The Longest Couplets in the World – Daguan Park, Kunming, My Yunnan Trip #15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguan Park “Daguan Park, located in the southwestern suburb of Kunming City, is a lakeside park. Today many locals come to sit, drink tea, fly kites, and go boating. Among shady walks and pools, Daguan’s focal point is Daguan Ge, a square, three-storeyed pavilion built to better Kangxi‘s enjoyment of the distant Western Hills and now a storehouse of calligraphy extolling the area’s…

My Yunnan Trip #12 – Dali City, the Ancient Tea Route and the Bai Minority

“Dali City (Chinese: 大理市; pinyin: Dàlǐ shì; Bai: Darl•lit; Hani: Dafli) is a county-level city in the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937–1253. Situated in a once significantly Muslim part of South China, Dali was…

Lijiang, the cute little bungalow where we lived – My Yunnan Trip #10

This is the cute little bungalow where we lived in Lijiang. There was an attendant who made breakfast for us every morning.  We were a party of six who occupied one bungalow with three floors.  There were four rooms, each equipped like an individual hotel room.  The night scenery in the hotel compound was very…

Weekly Photo Challenge – “from above”- My Yunnan Trip #8

Koi Good Fortune, Success, Prosperity, Longevity, Courage, Ambition, and Perseverance   This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – from above This picture was taken in a restaurant in Daly, Yunnan.  The restaurant had a big pond.  When I looked down, wow….so many koi! Have you ever seen so many koi?  I haven’t.  This was my first time! Enjoy the…

Five or Six Maidens? The Porch of the Maidens in Athens, Greece

Please refer to my previous post which is reblogged from my friend Clanmother’s post The Philosopher who loved numbers.  When I saw her picture, I asked her when and where she took this picture.  She told me it was taken in May, 2011 at the Acropolis.  I said, I visited the same site in April, 2011…

Musical Instruments in Turkey and Xinjiang

This post was inspired by my blogger friend musiqdragonfly’s post on Bologna of Italy, a college town. As she has been particularly inspirational to me in her music posts, I would like to dedicate this post to her.  This is a picture that I took in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.  A gentleman was playing this musical instrument…

My South America Trip #18 – Chilean Cuisine: “Ode to Caldillo De Congrio ” by Pablo Neruda

Originally posted on FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
“Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of Spanish cuisine with traditional Chilean ingredients, with later influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy,France and the Middle East. The food tradition and recipes in Chile stand out due to the varieties in flavors and colors. The country’s long coastline and the Chilean people’s relationship with the sea adds an immense array of…

My South America Trip #15 – Torres del Paine, Patagonian Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile – highlight of my trip to South America Photo Credit:  PC Torres del Paine is a national park in the Extreme South region of Patagonian Chile. It is located in the southern tiers of the Andes and features mountains, lakes and glaciers. The Torres del Paine (Spanish for “Towers of Paine” and “Paine” is the old indigenous name for the…

My South America Trip #13 – Bariloche (Part IV) – Victoria Island and Arrayanes National Park

Photo Credit:  PC After having some fun time on Cau Cau with the sea-gulls, we landed at Victoria Island and visited the Arrayanes National Park. While looking for some information about this site, I found this blog which describes beautifully the Victoria Island and the Arrayanes National Park. http://www.sayhueque.com/argentinatravel/bariloche-victoria-island/ “The island was severely deforested for…

My South America Trip #11 – Bariloche (Part 2), “Little Switzerland”, Argentina – Circuito Chico Tour, including Liao Liao Hotel Area

In Part 2 of Bariloche, I would like to introduce the Liao-Liao Hotel Area which is a very famous resort area in Argentina. The Liao Liao Hotel is located in the tourist resort of San Carlos de Bariloche within the province of Río Negro, Argentina. This famous hotel is situated in the foothills of the Andes on a hill between the Moreno Lake and Nahuel Huapi lakes.  The name Bariloche comes…

My South America Trip #10 – Bariloche (Part 1), Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, is a delightful lakeside town nestled in the Argentine Lake District.  This region, called “Little Switzerland”, is renowned for its snow-capped volcanoes, glittering emerald lakes, imposing waterfalls, deep woodland meadows and navigable blue rivers.  We only stayed here for two nights, but were able to see some of…

Christ the Redeemer again, and “Corcovado” (Quiet Nights)

Thanks to my friend  musicdragonfly‘s comments on my last post about  Christ the Redeemer.   She introduced to us this song “Corcovado” which is the name of the mountain where the statue stands.  The viewing platform at its peak was where I did those shots of the view of Rio in my last post.  I am…

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Round

This post is in response to A Word in your Ear’s A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Round Below are some of the images I took that are “round”.  They are mainly my travel photos or food pictures.  Nothing is really significant.  Just for fun.  My most favorite is the Coconut drink that I just tried…