Sun and warm weather November. The island of Malta is a favourite destination for those seeking sun, fun and sea adventure. It is particulalry attractive in late autumn/early winter when the tourist numbers are down and one can enjoy what the island has to offer in relative calm. No wonder retirees flock here by the dozen.
Located in the picturesque valley of Salza amid the north Styrian Alps, the city of Mariazell is rather small with a population of just over 3000 inhabitants. Yet, its reputation is larger than life. More than a million people visit the city each year. While some do come to sample the fresh Alpine or for the skiing (Mariazell is also after all a noted winter resort), most of the visitors are religious pilgrims who flock to Mariazell to visit its world-renowned Basilica and pay homage to the wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Its’ never a good idea to rush through a city, particularly one with a lot of history and too many sights to offer. But that’s what we did last September during a quick layover in Rome on our way to Assisi. Nevertheless we still managed to “hit” the city’s main highlights as well as the obligatory (for practicing Catholics, at least) side-trip to the Vatican. This video is a record of that very brief trip.
It happened quite by chance really. I did not fully intend to photograph doors while in Morocco. In fact, I had a totally different expectation of how our three-day ports of call to Tangier, Casablanca and Rabat would turn out to be. I was expecting to photograph more local colour and probably take a desert shot or two. Although that did happen in our tours and excursions (except the desert part), the sheer variety and intricate designs of doors in houses, buildings and monuments drew more than a passing attention. In the end of three days in Morocco, a third of the photos I took were of doors, doorways, arcs and thorough-ways. The photo narrative below is the result; hope you enjoy browsing as much as I need taking these photographs.
It’s been exactly a year ago this month when we visited Siem Reap and the ancient temples of Angkowr Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, Preah Khan, Bayon, Bantay Srei and others. There are more than 1000 temples around Siem Reap and it would probably require months to visit and enjoy all fo them. I took literally thousands of images during our five-day visit to Siem Reap in February 2015. One photo essay is on the temples, really just a a small sampling of the temples of Angkor.
The second photo essay is about life in Siem Reap outside the temple ruins, consisting mostly of street scenes and some local colour.
Throughout history, the name of St. Francis, founder of the holy order of Franciscan priests, monks and nuns, and the city of Assisi in Umbria, Italy have become so intertwined that they are often referred to as one. Visitors, upon entering this quaint, hilly, Umbrian city soon realize that the legend of the saint and the city cannot be told without the other. The following is a photo narrative of our visit (and impressions) of the City of Assisi during a visit there last October 2015.
A video diary of a full day in Istanbul, the city that physically connects Europe and Asia.
It was bound to happen sooner or later – an original video of our pet dog, Roxie. Produced, at the prodding of my daughter, this is a trailer-type video of our dog’s favourite past time which is catching spiders. Whenever we’re moving garden furniture or clearing fixtures, she would be there ready to pounce on any spider that would come out of cracks and crannies and gobble them up. Luckily for this video, this is just implied and not shown, in deference to those eight-legged creatures.
A short video travelogue to the ancient salt mine village of Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut area of Austria. Hallstatt is a small quaint village along the Hallstatt Lake surrounded by towering mountains and glaciers. A UNESCO Heritage site, teh village is a popular tourist destination. Lately it has become a “must-go-tp” place for thousands of Asian tourists – mostly Chinese and Koreans – who flock in huge numbers through its narrow streets. The village is so popular that the Chinese have created an exact replica of Hallstatt somewhere in mainland China.