My Personal Favourites for 2023

A photo becomes a favorite for various reasons. While it might not hold the same significance for everyone, for me, it’s the attached memories that make it special.

Linked to Patti’s LAPC Challenge

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

In 2023, my first visit to Sintra left me captivated, especially when gazing down from a high vantage point—the view was truly magnificent.

Amidst the crowded Musee d’Orsay, capturing a shot was challenging with numerous people in the same spot. Yet, this girl happened to be in the perfect place at the right moment.

This was a drive by photo taken during our roadtrip in York.

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. Every sunrise begins with new eyes.”- Richie Norton

Perched on a mountain cliff above Santiago Cove in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, features traditional Greek architecture with stunning sea views.

Love the spooky feeling this photo gives. It is the Church of Saint Ildefonso in Porto.

During our wet roadtrip in the UK, surprised that a photo in the McDonald’s parking lot created this magical atmosphere.

“The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

Closer to home now, a stroll through Frankston Getty led to capturing some beautifully moody shots.

Fiddlehead Fern in my garden

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” –John Muir

Back lighting of autumn leaves in The Emerald Park.


  1. Great leaf photo! Could use in a commercial perhaps? 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Rebecca, you’re so kind. Haha maybe for a McDonald’s commercial because that’s where I found it. 😂😂😂

      1. Hilarious! Beauty captured where you found it, a veritable happy meal of color. 🙂

  2. Beautiful work!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks ❤️

  3. restlessjo says:

    You made me smile, Teresa, and I’ve stood in so many of those same places. The memories come flooding back. Superb photos, too!

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad I made you smile. Such a great feeling isn’t it?

      1. restlessjo says:

        It is! Have a happy week, darlin!

        1. Teresa says:

          You too ❤️😍

          1. A beautiful collection from the year Teresa! Happy 2024, Maggie

          2. Teresa says:

            Thanks so much. Have a great year ahead. Sorry for the late response, it went to spam.

  4. bushboy says:

    These are ever so wonderful Teresa 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot Brian❤️

  5. Toonsarah says:

    Your shot in the McDonalds car park proves you don’t need an exotic location to find good photo ops! But my favourites are the church in Porto and the fern in your own garden 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for liking them Sarah. And I just used my iphone for the Porto and the leaves one so I am so glad it turned out ok.

  6. Walking Away says:

    Love the car park! Beauty where you find it, eh?

    1. Teresa says:

      So true. You just have to take that shot because you’ll never know.

  7. A wonderful collection! 😍

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Tiffany for the comment and for stopping by.

  8. Marie says:

    Another vote for the McDonald’s car park!! Although I also love the birds – I lovely selection Teresa

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Marie, glad you like them. Both taken with my iphone.

  9. pattimoed says:

    Fabulous collection, Teresa! I enjoyed them all! All the best in 2024. And more travel, of course!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Patti and same wishes to you as well.

  10. Beautiful. That photo of the church of St. Ildefonso reminded me of a cafe next to it where we’d dropped in for an aperitif. We were surprised when a fado performance started. Very pleasant surprise. I’m sure you were equally pleasantly surprised by that photo in a parking lot at a McDonald’s.

    1. Teresa says:

      That’s what I love about travelling… full of pleasant surprises. Did you enjoy the Fado performance? It is quite different huh plus awesome food!

  11. Wind Kisses says:

    Fantastic choices, all of them, To think you found the beautifu leaves in a McDonalds parking lot is a great story. Favortes were of the Greek architecture in the Phillipines, and the photos from Sintra. Outstanding gallery from a fabulous year.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for having your favourites. Just lucky to be on an empty parking lot in McDonald’s.

  12. Hammad Rais says:

    Such a wonderful look back to 2023 from your archive, Teresa. Very lovely 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Hammad! Have a great day.

  13. PR says:

    Lovely scenes from 2023!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thank you 💙

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