Hi guys! I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. Mine have been nothing short of perfect- snow, siblings and all.

Seeing as the end of the year is upon us I wanted to recap 2013 with my favorite travel shots (I was inspired by The Polar Route’s absolutely beautiful photos.)

Reviewing all of these photos was a lot of fun. As many of you know I adore photography- and not just taking the photos- I also love editing and curating them. My travels in 2013 spanned 15 countries across Europe, North America and Asia, and my photos reflect that (though there is a strong preference for Bali, which was possibly the most photogenic place I visited!)

As I reviewed these photos I noticed a bit of progress as the year went on so hopefully in 2014 my photography will continue to improve! Considering my parents gifted me the wonderful Canon 50mm 1.4 lens for Christmas (thanks SO much, mom and dad!), here’s hoping it will.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots from 2013… and I’d love to hear which one is your  favorite in the comments!

Paris

The view of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro. Paris, France.

Istanbul

The Hagia Sofia. Istanbul, Turkey.

Paris

A bride and groom on the Pont des Arts. Paris, France.

San Sebastian

San Sebastián at sunset. San Sebastián, Spain.

Vaux-le-Vicomte

A tree-lined French road in spring. Maincy, France.

Confolens, France

A Roman bridge in a small French town. Confolens, France.

Japan

A sushi chef at work. Narita, Japan.

Macau

Chinese lanterns above the crowd. Macau.

Angkor Wat

 Angkor Wat at sunrise. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Canyoning Vietnam

Rappelling down an 80-foot waterfall. Dalat, Vietnam.

Motorcycle Vietnam

 Motorcycling in the Vietnamese countryside. Vietnam.

Medicine Man Bali

 Meeting a ninth-generation medicine man in Bali. Ubud, Bali.

Mount Batur Bali

The summit of Mount Batur at sunrise. Mount Batur, Bali.

Mount Batur Bali

 A group of hikers and a monkey. Mount Batur, Bali.

Rice paddies Indonesia

 A verdant rice terrace. Bali, Indonesia.

Which photo is your favorite?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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