Posts tagged with "travelblog"



20 September 2017
Hong Kong has a complexity that defies definition. It's the only place where you can be searching for colonial military relics near the Chinese border, lunch with a Buddhist at a Sikh temple, try to decipher the aesthetics of Chinese Revival architecture, or splurging on a shopping spree – all within five hours – followed by a night of Cantonese opera, karaoke or poetry, anywhere you choose. Hong Kong is so intense.

13 April 2017
Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple complex in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and rebuilt in the 1990s following the traditional Tang Dynasty architecture. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin statues are made from gold, clay, wood and stone. The gardens are sumptous and calming against the backdrop of high-rise residential Hong Kong. I took this (and a lot of other photos on my visit in...



21 February 2017
The Maison Carrée in the center of Nîmes was built in 16 BC by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, the original patron of Rome's Pantheon. One of the best preserved temples anywhere in Rome's former empire of Roman Provence. The Maison Carrée was dedicated to Gaius Julius Caesar and Lucius Caesar, Marcus Agrippa's two sons and the adopted heirs of Augustus. The original inscription dedicating the temple to Gaius and Lucius was removed in Medieval times, but reconstructed in 1758, reading: "To Gaius...

21 February 2017
Little India - Singapore is a buzzing historic area of the old city that shows off the Indian communities colourful, vibrant culture. It's a mix of everything from Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. It has a real bohemian buzz to it. Visiting early new year, I missed the traditional Pongal festival. In the 1840's the area was populated by Europeans mainly for the racecourse nearby and then for cattle trading by the Indians who in turn hired Indian migrant workers then moving in...

09 February 2017
Smartphones have opened up the world to everyone to snap away and take pictures. I have to admit I'm not really a phone-picture-taker nor for that matter am I part of the growing band of street photographers. That said I like taking pictures, so the street or rather the outside presents a great resource. Last month whilst visiting Singapore I managed to catch this guy working in the heat and humidity cooking in one of the many street food markets. He was in a haze of steam and I just snapped...