I’m celebrating the Christmas holidays in my Cyprus home this year and as Christmas 2016 passes and the New Year bringing 2017 into our lives is not far away, sad news today to hear of one my favorite singer’s untimely death, the iconic George Michael. His Greek Cypriot roots allowed this small island to claim some affiliation with this talented singer/songwriter. RIP, George.
Today’s Monday Window post is from the small village of Armou (Greek: (η) Άρμου). Continue reading
Travelling in Oman in September this year, on the road from Mahout to Sur, you pass along a sleepy coastline.
Fishing and camel and goat farms seem to be the livelihood in this region. Hemmed in by the vast Wahiba sands to the West and the Indian Ocean to the East, travels along this coastal road are rather like being in the land time nearly forgot. Continue reading
Linking with Monday Window
Flashing past this door scene in a small Omani coastal village, I requested a reverse, gestured nicely with my camera and received approval for the shot…
Door life in Oman
Linking with Thursday Doors, pop on over and check out some of this week’s lovely doors….
On the way back to Dubai from my recent Oman road trip, we passed through the old city of Bahla, in the Ad Dakhiliyah region of Oman on the route back to the border crossing at Al Ain in the UAE. Continue reading
Hoi An in Central Vietnam is an utterly fascinating town. Continue reading
This week some more from the beautiful town of Hoi An in Central Vietnam.
An eclectic mixture of windows and shutters from houses, temples, and shops resulting from my poking around all corners of this fascinating place.
Please enjoy…. Continue reading
Huế’,Vietnam, November 2016.
Huế’s Imperial city is surrounded by a moat and thick walls. Building started in 1804 in the reign of Emperor Gia Long. Until the demise of the Emperors in the mid-1900’s, more moats and building were added. During the Vietnam war, due to Huế’s religious and cultural status, US troops were ordered not to bomb or shell the city, for fear of destroying the historic structures. Continue reading
Vietnam, November 2016-seeing Hue.
When you have a dodgy hip and you don’t want to stop seeing Hue, the answer is to hire a Cyclo driver.
After a morning at the Imperial palace, which is huge, impressive and awesome, my legs told me I couldn’t do much more, but there was so much more of the city to see.
Hobbling out to the road to try to find some form of transport back to the hotel , the cyclo drivers were lined up just waiting for the likes of me. Continue reading
I didn’t post for Thursday Doors last week as I was en route to Vietnam.
I’ve now reached Huế in Central Vietnam.
Huế was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802-1945. Continue reading
This week, windows from Hội An, Vietnam.
I’m currently traveling in Vietnam. Hội An and Huế are my destinations this time.
Hội An is a Unesco World Heritage site and is now a major tourist attraction. Continue reading
There are times when you just decide to do something with great enthusiasm and then, as it gets closer, you hope it’s not out of your comfort zone.
Here I am, waiting out a 2-hour flight delay sitting in domestic departures, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Continue reading
Sometimes it’s just all about what’s through the window.
Take this mall in Dubai, one of very many across the city.
An attractive atrium, palms rising up to the glass windows in the roof… Continue reading
Some more residential Dubai doors and gates for this weeks Thursday doors, from the Jumeirah area.(Arabic: جميرا, “Beautiful”) Continue reading
Dubai is an ever-developing city. People who work here have to live here and currently, the pace of construction and release of new housing developments is quite frantic. Continue reading
Just a little teaser from Doors (and gates) in Dubai….watch out for more in coming weeks! Continue reading
High rise buildings in Dubai can go up to 163 floors ( Think Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, until the next one is built, probably in Dubai) but mainly tend to be around 40 stories. Continue reading
Last week I posted some older-style traditional Emirati doors from Dibba on the UAE’s East coast for Thursday Doors.
This week, here’s some modern ones from the same area on UAE’s East coast. Continue reading
Driving through Fujeirah, on the UAE coast on Saturday, I spotted a bank building with a pleasing design arrangement of windows. Continue reading
Dibba is a port town on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. This large natural harbor on the east coast of the northern Emirates has been an important site of maritime trade and settlement since the pre-Islamic era. Continue reading
At the counter, windows display the treats on offer. The chicken tikka puff is pretty good. Hmm… Continue reading
Well, I didn’t dare title this H2O2……altogether a different subject!
When light travels from air into water, it slows down, causing it to change direction slightly. This change of direction is called refraction.
It made the blue crab into an abstract crab…
I’m walking down the street after visiting Muttrah Souk in Muscat, it’s hot and humid. Let me get to the car and air conditioning pronto, I don’t do humid very well, and then I see a door…woah…stop….can you see it? Continue reading
Dubai creek can be crossed by using the “Abra” service. The cost is 1 dirham, (27 cents). A 10-minute ride to cross the creek and so much to look at. Continue reading
Back in Oman, heading down through the vast and empty wastes of the centre towards Ras Madrakah, where the Gulf of Oman turns into the Southern Oman coastline, occasionally you come across a place that makes you wonder why it exists? What made it be given a name? Why is it there? Continue reading
This week it’s spot the window!
Close by my Cyprus home is the village of Lemba, home to the unique Cyprus College of Art.
The founder, Stass Paraskos , a prominent Cypriot artist, together with fellow artists and students decorated the boundary of the college with many avant-garde works, creating a sculpture wall over 25 years. Continue reading
Last week I was back in Oman and spent some time in Muscat. Hot and humid at this time of year, packed into space amidst foothills of the surrounding mountains, nevertheless, the city has great charm. Continue reading
A slightly “loose” interpretation of window this week, but I’m sure you will agree it was too good to miss.
The only access to Masirah Island, Oman is via ferry and nowadays there is a government service and small local ferries. Continue reading
I featured an unusual window in the small Cypriot village of Emba in this Monday Window post. At the same house, the door is worthy of a post, which should have been last week’s offering for Thursday doors, but as I was felled by a nasty summer cold, my Thursday doors didn’t happen. Continue reading
Day tripping to Limassol town in Cyprus, lunching at the new and rather glamorous Limassol Marina, then a visit to one of the property developer’s site offices. Continue reading