Ambassadeur Everlasting

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

Siblings

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We spent the morning cycling through coconut groves and villages around where we were staying. These two sisters and their friend were just finishing their meal, sharing the rice and vegetables with a piece of dried fish. Behind them you can see into their home, I deliberately didn't darken the background to keep the telling details in.

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BirmaYangon

BirmaYangon

A moment of pray

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Meditating in quietness under the holy bodhi tree in the Shwedagon pagoda. In most pagodas you can find a Bodhi tree but maybe the holiest of Bodhi trees is to be found in Bodh Gaya, India marking the place where it is said that Buddha gained enlightenment.

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BirmaKayin

BirmaKayin

Serenity

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It sometimes pays to get our early, the licht is at its best, the breeze is still at rest and there is no one around, no sound only the calls and songs of the birds. Hpa-An lake

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

Mijn speeltuin

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A few old tyres and a piece of wood make a wonderful speeltuin under the shade of the coconut grove, taken whilst cycling along the Rakhine coast.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

Peace and Silence

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If you hear the word Rakhine, you probably think of violence, genocide, Rohingyas. But this is also Rakhine, this was the beach that we found this year. Unspoilt, untouched, pure nature.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

Relaxing in Rakhine

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Rakhine state has been very much in the news over the past year or state, with the plight of the Rohingya and the crackdown of the government, genocide you may call it. This year we wanted to travel back to Rakhine, not to the north where it is impossible for foreigners to visit and quite frankly who would want to, but to the south an area that is less explored and area where life remains untouched by violence and by time. We found not only peaceful villages but some amazing untouched beaches, with jungle full of birds growing to the shores and even a few small coral reefs. Here you see a typical house of this area, built with ironwood.

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BirmaKayin

BirmaKayin

Bat Cave

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If you ever find yourself in Hpa An, one of must-sees in Bat Cave, the home of 100,000 plus bats. Just 9 km away from the city, near Thanlyin river, Bat Cave is a small cave that cannot be entered. Nevertheless, take a tuk-tuk to the small pagoda at sunset and wait for the spectacle to begin. As the bats start to emerge, birds of prey arrive making zigzag maneuvers as they swooped to snatch their evening meal and locals start beating drums so that the bats make interesting patterns in flight and not only for five minutes but at least 40 minutes. What a wonderful natural theatre!

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BirmaKayin

BirmaKayin

The golden hour

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The golden hour in Hpa An. The most beautiful time of day to take photos, and in Burma the golden hour always seems to be that much golden.

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BirmaKayin

BirmaKayin

At home with the Kare

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Living amongst the hills in Kayin state you can find a few Karen villages. Most have fled long ago to Thailand being persecuted by the Burmese government. The word, Karen was originally a derogatory term referring to non-Buddhist ethnic groups. Many Karen people still residing in Burma are either Christian, converted by British missionaries or animist, as were the people we met here in this village. The Karen are farmers.

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BirmaKayin

BirmaKayin

How do they do that

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Hpa-An until recently was not on the usual route through Myanmar and therefore often skipped, however since the opening of the border crossing nearby with Thailand it sees more visitors often backpackers doing a visa run. But still I think remains a pleasant town to spend a couple of days. Hpa-An (pronounced Pa Ahn) is a small city surrounded by lush green rice fields, limestone mountains and a huge amount of caves. Here you see the Kyauk Kalat Pagoda situated on top of a small limestone dot and it looks like he is almost falling over. Beautiful place to spend sunrise or sunset.

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ThailandBangkok

ThailandBangkok

A walk in the park

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Much like Central Park in New York City, Lumphini Park is a142-acre oasis in the heart of the Thai metropolis where city dwellers can jog, bike, rent paddleboats and picnic away from the cacophony of city life. Unlike Central Park, Lumphini is home to a large population of lizards, the numbers have soared with about 400 lurking around the park’s ponds and canals. There is talk of some being moved as damage to plants and trees has been detected.

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BirmaMawlamyine

BirmaMawlamyine

The year of the pig

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Our journey in Burma coincided with Chinese New Year, it is not celebrated on a huge scale, but the ethnic Chinese that live there like to carry on their traditions of course. We met this young boy in Mawlamyine practising for the lion dance.

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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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