Pondicherry, India

We arrived during the Ganesha Festival and enjoyed every bit of it!! Blessed by the Ganesh Temple Elephant, Laksmi. She is not allowed into Pondicherry anymore for security reasons. Incidents with elephants are quite common in India when these rebel against their “master”.

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Mahabalipuram (Mahabs, Mama or Mamapuram for the locals) is a tourist hotspot… with good reason! It is a wonderful fishing village by the sea, where you can actually swim! But do prefer one piece swimming suits if possible, and sunbathing is not recommended, it is not dangerous to do so, but uncomfortable for the sunbather……

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s…

Making Umbrellas in Chiang Mai, Thailand

You have probably noticed that I am extremelly interested in traditional handicrafts… I just could not resist going to Bor Sang Village, near Chiang Mai. Bor Sang Village Bor Sang is a little village about nine kilometres east of the Old City (you do not leave the urban area to get there). It specialises in…

Auroville, India

Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. The Auroville Symbol: The dot at the centre represents Unity, the Supreme; the inner circle…

Fishing in Madras

On Sunday, we went to visit the Kasimedu fish market in the north of Chennai. As usual it is an intricate mix of colours, smells and sounds, all of which I cannot portray with my photography, but here are some images. Thank you.

Traditional Textile Art: Bandhani

Tie and Dye Traditional Textile Art Many different cultures accross the world have used tie and dye techniques for treating textiles for many centuries, and even thousands of years. Over the next articles, I will take you through some of the ancestral techniques used in Asia (Japan, India, Thailand), Africa and maybe even Latin America…

Siem Reap and Angkor, Cambodia

Choosing how long you will stay There are 3 options: 1 day visit (37$) 3 days visit (62$) out of 10 days from the day of purchase 7 days visit (72$) for one month from the day of purchase To buy the ticket you should definitely arrive as early as possible, especially or the one-day tickets. The…

Day 3: Banteay Srei, Angkor, Cambodia

Banteay Srei or Srey is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (16 mi) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Banteay Srei is built largely…

Day 1: the Small Loop, Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Bayon, Angkor Thom Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its…