Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but with its varied landscapes – from towering ocean cliffs to rolling green hills and expansive forests – and multitude of natural, historical and cultural attractions, it definitely is a part of Australia that shouldn’t be missed! Due to its relatively small size, many places are not more than a few hours drive from its vibrant capital, Melbourne. And the perfect way to explore this beautiful state? Yes, a road trip!
So you, like me, thought invisible cars (such as the one featured in the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’) don’t exist? Well, think again! On a trip to Melbourne, Australia, I spotted this invisible taxi and took a photo before it vanished!
You didn’t really believe me, did you? Haha! I was going to take a photo of the Flinders Street train station when my camera for some reason decided to take multiple ‘bursts’, creating this strange effect as the taxi passed by. A failed photo but the effect certainly is intriguing.
Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village situated at the southern end of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Its harbour is full of colourful fishing boats, making it a favourite photo opportunity for visitors.
Read more about my trip to Malta at: “Impressions of Malta“.
The town of Ylläs in Finnish Lapland is located about 200km north of the Arctic Circle and is a popular winter destination for the Finnish people. With its fells, lakes and expansive forests, there’s nature in abundance and a host of winter activities to keep anyone busy! I went snow-shoeing, husky-sledding, sat in a sauna gondola (!!), slept in an icy bed, floated in a frozen lake and even saw the northern lights! In the town centre, big blocks of snow are carved into beautiful sculptures depicting typical tales from Lapland. Blank blocks are left for the kids to carve their own pictures and scenes.
The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth (420m or 1400ft under sea level) and is one of the saltiest bodies of water. The water is so dense that you can actually float in it. The edge of the Dead Sea is covered by thick layers of blinding white salt covering the rocks. I stopped here on the Jordan shores of the lake to take a photo of these rock-salt formations which resembled large patches of cauliflower. Read more about ‘What It Feels Like to Float in the Dead Sea‘.