Dusting off the photo albums: my 7 super shots

April 2, 2012 | Article, Travel | 14 Comments
Sunrise at Phu Lang Ka

The Hostelbookers 7 Super Shots game has been running for a couple of months now, and I’m probably just about the last travel blogger on earth to take part in it.

I’d been tagged by a couple of people (thanks, Aaron and Devon) and to be honest just hadn’t got round to putting anything together.  Now though, it’s time.  I hope the wait was worth it.

If you’re one of the four people that reads this site avidly, you’ll probably recognise a few of these images from my regular Friday Photo series, on Facebook or elsewhere.  Good photos just need to be shared, I guess!

And away we go…

A photo that…takes my breath away

Sunrise at Phu Lang Ka

As lumpy as the beds were, as cold as the shower was, as tasteless as breakfast turned out to be, Phu Lang Ka in northern Thailand was still an incredible spot.  Why?  This sunrise.  Awake at first light to the crowing of roosters, my muttered complaints died on my lips as I opened the window to this.


A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Sabang taxi

Having just spent a few weeks in Europe, going to Palawan in the Philippines was a real breath of fresh air.  From cool weather, busy lifestyles and congested cities I had moved to somewhere much simpler (and a whole lot warmer).  There were no hybrid taxis or underground stations in Sabang.  There weren’t even any tuk-tuks or tricycles.

Nope, if you wanted to go somewhere and didn’t have your own transport, it was time to hail a water buffalo.  It made me laugh to see it at the time and now, 18 months later, it still does.


A photo that…makes me dream

Yacht in the Greek Islands

  • I vividly recall my first time in the Greek Islands.  It was September 2008, a few days before my birthday.
  • Leaving a wet and dismal London behind, three friends and I boarded a flight to Preveza on the west coast of Greece.  Coming in to land over the deep blue hues of the Mediterranean, I knew it was going to be a good week.

What I didn’t realise then was that the next seven days would change my life.  I had never sailed before, but a week under canvas in the Ionian gave me a brand new addiction.  How could it not, with perfect weather, wonderful friends, amazing experiences and a birthday party like no other?

We’ve chartered a yacht somewhere in the world almost every year since, and will be doing so again in Turkey for my birthday again this year.  Until then I can only dream…



A photo that…makes me think

Not too much explanation required for this photo, taken at one of the Khmer Rouge killing fields outside Phnom Penh.  One of the hardest days I have had on my travels, and the pictures from it make me think every time I see them.


A photo that…makes my mouth water

Mythos in the Greek Islands

Taking a break from sailing in the Greek Islands, we rented a car and went for a drive to Assos.  There is a ruined Venetian castle at the top of the hill so of course we had to climb up to it.

It was well worth checking out, but the steep dirt track in the midday heat nearly finished us off.  When we got back to the bottom, hot and ridiculously sweaty, we found a bar.  This bar.  With ice-cold Mythos served in a frozen glass.

I nearly kissed the barman.


A photo that…tells a story

The girls and young women at the CCPCR shelter in Svay Rieng range in age from 3-25, but they all have one thing in common: the chance of a better life.  The non-profit is actively engaged in "rescue, recover and reintegration" work in Cambodia, and seeing these girls happily playing in a fake wrestling match at my feet was a testament to its success.

This photo tells that story.


A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my "National Geographic" shot)

Phi Phi panorama

Treking to the Viewpoint on Koh Phi Phi on yet another blisteringly hot morning, I was sincerely hoping that the view at the top was worth it.

I think it was.


So that’s my 7 Super Shots.  Because I’m such a rebel, I’m not going to tag anybody else to take part … since everyone else I can think of has already done it!  But, if you’ve got a "Super Shots" post of your own that you’d like to draw attention to, just leave a link in the comments.  Sharing the love…

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    April 2, 2012

    Great photos and descriptions. I love a good laugh so I think the water buffalo taxi was wonderful!

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    April 2, 2012

    That sunrise photos is INCREDIBLE! All amazing shots, well done!

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    April 2, 2012

    Here's mine:

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    April 2, 2012

    I love them ALL.

    "Are you sure Lauren?"

    "I am positive."

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    April 2, 2012

    They are all great photos but your first is my favourite.

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    Gerard ~ GQ trippin

    April 3, 2012

    What I like most about the Palawan shot is:
    1 - Cow on beach
    2 - Cows are slow as crap and people have no problem being transported at a speed slower than humans can walk.

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    April 3, 2012

    I totally wanna stay at THAT resort!

    You're right, that last pic is totally NatGeo worthy.

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    Audrey | That Backpacker

    April 3, 2012

    The first one is my absolute favourite! The sun peeking over the misty fields is just perfect!

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    April 3, 2012

    Your National Geographic one is stunning. You should send it to them!

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    Johanna Bradley

    April 3, 2012

    Well, now that I've gotten over being green with envy I can formulate a response!
    These things obviously filter very slowly down and I was tagged just last Saturday! Might throw a sulk and not do it.... but then again!

    Love yours and nice to meet you.

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    Marcia Clarke

    April 6, 2012

    That photo with the cow is priceless, it really put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing!

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    April 11, 2012

    Thanks so much everyone - glad you enjoyed the shots! :)

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    May 16, 2012

    I haven't actually been tagged yet since I've just got a new website up. I've recently found your website and find it endlessly inspiring. Keep up the good work!
    please tag us at:

    Thanks much!

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    July 31, 2012

    great pictures!!! I would love to experience the water buffalo!!!! :D and indeed it's something like a "national geographic" shot!!! awesome..... keep it coming!!!

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