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Welcoming committee – Bajawa (Flores Island, Indonesia)

Kids at village near Gunung Inerie, Flores Island, Indonesia.

Last May I spent a wonderful 9 days on Flores Island, Indonesia. This photo encapsulates much of what immediately endeared me to this island: its warm, lovely people and its majestic, largely untainted landscapes. Flores is not on the main […]

Traditional Peranakan façade – Penang (Malaysia)

Façade of a traditional Peranakan shophouse, Penang, Malaysia

After spending two weeks in Malaysia, I have developed a renewed taste for the amazing architecture of Penang (George Town). You may remember this post from my visit two years ago, where I was enthusiastic but also disappointed that I […]

Wat Phong Sunan – Phrae (Thailand)

Monks at Wat Phong Sunan, Phrae, Thailand

I met Touy (left) and Teza (right) while they were coming out of their evening chants at Wat Phong Sunan (Wat is Thai for temple or monastery) in Phrae, Northern Thailand. Touy is a novice from Northern Laos, and Teza, […]

Man Mo Temple – Hong Kong

Interior of Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

Hey there, its been I while since I’ve posted, although I’ve published a couple of updates on Facebook and Twitter since (by the way, if you’re not following me there yet, just click on the embedded links!). Last time I […]

Staten Island Ferry and Statue of Liberty – New York

Staten Island Ferry and Statue of Liberty, New York

It is often said that the best things in life are free, and the Staten Island Ferry in New York seems to me like an excellent example. If you’ve been to New York, you’ll know what an exhilarating, almost to […]

Maarjamäe War Memorial – Tallinn (Estonia)

Obelisk at Maarjamäe War Memorial, Tallinn (Estonia)

While reviewing photos from my visit to Tallinn a few years ago, I stumbled upon a few images of the strangely haunting Maarjamäe War Memorial. This Soviet-era monument is not exactly off the beaten path, as it is listed in […]

Restaurant at Pontocho – Kyoto

Restaurant front with lanterns, Pontocho, Kyoto

Pontocho is a delightful neighborhood in  Kyoto (Japan), a city absolutely packed with charming districts and corners. In actuality Pontocho is little more than a long, narrow street west of River Kamogawa and a few alleys that criss-cross it at […]

Hozomon Gate, Sensoji Temple – Tokyo

Crowds in front of Sensoji Temple, Hozomon Gate, Tokyo

I’ve suddenly realised it’s been over a year and a half since I visited Japan (have a look at these two posts on lovely Takayama if you haven’t yet), and I’ve not published a single thing about Tokyo. It’s definitely […]

Borobudur Temple – Java (Indonesia)

Stupas and students at Borobudur

Without a doubt, some of the most rewarding experiences in my travels have to do with the people I meet, no matter how briefly, and my visit to Borobudur Temple (Java) is a great example. As I told you a […]

Taj Mahal at dawn – Agra (India)

View of Taj Mahal from north bank of Yamuna River

Of all the world’s major landmarks I have visited so far, Taj Mahal is easily amongst the few to have left me in awe. We have all seen these places dozens of times on TV, or in movies or photos, […]

Buddha statue – Ayutthaya (Thailand)

Buddha statue, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayutthaya

I made this photo at the impressive Wat Yai Chai Mongkol temple, in the historic city of Ayutthaya (Thailand). Although located on the outskirts of Ayutthaya, a little removed from the ruins on the main island, you should definitely visit […]

Ceremonial bell in Yanaka – Tokyo (Japan)

Ceremonial bell in Japanese Buddhist temple

In Japanese culture, this is the kind of bell worshippers are supposed to ring before praying, in order to make their presence known to the deities. As far as I know, this kind of bell is typical of Japanese Shinto […]

Water Lilies – Kunming, China

Water Lilies, Kunming

I took this photo on a quiet November morning at beautiful Yuantong Temple in Kunming (China). At the time, I’d been in China for more than ten days, so I’d visited quite a few temples up and down the country. […]

Statue in traditional Balinese garden – Indonesia

Statue in Balinese garden

As I told you in my long post about Bali a few months ago, traditional arts and architecture are one of many highlights of this beautiful island. Along with its myriad of gorgeous temples, traditional family compounds encapsulate some of […]

Buddha head in tree – Ayutthaya (Thailand)

Buddha head in tree roots, Ayutthaya

The iconic Buddha head in Ayutthaya (Thailand) turned out to be much smaller than I’d imagined, but rather striking nonetheless. No one knows how this statue head ended up entangled in the roots of a fig tree like this. It […]

Sunset over Bagan – Myanmar

Sunset over Bagan

  The story of my several months-long trip around SE Asia could not be told without the missed photo opportunities. There were a few of those over the months, but none sting more than Bagan. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

Ruins of Wat Phou – Laos

On my way to the 4,000 Islands in southern Laos, I stopped for a couple of days at the rather sleepy town of Pakse. I didn’t think there was much to do or see in Pakse itself to deserve a […]

Women at Pura Gunung Lebah – Ubud (Bali, Indonesia)

Women in traditional Balinese costumes making offerings

On my way to the Campuhan Ridge Walk and the gorgeous rice terraces just outside Ubud, I run into Pura Gunung Lebah. The name literally means “Temple on the small hill”, making reference to its location on a rock between […]

Paseo del Prado – Havana (Cuba)

Classic American car on Paseo del Prado, Havana, Cuba

Paseo del Prado is one of Havana’s most atmospheric and best-known streets. It is a leafy boulevard lined on both sides with splendid colonial houses in different states of preservation. Thanks to the arcaded fronts of many of the houses […]

Sanur Beach – Bali (Indonesia)

Woman sitting on Sanur Beach

I spent my last three days in Indonesia in the relatively calm (some would say boring) resort of Sanur. By that point, I felt I had “done my beaches” in my trip around SE Asia, and was looking forward to […]

Buddhist monks at Boudhanath – Nepal

Buddhist monks at Boudhanath

The massive Boudahnath Stupa in Kathmandu (Nepal) is one of the largest in the world and a major pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. The stupa is surrounded by over a half dozen monasteries and handicraft shops, so you can easily […]

The delicious food in Dali – China

Vegetables at resturant entrance in Dali

Dali was one of the stops of my trip to China, which took me from Beijing to Hong Kong. Several things struck me about the food in China. First, it was generally so much better than the one served in […]

Tramways of Tallinn – Estonia

Tramway in Tallinn

I’ve always felt that tramways lend a distinctive character to any city, and Tallinn is no exception. It’s been a few years since I visited Tallinn and, frankly, most of my memories of the place are now reliant on the […]

Kinkakuji, Kyoto – Japan

Kinkakuji temple and pond

I don’t think I’ve seen many places more harmonious than Kinkakuji, the “Golden Pavilion Temple” in Kyoto. To me, this Zen temple is a great example of the Japanese extraordinary talent for balanced landscaping. The pavilion itself might look over-the-top […]

Grand Palace, Bangkok – Thailand

Statue and roofs in Grand Palace, Bangkok

The Grand Palace complex in Bangkok is so lavishly ornate and excessive that sometimes it’s hard to concentrate one’s gaze on anything. Wherever you look there are colourful tiles, gilded spires, multi-tiered roofs, statues of warriors and Buddha, delicate mural […]

Bridge over Mekong River, Four Thousand Islands – Laos

This boy was walking across the old French railway bridge over Mekong River in the Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don). Life slows down to a gentle pace in this quiet corner of Laos. At noon, children on Don Dhet […]

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