Where in the World – revealed

Last month I ran a little guess-the-location competition to celebrate the one year anniversary of my travelogue. Here are the photos again, this time with locations included.

First up, the breathtaking Lake Atitlán, surrounded by hulking volcanoes. This photo was taken from the tiny village of San Marcos. There are three volcanoes in this shot; Tolimán is the one on the far left; behind it and more central is Atitlán and over to the right is the bottom of the slope of San Pedro volcano. Quite a few of you correctly guessed it was taken in Guatemala, but this was the only location nobody got right.

lake atitlan volcano toliman san pedro san marcos

This second shot was a tough one, and yet many of you spotted it right away. It was taken in Bryce Canyon, and while there is red rock all over Utah, there is something about the distinctly pink hue of Bryce Canyon that makes it quite unique.

bryce canyon utah road trip us usa america

The third photo was taken last Christmas in Ireland when I returned home to the city I grew up in. As many of you spotted, it is of the River Liffey, which runs right through the centre of Dublin. This shot was taken from O’Connell Street Bridge, looking towards the Ha’penny Bridge just as the sun went down. I’ve never seen it look lovelier.

river liffey dublin ireland sunset

This final photo was the one I thought would be the hardest to guess, and I couldn’t believe how many of you got it right. It is the stunning Black Sands Beach, just north of Shelter Cove along the Lost Coast of California.

black sands beach lost coast california usa road trip us america

While nobody guessed all four locations correctly, Max510 got three of the four right. Congratulations Max! Be on the lookout for an email from me shortly with a photographic e-book that’s nearing completion entitled ‘The spectacular nature of Washington State’ – I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks again to you all for being so inspiring; it is such a joy to share my adventures with you and to follow you on yours.

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue wheresmybackpack.com Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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49 Responses to Where in the World – revealed

  1. All of them are beautiful landscape scenes, and highlight the variety of terrain and countries you’ve traveled too. Congratulations to Max a worthy traveler.

  2. mwalbridge says:

    Fantastic photos. I hope you enjoyed your time in these places! Love traveling.

  3. If I win the lottery, all I will do is travel :).

  4. Pat . says:

    Great photos from diverse locations.
    You grew up in Ireland! I didn’t, but I have mainly Irish blood – descended from John and Mary who came over in 1874…

    • ailsapm says:

      John, Mary and Pat are all very Irish names! Have you ever visited? xxx Ailsa

      • Pat . says:

        My wife and I went about 20 years ago (yikes, I am getting old) – both her parents were born in Ireland. We visited some of her relatives up in Donegal then headed down to Clare in search of mine. My surname seems to have died out in Ireland, but we did find where John and Mary used to live/work (as itinerant labourers) – but it had been turned into a nature reserve.

  5. Angelia Sims says:

    Ohhhh, the Lost Coast of California. That is a place in California I haven’t been to. I deem it worthy of a revisit. As always, lovely photos, and I learned about a few places. :-)

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes indeed, Angelia, it is really lovely – I’ll be writing more about it as I continue the story of my road trip. Trying to play catch up now :)

  6. ledrakenoir says:

    Each so beautiful, great captured… :-)

  7. Gunta says:

    Once you’ve seen Bryce Canyon there’s simply no mistaking it. I would have guessed the Lost Coast (but was thinking surely there are other places with the black sand)…. was just there less than a year ago (http://wp.me/pXX8J-17g). The road heading out toward Ferndale was one of the scariest I’ve been on in awhile. Was holding my breath around the blind curves while I was supposed to be in the lane with the sheer drop down what seemed like miles. Totally lost when it comes to anything outside the states.

  8. Jenn says:

    absolutely beautiful :) how wonderful to visit so many beautiful places :D

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, Jenn, I feel so incredibly lucky to have seen so many wonderful places over the last few months. I don’t want to stop now, oh for unlimited wealth. :)

  9. All pictures are very, very cool and mystical.
    Especially, I like the third one .

    By the way , This theme reminds me Aketakamaru on Tokyo bay.
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  10. Happy anniversary! Wonderful photos.

  11. ideflex says:

    Happy Year One! Gorgeous photos – hope you have some “air miles” accumulating for your next journey!

    • ailsapm says:

      You know, ideflex, I’m so rubbish at the rules for air miles, I really need to get smarter about it. Air miles or no, I’m determined to find a way to have many more adventures! :)

  12. viveka says:

    Well done, Max510!!!! I got 2 right … Dublin I can on my 5 fingers. *smile and Utah was a wild guess.

  13. Valentina says:

    I would love to stroll around the river in Ireland, looks lively and I can hear music.

  14. Max510 says:

    Thank you Ailsa and everybody ;-)
    I’ll wait your award that I’ll show in my blog and continue to make me dream my future trips in America

  15. Amy says:

    Happy anniversary! Ailsa! Stunning beautiful shots. Happy travel!

  16. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous shots all, Ailsa. Belated happy anniversary greetings. Can it be only a year? You’re a legend.

  17. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm says:

    Hello!!
    Thank you very much for sharing wish us.Pictures is fantastic. I am traveled to Guatemala e few years ago. I visited lake Atitlan, it was very a beautiful remains memories for a long time. I traveled all the North America mostly takes many years to do I love it education so much. That’s why in 2013 I am leaving solo sailing around the world and I love photography,flowers.
    Happy travels!
    RIMAS MELESHYUS

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Rimas, so glad you enjoyed the photos. Isn’t Lake Atitlan amazing? When does your sailing adventure begin? Sounds like it will be an awful lot of fun.

  18. Kate says:

    Beautiful! I wish I had been on board last month to take a guess at the photos. Lake Atitlan holds a special place in my heart…such great memories traveling there. We stayed in an amazing place built on a cliff side–La Casa del Mundo.

  19. petit4chocolatier says:

    Brilliant and beautiful pictures!

  20. author4u says:

    I lived in Antigua Guatemala for a year and it is absolutely breathtaking…

  21. thanefurrows says:

    Gorgeous pictures!

    I’m going to have to return to the Lost Coast sometime soon – I didn’t see the Black Sands when I was out there as a kid!

    This post has added 3 more journeys on the ever-growing “places to visit” list… Hooray!

    I love how you include engaging, interactive content on your blog – it’s a lot of fun for those of us reading.

    Ben @ TravelingThaneFurrows

    http://thanefurrows.wordpress.com/

    • ailsapm says:

      Hey Ben, thanks so much for your lovely compliment, so glad I’ve added more journeys to your ‘must see’ list, grin! Just popped over to your site, love the Dream of Hiking series of posts, really lovely. I have a question for you – are you self-hosted now, because your site doesn’t have the usual ‘follow’ etc that a free wordpress.com site has? I’m asking because I’m thinking of switching to self-hosting too and was wondering if you found the process easy or tricky. xxx

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