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These are mainly photos taken at a specific location or belonging to a specific theme, accompanied by a short text description.

Thailand Monkey Buffet

July 9, 2017

Once a year, on the last Sunday of November, it’s time for the Monkey Buffet in Lopburi, Thailand. Located about 150 km north of the national capital, Bangkok, the history of Lopburi dates back almost 1,000 years. While under control of the Khmer Empire from Angkor (Cambodia), around the 13th century, many temples were constructed here, many of which are still standing today. One of them, built as a Hindu shrine, is Phra Prang Sam … Read [MORE...]

Lake Bled, Slovenia

July 3, 2017

Turquoise Jewel of Slovenia Situated in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, just about 55 km northwest of the capital, Ljubljana, you will find Slovenia’s turquoise jewel. The glacial lake, with tectonic origins, is over two kilometres long and almost 1.4 km wide with a maximum depth of almost 30 m. Surrounded by mountains and forests, the lake is located in a very picturesque setting. To the north of the … Read [MORE...]

Vanuatu – Photos from the Archives

June 25, 2017

The archipelago of Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia, and surrounded by the islands of New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Fiji. Vanuatu is known for its superb diving and snorkelling, tropical islands, volcanoes, beaches, deep-sea fishing, dimly-lit kava bars, and friendly locals. However, dig deeper and you will find interesting rituals such as the bizarre annual land-diving ceremony on Pentecost Island, a religious cult revering the dead US soldier John … Read [MORE...]

Portugal’s Azores Islands

May 25, 2017

INTRODUCTION Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, about 1,643 km west of Lisbon, Portugal, some 1,500 km from the African coast and 1,925 km southeast of Canada’s Newfoundland, lie the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago, officially referred to as ‘Portugal’s Autonomous Region of the Azores’ (Região Autónoma dos Açores). Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Azores Archipelago is, very noticeably, of volcanic origin and lies scattered along a 600 km stretch of ocean.Geographically, … Read [MORE...]
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