#BVSBlue Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kirsten Quist for capturing this beautiful blue celestial scene! This discovery from New Zealand’s Cape Campbell in this winning entry of our #BVSBlue Photo Contest. Congrats, Kirsten—you’re going to Crete for a photo clinic with Trover Ambassador Brendan van Son!

Kirsten Quist‘s winning #BVSBlue discovery from Cape Campbell, New Zealand.

You’ll have to get up early (or go to bed late) to capture the Milky Way in its luminous wonder. Kirsten shared her experience of snapping this starry night.

After a 2:15AM start, a couple hours of driving through fields of cattle and abandoned sheds, and finally a short walk, I arrived at the private entrance (with permission of course) to Cape Campbell lighthouse. I was awarded with a stunning night sky and a peaceful stargazing experience, only interrupted by a beautiful sunrise.

Thanks, Kirsten! Brendan and the Trover team loved the thoughtful description and dramatic perspective of this travel-worthy find. Follow Kirsten on Trover to see more of her impressive discoveries and find out where she heads next!

Competition was fierce for the coveted spot in Brendan’s photo clinic and we were blown away by the stunning discoveries from the Trover community! Honorable Mentions and high fives to Dalibor Brlek for this colorful solar installation from Croatia, to Tim Durtschi for his instant adrenaline rush from Crater Lake, and to Dennis Skyum for his rail station rainbow from Sweden.

Honorable Mention to Dalibor Brlek, Tim Durtschi & Dennis Skyum

Explore the full list of #BVSBlue discoveries to experience the bounty of beautiful blue hues that paint our world. Follow your fellow Trovers, thank your favorites, and keep sharing your photos & travel tips from the wide blue yonder!

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Should you stay or should you go? Top 10 places to visit in Greece.

The Greek crisis has a lot of travelers and Trovers asking: should I stay or should I go? The answer is a resounding: Go! Greece remains a leader in travel and expects no problems with supplies, transportation or venues. And while there are some challenges with the banks, you can and should bring enough Euros to cover your trip. Cash, along with your foreign credit cards, will help you enjoy Greek hospitality. So grab your passport and get going! Here are the top places in Greece to visit:

Santorini

With white-washed houses and striking black beaches, Santorini is one of most ancient and beautiful islands in Greece. Make sure to visit, Oia, the oldest settlement on the island.

Santorini

Photo by klustra81.

Mykonos

Known for beaches and nightlife, this island has been a glamorous destination for international travelers since the 1950’s.

Mykonos

Photo by Majid Shaheen.

The Parthenon, The Acropolis, Athens

This icon of Athens sits on top of a hill and its ancient functions continue to remain a mystery.

parthenon

Photo by Shelly&Scott@TheAmateurAdventurer

Ruins at Delphi

The Temple of Apollo and the Theater were important places of pilgrimage for the ancient Greeks.

Delphi

Photo by Boon.

Samaria Gorge

Located on the island of Crete, the gorge is a 16km cut into the White Mountains which are located outside of the town of Chaina.

Gorge

Photo by Allan Tipon.

Crete

The center of the ancient Minoan civilization, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.

crete

Photo by Annie Chang.

Rhodes

Once home to the Colossus of Rhodes that towered of above the entrance of their harbor, it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.

rhodes

Photo by Velabas.

Meteora

A collection of isolated monasteries that are “suspended in the sky”.

Meteora

Photo by Sharrie Shaw.

Mycenae

A major Greek archeological site that began in the Neolithic era.

Mycenae

Photo by S’door is Open.

Hydra

A charming island with a lovely port town, only feet and donkeys allowed.

Hydra

Photo by Allan Tipon.

Digging for more ancient sites? Check out more ancient ruins and temples here. Meet all of our adventure loving Trovers at Trover.com.