Weekly Photo Challenge : Shine

I am walking among the shops at Spain’s most popular flea market, El Rastro in Madrid, when something flashy catches the corner of my eye. I quickly turn my head before I miss the source. There she sits, unperturbed by the throngs of admirers, vainly showing off her stash of jewellery that shine like stars in broad daylight.

You may like some other stories from the Weekly Photo Challenge archives.

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Color story : Prayer

Prayer is the ultimate cure for worry.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~William James

Prayer beads found at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

 

A church door in Melbourne, Australia

 

Prayer threads and bangles offered at the Nizammuddin Dargah, Delhi, India

 

Candles lit in the Catedral-Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Spain

2014 favorites

2014 has been a super year for Sunny District. It’s been fun & happening. I’ve been able to share some excellent experiences, travelling stories and cool experiments. Here’s a quick round-up of some of my most popular posts from the previous year, in no particular order. And along with it comes a big thank you & lots of hugs for my readers!

#5

I started sharing a new ‘Adventure‘ category with my readers & you certainly liked my skydiving story.

#4

I was lucky to travel to many awesome places like Kiruna, Mallorca, Copenhagen, Athens, Santorini, Madrid, Lisbon & Porto. Although I haven’t had a chance to share my accounts of all these lovely places, but you can click on the links to read about the ones I have. I guess you liked this recent bright mash-up most of all.

#3

I gorged on some fantastic cuisines while on my trips; my trip to Madrid seems to have been most inspiring.

#2

I didn’t exercise my green thumb too much this year, but my herb garden did draw some accolades from you. Thank you!

herbs

#1

Thankfully I made time to keep up with my reading, and my favorite book this year, as well as your favorite account was The Book Thief.

Thank you once again, dear readers, 2014 has been so awesome, I am raring to go for 2015!!

Photo Challenge: Yellow

As The Daily Post very wisely noted, the festivals around this time of the year tend to nearly ignore the color yellow. So here’s a round-up of some bright splashes of yellow… it quite suits the sunny name of my blog, right?

Yellow wall, Cairns, Aurstralia

Mini porcelain shoes, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Delicious Paella, Mallorca, Spain

Love locks on a bridge over Corinth Canal, Korinthos, Greece

Flowery fields, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gorgeous ceilings at the Vatican Museum, Vatican City

Big blocks of cheese, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yellow wall standing out among the dominant blue-whites,  Santorini, Greece

Click away for more snapshots from the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Must eat in Madrid

Remember that time I told you about binging in Barcelona? Well, I have resolved – when in Spain, just focus on the eating. I confess I am a foodie and I’ve found my match in Mr.A! When we travel we like to get a taste of the local cuisine, and Spain in particular never disappoints us. On a recent weekend getaway to Madrid we treated ourselves to the must-eat trio of Spanish cooking.

What trio, you say?

#1 Paella

#2 Churros with Hot Chocolate

#3 Tapas

P.S. Special mention to Sangria, of course!