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BirmaYangon

BirmaYangon

A blessing for the...

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Tomorrow morning we leave for four weeks in Myanmar, I've lost count how many times this will be, but I think our 10th. Hopefully I will come back with a few photos that you will enjoy. We will be visiting new places, a new area recently opened for foreigners, and a beach destination that I think will be very special indeed. So maybe I have something to tell you also. The photo is taken in the Shwedagon pagoda which will be our first stop to receive a blessing for the journey. See you in four weeks...........................................................

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IndiaTamil Nadu

IndiaTamil Nadu

Out of place

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This couple from Gujarat look as out of place here in Tamil Nadu as we do. Although Thanjavur is very much on the map as a place of interest I was pleasantly surprised as to how quiet (foreign tourists) is was. We saw a couple of groups arrive and leave within less than an hour. Two days we savoured the hypnotic atmosphere of the Brihadeeswara Temple. You may say that seems over the top, but when you think that the temple is the center of daily life, not only for worship, but a meeting place, gathering news, gossiping. Its a place to see and meet people as well as admire the beauty of the temple by sunrise and by sunset.

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Groot-Brittannië

Groot-Brittannië

Fish and chips

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I don't think there is a more traditional British food than "fish and chips". Eaten with salt and vinegar and served in newspaper. The Seaview restaurant in Deal boats to have the best fish and chips in the South East. I am not sure about that, but there is something to say about a lunch on the sea front under the pier (which is opposite the restaurant) of freshly fried fish in batter and chips. Be careful for the seagulls though, they are very quick and also penchant to a piece of fried fish.

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Groot-Brittannië

Groot-Brittannië

Beached

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Dungeness, what a strange place. A once fishing village on the Kent coast. The site of Europe's largest shingle beach. The site of one of the UK's nuclear power station. (still in operation). A few years ago no one lived here. Fishing was no more, the fisherman's houses, boats and tools abandoned on the vast spread of shingles. But then a few artists moved into the houses, others quickly followed snapping up what became weekend cottages for pennies. Now a surreal place. An arty community living under the gaze of the nuclear power station.

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Groot-Brittannië

Groot-Brittannië

Brighton's West Pier

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I tried twice to upload a photo of the West Pier but for same reason it doesn't upload properly, This is my third attempt the time with a different photo. The West Pier is a pier in Brighton, England. It was designed by Eugenius Birch, opening in 1866 and closing in 1975. The pier was the first to be Grade I listed in Britain but has become increasingly derelict since closure. The pier was constructed during a boom in pleasure pier building in the 1860s, and was designed to attract tourists to Brighton. It was the town's second pier, joining the Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823. It was extended in 1893, and a concert hall was added in 1916. The pier reached its peak attendance during this time, with 2 million visitors between 1918 and 1919. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. A local company took ownership in 1965, but could not meet the increased maintenance cost, and ultimately filed for bankruptcy. They could not find a suitable buyer, so the pier closed in 1975 and subsequently fell into disrepair. The West Pier Trust now owns the pier and has proposed various plans to renovate it. Some schemes have been opposed by local residents and the owners of the nearby Palace Pier, who have claimed unfair competition. The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure. Subsequently, English Heritage declared it to be beyond repair

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Groot-Brittanniëbrighton

Groot-Brittanniëbrighton

Brighton's West Pier

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The West Pier in Brighton, was designed by Eugenius Birch, opening in 1866 and closing in 1975. The pier was the first to be Grade I listed in Britain but has become increasingly derelict since closure. The pier was constructed during a boom in pleasure pier building in the 1860s, and was designed to attract tourists to Brighton. The pier reached its peak attendance with 2 million visitors between 1918 and 1919. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. The West Pier Trust now owns the pier and has proposed various plans to renovate it. The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure. Subsequently, English Heritage declared it to be beyond repair

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Groot-Brittanniëbrighton

Groot-Brittanniëbrighton

Danger Warning

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The West Pier in Brighton, was designed by Eugenius Birch, opening in 1866 and closing in 1975. The pier was the first to be Grade I listed in Britain but has become increasingly derelict since closure. The pier was constructed during a boom in pleasure pier building in the 1860s, and was designed to attract tourists to Brighton. The pier reached its peak attendance with 2 million visitors between 1918 and 1919. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. A local company took ownership in 1965, but could not meet the increased maintenance cost, and ultimately filed for bankruptcy. They could not find a suitable buyer, so the pier closed in 1975 and subsequently fell into disrepair. The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure. Subsequently, English Heritage declared it to be beyond repair.

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IndiaDelhi

IndiaDelhi

Saying goodbye

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Saying goodbye is often hard, especially when you are a young bride just married and are saying goodbye to your family to go to your new home with your parents-in-law. How do I know, we shared the train-carriage with the just married couple and they were happy to share their story. She was 18 or 19 and after the tears had stopped wanted to show me her new shawls and blankets and tiffin boxes that she was taking with her.

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IndiaDelhi

IndiaDelhi

Waiting for the train

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We were waiting for our train, they were waiting for their train to leave back home to Gujarat. Its second class ticketed seating, so no scramble through the windows, no throwing suitcases and bags through to literally bag a seat. In fact these windows are barred but not glazed that only comes in first class upwards.

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IndiaDelhi

IndiaDelhi

Waiting for the train

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Not only taking a train but waiting for the train at the station gives so many photo opportunities, I always hope my train is late.

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Riding the train

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Sitting barefoot astride the engine of the train, literally riding the train he travels to his destination, levensgevaarlijk we may think, but he thinks at least its free.

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

The train journey

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Taking a train journey in India not only allows you many photogenic moments but gives you the opporunity to talk with your fellow passengers. They are normally enthusitic to hear where you are from, how many children you have, etc and happy to share their stories and often their food. This is the early morning milk-train bringing the milk from the countryside to the city.

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IndiaTamil Nadu

IndiaTamil Nadu

Hair and prassad

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Shaving of heads is a symbolic gesture for a Hindu either done as gratitude for fulfilling a wish/prayer, or after the death of an elder member of the family hair is offered to the gods, representing a real sacrifice of beauty, hence shaving your head shows your grief for the departed soul. Prassad is normally sweet rice or semolina and is given by the brahmins to devotees.

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IndiaRajasthan

IndiaRajasthan

Sadhu IV

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Proost, wat leuk 2 rode sterren in een week :) Enjoying his morning tea which we bought him before we all boarded the bus to Ranakpur, and its beauitful Jain temple.

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IndiaRajasthan

IndiaRajasthan

Sadhu III

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I forget exactly where this was taken but it doesn't matter, somewhere in Rajasthan, we and he were waiting for the first bus to take us to our next destination. We bought him tea and a samosa, and of course for ourselves also. Nothing beats a good fresh samosa for breakfast, well; maybe a aloo paratha...……………………..

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Groot-Brittanniëbrighton

Groot-Brittanniëbrighton

Danger Warning

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The West Pier in Brighton which was designed by Eugenius Birch, opening in 1866 and closing in 1975. The pier was the first to be Grade I listed in Britain but has become increasingly derelict since closure. The pier was constructed during a boom in pleasure pier building in the 1860s, and was designed to attract tourists to Brighton. It was the town's second pier, joining the Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823. It was extended in 1893, and a concert hall was added in 1916. The pier reached its peak attendance during this time, with 2 million visitors between 1918 and 1919. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. A local company took ownership in 1965, but could not meet the increased maintenance cost, and ultimately filed for bankruptcy. They could not find a suitable buyer, so the pier closed in 1975 and subsequently fell into disrepair. The West Pier Trust now owns the pier and has proposed various plans to renovate it. Some schemes have been opposed by local residents and the owners of the nearby Palace Pier, who have claimed unfair competition. The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure. Subsequently, English Heritage declared it to be beyond repair.

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IndiaUttar Pradesh

IndiaUttar Pradesh

Sadhu II

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Let's stay with the sadhus for a while. They are mostly interesting to share a few words with and more often then not photogenic. While I am posting this I remember the sadhu that we spent two nights with in Khirganga high in the Himalayas. I was six months pregnant and had made the trek up to his cave for a blessing before returning back to the UK. We had been living in Himachal Pradesh for two years and had decided to return home to have the baby. That baby is 40 years old this year and this memory seems like another life-time.

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IndiaUttar Pradesh

IndiaUttar Pradesh

Sadhus or musicians

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Or sadhus and musicians, travelling from festival to festival, births to weddings, performing traditional songs and ragas. We met up with them in Chitrakoot at the Sita Ram festival.

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IndiaKanchipuram

IndiaKanchipuram

Tijd voor mijn krant

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In het mooi temple van Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu dedicated aan Lord Vishnu, weg van de drukte, een rustig, schaduwrijk plekje gevonden om de krant te lezen.

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FrankrijkProvence

FrankrijkProvence

Le Colorado Provencal

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You could be forgiven for thinking this was Arizona but no we are in the Provence, France. Le Colorado Provencal was once the site of a former ochre mining quarry and boasts of the picturesque desert landscape, scarce yet stunning flora and the unique yellow and red rock formations. Le Colorado Provencal is sometimes called the Hill of a thousand colours for its magnificent colour formations and rock structures that are outcomes of the natural and human work.

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Groot-BrittanniëEngeland

Groot-BrittanniëEngeland

Banksy, Best and a...

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Brighton often called the hippest city in the UK, the gay city of the UK but not for all. Staring into the bottom of his glass in Brighton with George Best and a Banksy looming behind

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Groot-BrittanniëEngland

Groot-BrittanniëEngland

Save a life- save a..

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De West Pier in Brighton, gebouwd in 1866, in 1875 kwam er een podium voor muzikanten, en in 1880 kwamen er over de hele lengte schermen tegen de wind. In 1886 werd een aanlegsteiger gebouwd, zodat excursies de pier ook over zee konden bereiken. In 1916 was de concertzaal klaar. De pier werd in 1975 gesloten, maar niet afgebroken. Het West Pier Trust was van plan de pier te herstellen maar in 2002 werd de West Pier beschadigd door een zware storm, en in 2003 brak er twee keer brand uit. Een storm in 2004 vernielde de overblijfselen, zodat er nu alleen nog een ruïne staat.

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Groot-BrittanniëSchotland

Groot-BrittanniëSchotland

Plockton II

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The village of Plockton in the Highlands enjoys a micro-climate. It is in the middle of a balmy pocket, protected from the prevailing winds, and the warm air of the North Atlantic Drift keeps it warm enough to grow cabbage trees, which are from New Zealand and look like palm trees.

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Groot-BrittanniëSchotland

Groot-BrittanniëSchotland

Plockton

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Just 20 mins drive from the Isle of Skye bridge back on the mainland sits Plockton on a sheltered bay with stunning views overlooking Loch Carron. Often referred to as the “Jewel of the Highlands”, it offers: breathtaking scenery and landscapes, secluded bays, coral beaches, islands, panoramic views, the possibility of seeing seals at close quarters and of course a good pub with a garden on the loch.