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Pathfinders: top Instagrams from May 2018

The White Cliffs of Dover, England © Romi Nicole Schneider The White Cliffs of Dover, England © Romi Nicole Schneider

Windswept cliffs, mist-shrouded castles and star-spangled ruins all feature in our latest Pathfinders Instagram round-up. Whether at the crack of dawn or the dead of night, our savvy snappers managed to capture some stunning scenes in the month of May – here are the images that left us full of wanderlust.

Sintra, Portugal

‘One of my favourite things about travelling through Europe is the architecture. The Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal has to be one of the most memorable spots I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t it look like it’s straight out of a fairytale?’ – Kimberly, @stuffedsuitcase

Why we like it: Beautifully shot and expertly framed, Kimberly’s capture of Sintra’s Quinta da Regaleira is a real feast for the eyes. The image conveys a sense of time having passed, and the palace slowly being overgrown and overtaken by the natural world, with its delicate spires surrounded by wispy clouds and foliage. From the varied green hues to the piercing blue sky, the honey shades of the palace to the splash of pale lilac in the bottom right corner, there’s an entire palette of colour in one frame.

San Francisco, USA

‘A shot from my first time visiting the USA – Chinatown in San Francisco. I loved the colours and sights there, as well as all the history. I'm from Liverpool and work in Manchester, so I am familiar with two of the best Chinatowns in the UK, but this one really took it to another level!’ – Caroline, @packthesuitcases

Why we like it: Sometimes, all you need to do to find a unique perspective on a famous destination is look up… Some of San Francisco’s most iconic architecture is given a fresh framing in Caroline’s image, enhanced by the glowing lanterns in the foreground, which fade from focus as they draw the eye deeper into the image. This is a dynamic, colourful depiction of a locale just bursting with life.

Tatev, Armenia

'I took a trip down to the southern corner of Armenia to ride the Wings of Tatev (the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world), up to the secluded Tatev Monastery. A short walk along a dirt road took me away from the crowds to an excellent vantage point. It was the perfect spot to linger.' – Nathan, @openroadb4me

Why we like it: From the stormy clouds collecting, to the sweeping pathway that runs from the focal point of the monastery into the hills behind, this is one atmospheric image. Nathan has managed to achieve the near impossible in travel Instagramming – dodging the crowds to picture a scene as if completely untouched, and the result is truly compelling.

Pembrokeshire, Wales

‘It was a 2am start on the morning I set off to photograph the stars over Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire. I stuck around to watch sunrise too, what a great spot for it!’ – Matthew, @matthewbrowne

Why we like it: There’s nothing like a starry sky to provide the ultimate photography challenge, and Matthew has risen to it like a pro. The central focus of an almost silhouetted Barafundle Bay against the inky blues of a star-specked backdrop creates the ultimate, drama-filled frame.

Dover, England

Dover's White Cliffs are its most renowned feature, stood overlooking the ocean. On a clear day you can see the edge of France from this vantage point. I hiked for 5km (three hours!) to get to this stunning viewpoint, and while taking a breath of fresh air I also took a few moments to capture my surroundings. This photograph is my favourite from this trip for sure!’ – Romi, @rominicoles

Why we like it: Romi’s image is beautifully simple – its two most prominent textures are naturally divided by the jagged cliff edge, which also draws the eye into the centre, eventually landing on the misty ocean. Adding the finishing touch is that solitary figure gazing out across the horizon, perfectly demonstrating the scale and power of one of England’s most famous landmarks.

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