Beng Melea Temple

The Jungle is Reclaiming Beng Melea Temple

Nestled in the jungles of Angkor Wat lies Beng Melea a sprawling temple covering over one square kilometer. This temple is hidden away and not very touristy, giving it an adventurous, ‘lost temple’ feel. Luckily for us our “guide” or rather tuc-tuc driver knew where we could see the best temples even if they weren’t on the tour map.…

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

The Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

Before entering the amazing city temple of Angkor Thom  we crossed the causeway spanning the moat in front of each tower. These bridges have a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. They are huge and towered over me as I stood next to them. Each row holding a naga in the attitude of a tug-of-war.…

The sights of beautiful Oxford

The Red Bus Tour through Oxford

A great way to explore Oxford on a cold autumn day is definitely by taking the City Red Bus Tour! This city tour lasted approximately 1 and a half hours and my mom and I had a fabulous time. We were quite glad that we did remember to bring our gloves as we sat on…

Westminster Abbey

Walking over graves in Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey is another one of those places in London that is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. I read that it was Benedictine monks who first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. Even today there…

St Paul's Cathedral

Walking through London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral

I think St Paul’s Cathedral is definitely one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in England. I am quite lucky in that I have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful Cathedral more than once and couldn’t wait to show it to my friend Hermie on her visit all the way from South-Africa. The two of…

Lacock village

Lacock village, backdrop to many Harry Potter scenes

As we walked through the cobbled streets of Lacock I had to rub my eyes and ask ‘Am I still in the 21st century?’ Lacock is a timeless, traditional English village that looks like it has just stepped out of medieval times. Or the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or JK Rowling’s Harry…

Painted Hall

The magnificent Painted Hall of Greenwich, London

March the weather in London is quite chilly and miserable so its the perfect time to explore the buildings found all over the city.  My friend Adel who actually lives in London now took me out to Greenwich for the morning. Greenwich is a district of South East London, England, and  is quite famous for being…

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral one of the “Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages”

One of my favourite Cathedrals in England is definitely Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. I have visited this Cathedral  a couple of times now and every time I have been amazed at the beauty and architecture of this Cathedral. The Cathedral is filled with many different architectural styles, all blending together to make a striking whole.…

Old Weavers House

The Beautiful Architecture of Canterbury City

I was lucky enough to have my own “personal guide” for Canterbury in the form of my friend Adel who had visited it a couple of times before taking me. Right next to the famous Canterbury Cathedral we found the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey.  The ruins are fenced off to protect the remaining arches. St…

Lines ans patters formed by the columns of Luxor Temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

From lines to patterns. We see lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made. Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there: on the street, across the walls, up in the sky, and along the ground on which we walk. Today’s challenge is inspired by Evan Zelermyer‘s stunning urban, abstract, and architectural images from…

What a beautiful city to walk through

Valparaíso is a jumble of winding streets lined with colourful houses

Valparaíso rises abruptly from a narrow strip of coast to cover over 45 steep hills, each a jumble of winding streets lined with colourful houses, post-Colonial edifices, and 19th century museums. I wasn’t going to leave Chile before I had seen this colourful city. Unfortunately this time of the year the weather doesn’t always play along and the day…

Bell tower

Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

Winter is fast approaching Santiago and making its presence felt with chilly and mostly cloudy days. Everywhere people wrapped up in scarves and coats are enjoying the last autumn days by strolling along the tree lined streets of Santiago. Strolling down Providencia street filled with little café’s and restaurants the contrast between old and new…

I was greeted by a huge iron spider as I arrived at the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills

Foggy view of Tokyo from the 53rd floor!

Roppongi Hills in Tokyo is an expansive shopping and entertainment complex. It is very sleek and modern. I usually stay away from shopping centers but the Mori Art Museum is on the 52nd floor of the 54-story Mori Tower. Completed in 2003 and named for builder Minoru Mori, the tower is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development. The…

Looking Up before entering York Minster Cathedral!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Looking Up in York

The weekly photos challenge is UP! While walking around we don’t often look up and see what the world above us has to offer! One of the places I always look up is when visiting a cathedral. Cathedrals always have so much detail hidden on the ceilings or archways that you would miss otherwise. While…

The statue of the Boer leader and president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger in Church Square

Sightseeing in Pretoria during a heat wave!!

During January it gets quite hot in South-Africa and doing anything in the afternoon is quite taxing in that heat. We had a heat wave for a couple of days in Pretoria and the temperature got up to the high 30’s. The first morning of this heat wave was the day I planned on doing…

A priest standing in front of his small church

Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.

Monday 26 December 2011 The rain finally let up so this morning I took the hostels free city tour, it is a 3hour walking tour that was very informative and we had a great guide that made it a lot of fun! We walked through little alleyways and past so many old buildings it was…