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Truffle Hunting

Truffle Hunting

17 May 2015

Slovenia and Croatia share the idyllic peninsula known since the Roman times as Istria. However, local residents were not aware of the “black diamonds” beneath their feet until the period between the two World Wars, when Italian engineers noticed the terrain was similar to the truffle-producing parts of Italy.

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

17 May 2015

Cambodia is a poor country and beggars are quite prevalent but the ever-increasing sight of Toyota Land Cruisers belies the fact that there is money to be made as this country reawakens from its nightmare past. For the average Cambodian life, of course, is still a struggle even if the killing fields have been silenced. One area of promise for jobs is the tourist industry which is only in its infancy. Angkor Wat is Cambodia's shining or rather crumbling jewel.

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George Orwell

George Orwell

17 May 2015

Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25 June 1903 in eastern India, the son of a British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England and, after he left Eton, joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, then a British colony. He resigned in 1927 and decided to become a writer. In 1928, he moved to Paris where lack of success as a writer forced him into a series of menial jobs. He described his experiences in his first book, 'Down and Out in Paris and London', published in 1933. He took the name George Orwell, shortly before its publication. This was followed by his first novel, 'Burmese Days', in 1934.

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Li Jiang

Li Jiang

17 May 2015

Originating from Mao’er Shan (Mountain Cat) in Xing'an county, north of Guilin, the Li River, also called Lijiang winds its way south for about 437 km, passing through Guilin City, Yangshuo County, Pingle County and Zhaoping County, and finally meets the Xi (West) River at Wuzhou. The Li River is a famous tourist destination for mainland Chinese and is featured on the 20 Yuan note.

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Grožnjan & Motovun

17 May 2015

By the early 60s the medieval town of Grožnjan had seen its better days but a proposal for revitalizing the town around the arts and music began to take hold under the direction of the municipal authorities. Today Grožnjan reminds me a little bit of Carmel, California or at least how it could be if they could get rid of the traffic in the central part of town.

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Scrovegni Chapel

Scrovegni Chapel

17 May 2015

The Scrovegni Chapel, dedicated to St. Mary of the Charity, frescoed between 1303 and 1305 by Giotto, upon the commission of Enrico degli Scrovegni, is one of the most important masterpieces of Western art. The frescoes, which narrate events in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ, cover the entire walls. On the wall opposite the altar is the grandiose Universal Judgement, which concludes the story of human salvation.

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Richard Francis Burton

Richard Francis Burton

17 May 2015

Burton was a prolific author, mainly on travel and ethnography. He also translated classical and Renaissance literature, with a particular interest in eastern erotica - he translated and printed the 'Kama Sutra' (1883) and 'The Perfumed Garden' (1886). He also published a complete edition of the 'Arabian Nights' (1885 - 1888).

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Rail Journeys

Rail Journeys

17 May 2015

These rail journeys are designed for dedicated rail enthusiasts and include vintage and scenic rail travel, rail experiences, as well as rail and transport museums. I’ve listed quite a number of things to see and do but I would suspect that even the most hardcore enthusiasts will find themselves overloaded so I have suggested some alternative activities throughout the journey.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap

17 May 2015

We took a bus from Bangkok to the border with Cambodia. From there we had to walk a couple of hundred yards to the other side of the border and join a new bus for our trip to Siem Reap. I saw a number of small boys pulling luggage carts larger than themselves hoping to help any overburdened tourist get their luggage from one bus to the other.

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Zittauer Schmalspurbahn

Zittauer Schmalspurbahn

17 May 2015

Using standard steam locomotives or Einheitslokomotiven Class Altbau- VII K, the Zittauer offers simultaneous departures from Bertsdorf station daily in the high season in collaboration with the Saxon-Upper Lusatian Railway Company (Sächsisch-Oberlausitzer Eisenbahngesellschaft or SOEG).

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Mullin Museum

Mullin Museum

17 May 2015

The Mullin Automotive Museum is an homage to the art deco and the machine age – eras that produced exquisite art and magnificent automobiles. The museum is home to the finest Historic French automobiles from Bugatti to Voisin as well as significant and representative decorative art from the 1920s and 1930s.

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Tuscany

Tuscany

17 May 2015

With its wine-soaked villages, art-rich cities, swathes of olive groves and truffle fields Tuscany epitomizes la vera Italia. But this central region’s most relevant role will always be as the birthplace to the Renaissance.

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Penang, Malaysia

Travel Itinerary

17 May 2015

What I have attempted to do in this section of the website is to capture my thoughts and experience as it relates to travel photography, perhaps with a focus more on the travel aspect than on the photography though I will offer some suggestions. I have included 6 sample itineraries; 3 in Europe and 3 in Asia.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang

17 May 2015

I have been working in Singapore for almost a year now and as my time in South East Asia wound to an end I had time for one final tour before returning to the United States. Not knowing when or if I would ever return to Asia I chose to travel to Laos, a country I knew little about.

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Prosecco Road

17 May 2015

Prosecco Road “Strada del Prosecco” lies between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, and is the road that accommodates the finest vines and wineries where the highest quality Proseccos (sparkling wines) are produced.

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Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk

Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk

17 May 2015

Tin-toys, model railroads and sports cars were a life-long passion for Hans-Peter Porsche. His dream was not only to treasure, but to pass on: to share his private collection with all those who share his enthusiasm.

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Florence

Florence

17 May 2015

Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) is a place to feast on world-class art and cuisine. Michelangelo’s “David”, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation” are just a few of the works on display.

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Hrastovlje

Hrastovlje

17 May 2015

The Church of Holy Trinity stands on a small elevation above the village of Hrastovlje, within the walls built for protection. Plain on the outside it’s the fantastic frescoes in it’s interior including the Dance Macabre that makes this small church unforgettable.

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