthouse and cliffs were just incredible. In winter this is a brutal place to be, but beautiful on that day.
Best deal found: In Dublin – you have to try Bewleys of Grafton Street. Sitting in an oriental cafe, with a french waiter serving us salmon and having a great time on the second floor looking out at Grafton Street from then “James Joyce” deck. Good food, not too expensive and a real Dubliner’s hangout.

Submitted by: Judie C.
Destination: Clarksville, VA
About this photo: This was a yearly Native American Heritage Festival, a day trip from home; at the Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville, VA. I just wanted you to meet my new friend(Cookie). I diffently wanted him as a friend…wouldn’t you?
Best deal found: Just had FUN with family and made some new friends.

Submitted by: Michael T.
Destination: Big Island, HI
About this photo: This is lava flowing from the vent in Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii into the Pacific Ocean. It really put a spectacular show for us.
Best deal found: The Hale Ohia Cottages in Volcano, HI. Very nice accommodations at more than reasonable prices. A great little operation that is actually recommended by National Geographic.

Submitted by: Doug M.
Destination: Seattle
About this photo:
The beach in front of the hotel in Neskowin, OR we were staying in on a bicycle ride from an Francisco to Seattle.
Best deal found:
The hotel here…Kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath facing the ocean.

Submitted by: Gustavo C.
Destination: Italy
About this photo: This photo was taken at the island of Capri in Italy. The view from the top is breath-taking, the intense blue of the just beautiful. This island used to be the Roman Emperor Tiberius private residence during the first century AD.
Best deal found: We traveled with British Airways. They offer non-stop movies that keep children occupied, which is priceless when you go on a 8 hour flight.


Submitted by: Rick G.
Destination: Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
About this photo: This collared lizard was getting some sun beside a trail to Lomaki Ruins at Wupatki National Monument. I sat down on the trail and was able to photograph him/her for a good ten or twelve minutes before he decided to move on.
Best deal found: Cheap entertainment and exercise by hiking, photographing and enjoying the natural beauty of another of our National Parks and Monuments on my lifetime pass.

Submitted by: Maite P.
Destination: Vega Baja, P.R.
About this photo: We found this gorgeous beach by accident! It is a public beach located in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. The beach is surrounded by huge volcanic rocks which provide protection from the waves. This causes a very calm and clear swimming area safe for the whole family. You can enjoy the waves crashing over the rocks as the water cascades down over them.
Best deal found: Free parking across the street and if you are lucky you can enjoy watching some of the locals fishing with nets of harvesting shellfish. They will be more than happy to talk to you. Also, delicious “pinchos” a block away. “Pinchos” are meat or seafood skewers cooked by the side of the road. The pork and swordfish pinchos were delicious and affordable! You get a lot of meat/fish and a slice of local bread for less than $2/$3.

Submitted by: Josh P
Destination: Petit St. Vincent
About this photo: This was our last night on the island of Petit St. Vincent. It had rained that afternoon and this was the sunset we watched from just off the beach.
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Brandi C.
Destination: Hawaii
About this photo: This was a scene from the grounds of the resort I stayed in on Maui. It was magnificent. This pic doesn’t do it justice. I’ve been back since this photo and I can’t wait to go again.
Best deal found: When I went to Hawaii, I didn’t want to spend $80 on a Luau. So I consulted the housekeeping staff at the resort we stayed in. They directed me to a real Luau that the natives enjoy. The food was fantastic and all I paid for were the fish I ate…$1 each. Also, I went to the Salvation Army and other second hand stores for souvenirs.

Submitted by: Dave and Mo C.
Destination: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
About this photo: Dinner at one of the great Sandals restaurants
Best deal found: Total price at Sandals Grande

Submitted by: Nainwanwan E.
Destination: Trinidad and Tobago
About this photo: Mayaro Bay on the east coast of Trinidad. The larger of the twin island state.
Best deal found: Went for free! I was able to use my Delta miles while they still flew there from Atlanta!

Submitted by: McGill D.
Destination: St Vincent
About this photo: Sail boat in bay in south east side of St Vincent
Best deal found: No deal. Flight was expensive to St Lucia. Rode in a small plane with friends and stayed with friends on St Vincent.

Submitted by: Charlie D.
Destination: White Mountains,NH
About this photo: While hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, my wife and I were in awe of the enormity and perfectly straight trees of the forest. This gave GREEN a whole new meaning for us.
Best deal found: We found great deals with some of the mini motor inns along the way.

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