Vienna

“When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

What a city, Vienna! It is one of the most tranquil and civilized cities in the world!

Get a glimpse of the imperial grandeur by visiting the Belvedere, Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces, or just walk through the old city centre starting from the Stephansplatz. The sound of music will follow you: Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt, Brahms and many others. Read More

Tibet

Why We Travel

The Excitement

The most thrilling experiences are when you first arrive in a new country, especially if the country is so different from yours. Pico Iyer would call it “The Shock of Arrival”. For me was “Rush Hour in Kathmandu”.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

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Navaratri cheeks piercing

The Piercing Ritual

One of the highlights of the Navaratri Hindu Festival are the religious rituals, such as the piercing of body parts.

Apparently the devotees experience no pain and they do not bleed from their piercings.

At the Navaratri festival in Bangkok I witnessed the cheeks piercing of a Hindu devout with a metal spear. View the piercing ritual step-by-step. Read More

Navaratri Hindu Festival

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskritnava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. (Wikipedia)

In Bangkok the Navaratri Hindu Festival is celebrated every year during the ninth month of the lunar calendar mainly around the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Silom Road.

The roads around the temple are closed, making space for thousands of worshippers to pray and make offerings alongside hundreds of makeshift altars and stalls with flowers, food and souvenirs. Read More

Taipei Street Photography

From Taipei, With Love!

One camera. One city. And if the city is Taipei, then you are a lucky photographer. Seven days in Taipei and 1,600 photos!

Each photo tells a story, each photo has an emotion attached to it. But how can you select the best photos without the emotions getting into the way? The American street photographer Garry Winogrand would even wait one year before judging his images.

Falling in love with Taipei and its people is easy. Enjoy a glimpse of Taipei in 24 images. Read More

Everest Base Camp

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

In 2010 I took an amazing trip by air from Kathmandu to Lhasa, and overland from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp – via Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk – and back to Kathmandu via Zhangmu.

This is a continuation of my previous post “Tibet: Om Mani Padme Hum“.

There are actually two Everest Base Camps on the opposite sides of Mount Everest: the South Base Camp in Nepal and the North Base Camp in Tibet.

Follow the journey to the North Base Camp in 21 photos. Read More

Tibet Buddhist Statues

Time to revamp an older post: the 2010 Tibet adventure. More photos and stories added.

Tibet was a tough trip. With only 60% to 70% available oxygen at these high altitudes, especially the nights were more like a nightmare. Four hours sleep and the rest of the night struggling to find oxygen. The Tibetan high altitude pills didn’t help too much. The highest point reached was at 5, 248 m.

I arrived in Lhasa with a small Air China plane coming from Kathmandu. The view from the plane was impressive. Read More

Tokyo art

Or When the Alien Is a Human

“There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs.” – Madeline Sheehan

Borrowing the title from ufology, “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind” involves direct communication between aliens and humans.

And here are the stories of the “aliens” I met during my trips, strange encounters with wandering souls. Read More

Soi Phumchit

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

Soi Phumchit

Another hidden area of Bangkok, another photo walk away from the tourist path.

Soi Phumchit comprises from a series of dead ends with old houses and small shops. Getting lost in the area is the best way to discover interesting photographic subjects. The timing coincided with the Chinese New Year celebration.

Camera used: Sigma DP3 Merrill. Read More

Cambodia Adventures

Three Days of Misadventures

What can go wrong when crossing the border overland between Thailand and Cambodia? Follow our Cambodia adventure and find out!

“There is no certainty; there is only adventure.” – Roberto Assagioli

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Modern Toilet Restaurant

Modern Toilet

Eating out of a bathroom toilet may not be your fine dining dream, but for sure it is one of a kind experience.

“Go pee-pee or go poo-poo.”

Enter the world of toilet fetish at the “Toilet Restaurant” in the Ximending area of Taipei! Read More

Peles Castle

Peleş Castle

Peleş Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe located in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, Romania.

Peles Castle won the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor.

Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the Romanian royal family until 1947. Read More

Best of 100 Travel Stories

To kick off the new year, we’d like to share with you the best of ‘100 Travel Stories’ for 2015: top travel stories, top countries from where the visitors come and the most active commenters in 2015. Read More

Beer of the World

Well known or never heard about beers, strange tastes and crazy names, here is a selection of 12 beers I enjoyed around the world.
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Tiger Temple

Best of Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple

A visit to the Tiger Temple in the Kanchanaburi province of Thailand is a surrealistic experience and controversial. Getting close up and personal with a tiger is once in a life time adventure.

History

The Tiger Temple was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals including tigers.

In 1999 the temple received the first tiger cub, one that had been found by villagers; it died soon after. Later, several tiger cubs were given to the temple. As of July 2014, the total number of tigers living at the temple has risen to 135. (Wikipedia) Read More