The main attraction on a customized itinerary is the sightseeing. Getting to the place of interest and adventure may mean using different paths other than driving the open road or flying the clear blue skies. Cruising along waterways is an option that holds lots of fascination and wonder for the traveler.
Recently I was watching a movie and recognized a place, landmark buildings and a hive of boating activity, that instantly made me recall my experiences there. Some things trigger memories, good or bad. Thankfully, it was a good memory, and hence it provided the inspiration for this post. A scene in the movie was along the waterfront of the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey. I can still remember the strong smells emitting from the Spice market nearby as I walked in wide-eyed amazement at the range of spices displayed in the vendor stalls. Also, walking the underground tunnel to take a boat ride on the Bosporus and watching the ships sailing up and down the channel.
Reminiscent of the many places I’ve visited, I realize I’ve crossed lakes, rivers, seas, some well-known and others not so famous. Each holding their own fascination and unique appeal. Whether the bodies of water are man-made or a God-given part of nature, tourists are often drawn to enjoy the benefits. Some may gather on the banks to worship, to swim, to enjoy the ebb and flow of the rippling waves, the peaceful serenity, or just to witness the awesomeness and power of these natural wonders.
Famous and unique waters I have cruised on, swam in, twinkled my toes in as I walked along the banks, spent refreshing moments near, or just simply admired includes: the Dead Sea in Israel, Ganges river in India, Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia, Lake Mead in Arizona, Sea of Galilee in Israel, Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, Mekong Delta in Vietnam, Thames River, London and the Rhine in Germany just to name a few. Here are some photos (credits within photo edit) of these places.
Community Peeps, the adage holds true – “all rivers run to the sea,” but time and space would not permit me to mention or showcase everyplace I have visited. Maybe you can comment on your experience at one of these locations or mention one that is not here. I would like to know of new and interesting places so please feel free to talk of your favorite water-hole in the comment box below.
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