Sunday, 9 March 2014

Monday Images - Socotra, Beautiful & Surreal!

We all hate Mondays, don't we? In this series, we thought of pep you up with a nice picture every Monday. A picture we liked during our search on the web. A camera is traveller's constant companion and we all love to take pictures when we travel.  These pictures are taken by others in places either we have been to or not.

It must be a year ago when we read an article in National Geographic magazine on Yemen. Typical of NG, the article on Yemen carried some mesmerising images of unspoilt and secluded areas with gorgeous beaches, azure waters and to top it all surreal landscape of dragon trees and desert roses. From that moment, Yemen got into the list of the places we want to visit some day. Political situation in the country has ensured very few visit this lovely land of friendly people.

The region in Yemen we were talking about is known as "Socotra" - A UNESCO World Heritage site. Socotra (3,625 sq kms) which is part of the Republic of Yemen, is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth of continental origin (i.e., not of volcanic origin). The third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth.

The island was recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a world natural heritage site in July 2008.”

The beaches .......(Photo Courtesy - Alfredo Felleti)
The beaches...........(Photo Courtesy - Sallam)
Dragon Trees (Photo Courtesy - V Babinda)
Check out the detailed story on National Geographic in this link below

We need to go there before the crowd arrive. Sooner the better.

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