When someone says Bali, you will instantly see white sand beaches, laid back backpackers, tanned tourists and locals mingling, fresh produce and tasty cocktails, but paradise comes with a footnote. Mount Agung, or Gunung Agung, guards over the island of Bali, Indonesia like a sleeping giant. Standing at 3,031 m (9,944 ft) it's the highest point on the island, and it has a strong influence on the weather patterns, especially rainfall.As it turns out, the sleeping giant has... continue reading
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The Gothic Wawel Castle in Kraków in Poland was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370, and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard.In the 14th century it was rebuilt by Jogaila and Jadwiga of Poland. Their reign saw the addition of the tower called the Hen's Foot (Kurza Stopka) and the Danish TowerThe Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally important site in Poland. For centuries... continue reading
Krakow pigeonsNumerous legends purport to explain the presence of numerous pigeons on the Main Square.According to one legend, Henry IV Probus,who tried to take over the Senioral Province during the period of regional disintegration of Poland, attempted to go to Rome with financial offerings in order to gain papal approval for his coronation.However, a certain enchantress turned his knights into pigeons.They pecked out some pebbles from the walls of St. Mary's Church, which then turned... continue reading
Wawel Dragon LegendA popular version of the Wawel Dragon tale takes place in Kraków during the reign of King Krakus, the city's legendary founder.Each day the evil dragon would beat a path of destruction across the countryside, killing the civilians, pillaging their homes and devouring their livestock. In many versions of the story, the dragon especially enjoyed eating young maidens, and could only be appeased if the townsfolk left a young girl in front of its cave once a month.... continue reading
"The Strait of Messina is a place across the border, that "originates infinite." And it is there where the border becomes less clear that creeps the myth, destabilizing the man's eyes and pushing beyond reality, in the domain of the imagination."The myth that most characterizes the Strait is that of "Scylla and Charybdis", a metaphor of the drifts, the vortices, of the landing at the bottom of that now send the traveler, now bring him back to the surface, grip him always in the grip of uncertainty.... continue reading
I'm going on with my research of traditional Christmas stories to make new vintage illustrations hand made in watercolors.So I discovered that originally Santa's dress was not red, but green.Of course there are a lot of old tales about Santa Claus.In north Europe Saint Nicholas was a man dressed in green, that goes to bring gifts to good children. Evil kids were visited by Krampus, a beast-like creature, a hairy demon with horns that went to punish.In some places on the Alps on december... continue reading
Apologies for the long quiet time,it's been quite crazy these past few months.Anyways....Above everthing else, what I'm really thankful about my profession is that I am able to meet a lot of interesting people.And every now and then, you get the unique opportunity to shoot a legend.You don't say no to an assignment like that!Lucky for me I had time and managed to include the rare opportunity to shoot boxing legend, Gerry Penalosa, that day.Though this shoot/interview sked granted... continue reading
25th June 2009 (26th June morning in India). I woke up due to a call at 3.30 AM in the morning. A call from my dear friend in London. She was crying. All she said was come online. By the time I went online, one more call followed from LA, from a source close to MJ who said "Mike is dead!". I couldn't believe my ears. The next thing I did was googling news for Michael Jackson and saw the news "Michael Jackson feared dead". Still I didn't believe. For me Michael Jackson is far more than King of Pop,... continue reading
This is really possible and please do not say I made a big topic. :-P There are lots of things we look at everyday but never noticed its meaning inside!Let's look into the below picture which shows you one of the pair of Hua Biao.The obelisk marble columns engraved with entwining dragons and clouds. This kind of ornamental architecture is called Hua Biao. However, have you ever noticed its top??? Allow me to show you another picture with more close-up details.The lion-like creature... continue reading
>River of Lizhiwan dragon boat parade is held on the Dragonboat Festival (also named Duanwu Festival) annually, the history of this event can be traced back to 16th century. This lively and colorful tradition has continued unbroken for centuries to the present day. It is also one of the most important events to the local people of Guangzhou China. On 9 Am, June 8th, crowds of local people already gathered along the river of Lizhiwan, firecracker is burning, people beating the gongs and drums to welcome... continue reading
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