Thirsty Thursday: Philippines

This week’s Thirsty Thursday is about the Philippines. Yes. The beautiful island chain made up of 7,641 islands, breathtaking views, one of a kind natural wonders, great food, and gorgeous people. So go ahead and strap yourselves in for a country full of wonders.

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The Bacuit Archipelago is an island chain truly made of dreams. With the irregular tips of limestone islets and numerous massesΒ of gorgeous white sand beaches and lagoons fit for causing you sensory overload.

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Final shot of the gorgeous and enchanting peaks.

 

The Callao Cave, perhaps the most popular cave in the Philippines, is located in the Western sloping foothills in the Cagayan Province. Callao and it’s seven chambered cave are a part of a network consisting of 300 caves in the surrounding areas making up the best natural tourist attraction in the province.

 

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A view of our world as seen from below in a natural “window” in the Callao.

 

The 2000 year old rice terraces populating the Ifugao Mountains otherwise known as the Banaue Rice Terraces are widely regarded as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and after observing it’s gorgeous handmade slopes reaching distances over 5000 feet above sea level I believe it’s true.

 

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An aerial view of the terraces in their Ifaugo mountain valley in a stunning shot.

 

MaterializingΒ from theΒ core of the Β Pandan jungle the Malumpati River, more commonly referred to as a spring, sits as a beacon of clean and pristine turquoise water.

 

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The Malumpati as seen from behind it’s only access bridge.

 

This idyllic beach in Boracay, Philippines has to go down on the list as one of the most beautiful in the world. With it’s beautiful cerulean waters, white sand, and endless skyline is a must for any beach lover!

 

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The Boracay’s turquoiseΒ coast decorated by slopes of limestone and beautiful cabanas.

 

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Province, Philippines are a natural wonder. This stunning hill formation is comprised of at least 1,260 hills can actually contain as many as 1,776 exotic hills. The Chocolate Hills are also subject of a few tall tales to explain their formation my favorite is about a CarabaoΒ  who plagued the townspeople by eating all their crops. In retaliation the townspeople placed all of their rotten food out for the Carabao and of course he ate it but since it was rotten it made him sick and he ended up heavily defecating… The poo dried up and there you have it, Chocolate Hills.

 

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Image showing the grasses of the hills in between their green and chocolate seasons.

 

Densely populated off the coast of Cebu, Philippines Mactan Island is what dreams are made of. Yet another beautiful Filipino beach and scenic view… Can I have my ticket now?

 

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A fun time with rowing and can be seen in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Matcan.

 

Mount Pinatubo known to most of the world after it’s 1991 eruption and it’s status are the second largest terrestrial eruption in the twentieth century. Years later it’s still known as a local legend, not only because of it’s violent eruption but for its breathtaking beauty as well.

 

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Striking shot of the Pinatubo’s climatic eruption in 1991.

 

The last beautiful sight we are going to catalog in the Philippines is the gorgeous and spellbinding Hinatuan Enchanted River. This deep spring river located on the island of Mindanao flows into the Philippine Sea and then to the Pacific ocean. The exploration under the surface of the Hinatuan is still a fresh and exciting endeavor. Divers have found a hidden cave opening thirty meters below the surface as of 2010 and successive operations have been led to discover the depths of the caves below 82 meters. Locals have legends as to why the river developed it’s striking color, tales of uncatchable fish, and the Engkantos that dwell there and protect it’s crystalline waters.

 

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Aerial image of the Hinatuan as it’s certainly protected by Engkantos.

 

 

All righty! How did y’all like the images and tales of the gorgeous country of the Philippines? Would you like to travel there or have you? Let me know in the comments below! Just know I’m quietly bidding my time until I get to go there and stay for life… Just playing! Until then let’s look at some pics of gorgeous Filipino people.

Filipino Men Y’all:

Y’all ready to see the women, or no?

I’m done… Let me know what you think and stay blessed!

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ALSO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE PHILIPPINES NOW!

Double also, images are not mine and rights belong solely to their owners.

Thirsty Thursday: Brazil

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday on the Lonely Wanderer. This is a new weekly installment series entitled Thirsty Thursdays focused on showcasing the countries with the most beautiful sights in the world. This weeks focus is the gorgeous South American nation of Brazil, it’s stunning landscapes, mountains, beaches, and cultural sights.

Brazil. It’s one of those countries that you almost have to sigh after mentioning the name because it brings feelings of yearning. And you should. Brazil is an amazing country. From it’s amazing history, unique culture, and breathtaking views.

P.S. If that doesn’t appeal to you there are also so really hot Brazilian people as a treat at the end…

 

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Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio.

 

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Iguazu Falls on Brazil-Argentina border.

 

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Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil.

The following images make up the Pantanal Wetlands is a large region including the world’s largest tropical wetland.

 

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Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil.

 

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Corcovado Mountain in the Pantanal Wetland, Brazil.

 

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Gorgeous shot of lone trees in the Pantanal Wetlands.

 

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Aerial view of the Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil.

Fernando de NoronhaΒ Β is a 21 islet and island archipelago about 220 miles of the coast of Brazil.

 

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Beautiful view from one of Noronha’s many peaks.

 

 

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Noronha’s gorgeous blue-green waters hug the coast.

 

 

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Panorama view of Noronha’s rocky coastline and enchanting waters.

 

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Tourists look upon the slopes of Fernando do Noronha, Brazil.

Santa Teresa is a popular neighborhood and cultural destination in Rio de Janierio, Brazil at the top of Santa Teresa Hill. It’s known for its scenic narrow streets, colorful buildings, and stunning street art.

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Colorful shops and storefronts in a narrow Santa Teresa street.

 

 

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FamousΒ Selaron Steps in Santa Teresa, Brazil.

 

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Empty Santa Teresa transportation cable car on the tracks in Santa Teresa.

 

 

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Aerial view of Rio de Janiero with Santa Maria, Cristo Redentor, and Pedra de Gavea in the distance.

 

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Church in Santa Teresa alongside a transportation station.

Tijuca Forest is a rainforest inside the ciy of Rio de Janiero and is said to be the largest urban rainforest in the world.

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Great image of the beautiful plant life in Tijuca Forest.

 

 

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A three-toed sloth grips onto the trees in Tijuca forest.

 

 

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Among the foliage of Tijuca Cristo Redentor can be seen in the distance.

 

 

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Aerial view atop the peaks in Tijuca.

 

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View of Rio de Janiero from the peaks of Pedra de Gavea.

The Amazon Theatre or Teatro Amazona is an opera house located inside the Amazon Rainforest.

 

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Gorgeous shot of Teatro Amazona during sunset.

 

 

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Goregeous image of the inside of Teatro Amazona.

 

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Aerial shot of the exact meeting of the waters.

 

 

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Aerial shot showing a gorgeous city hugging Rio Negro while Solimoes sandy colors wade in the distance.

 

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A calmer looking Rio Negro as it meets with Rio Solimoes.

The Amazon Rainforest encompassing most of Northwestern Brazil and also covering Columbia and Peru is known as the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

 

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View of the Amazon under the plumage of a Scarlet Macaw.

 

 

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Aerial view of the Amazon’s swamp lands.

 

 

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A calm and pristine lake found amongst the Amazon greenery.

 

 

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Veu de Noiva waterfall in the Amazon Rainforest.

 

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The Trans-Amazonian Highway running through the length of the Amazon.

So, that’s it for the first Thirsty Thursday where we indulge in the sights to be seen from different lands all over the world. That was just a FRACTION of Brazil… It definitely just took it’s place in my heart and bucket list. This has inspired me to DEFINITELY take a trip there at some point. Until then… Let us all enjoy pictures of gorgeous Brazilian men and women.

 

 

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Wow.

 

 

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I’m coming hon, don’t worry.

 

 

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Yes you are, you can make me whatever you want.

 

 

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I’m going to marry you.

 

 

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I will come to all of your games.

 

 

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Are you a runway model? Because you’ve been walking through my head all day.

 

 

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He can handcuff me.

 

 

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I think he’s staring longingly at me…

 

 

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Hey boo.

 

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I’M SO DONE!

 

 

 

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You’ve got to be kidding me.

 

 

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Their women are gorgeous too?

 

 

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I call dibs.

 

 

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Look at my wife.

 

 

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Her too…

 

 

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Her for real, for real.

 

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I’M SO DONE. Honestly no more words… I’m booking my flight ASAP.

Also… No of the pictures are my own, nor do I own them, or take credit for them…

BRAZIL!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Merica Wednesday 03: Chicago, IL

Hey my lovelies! TheΒ third installment ofΒ ‘Merica Wednesdays is all about Chicago! Yes Chi-Town, Chiraq, Chicagoland… One of the best places in the world. So without any more interruption here is Chicago. No passport, no visa.

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Officialy known as the City of Chicago, this windy city is the third most populated in the USA and the most populated in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is known around the world as an authority on telecommunications, industry, finance, and transportation: with O’Hare International Airport taking the title as the second busiest in the world in regards to air traffic. Chicago also holds the title of having one of the world’s most diversified economy and workforce. Last year Chi-Town claimed it’s title as one of the most visited US cities with over 54 million domestic and international visitors. The Windy Cities culture has strong ties in performance with theater, film, visual arts, comedy, and music. In addition to an abundance of professional sporting teams Chicago is also home to a number of prestigious colleges and universities.

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When visiting Chicago the first thing you will probably notice is its simple layout. The city is divided into three large divisions: TheΒ Loop, The North Side, South Side, and West SideΒ each with their own subdivisions. A few of the Windy Cities famous public artwork include Chagall’s Four Seasons, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Burham and Bennett’s Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Picasso, and Plensa’s Crown Fountain.

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The waterfront nightlife has attracted millions to the wonders of Chicago. From Roger’s Park in Northside Chicago to South Shore Chicago a third of it’s residents have convened for waterfront residence. Hugging the waterfront numerous culturally diverse neighborhoods can be found including Little Seoul, Paseo Boricua, Greek Town, Little Italy, Little Vietnam, Polish Patches,Β Pilsen, a Desi area, and Chinatown. In addition to the booming nightlife highlighted by Chicago’s cultural diversity some other interesting things in Chicago can be found in the many neighborhoods and boroughs of Chicago. In Lincoln Park a popular zoo and Lincoln Park Conservatory can be found.

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Chicago has something for everybody. If classic architecture, stunning cityscapes, cutting edge universities, and an expansive nightlife isn’t for you then you’re sure to find your dream getaway in Chicago’s music and theatre as well as their popular sporting teams and clubs. Known internationally as a great place for the performing arts theatres such as the Bank of America Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as well as many others. The Chicago Symphony also takes it’s place annually as one of the best orchestras and orchestral performances in the world. If you are drawn to music outside of the performing arts then Chicago’s famous live music scene and legendary jazz and blues venues will definitely sate your appetite. Finally, whenever talking about Chicago the elephant in the room is always their sporting teams. With some of the most famous and well know sporting teams in the world Chicago is a great place to appreciate athletics. Take a trip to Wrigley Field to appreciate the Chicago Cubs or to the Guaranteed Rate Field in South Side Chicago for the White Sox.

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The appeal of Chicago can be appreciated by anyone. From the architecture, to the cuisine, to live entertainment Chicago is a perfect weekend getaway or drawn out vacation for anyone. With median priced expenses and four star hotels starting at $99 a night Chicago is also a cost effective trip for even the most frugal spenders. If you are the least bit intrigued by the enchanting wonders of Chicago don’t wait to find the answers to your questions. Book a flight or fuel up your tank and journey to the windy city, Chi-Town won’t disappoint you.

 

‘Merica Wednesday: 02 Miami, FL

Finally it’s time for another installment of ‘Merica Wednesday. Dream American Vacation for today? Miami, Florida. ‘Nuff said.

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Seated on the coastline of Southeast Florida Miami is one of the most populous areas in the U.S. and is ranked as the fourth most populous urban area in the country. With it’s easy access to the Atlantic coast Miami is also known as the “Cruise Capitol of the World” and is known for it’s busy waves. The combined culture rich with the influences of several Latin cultures including that of the Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Nicaraguans, and that of many other nations. In addition to the heavy Latino and Hispanic influence on Miami culture the all important aspects of American culture including that of Blacks, Asians, and Caucasians have a heavy influence on this seaport city. Popular tourist areas such as Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Coral Gables, and the historic Downtown Miami area are landmarks in Florida tourism and in the display of Miami’s culture.

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There is plenty going on in the proclaimed “Capitol of Latin America” to entertain you whether you are a career traveler or a weekend warrior seeking fun. For a journey to realize all of the natural, historic, and artistic wonders Miami offers visits to locations such as Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, Coral Castle, St Bernard deΒ Clairvaux Church, the Fairchild Botanical Gardens, and Jungle Island will be sure to seize your attention. To witness the legendary art of Miami try journeying to Downtown Miami to see popular attractions such as the Miami Art Museum, Vicaya Museums and Gardens, and the “Olympics of art” in Art Basel Miami.Β For a taste ofΒ the beach scene try exhausting your energies in snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing in one of the many Miami beaches, marinas, canals, and bays. In addition to these past times Miami is home to plenty of sporting teams from various high schools, colleges, and professional leagues so spending your time spectating is a great option as well.

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The cuisine of Miami is every bit as rich as it’s culture. As a reflection of Miami’s varied and diverse population it comes together so well to form a unique experience for any food lover. The Floribbean cuisine, a mix of Latin America and American cuisine is all but worshiped inΒ Miami. Restaurants available in South Florida and Miami such as Pollo Tropical, a popular restaurant chain, are dedicated to showcasing the unique taste of Miami. The medianoche, croqueta, Cuban sandwich, and cortadito are evidence of the uniquely Cuban cuisine of Miami. Areas such as Miami River and Biscane Bay are popular seaport areas and so are the restaurants offering seafood with a Floribbean twist.

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Miami’sΒ mixed Latin and West Indie culture shows in more ways than art and athletics. The nightlife in Miami is one of the best and most expansive in the world. With an abundance of restaurants, bars, and clubs Miami is a fantastic destination for a excursion of fun. On anyΒ night out you can witness the dances and sounds of the rumba, bachata, conga, cumbia, vallenato, samba, and reggae to name a few. The sounds of Miami, like its dance, are varied and all wonderful in their own right. Miami has gave birth to artists from Contemporary and PopΒ to Latin and Reggaeton to Hip Pop and Rap, and one can definitely see that in the night scenes of Miami.

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In all, Miami can be any travelers dream. From the rich, heterogeneous culture to the one of a kind dialect and history. With all Miami has to offer; some of the best music and art in the world, exciting sporting teams, the famous music scene, and scenic views it still maintains it’s heart thriving in the sharedΒ melting pot of culture. Miami also holds the title as one of the most sought after American destinations and has the reputation of being one of the best and cleanest cities in the world. So if you do not live in America and own a passport pick it up and discover Miami, and if you live in the USA and still have not considered this trip or made your plans, evaluate your SANITY, and then pick up your suitcase and discover your getaway. Farewell to you on this beautiful Monday. See you in Miami.

Travspiration: 10

Travspiration today is a picture because I’m tired of the cold… It’s so damn cold it doesn’t make sense so enjoy these pictures of a beach in Hawai’i to inspire you to get your ass out the cold. No for real though. It’s too cold. I fell in love looking at these beaches today.

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Look at how hot this beach looks!
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I can feel the Sun on my back!