A Sunday Thank You Note

It’s been six months since I started my blog, Inspired By Travel, and I will be eternally grateful for it.

Not only did it push me to write about my greatest passion in the world – travel – but it urged me to take more photographs to better tell the story. I have always enjoyed writing though I never knew I’d embrace photography as much as I have; I owe alot of that to crafting these posts.

Spot the (easter) egg ~ contemporary art at LACMA, CA.

Sharing my posts with a community of readers has been the best thing to come out of the blogging experience. Knowing that an image, words, or a quote evoked a positive emotion – whether it be across the world, or across the room – is for me, the most inspiring thing ever.

At The Getty Villa, Malibu, CA

In that vein, I’d like to thank some bloggers for the awards they have nominated me for; I am so happy to have received them. Thank you to All the pretty jars and MiltonJohns Photography for the Versatile Blogger Award, and My thoughts, pics and personal opinions for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. These three blogs are all so different but inspiring in their passion and points of view. Click on the links above to find out why.

I wanted to share some posts that have made me smile; I nominate their blogs for those awards as listed below. I hope they will make you smile. Thank you!


An Easter fix. The photos are divine – hot cross buns!. This post is delicious to just to look through. Not That I’m Egging You On… | Assia’s Kaleidoscope.

No matter in what part of the world, this blogger always posts excellent photos of those travels. Here’s one taken in my hometown of Sydney. Wanderers in Sydney « A Certain Slant of Light Photography.

Iran is a country I would love to visit. Until then, this blogger is giving me an on-the-road account of their experience. Almost Nothing/ Dasht-e Kavir « A Vagabondage.

The Met Museum in NY is one of my favourite places. The photographs in this post make me want to visit again. Going to the Met | barbaraelka.

Brazil and lots of colour. Yes, please. APRIL 02 COLOUR BLIND……….. « shpics.

Violets remind me of Sydney and I always associate them with the memory of my lovely grandmother. I just learned that they are symbolic of love, and that the flowers can be made into tea. This post made me smile wide. Nature in your Yard – Heralds of Spring. « Seasons Flow.


An artist and an inspiration, every post is worthy of an award. Here’s the latest – you can scroll from it, backwards: Vestiges: Curiosities, Continuations, Comparisons « draw and shoot.

Prepare to be wowed by the photographs on this blog. Here’s a favourite of mine: Grand Central Terminal | Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine.

Spring heralds the start of cherry blossom season. The photos in this post are exquisite.Cherry Blossom « Cornwall – A Photographic Journey.

Tropical flowers (love those fragrant frangipanis), nostalgia, and avocado on toast – this post is reason enough to fly to Malaysia. Mornings in the Garden « Skybambi.

A lovely post on Brighton – prompted by putting “pen to paper .. write about a place which you treasure,” accompanied by two gorgeous photos. Brighton: A Treasured Place (#wpthu) « Mufidah Kassalias.

From across the Atlantic, it’s nice to share a mutual love of nature with this blogger. Little Ladybird « Little Trot.

Cirque du Soleil, Hollywood


41 thoughts on “A Sunday Thank You Note

  1. …and you do it so well, Marina. I love visiting your blog – for the images and the writing. Now I have a whole lot of new blogs to check out (although, I already know how fab’ barbaraelka is!)

    Cheers from Syders 🙂

  2. Marina, I enjoy your blog very much. I admire your enthusiasm and your creative energy. It has been pleasure reading and looking at your work.
    And yes, Bless your cotton socks!

  3. Congratulations on six months. You certainly have invested a lot of work, and I’m sure you have learned much from the adventure, getting better all the time, at this new craft!

    • Shimon, thank you for your comment. It really is nice to meet authors and photographers like you – i learn alot from your posts. They are encouraging and honest. Thank you for that 🙂

  4. Congratulations Marina! Wow, 6 months! Your writing and your photography bring your posts to life. I savour each and every one. They are an inspiration and I very much look forward to the next 6 months. Your awards are so richly deserved and you are very generous in turn and I thank you for that.

    • That’s so nice of you to say, Adrian 🙂 I’m grateful that we met early on, at the start of both our blogging experiences. Thank you – here’s to more posts between us.

  5. Marina, your blog is always inspiring!
    Thank you so much for what you wrote and for mentioning my blog. I so appreciate your kindness. Congrats on 6 months of loveliness! 🙂

    • shira, thank you! You’re lovely and it has been such a pleasure meeting you through this world. It’s nice to share in the love for travel, food, quotes, and life with you and your blog 🙂

  6. Congratulations, you deserve all the awards and especially the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! 😀 Keep up the good work; it’s always a delight to read your posts! 🙂

  7. Congratulations for your blogging birthday and your awards, Marina, your blog is awesome. It really makes me feel I’m travelling with you and your writing is great, too.

    • My pleasure, I always love to see your posts especially as we are based in different parts of the US – nature is so different yet so the same! I am so happy we have connected in the blogosphere – here’s to more blogging in future. Thank you!

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