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.
A post box in Budapest takes on the colours of Hungary.
In European churches, holy water fonts or stoups come in all forms and sizes and are sometimes architectural wonders by themselves. Spouts are mostly placed at the entrances of churches for the faithful to dip their fingers in and to make the sign of the cross before entering. The gesture is a reminder of baptism and is considered a sacramental action by which grace is transferred to the believer.
Catholics believe that when you dip your finger into the holy water font and make the sign if the cross, you are touching your forehead (mind) and shoulders and heart with the sacramental.
Shown above is a medieval stoup at the side entrance of the the Archangel Michael church in the village of Znojmo in the Czech Republic. And below is a romanesque stoup from the Franciscan Monastery museum in Dubrovnik, Croatia.