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January Photo Challenge: Your time off

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the new year.

We know that time-off for travellers doesn’t always mean time-off for you. Catching the demand of your location means sometimes putting off your own holiday time or finding creative ways to free up a few hours here and there.

Now with the holidays behind us, what does time off look like for you?

Travelling overseas? Catching up on your reading list? Fishing by the sea like Centerfrance ?

Whether it’s a few hours or a few months, share a photo of how you spend your free time. 


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M Adamopoulou

Hello Laura. Great start celebrating with family and friends.

As in Oropos doesnt snow very often we love snow and everytime it snows we run to our mountains to enjoy it..

When the weather is nice we go for walks around our beautiful country...

If we stay at home reading is our best hobby...

7 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Fantastic M Adamopoulou! It looks like you had a wonderful time making the most of a rare snow day with your family. Did you name your snowman?

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Yes Laura we did have a wonderful time. My grandaughter named the snowman after her name "Marietto".

Cheers!!!

7 months ago
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Thomas (Austria)

Although the Holidays are over, we are still fully booked up. Thanks to booking.com. Even single day gaps have been filled up by bdc.

We are very happy with the season and in our sparetime we love to do the same as our guests here in Gries am Brenner in Tyrol do. Skiing and having fun in the snow :-)

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Wow Thomas!!!! So beautiful scenery so many memories you have awakened me. I have visited Tirol. It’s amazing you are so lucky.
Enjoy the snow as much as you can.

7 months ago
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TT

I spend my free time taking photos of nature, the beach, birds, sandcastles and sunsets mostly on Siesta Key in Sarasota Florida

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi!TT and welcome to the forum. What a hobby!!! Hope you post some of your beautiful photos.
Happy New Year!!!

7 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi everyone.relaxing having a cigar with friends in Surfers Paradise...………………...I think the 2nd of January.it was fun and the weather ..Magic. !!

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Love the view. It’s spectacular!!! I think you are sitting the wrong way guys unless you have reasons!!!!

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Laura I agree with you. This forum is like we are travelling all around the world seating comfortably in our chair, just dreaming of the wonderful places we could visit. Photos inspire us to motivate and pack our bags and start exploring. Beautiful images are so powerful.

Thanks guys for reminding us " to travel is to live".

7 months ago
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Sharonhaseley

When we get time off we like to get the dogs out and explore the local beaches and the best of this time of the year is they are almost empty happy days 😀

7 months ago
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k2u

Hello

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday !!

As for time off... Unfortunately I had forced time off starting Christmas night. Spent in the Hospital for a week !! not the holiday we wanted for sure. Home now recovering.

Love the pictures M Adamopoulou. (was not able to make the cookies, but having a redo Christmas this weekend so definitely making them then)

It seems to be a very slow time for us right now.. a little concerning. The weather is not cooperating with the ski areas around us. Send some of the snow our way please, lol. I have dropped our prices, cannot drop any lower. Hopefully things will pick up.

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hello! Sharonhaseley beautiful dogs. I am sure your dogs love exploring your empty beaches. Sometimes we take also a little dog for a walk to the beach. He really loves running around without having to worry about where to go and not to go.

k2u its such a shame that you were in the hospital during Christmas, I can imagine your frustration. Hope that you feel much better now. I only had a flew which was very annoyed, but only that. I made three times the cookies. Some like them with almonds and some dont, so I made both. Everybody was finally satisfied. If you make them remember the more you beat butter the better they will come.

Here is some fresh snow for you. It started snowing last night. This will pick up, think positive!!!

7 months ago
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k2u

M Adamopoulou

Thank you !! Love the photo pretty holly. Seems like you got a lot of snow

Thank you for the tip as well. Definitely will post a photo of the cookies :)

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

For our place yes it’s a lot of snow. Today is the second day that we cannot get out of our house. We are snowbound!!!
Take care...

7 months ago
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Junedh9

Hi all ,hope all are doing good .

7 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi everyone..............."M" you seem to be snowed in so I thought I would send you and all Europe (Snowbound) a little bit of warmth from Sunny Surfers Paradise in Aussie.6 am this morning walking along the beach and coffee afterwards..................Enjoy enjoy.

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Thank you Michael for this warm beautiful picture. Snow has gone know but it’s to cold. Hopefully next week temperature will rise. Summer is just in the corner waiting....
Have a nice walk...

7 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Hi Auther, we'd love to see a photo of how you spend your time off! It doesn't have to be at the beach or in the snow - though that appears to be the prevailing theme ;)

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi guys!

Now that the weather is finally sunny and nice again we thought of doing a little hiking in our beautiful mountains.

The forest this time of the year is unbelievable!!!

7 months ago
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michael beeston

Wow !! different parts of the World we ALL are...You have had so much snow and now walking in a beautiful Forest, and for us in Aussie Record heat and temperatures !!!.......I am so fortunate in Queensland. a quick 10 minute walk to the Beach and our own Swimming pool.....Magic !!...Take care everyone and talk soon..............Still so so busy !!, its our very PEAK season.

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

That’s the beauty of the world. Many differences many cultures many amazing places but above all many beautiful people.
Keep cool....

7 months ago
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Colm (Bon B & …

January is our time to get away

We are finishing 2 weeks in Tenerife, great to recharge the batteries

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Welcome to this magnificent forum-Colm-Bon-B-B-Amsterdam-. Wow Tenerife is amazing have fun while you can.
Have visited years ago and had marvelous time. Everything is so beautiful and calm.
Have a nice relaxing holiday....

7 months ago
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Katerinka12

Painting!

This is my first painting after 26 long years...

7 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Katerinka, big artist, I like. You are good, do not stop to do what you are good to....

Hi from Lucy

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Katerinka12 what a beautiful painting. You are a great artist. Remember that big wall I have with the two pictures you did not like??? How about painting for me? Do you accept orders??? I like the colours you are using they are very warm. Please say yes.

Continue the good work...

7 months ago
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michael beeston

Katerinka. Very very nice (well done)

Well I keep seeing you guys/gals are still having so much snow in Europe (wow!!).We are still busy in Aussie as its the peak season /Xmas and school holidays.we are experiencing incredible Heat waves, so Rita and I managed to have one day empty in the apartment and jumped on and stayed the night (it was like a little holiday for ourselves......Magic.)

The picture is from the apartment balcony at 6 am in the morning, already 25 degrees BUT beautiful.....We had a small Champagne for breakfast with some Croissants from the local bakery.................and Yes "M" I had an extra glass for you (haha)

Hopefully this picture gives a bit of warmth for you all.Laura come on down to Aussie for a holiday..you would LOVE it.................Michael.

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Thanks Michael for your warming picture. Thanks for your thoughtfulness. Right now we have very nice weather with a lot of sunshine. Nice to hear you managed to have some little rest with incredible breakfast.
Cheers my friends and have a pleasant day...

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Yes, We have an paint artist in this forum. It’s wonderful...

6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

I love to take photos. It is relaxing and something I can do anywhere, even in our own backyard. I know, lucky us, we live in the Catlins New Zealand, with lots of birdlife, beaches, waterfalls not far from our home. We don't take it for granted. Being outdoors is the best way to unwind. Even for a few minutes.

6 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Hi everyone!

Voting for this challenge finishes tomorrow and we have 4 photos all tied for first! If you haven't voted yet, make sure to thumbs up your favourite photo.

New challenge to be announced on Friday - stay tuned :)

6 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Michael, I'm a Sydney-sider, but I have soft spot in my heart for Surfers Paradise with its perfect 'assembly belt' waves. A very well-named place!

6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Anyone loving photography: Welcome to the Catlins!

6 months ago
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Leandri Klopper

Hey Everyone!

Ironically I missed this one, because I didn't have any time off. But I SO enjoyed all the photos.

M Adamopoulou - The snow looks so fluffy! I would sell my house for a bit of coldness right now. S.A is Boiling. Perhaps I need to move to Surfers Paradise. I must say michael beeston , those cigars and relaxation looks like it Hits the spot!

I'm not much for hiking and being busy when I've got a Short peroid of time off. Maybe if I had a little while longer, then I would say yes to adventure. Me, I like spending time with my friends. No matter the view.

Sharonhaseley - YES! I love dogs, but I don't have any of my own. So I enjoy other people's pets when they are out and about.

PS. Welcome to the last stretch of the Month, only a few more days to go!

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi!-Aaltje-Cornelia-Petronella-Broekhuizen many thanks for sharing your incredible pictures.

Catlins must be a paradise. You are so fortunate.

Take care..

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi Laura...........I am also a Sydney person, (lived at Rose bay) and grew up there...........although Surfers Paradise is a cool place ..SYDNEY is even cooler...........It is one of the most beautiful harbors and places in the World !!!.I LOVE SYDNEY.

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi Leandri.....................Yes its a magic place (except too many cigars and too much Champagne ) hahahahahaha...................We all work sometimes too damn hard so need a few breaks from time to time....................Can ANYONE believe it is almost the end of January...Where did that time go !!!!

6 months ago
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michael beeston

we went out on the canal on the weekend..................fab/fab..and yes "M" and for all you girls............ I had a few wines for you (hahah) ALL as well.

6 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Wow Michael, 'fab' doesn't even begin to describe your time off!

The Harbour Bridge and Opera House in one frame! Was that shot taken from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair at the tip of the Royal Botanic Gardens?

6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Michael, that is a stunner shot.

6 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Did you know that you can ski in Australia? ⛷

This is me taking a rest in the winter afternoon sun at Perisher Valley, about 5 hours southwest of Sydney in the aptly named Snowy Mountains.

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Australia is world famous for The Harbour Bridge and Opera House, for its natural wonders, beaches, deserts and for ski!!!!

Great Laura for reminding us.

Thank you Michael for sharing those magnificent pictures. Australia is magnificent. As you said you are very fortunate for leaving there, enjoying every bit of it. Thankfully for us January is getting away, summer is such behind the corner...

Cheers to you pal....

6 months ago