Winay Wayna - Little Machu Picchu

Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) is Inca ruin located along the Inca Trail. Peruvians call it Little Machu Picchu. It’s built into a steep hillside overlooking beautiful scenery of the Urubamba River and Sacred Valley. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase. A long flight of fountains/baths runs between the two groups of buildings surrounded …

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Thai Buddhist Art Gold Paintings in The Grand Palace. Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Buddhist Art is one of the most wide ranging cultural forms of artistic expression, and the world’s richest source of Buddhist Fine Arts. One of the masterpieces of Thai Buddhist Art is the Mural wall painting in The Grand Palace located in Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Mural has 178 scenes, which illustrate the …

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Garudas in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the Old Bangkok, Thailand, also known as Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of Emerald Buddha, the symbol of the Thai state. Since the founding of Bangkok as the Nations capital by King Rama I, The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of The Thai Royal Family. And I …

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Stranger Portraits: Behind the Artist's Shoulder

While I was roaming the streets of Lima, Peru earlier this year, I met an artist who was drawing a caricature of a girl. I took a few shots over his shoulder and thought it would be interesting to take photos the other direction, because passers were constantly stopping by to watch over the artist’s shoulder. That’s how my ‘Stranger …

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Photo Trilogy: Rapa Nui - The Museum

Dedicated to this blog’s 2-year Anniversary. Here is the closing part of my photo-trilogy “Rapa Nui- The Island. The People. The Museum”. If you are about to explore Easter Island by yourself, I would highly recommend to start your exploration at The Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum – Rapa Nui Museum. The museum is dedicated permanently to safeguard cultural heritage …

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Photo Trilogy: Rapa Nui - The People

This is the second part of my photo-trilogy “Rapa Nui- The Island. The People. The Museum”. Rapa Nui are native people settled on Easter Island in the first millenium CE and created a thriving Rapa Nui culture, as evidenced by the moai and other artifacts. However, human activity and overpopulation led to gradual deforestation and extinction of natural resources, which …

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Rapa Nui - The Island

The opening post of my photo-trilogy “Rapa Nui- The Island. The People. The Museum”. Rapa Nui is the island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean (also known as Easter Island), It’s just 14 miles (22.5 km) long and 7 miles (11.3 km) wide and is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest continental point lies in …

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Cambodia

This post was transferred from my old blog in July 2011. And only today I noticed that the photo slideshow wasn’t showing the images… I’m so sorry! Here is the re-post of the photos hidden from you all these years. Siem Reap The City of Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and is …

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The World of Coca-Cola. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, as you may already know, is home to The Coca-Cola Company and the best soft drink in the World. Here, in the capital of Georgia, we have a museum called “The World of Coca-Cola”. In May 2007 the museum relocated from Underground to Downtown Atlanta. I’ve just recently visited the new location and really enjoyed it. The new World …

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Panoramas of South America

The first trip to South America was different from other international trips in many ways. The most important change was made to my photo equipment. I had to leave my “big-n-black” Nikon D-SLR gear at home, and took with me a “little-n-black” compact camera Leica D-Lux 6. Overall, I was satisfied with Leica’s performance during entire travel. It is a …

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Lima, Peru – The City Of Kings

I visited Lima, Peru three times during my first trip to South America. Twice I had to wait for connection flights in Jorge Chávez International Airport. The third time, on my way home to Atlanta, I stayed in Lima for two days and was able to explore it a little bit. Since the Limans were celebrating the last days of …

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Moai. Easter Island, Chile

Moai are massive monolithic figures at Easter Island, and they are what the island is famous for. The statues are a part of the worship of the ancestor gods and built to honor important people of the tribes who passed away. Native islanders, called Rapa Nui, carved the idols with stone tools from compressed volcanic ash in approximately 1250-1500 A.D. …

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