One of the harshest and coldest winters in Canada was the winter of 2013/14 – with a Christmas ice storm that downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to half million people – and a series of polar vortexes. The polar vortex from the beginning  of January froze the Niagara River and the two smaller waterfalls, creating an unusual winter landscape.

After the shock of arrival, it is time to explore the streets of Kathmandu.

One well known commercial neighborhood in Kathmandu is Thamel. A busy place with shops, travel agencies, restaurants, budget hotels and more. Cars, bicycles and rickshaws compete for space with hundreds of pedestrians crisscrossing the narrow alleys.

Photos from Thamel and other areas.

Toronto Islands Winter

I don’t trust any country that looks around a continent and says, “Hey, I’ll take the frozen part.” – Jon Stewart

It may be -30 degrees Celsius with the windchill and half a meter snow. Welcome to the Canadian winter!

One day in February, a winter storm hit Toronto. The perfect timing to go out and confront the nature with a camera.

Fresh snow covered the city, and amazingly, for a metropolis such as Toronto, there is a oasis of peacefulness: the Toronto Islands. A 15 minutes ferry ride from Downtown Toronto and you are in the wilderness, well just during a winter storm!

Namaste!

Namaste – It was a Nepalese greeting. It meant: The light within me bows to the light within you. (Jennifer Donnelly)

I visited Nepal in 2010 and I felt in love right away with this beautiful country.

It is very sad to see the destructions of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, not only on the human scale (8,800 people dead and more than 23,000 injured), but also in the destruction of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Durbar Square in Kathmandu.

An introduction to Kathmandu in three parts, starting with first impressions.

First day of Christmas, first snow in Toronto. Getting up early in the morning for a winter wonderland photoshoot at High Park, Toronto. Good timing: lockdown and holidays, more ducks than people.

An overcast day, the photos are more like in black and white – contrasting with the vibrant colours of Fall or with the bright greens of Summer.

Winter in High Park photos and quotes.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It is the time for Christmas – a time for joy, celebration and reflection, a time to look back to the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

Looking back many years, the Christmas caught me in some unusual places such as in a deserted lounge of the Lagos airport, near the bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand, on the top of Carpathian Mountains or at a cabaret show in Havana.s