Tag Archives: UNESCO

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An makes a traveler aware of all five senses: the unrelenting sun, an amalgamation of smells from the market, hawkers peddling their goods, scooters and pedestrians weaving a never ending tapestry on the streets, silence in a temple courtyard, peasants and tourists, spicy noodles and a cold beer, another day in Hoi An.

Depictions of Warsaw


World War Two, Holocaust, Soviet occupation, John Paul II, European Union. A complex history unites a contemporary city that is a patchwork of ideas and identities.

Intrinsic Riga

Even though KGB members are not actively walking the streets of Riga, backpackers can contemplate architectonic aspects of different occupations in Latvia. Soviet era street cars lead people through a time warp of small wooden buildings, large Stalin inspired towers, Khrushchev-esque block apartments, and Parisian style art nouvea.

Suomenlinna

Built by the Swedish empire in the 18th century and once occupied by the Russians; today these six islands, known as Suomenlinna, form a small military and civilian presence outside Helsinki, Finland. The fortifications are mixed in with barracks, many of which have since been turned into apartments. Small houses and sporadic stores provide a picturesque backdrop for bicyclists enjoying the short nordic summer.

Considering Machu Picchu

The panorama keeps changing, so do the people and seasons.

After the Inca’s left, she was naturally covered with a blanket of nature, as if put to rest for eternity.

Since Hiram Bingham’s discovery in 1911, new generations of Polaroids and khaki vests have walked the grounds.  The Heights of Machu Picchu (1944) brought paradisiacal  inspiration to Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.

The Inca Trail now leads to a fairy tale of wonder, and a small gift shop.

 

Cuzco in Captures

Culture of Cuzco,

Capital of the Inca empire,

Colonial architecture,

Churches and conquistadors.

Reflections: Portuguese Cistern

Built in 1514, the Portuguese cistern in El Jadida, Morocco offers a simple environment to experiment with lighting. The underground space is constructed of five rows of five stone pillars. It measures  a perfect 34 meters by 34 meters. The water that covers the floor offers several variations and angles at unique captures.