There’s something about cathedrals that make you just stand there in awe, dwarfed by the stunning architecture full of details. Those gigantic structures, often overlooking the city, have been built over centuries by thousands of men who had none of today’s tools. It was one thing that I really missed when living in Asia. After 6 months of living in Granada, I remembered that I’ve yet to visit the cathedral in town. Hidden behind buildings and overlooking a tiny square, the Granada cathedral is easy to miss and doesn’t really stand out in the open like the Notre-Dame in Paris, […]
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Wat Buppharam, is one of the most beautiful temples (and probably my favorite) in Chiang Mai, about 500m away from the tourist zone at Tha Phae gate. I think it best shows its glory during sunset when the golden light enhances the warm colors. The site of Wat Buppharam is of historical importance, as it is from here that in 1797 Chao Kawila took back the city of Chiang Mai after 200 years of Burmese rule. The temple was built in 1497 by King Phra Muang Kaew on the site of a palace of King Thokarat his Great-Grandfather. The architecture […]
A beautiful collection of photos in Black and White of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Chedi Luang Temple (Wat Chedi Luang) is one of the most famous temples inside the old city of Chiang Mai in Thailand, especially known for the old imposing stupa. The construction of Wat Chedi Luang began in the 14th century and was completed in the mid-15th century. At that time, the chedi was about 82m (270ft) high. In 1468 the famous Emerald Buddha was housed on the eastern niche (shown on the right side on the photo). However, in 1545, an earthquake damaged the chedi and the upper part collapsed. The Emerald Buddha was then moved to Luang Prabang […]
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, known locally as the ‘Grand Mosque’ is the most imposing religious building and probably the most beautiful architectural landmark in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
~~oOo~~ Wat Chetawan, located outside the old city, is far from being on the list of the most popular temples to visit in Chiang Mai. Hidden behind buildings down Tha Pae road, east of the famous gate, Wat Chetawan, like the neighboring Wat Bupparam and Wat Mahawan temples, was originally built in the late nineteenth century outside the city walls and moat by Burmese teak merchants. As a result these temples incorporate several Burmese elements in their design. This photo is one of the three chedis (or stupas) which combines both type of architecture. A chedi contains Buddhist relics and is often used […]
~~oOo~~ Last year I went to visit China around the South coast. We spent a weekend together in Zhuhai, a prefecture-level city bordering Macau. Zhuhai is in the province of Guangdong, in the Pearl river delta. It is a popular touristic place for the Chinese and is often called the “Chinese Riviera“. We went walking on the waterfront promenade for a few shots. The weather was overcast but it was a pleasant day. I liked the city, it is quite green (as in lots of trees), clean, not crowded and laid back. On the promenade was this abandoned Chinese-style watchtower overlooking […]
This sweet little albergue in ‘Rabanal del Camino’ in Spain is a very relaxing and welcoming place after the long walk on the meseta (the Spanish “desert”).