The Chinese Zigzag Bridge

The zigzag bridge is a common feature in classical Chinese gardens. According to local lore (and tourist guides!) zigzag bridges and paths are said to confound evil spirits that can only walk straight lines for whatever reason! But in actual fact, these bridges are mainly decorative features based on the the Zen principle of mindfulness. Their non linear construction forcing one’s attention…

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Cidade Maravilhosa From Above

We are not beach people, not by any stretch of the imagination. Add to that the prohibitive rates for less than appealing hotel rooms and we almost cut Rio de Janeiro out of our vacation plans, the main focus of which was Peru and Argentina. But with connections into South America via Sao Paulo we decided to allot a couple of days to…

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Mekong Sunsets

They say warm weather is conducive to spectacular sunsets. But that doesn’t explain why the sunsets on the Mekong were so much more memorable than any I have witnessed in the subcontinent…..and there have been many. I am a West coast girl remember? Whatever the reason, those moments spent in anticipation of the radiant feast…

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Tracing The Footsteps Of The Bedouin In Wadi Rum

No words or images can do justice to the spectacular desert landscape of Wadi Rum, whose simple, large hearted nomadic inhabitants and their warm welcoming hearths moved us as deeply as the savage land itself. Traversing this surreal sea of sand and cliff was a near spiritual experience. Its vast stillness underlining the immensity of nature, and the insignificance of…

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Midori Days

I can’t seem to get Japan out of my head! Here’s a green, green gallery from the land of the rising sun: Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend.

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What A Wonderful World!

Yes I think to myself………what a wonderful world! And if you still aren’t convinced, I think you should go check out my archives 🙂 Related articles: Jake’s Sunday Post – Wonderful

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Laitan Ancient Town

This post about our visit to one of the ten most beautiful ancient walled towns in China, was one of my earliest posts, that I felt merited another look 🙂 So here it is, reincarnated as my interpretation of Frizztext’s Story Challenge Letter L! I have added a gallery of new images for those of…

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Columns Of The Sky

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,  or what’s a heaven for?” ~ Robert Browning Perched precariously atop the pinnacles of steep sandstone cliffs, resembling lofty aeries of some giant predatory birds, the monasteries of Meteora beggar belief! Built in the 14th century to escape persecution by the invading Ottomans, with no access save baskets…

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The Garden Of Peace & Happiness!

Built by a dutiful son for his retired parents, the Yuyuan is a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the midst of the urban jungle that is modern Shanghai. Located in the heart of the old town in Puxi, not far from the bund, it is high on every tourist itinerary. Not surprisingly therefore –…

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