Huang Shan — Some Old Snapshots

Inspired by the photos of a blogger friend, I would like to share some of the old snapshots of my last visit to Huang Shan, China, 12 years ago. I “worked” very hard to make it to the top of the mountain, but not as hard as some of the locals who made their living by carrying people and goods up and down the mountain.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

What is a Bridge? What does it mean to you? What are the significant facts, histories, cultural heritage, and representation of the people in those places? To me, a bridge creates connection and communication.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage — Dutch Clogs (Klompen)

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage. During our recent trip to Amsterdam,  we visited a clogs workshop. Take a look at these beautiful clogs.  Don’t you want to bring a pair home? To wear or not to wear?  That’s the question! Although clogs are worn in many cultures around the world:  the Dutch,  Japanese, Chinese, Swedes…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

  This post is in response to the  Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure The SFMOMA has just reopened after three years of renovation.  As a member of SFMOMA for many years,  I am very excited of its new look and expansion. Due to work, I was only able to visit the museum twice on Thursday nights.  Both visits were…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering. This is the theme of this week. I found two travel photos to share. One of them shows a gathering of the actors after a show in Yunnan, China. The other one shows  group of ladies all dressed up to celebrate a festival in Valencia, Spain. Both are pictures of fun…

Apsaras in the Art and Architecture of Cambodia

  This post is inspired by a blogger friend Michael Lai.  I had been hibernating and tonight I suddenly wanted to post something.  Having seen Michael’s recent post on apsaras in Cambodia, I went back to my earlier post on this topic and found these.  Angkor Wat is still one of my most favorite travel destinations….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge — My Spain Trip #5 Montserrat

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge. “Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together.” ~ Ben Huberman~ I really like this topic.  To me, it is not only a photo challenge but a philosophical one.  Let us look at these pictures I took at Montserrat,  a multi-peaked…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular _My Spain Trip #4 -Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge- Angular.  The picture I posted here is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which I visited last month.  The museum was designed by the American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry. From the Museum’s website: “Hailed as the most important structure of its time when it opened in 1997, Frank Gehry’s…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (1): Santorini, to dream, to relax and explore.

This is in response to this Week’s Photo Challenge:  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/cover-art/.  There are so many choices in my mind!  This is one of the pictures that came to my mind immediately:  The cute island Santorini, in Greece.   I did visit this beautiful island with family and friends, and published a book named Turkey and Greece Delights,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This is in response to Thirdeyemom’s Photo Challenge: Humanity.  I have followed Thirdeyemom’s blog for a while, primarily of her “humanity” approach. I did not travel as much, but like Thirdeyemom, I love to study different cultures and connections with people.   For the purpose of this Challenge, I reviewed my travel websites and my blogs….

My fourth book has just been published: Turkey and Greece Delights

Turkey and Gre… Istanbul, Cappadoc… By Denise Lau, Link Lee Book Preview I co-authored this one with my friend Link who may be the next Ansel Adams! This book also has an ebook version. Download it for free now. We will charge when we post it on iBookstore in future. Most of the contents of…

Inner Mongolia – How does it look like living in a yurt?

This post is in response to the readers of  Retireediary’s recent post Inner Mongolia and Shanxi .  His pictures of the Yurts have attracted many readers who are curious how the inside looks like.  I had visited Inner Mongolia few years ago.  My friend Link’s pictures are nice and include the inside look of the yurts where we…

My Eastern Europe trip #3 – Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Poland

The above picture is from the Wikimedia Commons When we left Warsaw on the way to Krakow, we went to Czestochowa, a place of worship visited by millions of tourists and worshipers every year.  The reason why it attracted so many visitors is because of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa (Polish: Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Częstochowska,  also known as Our Lady of…

Highlights of my recent trip to Eastern Europe

Dear  family and friends: Happy New Year! To wish you all a happy new year, I created this video with highlights of some of my photos taken in Eastern Europe. I did not have much time to write about this trip on my blogs, but hope that you would like the video and the music…

I just published my second book: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Denise | Make Your Own Book Dear friends: Please join me to appreciate the architectural wonder of Angkor Wat, and the beautiful art and culture of the Cambodian people. Sincerely, Denise

Eastern Europe 2013 #2 – St. Mary’s Altar, Krakow, Poland

If you ask me what impressed me most during this trip, without hesitation, I would say ” St. Mary’s Altar.”   It is called Altarpiece of Veit Stoss, at St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland.  The altarpiece was carved between 1477 and 1489 by the Bavarian sculptor Veit Stoss.   If you google this title, all you can see…