mercredi 30 juillet 2014

Eilean Donan Castle (2) SCOTLAND

The building of the most photographed (and cinematographed) Scottish castle started on the early 13th century. It was left abandoned at the 18th century and become a ruin, up until its restoration in the beginning of the 20th century. Photo from 2008

lundi 28 juillet 2014

Vat Phu Champasak, LAOS

Vat Phou or Wat Phu (Meaning temple-mountain) is a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos, located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6 km from the Mekong river in Champasak province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a linga was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today. 
Wat Phou was a part of the Khmer empire, centred on Angkor to the southwest, at least as early as the reign of Yashovarman I in the early 10th century. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.

Photos from November 2013

vendredi 25 juillet 2014

Carmo Church, Lisboa. PORTUGAL

The Carmo Convent (Portuguese: Convento da Ordem do Carmo) is a historical building in Lisbon, Portugal. The mediaeval convent was ruined in the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, and the ruins of its Gothic church (the Carmo Church or Igreja do Carmo) are the main trace of the great earthquake still visible in the city.
The Carmo Convent is located in the Chiado neighbourhood, on a hill overlooking the Rossio square and facing the Lisbon Castle hill. It is located in front of a quiet square (Carmo Square), very close to the Santa Justa Lift.
Nowadays the ruined Carmo Church is used as an archaeological museum (the Museu Arqueológico do Carmo or Carmo Archaeological Museum).

Photos taken in Spring 2014

mardi 22 juillet 2014

Istanbul in Black and White (2). TURKEY

More miscellaneous snapshots from this fascinating capital, taken in 1992.

samedi 19 juillet 2014

San Gimignano, ITALY

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses. The Historic Centre of San Gimignano, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photos from August 2013 taken among the most incredible amount of tourists you could ever imagine.

mercredi 16 juillet 2014

Mammals from Etosha. NAMIBIA

Photos from Summer 2011
1. Rhinoceros
2. Oryx and zebras
3. Springboks
4. Kudus and Phacocerus
5. Young lions
6. Elephant Bathing
7. Wildebeest / 8. Mangouste

jeudi 10 juillet 2014


Photos from Avril 2012
1. / 2. 3. 4. Alhambra

5. Albayzin quarter seen from the Alhambra
6. Plaza Romanilla
7. Monasterio de los Jeronimos
8. Catedral

9. View from the Sacromonte

lundi 7 juillet 2014

Placencia. BELIZE

A cool beach where doing nothing is the norm for visitors. Old photos from 1996

vendredi 4 juillet 2014

Abbeys in Ruins. IRELAND

Photos from Summer 2012.
1. / 2. Ross Errily Friary  
3. 3. Cong 

4. / 5. Claregalway Abbey

mardi 1 juillet 2014

Chariots of Fire Trail, Aiguestortes national Park. CATALONIA

Carros de Foc is Catalan for ''chariots of fire.'' an established trek of more than 50 kms. A loop that winds all through and around the magnificent Aigüestortes National PArk, where the peaks average about 7,800 feet. It links nine mountain refuges, although we did it using only six, in a 7 day trek, in July 2008. All photos by Lluis Llaurado and Carlos V. (I was too busy walking to take any picture sorry)