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Unrestored Masterpiece; The Great Wall

Photo taken by contributor Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “I have always dreamed about someday seeing the Great Wall of China. In the fall of 2011, my dreams came true and my father and me spent a day exploring this amazing feat of engineering. There are many routes you can take along the Wall but for me there was only one way I wanted to go. The hard way. We chose the off the beaten path to the unrestored parts of the Wall at Jiankou. It was a rather challenging hike straight up but the rewards were worth it once we arrived on top of the Great Wall. There was hardly a soul there and the crumbling bricks of this masterpiece were breathtaking.”


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8 comments on “Unrestored Masterpiece; The Great Wall

  1. seeker
    March 17, 2013

    Take the narrow path of the road less travel is very rewarding. Great picture of the wall.


  2. Emma Lewis
    March 17, 2013

    What an extraordinary photo!


  3. abigler42
    March 17, 2013

    Amazing photo and story of your journey. So glad you got to go there!


  4. Ellen
    March 17, 2013

    Nice. I sometimes feel like an unrestored masterpiece myself. 🙂


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