When you think of lost ruins overrun by jungle, you probably think of Angkor Wat in Cambodia or a lost Aztec city in Central America. But this shot is from Nyaung Ohak in Myanmar – a cluster of temples located on the western edge of Inle Lake. To get here you have to take a boat ride through ever-narrowing channels, eventually reaching Indein village. From here it’s a short walk to the ruins. At the top of the hill is a temple in good condition, but the magic is in the ruins leading up the hill.
Tsitsikamma National Park lies just east of Plettenberg Bay, and is most famous for the Otter Trail, a multi-day trail 44km long which follows the coastline. We only had half a day, so did the Waterfall Trail, which is actually the first few km of the Otter Trail and leads to a waterfall (the name kind of gave that one away!) There wasn’t much water flowing when we got there, but it’s a beautiful hike (and relatively challenging) with stunning coastal views along the way.
Lots of people fly to Johannesburg and drive straight to Kruger National Park, several hours east of Joburg. In their rush, they miss the beauty that is Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the US and Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia.
This view is at the Three Rondavels viewpoint, where we stopped off on our way back to the airport in Joburg.
Who doesn’t love penguins?? At Boulders Beach, near Cape Town in South Africa, you’ll find a colony of several thousand African penguins. Unfortunately they’re endangered and numbers are declining, but at Boulders Beach they’ve done a good job to create an environment where they can live and reproduce relatively safely.
While most of Europe has been blanketed in snow this week, Berlin has managed (for once in winter) to stay sunny – but it’s misleading since temperatures have dropped to as low as -13C at night with highs of -5C or -6C during the day! Whenever there are several consecutive days of sub-zero temperatures, chunks of ice collect on the river Spree upstream of the Oberbaumbrücke in Eastern Berlin, as shown here shot earlier today during blue hour.