Literally an unknown destination to me 6 months ago, I decided to try to find somewhere still "undiscovered". Flores Island in Indonesia ended up being that place and of all things is predominantly Catholic. There were areas of Flores that were breath-taking, but the single item that made me fall in love with the island....the people. Life was simple and appeared uncomplicated for these people (although the satellite dish at each hut spoiled much of this!) and it was reflected in their attitudes. When was the last time you went to a cultural destination and was not asked for money or turned away at most chances? These people were extremely pleasurable to be around and not only allowed me to photograph them, but showed genuine interest in us. How many other tourists did we see...I counted...7 for 8 days. Flores just opened up their island to air traffic from Bali about 1.5 years ago and has a single road through the island....the closest place I have been to as "paradise" that I remember. Smile! If you want to see more of this island, please feel free to go to my website, 7continentsgallery.smugmug.com (no www).
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