2011: My Year in Travel Photography

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As Google would suggest, 2011 has been an eventful year around the globe. Looking back on all the worldwide events also made me reflect on my own life. These last 12 months have been more than fulfilling. For one, I began to embrace my new found love for travelling, which I discovered in 2010. Thus, with fond nostalgia for the past and eager excitement for the future, I bring you: 11 travel photographs of (my) 2011. 

1. Athens, Greece. I travelled to the beautiful country in February and visited Athens and the greek island of Aegina. My blog entry on Athens was featured on Wordpress. =)

2. London, England. I lived in southern England from January to April, during which time I spent many weekends in London3. Montreal, Canada. I finally got around to visiting Montreal in October of this year and feasted the entire time there. Being there also made me miss Europe and French cuisine.
4. Budapest, Hungary. I ventured on a solo journey across Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic. Budapest was my first stop, where my hand was kissed by a stranger.5. Wales, United Kingdom. I hiked 7 miles through Snowdonia National Park in Wales. The next morning, I woke up to this beautiful beach scene in front of my hotel. 6. Dublin, Ireland. I flew to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, it was a blast! Dublin is such a lively city, I highly recommend it!7. Boston, USA. During the summer, I took a weekend trip to Boston where I met up with my long term friend Rob who showed me around the Charles River. Having grown up on the West coast, I love a city that's by the water. 8. Bratislava, Slovakia. I detoured from my Hungary-Austria-Czech Republic trip and made a spontaneous stop in the quaint Slovakia capital, Bratislava. 9. Oxford, England. When I got tired of weekend trips to London, I ventured further north to Oxford with a friend to the widely-acclaimed university where the two of us pretended to be Oxford scholars. 

10. Prague, Czech Republic. One of the most beautiful European cities I've ever visited and one I've been recommending to all of my friends ever since, Prague is simply stunning.


11. Belfast, United Kingdom. I concluded my Europe trip at Giant's Causeway on the Irish coast. It truly is a breathtaking place. My trip to Belfast also made me realize that there is still so much of  world I need to discover. 

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220 comments

  1. 50 States Design Project23/12/11 5:48 am

    Wow. The first photo blew me away. Amazing!

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  2. Thanks for documenting this with pictures and sharing with the rest of us.
    Makes me want to travel again )

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  3. Nice photos, but 2012 is going to blow this away!

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  4. STUNNING images -- you are very blessed to have been able to experience so much!

    Here's to an equally blessed 2012...

    :)

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  5. just beautiful... i am drawn to the "Prague" image, personally. Happy New Year to you.

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  6. Wow!! Just wow!! That was inspiring on so many levels. Thanks for sharing, Tracy.
    http://seemy2012here.wordpress.com

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  7. We've been to many of the same places, but can you tell me what building you were in at Budapest - or is the photo from Austria?

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  8. I really love the images, and I'm jealous in a major way that you have visited all these places in a year!

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  9. These are all amazing - but the picture from Hungary takes my breath away. I hope your adventures were as wonderful as your photographs.

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  10. Beautiful photos. I think I want your life.

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  12. Your blog was recommended to me from a friend. I love your blog, it makes me want to pack my stuff and travel the world.

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  13. Great post! I love your travel pictures!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Following you blog...

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  14. BorderTramp2/1/12 9:31 am

    Great photos! Snowdonia park in Wales was so beautiful when I was there. The beach there gives such a different perspective than the soft and sandy Caribbean beaches I've seen lately. Thanks for sharing! - www.bordertramp.com

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  15. Nice travels, great pics, enjoy it while you can.

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  16. I agree with you, a year is what we make of it and not media phobia and hype.

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  17. Everybody in Europe agrees with you on Prague, it's an incredible city.
    You should visit Lyon, France. I traveled around Europe and it's my second favorite city there (ok, I'm from there, but still, it's awesome!)

    Thanks for sharing, those are beautiful.

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  18. amazing. i hope i get to see what you see one day

    keep it up

    Waleed

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  19. By the way....I'm ready to die if I don't go to Athens soon. That picture is brilliant.

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  20. Great photos. I especially like the Wales and Dublin pics.

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  21. Awesome photos...esp. Budapest...and my Greece and Slovakia too! Such a treat! :-)
    Have an even more beautiful 2012...
    Love.

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  22. Some really wonderful photos here.

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  23. Seems like you've had a great 2011 travelling all around! Great photos!

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  24. These are sooo amazing pictures!
    You're lucky to visit so many places in a year.
    The last one is the most beautiful!
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  25. Great photos. I really enjoyed the one of the beach in Wales. THanks for sharing!

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  26. Wow-you've been all over the place! These pictures are so beautiful and inspiring, they make me want to get on a plane for the first time in my life and just go somewhere, anywhere! I especially loved the pictures of Budapest and Boston, they look so tranquil. You are a very talented photographer.

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  27. imaginecreation2/1/12 11:03 am

    The last photo posted . . . stunning green ocean waters! =D Love them all . . .

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  28. Leva Hatter2/1/12 11:13 am

    wow.. u seem to hav had a great year. I like the Montreal pic.

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  29. These are magnificent.
    As an aspiring traveler/photographer, I am wondering how you afforded (both time and finances) such a luxurious year! Was it a long-term plan or a spontaneous decision?

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  30. Amazing photographs!! Great trips and work! Praga is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Xavi & Míriam

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  31. Outstanding shots and what a journey. Bravo to you for making the decision to do this. It's wonderful

    Val
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

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  32. Amazing photographs!!

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  33. Nice photos, nice cities.

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  34. me too! Can't wait to get into the travelling side of things. Happy 2012 to you both :)

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  35. Quite a year. Interested to see what's next

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  36. Great photograpby. I especially liked the one of London, really captured the fell of the magnificent city.

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  37. Great photos... its amazing that youve been able to travel and see so much of the world. Thank you for sharing!

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  38. I love the red roofs in Prague! Reminds me a bit of the places in Germany with the red tile roofs. <3

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  39. I love the shot that you took in Budapest. It's pretty awesome that you get to travel a lot in just one year.

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  40. wooww!! really beautiful pictures.. it seems you have really enjoyed life and your travels.. :-D

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  41. Lovely photography! These pictures capture the places very well!

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  42. Red Toenails2/1/12 1:14 pm

    I want your life!!

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  43. Beautiful pics. . .ohhhh the food! Hungry!

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  44. Absolutely splendid photographs! I immediately recognized the one from Oxford before reading the caption. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your photographs in the future! :)

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  45. All I can say is.....Wow!

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  46. It is quite remarkable to happen upon a blog post that is a travelogue featuring a number of places I've, as a constant traveller, have visited and loved myself. I need not tell you that your photographs are stunning - that's so obvious it's hardly worth mentioning.

    Brilliant.

    All the best,
    Bellis

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  47. No words can describe how beautiful those pictures are.

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  48. So many places in 1 year ! impressive ! Greetings from Prague !!!

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  49. Great pics! My 2011 is officially boring in retrospect now.

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  50. Great photos! I am looking forward to visiting more eastern Europe as well. Love that sunlight streaming through the cathedral window.

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  51. ebonyjohanna2/1/12 3:36 pm

    I love your photos of Slovakia and Canada most especially!

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  52. Enjoyed the world through your lens, nicely summed up in one page. Yes there’s still so much world to be re-discovered by your clicks. Hope you get the most out of 2012.

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  53. envious... if only i could travel more. love your photos.

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  54. thequeenbee2/1/12 4:10 pm

    beautiful--many of the pics brought back memories of my own travels--but I've never been to or wanted to go to Prague or any part of Eastern Europe. Your pictures are making me rethink my reticence.

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  55. Wow I would love to travel as much as this. These photographs are amazing, but I bet the experience was something else!

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  56. Wonderful pictures. Hmm, I've been to 8 of of these 11 places...our travel tastes are similar. :)

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  57. wow, I wish I could travel to so many places too. Keep updating us with awesome photography :D

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  58. These pictures are so wonderful, moving. I loved them - you are very talented.

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  59. Wonderfilled and Awe inspiring 2011

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  60. Those are some great photos. Favorite one of the bunch you posted is the one of the double decker bus. Just looks like a good shot with the wet ground reflecting the lights.

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  61. Robert Kodama2/1/12 6:04 pm

    Stunning and a little jealous!

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  62. What an incredible year! Amazing photos - and I completely agree, Prague certainly is stunning. If I'm lucky enough to make it back there one day, I might not leave!

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  63. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for subjecting us to places we only dream of.

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  64. Wow! It must be great to be able to travel to so many places in just one year. Good for you! :) And beautiful photos. Makes one wonder what places you'll be in this 2012?

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  65. the first photograph its stunning!! great

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  66. Hungary is beautiful! Great pictures!

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  67. These are very lovely pictures! I really loved the Budapest pic! :)

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  68. Fabulous:) TYhanks for sharing

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  69. amazing year for you right?

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  70. Fantastic pictures ! I wish i have a 2012 full of travel as well ! :)

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  71. Hey wow you travelled a fair bit! Excellent photos :)

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  72. Also what camera do you use ?

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  73. That greece shot is really sweet

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  74. wow - to travel so much in a year...wonder what you do for a living..seriously what allows you to be in so many diff places and also afford you the oppt to go so many places?

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  75. Outstanding work, dear padawan! And for that I shall follow you.

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  76. Such beautiful pictures! I love to travel and you've made me a little jealous, haha!
    Have a great 2012 and thanks for sharing!

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  77. really great pics. I particularly like the one from Budapest.

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  78. Really love the pic from your hotel in Wales - which hotel? I'm from England but have never been across the border but after seeing that pic am going to added it to my list of 'must visits for 2012'. Happy New Year and great blog.

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  79. LOVE the pictures. I so wish I had enough money to travel around the world! I live in Hawaii, so I'm lucky to live a semi-exotic place, but I would LOVE to travel to other countries and see sights like these! :)

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  80. You've had a busy year of travel. These are some great pictures, and I have a lot of friends who would like the chance to visit some of these same places. Great post!

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  81. Next time you visit Hungary or Greece,stop by in Montenegro.You'll definitely have something to see.

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  82. shahujvaln2/1/12 10:07 pm

    Wonderful pics... I loved Boston, Bratislava and Oxford most.

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  83. i'm so envy with u..... uhmm..
    u've inspired me....

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  84. Wow this is so inspiring. I want to travel and explore different places too! (:

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  85. Great captures! Photos can tell a million stories.

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  86. Looks like you've had a very busy but amazing year. I hope I get the chance to get to see some of this. Your photographs are beautiful.
    (:
    SarahAlice

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  87. All photos are well taken. Bravo!

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  88. Wow! You sure get around...beautiful photo's. My favourites are Budapest and Bratislava. Can't wait to see where you go this year! xxx

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  89. I'm sooo *green with envy* right now! LOL.
    But seriously, this is a very lovely post!!! :)

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  90. Can I just say your photos are lovely and I wish to you more years in travel photography.

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  91. most gorgeous photos you have there! making me wanderlust now!

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  92. Hello Tracy Zhang, Good morning,

    My name is P.Madhava Rao, from Hyderabad, INDIA. Your tour photographs are very good, with good lighting, framing and theme. However, photo No.7, taken at Boston, could have been taken in a better way, I feel, by using 400 mm lens, bringing into focus the boats to the nearer bottom frame line. This idea is only with my little photography knowledge. With best wishes, and more photography,

    Yours friendly,
    P.Madhava Rao.

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  93. hafeez@stardrugs.in2/1/12 11:38 pm

    nice

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  94. You have a beautiful set of photos. May 2012 bring you to more exciting place so you can take more breathtaking pictures. Happy new year!

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  95. Photo #4 and #5 were my favorites. The beach shot was almost like an impressionists painting.

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  96. Great photos shot with a natural photographers eye, well done and good luck for 2012.

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  97. I love all the photo !
    esspecially 1,4,9,11

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  98. Moments of feminine
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    Thank you

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  99. OMG wow , this is beautiful !

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  100. Nice photos::::Happy New Year and wishes for your future travels

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  101. All of these photos are stunning, and making me want to travel again!

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  102. Beautiful shots :) I did a similar thing with my Year Abroad in Spain.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! x

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  103. What remarkable travel opportunities you had in 2011! . . . Your photos are a wonderful reflection of your adventures! Thank you for sharing!!

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  104. What an amazing journey and Pictures. Thank you for sharing this with others that may not be able to have such an experiernce.

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  105. Beautiful photagraphy! Seems like you've had lots of amazing adventures in 2011!

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  106. Natural photographs.....beautifully capture.

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  107. Thanks a lot for this post. The pictures are awesome.

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  108. good image>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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  109. lovely pics.... :) :)

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  110. Splendid photos! I pray someday I will have a chance to travel these places. ;)

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  111. beautiful! i couldnt say more.. im jealous... i so wanna travel to different places and met different races. i hope, someday that i can appreciate those illustrations in real life!! =)

    http://travellersdiningdepot.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/a-melting-pot-of-cuisines/

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  112. Good heavens, did you stop to breathe for a minute during this fabulous trip around the world? I am awful jealous of you. I wish I could do something cool like this, and maybe one day I will. Until then I can salivate over your beautiful photographs. London is my favorite. I like how dark and gritty it is.

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  113. It seems to me that you have had the year that I always dream of. Amazing, truly!

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  114. great photos. Glad you got to Montreal...

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  115. My favorites are the Double Decker Bus at night in London, the St. Pat's Celebration in Dublin, and the boats in the canal at Oxford. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. Congratulations for your photos and the trip around the world, I had the same experience in 2011, travel and photography are my passion. Keep going !!!

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  117. mayflower193/1/12 4:32 am

    loved it

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  118. Excellent photos. I miss traveling!

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  119. wonderful photos, congratulations! keep on traveling

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  120. dam your travel photos are inspiring, keep posting :)

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  121. Lovely photographs. Im originally from Oxford, UK and the shot you have put on here is really interesting. I wouldn't have thought Oxford to look like that. Nice blog.

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  122. nice snaps dude... beutifully presented post... try out India in 2011... an incredible experience is guaranteed... keep rocking!!!

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  123. The more i see, the more i love it...!

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  124. It's a beautiful scene

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  125. Gorgeous and inspiring - I can't wait to go back to Europe myself!

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  126. Breath taking photographs! I especially love the ones in Prague! Did you get to take a tour of the underground city in Prague? The history is just amazing! I can't wait to see where you take us in 2012; where are you going next?

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  127. Great photos! I wish I could travel if I had a job first.

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  128. [...] giving somebody praise and/or words of encouragement.  Everywhere you turn one can be inspired by a photo, a story, a life experience, or a comical piece on the jealousy we feel when we see the box of a [...]

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  129. whish i had your life that sounds incredable

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  130. beautiful photography! They certainly tell a story all on their own of what must have been wonderful a wonderful experience~! Thank you for sharing these!! happy 2012!

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  131. The food looks delectable! And Montreal is wonderful!! It is so European-esk! I love visiting there, and it's nice to see that other people do as well.

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  132. A great photographer can transport the viewer. After looking at your photos, I feel I've been to these places. I'm glad you decided to take us all with you on your travels.

    I just have one question. How do you find the resources for this type of lifestyle?

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  133. Makes me want to get on a plane right now and go explore. Thanks for sharing!

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  134. TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I love these photos!! Especially the third one and the last one! The last one is so breath-taking!!!=)

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  135. Beautiful photos. Looks like you had a wonderful year.

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  136. Amazing photos and beautiful places to see. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  137. Your a really good photographer! its great to see people who put a lot of effort and time into their photography!

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  138. some absolutely beautiful pictures here, nice job.

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  139. Looks like a great year! #9 feels strikingly like a Thomas Eakins!

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  140. Beautiful photos! I would love to be as well traveled as you were in 2011, I hope that you can continue to go to all these amazing exciting places in 2012!

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  141. Really great saturation in these pictures....some of them almost look like paintings.

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  142. Looks like an amazing year! Such great pictures, thanks for putting them up! Whats on the schedule for 2012?

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  143. Love the pictures! I am hoping to go to Hawaii this year. Keep up the picture taking.

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  144. Wow, these are some amazing shots. Makes me want to go to all these beautiful places !

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  145. That's a good summary of the year. You obviously enjoyed it.

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  146. great photos and a fantastic way to keep 2011 travel memories alive forever!

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  147. I love your blog! Soso jealous of your travels. I have set up a blog discussing travelling around the beautiful places that the UK has to offer. at www.roadsuntravelled.wordpress.com. What was your favourite? Can't wait until I'm done with education so I can be free to travel!

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  148. Wow amazing photos. To fit all of that within a year is amazing and those shots are really good. Hoping to do one of those trips soon :)

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  149. Wow! You've had a great travel year! Very jealous. I've always wanted to check out Giant's Causeway but even with 2 trips to Ireland, I haven't been there yet. Definitely something to look forward to.

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  150. The photos and the places you've been are making me very jealous. I only saw two new countries last year while you've been everywhere. You make me want to go to Prague and London!

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  151. I aspire to be half the photographer you are, Tracy. Your photos are beautiful and at times, breathtaking.
    http:seemy2012here.wordpress.com

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  152. The world in a picture frame

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  153. Breath-taking! Absolutely beautiful!!

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  154. brotherjoe3/1/12 7:03 pm

    great stuff! look forward to seeing what happens in 2012...happy new year

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  155. Where's that last images?

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  156. What an incredible year you had and great photo documentary of it. Enjoy 2012!

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  157. Jenny Trozell3/1/12 9:18 pm

    Beautiful travelblog, I will sign me up immediately :-)

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  158. I'm envious of your travels! Very nice :)

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  159. Wow! Stunning photos you have captured. A fantastic blog, indeed. Keep clicking nad fascinating us all.

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  160. Oh my god, your pictures are all amazing! :D

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  161. joahnadiyosa3/1/12 9:59 pm

    Wow! Those photos are lovely! And the fact that you have traveled a lot (to gorgeous places, that is) I can see you had a great (uber great) 2011! Have more travels this year and i'll be waiting for your upcoming post of the wonderful places you've visited. :)

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  162. Beautiful photos!
    You should have stayed in London for the riots in August 2011: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/tottenham-riots-august-2011/

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  163. Stunning photographs! I've wanted to go to Budapest for quite a while now, and after seeing your photographs, I want to go even more!

    It's funny looking at the red in your photo of Prague - I was there New Years 2011 and it was covered in snow - everywhere you looked, it was white, so it's a little strange for me to see it looking so colourful.

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  164. Lovely photos - especially Budapest and Prague! I also took a look at your portfolio shots and really like the Boys I black and white shots. I was wondering if you could tell us what equipment you use - it's always nice to compare!

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  165. How do you afford these travels? I always wanted to go to Prague, I like hearing your comments about what a beautiful place it is...;-)

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  166. Hearing that you took up traveling only 2 years ago gives me hope that I can do so myself!

    Cheers and Happy 2012!

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  167. Such beautiful pictures. I hope my year will be as exciting!! you really captured the energy of St. Patrick day in Ireland.xx

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  168. These are absolutely stunning images! It gives me a whole bunch of inspiration!
    it looks like you had a great year!

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  169. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs. My partner and I love to travel and we are teaching our daughter to enjoy it also. There is so much to be learned from visiting a different place, experiencing their culture and geography. Best wishes for happy traveling in 2012!

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  171. I adore your photos. My dad is from Bratislava and I would love to visit. Thanks for posting!

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  172. they are all amazing pictures...

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