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Virtual Holiday

In these times where people can't travel like some of us tend to, I thought it would be fun to make a thread which was a virtual holiday. The photos could be places where you have travelled and enjoyed, or local sights you think others would enjoy. Anywhere is fine - I'd like a thread which had a mixture of places all over the world! One photo or a virtual tour, either is fine.


I'll start with a virtual tour of the South Island of New Zealand, which I visited in September last year.

We flew into Queenstown.


Skyline Panorama
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr


The scenery is remarkable! (The mountains are called The Remarkables)


The Remarkables
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Lake Wakatipu


Picnic spot
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Mirror Lake on the way to Milford Sound


Mirror Lakes
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The Kea, one of New Zealand's native parrots. Sadly, they are threatened by introduced Stoats.


Kea
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Milford Sound


Milford Magic
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Milford - like a lost world.


Milford Sound
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr


Milford Sound
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The Takahe is also endangered by the same introduced animals. It's one of New Zealand's few surviving flightless bird species. It shares a common ancestor with the Australasian Swamphen.



Takahe
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

On the way to Wanaka


Crown Range Summit Lookout
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Lake Wanaka


Lake Wanaka
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Lake Hawea


Lake Hawea Lookout
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Look for the tiny people at the bottom of the photo to get a sense of scale!


Human scale
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The Tuatara is a truly ancient creature which actually has three eyes.


Tuatara
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Haast River


Haast River and Roaring Billy Falls
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Temperate rainforest - some areas of the South Island get huge amounts of rain.


Temperate Rainforest
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Blue pools - can you guess where the name came from?



Blue Pools
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Lake world


Lake world
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The road to Lothlorien (psst - a lot of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed in the South Island)



On the road to Lothlorien
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The main street of Arrowtown. It reminds me of some old country towns in Australia.


Arrowtown
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

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that rainbow! thanks for "the trip"
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that rainbow! thanks for "the trip"
Thank you! Milford Sound is an amazing place.
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Does anyone have suggestions for other places for a virtual holiday?

Just before the pandemic developed, I visited Japan and amongst other things, visited some of the temples in the 88 temple Ohenro pilgrimage in Shikoku.

The gate of temple number one - Ryozen-ji.


Ohenro Temple 1 - Ryozen-ji
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Lanterns in the main hall of Ryozen-ji


A Sky of Lanterns
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The gate of Gokuraku-ji


Gokuraku-ji Niou Mon
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr


The main hall of Gokuraku-ji, temple number 2.


Gokuraku-ji Hondou
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The gate of the third temple, Konsen-ji.



The Niou Mon (Deva Gate) of Konsen-ji
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

A statue of Buddha at Konsen-ji


Lotus Flower
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Temple number four, Dainichi-ji


Dai-nichi-ji Hondou
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Jizou-ji, temple number five.



Jizou-ji Hondou
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

A Jizou statue at Anraku-ji


Happy Jizou
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The gate of Anraku-ji, temple number six.


Anraku-ji Niou Mon
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Juraku-ji, temple number seven.


Juraku-ji Hondou
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Kuukai, born in the year 773, was the person whose exploits resulted in people following the pilgrimage. He established the Shingon sect which all 88 temples (and many others) belong to. This statue of Kuukai is at temple number seven, Kumadan-ji.



Kumadan-ji
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Many people light incense at a temple when they visit to pray.


Scent of a prayer
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Jumping to the other end of the pilgrimage, this is temple number 80. Sanuki Kokobun-ji is in Takamatsu. The region used to be called sanuki, and the name is retained in the popular sanuki udon noodles.



Sanuki Kokobun-ji
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Hanta-ji, temple number 50.


Hanta-ji
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Meiseki-ji, temple number 43. Kuukai is said to have rebuilt this temple in the year 822.



Meiseki-ji Hondou
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Ryuukou-ji, temple number 43.


Ryuukou-ji
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

The view from Zenjibu-ji


Nankoku seashore from Zenjibu-ji
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

I'll make this the last of the series, but you can see photos of all the temples we visited on Flickr. I like this message of happiness:

"Always friends, Always happy"



Always friends, Always happy
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

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