Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012: A Year in Review

Another year is coming to an end. As this year exits making way for the new one, let me look back on the year that is 2012.

This year:

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Hubs and I attended our first Fan Fest Day at AT%T Park. It's great that we did it because at the end of the season, my home team the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS won it all.

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Spent an amazing quick get-away in the wine country (here, here, and here) that included a fabulous meal at JOHN ASH & CO.

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I saw my first dalmatian horse; which according to a horse-lover friend of mine is actually an appaloosa breed.

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The second road trip of the year took us to the California's Northern Coast where we commune with nature, particularly the giant sequoia trees......

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And where I gawk at some of the prettiest Victorian houses I've ever laid my eyes on. (More here, here, here, here and here)

The summer was spent in India and Bangladesh where I saw these:

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Taj Mahal

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Unforgettable Sikandra

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Incredible Agra Fort

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Enjoy the Mughal architecture some more in old capital city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Arrive in Amber Fort on an elephant.

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Walk the beach of Cox's Bazar, known as the longest unbroken sandy sea beach at 125 km. Post coming soon.

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Mingle with local fishermen and their sampans at a quaint fishing village in Teknaf. Post coming soon.

Third road trip found us in the beach town of Bolinas.

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Fourth and last roadtrip, a quick day trip to Capitola.

And before the year comes to a close, we took a 7-day Caribbean cruise visiting two Mayan ruins (just in case you know) both in Mexico and stops in Belize and Honduras.

Our travel partners or shall we say cruise partners. We met them at the Mediterranean cruise some 3 years ago and toured Cairo with them. We kept in touch and decided to cruise together again.

List of countries I visited this year:


It has been one busy year. Thank God for all the blessings as well as the bumps in the road.

Happy New Year to everyone. May our new year bring forth peace of mind and joy in our hearts. Always be a little kinder.



  1. wow, you had a busy 2012! still drooling over your images of India. wishing you and hubs a healthier and wealthier 2013! cheers!

  2. forgive me for not able to visit your blog lately due to busy days.

    photos are still as fantastic. cheers to more great photos and trips in 2013!

  3. Happy Nu year to you n your dear family,
    On the way back to mla. After a very long break!
    Can.t believe it's 2013 already.

  4. What a wonderful year you had! Here's to more wonderful experiences in the year to come!

    Happy New Year 2013!

  5. What a year for you, Maria, and such a great way to highlight it! And to think we were able to follow you because of all your great posts. Looking forward to the ones you still need to catch up on. HA!

    And now 2013. I wonder what all it has in store for us!

  6. Congrats!!! You had a great 2012. I wish you the best for the New Year 2013. Peace!!!


    Barcelona Daily Photo

  7. that's quite an interesting shape for a boat (in Bangladesh, right?) - I imagine it really bobbing up & down in the rough seas!

    Here's to more travels in 2013!

  8. Great post. I enjoyed seeing some of your year. You had some nice trips far and near.

  9. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  10. Terrific captures of a wonderful, exciting year!! Thanks for sharing the fun!! Hope your new year is just as wonderful and exciting!! Happy New Year!


  11. Amazingly beautiful photography and wonderfully presented ~ Happy New Year ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

  12. Looks as if your travels were quite varied and exciting! Some great scenes!

  13. Wonderful travel photos! I love the dalmation horse, very pretty. Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Year!

  14. What a great reminder of your year. You visited some exciting places. May your travels continue in 2013.

  15. That was a wonderful 2012!

    Wish you and yours a delightful 2013!

  16. you had a travel-filled 2012. have a great 2013, photo cache!

  17. Nice post - and I have been to a few places that you show! Cant always say that!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  18. What lovely shots - and I've never seen a dalmatian horse before! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

  19. Happy New Year from sunny Singapore!! May 2013 bring you much joy and happiness!

  20. That was a great journey in 2012!
    Wish you more in 2013!

  21. You've taken us on a wonderful year's long trip to many places with interesting things to see and shoot at every point. A fine account of the year.

  22. Looks like a great year. Have a wonderful 2013!

  23. You had a wonderful 2012! I wish both of us a happier/ more wonderful new year.

    Oh, it's so nice to see you. :)

  24. Happy New Year!! Hope your 2013 brings you as much joy, happiness, health and travel as 2012 did! Love seeing you and hope to 'see' you more in 2013...oh yea and your adorable kitty too. ;)

  25. Wow what a busy and fun year you guys had -- lovely pictures...I'm fairly new to your blog so most of these were new to me. Thanks for sharing and happy 2013.

  26. All I can say is you got an eye for beauty, PhotoCache.

    Happy New Year!!!

  27. amazing yearender!

    you are blessed!!!
    and so are we for experiencing virtually those awesome places you've been to.

    may 2013 be a better and more fruitful year for all of us!