I have been lucky enough to travel to lots of interesting places and have tasted some wonderful (and not so wonderful) food.
a roadside food vendor in India
food catering on an industrial scale for the many pilgrims visiting the golden temple of Amritsar
freshly squeezed orange juice on sale in India
snake gourds in Sri Lanka
my birthday cake, Thai style
the “strained through an old sock” method of making fresh coffee in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Get your taste buds salivating courtesy of Ailsa’s post on the subject of flavour
Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas
early morning in Provence
shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus
view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus
view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus
Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.
water buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the sea
the elephants at the Pinnewala sanctuary in Sri Lanka get a daily dip too
a walk on the beach will blow a few cobwebs away
iced coffee on the beach
maybe you’d prefer a hot cup of Java
the sight of a field of red poppies is always uplifting
as is watching the dancers at a local folk festival
What refreshes you? Is it the sight/sound of water in some form? Is it a drink? a change of scenery?
sharing Ailsa’s travel theme
Venetian carnival masks for sale in Strasbourg’s Christmas market
mask maker at the Ambalangoda mask museum, Sri Lanka
Eastern European masks used in festivals
this is a neutral mask
a mask without a face behind it
a mask with a face behind it
sharing “masks” with Ailsa and others.
the geese are more interested in moving than the swans which are only interested in hanging around because it’s nearly feeding time – Abbotsbury, UK
the dance of fire
on the move in Sri Lanka
old-fashioned train travel, also in Sri Lanka
sharing with Ailsa
Hats in Luxembourg’s Street Art Animation festival
hat made out of a water lily leaf in Sri Lanka
girl making a “poem” hat in Hue, Vietnam. Called “poem” hats because when they are held up to the light you can see a picture in the hat
these very young boys and girls are about to undergo the initiation ceremony to become monks and nuns at Ananda Paya, Bagan, Myanmar
woman in tribal headgear, Myanmar
Sharing with other hat lovers and Ailsa
One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.
Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens
The approach is innocent enough
but then you have to climb the cliff
don’t look down
better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
a rare photo of the two of us
you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
past the mirror wall
with the rock face towering above you
then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
before the final ascent
with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.
What form did your achievement take?
It said that ‘three’s a crowd’ so here are my crowd photos, featuring five or more people or animals, for this weeks Sunday Still’s challenge
dancers waiting to greet a wedding party arriving at our hotel in Kandy, Sri Lanka
schoolgirls in Kandy
elephants at the Pinnewala elephant sanctuary, Sri Lanka
elephants spotted while on safari in Sri Lanka
The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning “remains” or “something left behind” (the same root as relinquish). It has come to mean many things to different people. Relics can be religious, as in the veneration of sacred objects in several religion. Relic is also the term for something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared, but also an object cherished for historical or memorial value (such as a keepsake or heirloom).
“Cultural relic” is a common translation for “Wenwu” (文物), a common Chinese word that usually means “antique” but can be extended to anything, including object and monument, that is of historical and cultural value.
mosaic at Paphos, southern Cyprus
relics of a bygone era – ancient figures of horses and riders in the museum of Nicosia, Cyprus
ruined temple at Aphrodisias, Turkey
temple of the sacred tooth relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Did you unearth any interesting relics this week?
Daily Post Photo Challenge
Ed said “For this challenge either intentionally photograph power lines or maybe you have a great pic that was ruined by power lines. I have both.. ;-)” I do too 🙂
power lines got in the way of this shot of tea plantations in Sri Lanka
more power lines in Sr Lanka
some crazy wiring in Hanoi