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My 7 Super Shots

by Emiel Van Den Boomen

This post took me three weeks to finish! Three weeks! Why? Because I had to select 7 pictures to play this fun game. Only 7 pictures out of I don’t know how many we have already….
Yes, I am taking part in Hostelbookers 7 Super Shots! Heather from GlobeTrotting Mama tagged me and although it was difficult to choose I am proud to show you my 7 Super Shots! Here goes:

A photo that…takes my breath away

ait ben haddou with kids

Just look at this shot. I was standing in the middle of this ancient kasbah (type of medina or fortress). Some kasbahs were built on a hilltop so they could be easily defended. But anyway, this is the world famous kasbah of Ait Benhaddou in Morocco. Red clay with some green leaves, beautiful image. But look at the stork’s nest on top of one of the towers. And this traditional guy looking at me, watching people approaching the city and guarding his collection of stone jars. This is a breathtaking place, honestly.

A photo that…makes me smile

South of Vietnam travel

I don’t usually make fun of elderly people, and certainly not this beautiful elderly woman in the Mekong delta in Vietnam. But she did make me smile! The way she approached me and watched me through these HUGH glasses just made me laugh. Even now, after all these years. Who was she? I don’t know. Her personal story was kept hidden behind our inability to speak a common language. What’s the Vietnamese word for ‘adorable’?

A photo that…makes me dream

Belo Horizonte Eustaquio travel

This picture could fill an evening of me telling our travel stories from our time in Belo Horizonte in Brazil back in 2006. We attended the beatification of my father’s uncle, Father Eustaquio. My father’s uncle went to Brazil as a missionary priest and it is believed he had the ability to cure people. Believe it or not, but still today (he died in 1943) he is a hero to many people in that area of Brazil. For them his story means hope.
70,000 (!) people attended the official beatification ceremony and we were in the middle of that gigantic soccer stadium. I dream of returning someday, for example on the day they will declare him a Saint.

A photo that…makes me think

NYC with kids

It happened already more than 10 years ago: 9/11. When we traveled to New York City in 2011 and strolled through the area of Ground Zero we constantly had this thought in our minds: “It actually happened right here.”
Still the terror of that day is hard to describe and it certainly was a turning point in history. Close to the new Freedom Tower (1 WTC) we found this memorial for all the fire fighters who died on that day. A pair of fire fighter boots, a bottle of whiskey, a flag, cigar, flowers, and pictures showing people with eyes gazing in the far distance….

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Travel Italy Rome Pizza
Need I say more? Pizza anyone? This is a picture of real pizza in Rome, Italy….

A picture that…tells a story

Travel Ibiza
This picture screams for a story! I once called it ‘Mad Max meets the Beach’. The people on this picture have one thing in common: they live as hippies on the island of Ibiza. It was taken on a Sunday evening on the beach of Benirrás. Here everybody celebrates the sunset, every Sunday afternoon and evening. There is a lot of drinking beer, smoking weed, playing music and having fun. After all that, one sometimes needs to cool down in the sea. The people I caught together in this frame all probably have different stories about why they turned to a hippie life on Ibiza don’t you think?

A photo that…I am most proud of (AKA My worthy of National Geographic shot)

Bali trip island

Bali, Indonesia. These are small offering baskets that Balinese people fill with rice, cookies, flowers and more. These baskets are offered to ancestors and gods three times a day. Here at Tirta Empul temple (Temple of the Holy Water) people bathe in the holy water, leaving a colorful pile of baskets! You see the hand of a woman gently placing another basket on top. Pure dedication…

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Vi @ Travel Tips June 29, 2012 - 12:04

Nice shots. Here are my 7 photos

Adventurous Feet June 1, 2012 - 04:17

i wish i could visit these places too. wonderful photos especially the first one. I also like the second pic taken in Vietnam 🙂

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David Bennett May 22, 2012 - 16:49

Well the photos kept me reading and looking – which is good, no?  And in another life I want to style me hair like the guy in the pool with the shaved head and the dreadlocks. And I want to stand on the roof at Ait Behaddou.

Great post.

Emiel van den Boomen May 23, 2012 - 08:52

That’s what it is all about David: keep on reading because the story and/or pictures trigger you. So I gave you two more items for your bucket list: shave head and get dreadlocks & visit Ait Benhaddou. Doesn’t seem very difficult to reach these goals 🙂

Nancy Sathre-Vogel May 19, 2012 - 06:22

Wonderful pics! Now I need to see if I can come up with something even close to as good.

Maryrichardson May 18, 2012 - 14:30

You’ve got a great eye, Emiel! I especially like the portrait of the Vietnamese woman, but I love the Moroccan one as well. I have no doubt it took a long time to compile such an excellent gallery.

Emiel van den Boomen May 23, 2012 - 08:49

Thank you Mary! Two more votes for the Vietnamese woman and Morocco 🙂 For myself it is difficult to compile because you have to leave so many other beautiful pictures behind on your hard drive. Maybe next time (part II)??

Michi May 17, 2012 - 12:09

GORGEOUS shots and stories, Emiel! And wow, wouldn’t it be cool to say you’re related to a saint?
My favorite would definitely have to be the one of the Vietnamese woman. 🙂

Emiel van den Boomen May 23, 2012 - 08:47

Wouldn’t that be SO cool Michelle!? Great to see how many people love the picture of the Vietnamese woman. That shot was one of a kind. Thanks! 

Ayngelina May 16, 2012 - 06:08

They are all great but the second one also makes me smile the most.

Angela May 15, 2012 - 17:12

Great collection, the first picture is truly breathtaking!

Justin May 15, 2012 - 16:57

Very Nice Mr. Emiel!  I’m impressed.  

I’m off to get Pizza.  Not quite like the one you have captured here, but it will have to do.  My mouth is watering!

Emiel van den Boomen May 15, 2012 - 23:11

Grazi Justin! Italy here he comes! 🙂

Lisa May 15, 2012 - 16:26

Beautiful photos, Emiel!  The first is my favourite because Morocco is a dream destination for me.  Love the detail of the stork’s nest on top of one of the towers!

Emiel van den Boomen May 15, 2012 - 23:10

Thanks Lisa. Morocco is also on our list for a second visit, it’s such a beautiful country!

Andrea and John May 15, 2012 - 15:16

I really like these – one of the best sets I’ve seen…

Emiel van den Boomen May 15, 2012 - 16:20


Jenna Francisco May 15, 2012 - 07:40

This is an amazing collection. I was tagged quite a while back and haven’t done mine either because it’s a very intimidating task! But you did a great job–I enjoyed all these and each fit its category perfectly.

Emiel van den Boomen May 15, 2012 - 16:22

It is Jenna, it really is. I walked, slept, worked and ran with this project in my mind for at least three weeks. But I always ended up with the same pictures (although I did change the pizza one in the last minute!). 

Bama May 15, 2012 - 03:24

Great choice, Emiel! I really love your first picture! It makes me dream of visiting Morocco one day. And of course I love that picture of Bali, just beautiful!

Emiel van den Boomen May 15, 2012 - 16:23

The Bali one is so colorful, really my favorite. Thanks Bama!


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