Photo of the day: study in cultures

Quite literally, the old cliqué applies with today's photos: a picture is worth a thousand words, and thousands of years. I've chosen two photos that capture the culture of two ancient civilizations: the Mayan civilization in Mexico and the ancient Egyptian civilization in Egypt.


Temple at Tulum, Mayan Riviera. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

This photo captures the intricate carvings in the rock in the remains of a Mayan temple in Mexico's Mayan Riviera south of Cancun. For many centuries, the former bustling royal city of Tulum was covered with heavy jungle growth until it was discovered, excavated, and now on display for the throngs of tourists that visit each day.

Edfu Temple

Temple at Edfu in Egypt. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

This photo captures the darkened interior of a temple on Egypt's Nile River. The temple, originally built in Edfu beginning with the reign of Ptolemy in about 237 BC and extending into the reign of Cleopatra in 57 BC, is a magnificent sandstone building.

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Two very different examples of how two cultures from half way around the world from each other paid respect to their gods. The testament is that both still stand strong today despite throngs of visitors each year.

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders,,,, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury,, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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  1. Vera Marie Badertscher

    Great photos! Now you just need to add Greece and Angor Wat to your collection–oh, and Thailand….

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