The best in photos-2014

I took a slew of photographs in 2014 (around 700 on just my trip to Peru) and so many of them instantly became my favorites for various reasons. While having to choose just 10 to feature here is undoubtedly hard (in a first world problem kind of way), I decided to do so anyway. So without further ado, here are my 10 best photos from the last year (in no particular ranking order).

-Llama grazing at Machu Picchu

While the image doesn’t feature the iconic backdrop of Huayna Picchu (the famous mountain you see in just about every image of Machu Picchu), this one won me over all the same since it seemed so quintessentially “Peru.” I liked that this photo showed Machu Picchu in a slightly different way.

Machu Picchu photoessay

-Traditional Turkish tea at Istanbul Sofra restaurant

While I loved my meal at the relatively new Turkish restaurant, Istanbul Sofra, I was also thrilled with how my photos came out-the natural lighting was phenomenal. To me this glass of tea just looks so tempting and appealing-both to drink but also to entice you in wanting to book a plane ticket to Istanbul…tomorrow.

Istanbul Sofra

-Tombstone at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery

What can I say except that I genuinely enjoy visiting historic cemeteries and Oakland Cemetery in the state of Georgia is just about as historic as you can get. Many of the tombstones there were absolutely gorgeous but I particularly liked how this photo came out since it looks like the top part of the tombstone is just “walking” through the magnolia trees.


-Late autumn at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

While nature photography is somewhat new to me, Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park provided ample opportunity for practice. I visited there late in the season but thankfully many of the trees were still in their beautiful autumn splendor.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

-Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

It took me 29 years to visit the incredible Magic Gardens that are located in Philadelphia’s South Street neighborhood. If you think you know all there is to your city, think again because you’re probably mistaken as I was with this unique tourist attraction. You’re never too old to play the role of tourist in your city.

Magic Gardens Philadelphia

-Pillar of Hercules (Pennsylvania’s Laurel Caverns)

Caves are cool…word.

Pennsylvania's Laurel Caverns

-Local Pittsburgh sunset

While I feel a tad bit lame for including this since it was not taken on my travels but rather from a bedroom window of my house, it was too gorgeous to not include it. Sadly, I haven’t seen anything as striking since then.


-Colombian style empanada and ceviche (Miami Culinary Tours)

Food photography is relatively easy when the subject you’re capturing (e.g. the food) is so delicious.

Miami Culinary Tours

-Plaza de Armas (Cusco, Peru)

One of the reasons I love this photo as much as I do is that it perfectly symbolizes the history of Peru (well, in a rapid nutshell kind of way)-a statue of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti in the foreground, and in the background, Church of la CompaΓ±Γ­a de Jesus, a legacy of the Spanish conquistadors. So this photo depicts the “mixing” of countries, cultures, and civilizations.

Cusco photoessay

-Art Deco district (Miami Beach, Florida)

While I wish the sky could have been bright blue in this picture instead of the pretty depressing looking gray that it is, I loved the fact that a vintage American car was parked right outside of this charming Art Deco building. And if you’re wondering what the things over the windows are, they’re called “eyelids.” Before there was that wonderful invention we know as air-conditioning, eyelids would help in keeping rooms (somewhat) cooler since they would help in blocking the sun.

Miami Beach Art Deco

Which photo of the ones I chose was your favorite?

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  • Reply
    Jo Ann M. (@JoAnn0924)
    January 2, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Happy New Year Julie! This is a difficult choice so I will go wit Mother Nature. It’s between your photo of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Pillar of Hercules which looks like a gorgeous piece of sculpture.

    Your photo of the tombstone in Georgia is also quite beautiful.

    Wishing you a travelicious 2015!

    • Reply
      January 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I agree, definitely a difficult choice πŸ™‚ And you can never go wrong with mother nature-it’s utterly gorgeous no matter where you are in the world. I so loved Cuyahoga Valley National Park and only wish we had had more time there. But, a place to return to one day for sure!

      Thank you, I hope there is tons of travel ahead for me πŸ™‚

      And a very happy new year to you as well! All the best!

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    Tasty Travels
    January 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Happy New Year Juile!! Love the best of photos!! One of my goals for 2015 is to try to keep up with reading blogs. I hope 2015 brings exciting travel opportunities!! =)
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      January 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Happy New Year to you too Holly! Yes, best of photo posts are always fun-both to look at and also choose! I hope that you had a wonderful time in Spain and Portugal, two of my favorite countries. I look forward to seeing any posts whenever you post them. The same to you-many terrific travel adventures in 2015 πŸ™‚

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