Often when I travel, I am drawn to the unexpected surprises of places hidden beneath the non-attentive eye. From the mysterious hutongs of Beijing to the labyrinthine of a souq in Morocco, there is always a surprising hidden place to explore.
Perhaps these hidden places open a window into the unknown about the foreign culture you are visiting. Yet they always seem to leave me questioning, thinking and guessing about what it is really like behind these hidden windows of life.
The secret paths within a souq. Rabat, Morocco.
The whitewashed and baby blue walls in a Moroccan kasbah.
Inside the deep alleyways of the traditional Chinese hutongs. Beijing, China.
Another look at a Chinese Hutong.
Peering deep inside a hutong and wondering who lives there? How many homes are tucked away inside?
A hutong without a name or address.
Inside an ancient Chinese Water Village with numerous mysterious alleyways.
Many Chinese Water villages are threaded in waterways like this one that wind around the village and flow out to sea.
The open-air entryway of a home or cafe in Uruguay.
An open-air room of women making fresh torillas out of a building in Guatemala.
An alleyway in Guatemala where a Mayan women hones her craft.
Peeking inside the reddish brown wooden doors of a teahouse kitchen in rural Nepal.
Looking outside a “hotel” window in Himalayan Nepal at the donkey train passageway where modern day trucking is at its best.
What kinds of hidden places have you seen in your travels? Feel free to share! (P.S. I’m not trying to start a photo challenge yet I would love to see what other travel bloggers/photographers have to say. Feel free to join in or comment).