net terug van en nog een heerlijk vakantie in Frankrijk. twee rustig campings gevonden, allebei in in een mooi omgeving, eerst in la Drome en toen in de Provence. Heerlijk gewandeld en genoten van het natuur en zon. Geoogst (maar toch mooi) lavendel velden in La Drome.
Times are changing
Yangon has changed fast over the past few years since the opening up of Myanmar. Private cars, new hotels, electricity in homes, shoppings malls and improved infrastructure to name but a few. But for the vast majority of Burmese, life goes on the same. For them change is slow. They can only stand and look.
Out of the old box, Chin women in Rakhine state that now is out of bounds to foreigners, however with special permits and guides it is now permitted to travel to remote areas of Chin state which has always been off-limits. When one door closes another one opens, :)
The Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see whilst in Dublin. Located in Trinity College Library the Exhibition displays the Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript.
Dublin’s rich musical heritage is a real point of pride for its locals. Its place in their hearts is evident just by strolling down Grafton Street, where a soundtrack is provided by the melodies of impassioned buskers covering old favourites from legends such as Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, and U2, or trying their hand at that own written songs, no music lover should miss these precious Dublin haunts.
Destroyed by the same eruption of Vesuvius as Pompeii albeit in a different way. Herculaneum was destroyed by a pyroclastic surge which killed inhabitants, carbonised wood and left the city buried under 16-25 metres of rock, much of which is still not excavated.
Old and New
On the outskirts of Napels, and easily reached with the local train is Herculaneum. Much smaller but an alternative to Pompeii. The well-to-do Roman coastal town was destroyed by the same eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 which destroyed the larger Pompeii. Partly lying under the modern Naples suburb of Ercolano, the site of Herculaneum hasn't been fully uncovered and is much smaller and more manageable to visit than Pompeii. Destroyed in a different way, by a pyroclastic surge which killed inhabitants, carbonised wood and left the city buried under 16-25 metres of rock, the archaeological site offers a different kind of insight into the Roman world. The new town is built just above and the views of Vesuvius are ever present as you walk around this fascinating site.
Espresso and trainers
A city trip to Napoli - not only do you have the culture and history of Herculaneum and Pompeii close-by but the old historic center of the city with its winding narrow streets, old palatial buildings covered in graffiti is a must for every street photography. Andthe food is pretty good as well :)
The place where we stayed was so remote this was the one and only place to eat, therefore I'm calling the photo THE restaurant. Luckily the food they served was not only organic, grown in their own gardens, or fish straight from the sea, but delicious a fusion of culinary delights. Rakhine food with a difference. They had built a stone oven so in the mornings we woke to fresh bread being baked. I've entered this into the categorie, eten, drinken en uitgaan, but could have also chosen bijzondere locatie, for this truly was.
Saddan Cave II
I recently showed you the pagoda in the first hall of Saddan Cave which is the largest temple Hpa An. As you wander through the various halls and chambers you emerge finally to an impressive hall with a huge stalagmite, illuminated by daylight and a beautiful view. Continuing further you will arrive at a lake where you can make a wonderful boat trip back to the entrance
Saddan Cave is the largest temple Hpa An. Saddan meaning Royal Elephant, and there are 2 stone elephants at the foot of the stairs, leading up to the cave. This is the hall as you enter with a golden pagoda in the center, passing through other halls one has a large reclining Buddha, other Buddha statues and gold tablets on the walls. There is an impressive hall at the end with a huge stalagmite, illuminated by daylight and a beautiful view. Continuing further you will arrive at a lake where you can make a wonderful boat trip back to the entrance