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A mix of cultures, pictures that tell a story

 
 
Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 12:08 am
I'm starting this thread, because I've been going through thousands of my photos I've taken over the years, and there are some I think are good enough to share on a2k.

This first group is on China.

A busy street in Beijing.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0015.jpg

Soldiers marching at Tienamen Square.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0017.jpg

Buildings in Beijing.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0256.jpg

Xian; the terracotta soldiers' auditorium.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0401.jpg

Tai chi lesson by a master in Xian.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0358.jpg

Yangtze River Lesser Gorge.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0820.jpg

Cultural show on the Yangtze River boat.
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The staff on the Victoria Cruise boat.
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A boat on the Yangtze.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/DSC_0850.jpg

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aidan
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 01:00 am
@cicerone imposter,
Wonderful pictures ci - all of them are beautiful, but I especially loved the terra cotta soldier's museum, the tai chi class and the portrait of the boat man (his smile).
My dad loved China and encouraged me to go if I ever had the chance - I never really saw the allure until recently - and these pictures have helped cement my resolve that it's a place I'd enjoy exploring.
Thanks for posting them.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 10:34 am
@aidan,
I agree with your dad. I've visited China three times, and the last one was to do the Yangtze River cruise before they completed flooded everything - which is supposed to happen this year. The progress in China since my first visit in 1992 is not only dramatic, but they now have some of the best hotels at very reasonable prices. The biggest problem for China and its people are the increase in pollution through their factories and use of coal for energy. You can still get a glimpse of the old China even in the Hutong area of Beijing and many of its villages. If you get the chance, go with a travel company that includes a visit to their grade schools in China (both in the big cities and in the small villages). When you do decide to go, let me know; I'll try to make some recommendations not found in your itinerary.

spendius
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 10:46 am
@cicerone imposter,
You should try to see the Canadian movie called Manufactured Landscapes which has been screened 3 times recently on Sky Arts One.

See something of the real China.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 04:25 pm
This second group is from Central Asia which includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The tour last May concentrated on the Silk Road route, and the impressions I got while there was much different than my anticipation. Their architecture is unique, and their people are very friendly and many speak English. We felt welcomed at most of the places we visited from the bazaars to the madrasas, and I learned some new things about the Silk Road; that the eastern-most terminus was Osaka, Japan, and not Xian, China.

The Silk Road.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay20081161.jpg

What most of us "see" about Central Asia.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay20081345.jpg

The architecture of Central Asia.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay2008513-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay2008392.jpg
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We were treated to several fashion shows.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay2008286-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay2008299.jpg

The food we ate were quite good.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay2008842.jpg

This was a cultural show in Khiva. That 3-year old boy danced and sang for us.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/CentralAsiaxDMay20081265.jpg

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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 08:41 pm
Many have been to London, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to see some favorites in and around London Town.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London016.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London018.jpg

Royal War Museum.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London008.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222
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St Pauls.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London049.jpg

Globe Theatre.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London048.jpg

Greenwich.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London027.jpg

Maritime Museum.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London019.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London057.jpg
Polynesians kill Captain Cook.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London061.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London060.jpg

Goodnight (from Greenwich).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London068.jpg

Covent Garden.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MARCH03London053.jpg


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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 10:34 pm
This time, we're going across the Pacific to Japan. This was our second trip to Japan, and this time it was a Buddhist pilgrimage to Central Japan. The Buddhist temples in Japan are the best way to really appreciate the country, because most were built during the 16th and 17th centuries, and that is where the Japanese culture is extant.

Welcome.
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Girl's day display. My wife used to have one when she was young, but had to leave it behind when they moved to Colorado when WWII was declared.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004100.jpg

Mums are popular in Japan.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004108.jpg

A small village.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004148.jpg

Most of the temples are built on higher elevations, and one must climb steps or hills to reach them.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004140.jpg

This is Todaiji Temple in Nara. It's supposed to be the largest wooden building in the world.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004162.jpg

Our Sensai at prayer. We all repeated Sutras from a book.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004203.jpg

The old town of Kyoto.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004219.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004281.jpg

This is where they filmed The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004312.jpg

The temple grounds are well kept and beautiful.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004381.jpg


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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2009 11:42 am
This group was taken while in Hong Kong during Chinese New Years some years ago before our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.

This was our hotel.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi001-1.jpg

Nathan Road, the main shopping street.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi016.jpg

Doormen at the Peninsula Hotel famous for their high tea.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi014-1.jpg

High tea.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi011.jpg

Star ferry (seniors ride free).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi002-1.jpg

Inside the Star ferry.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi003.jpg

Victoria peak tram entrance.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi030.jpg

Tram.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi027.jpg

View of harbor.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi032-1.jpg

New Year's celebration parade and show.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi060.jpg

Temple in New Territories where they practice three religions; Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi071.jpg

Our Hong Kong local guide.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi072.jpg

Next: Vietnam
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2009 04:19 pm
Just a note on the Todaiji Temple in Nara; the Buddha inside the building is almost 50 feet tall.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2009 04:59 pm
Vietnam:

Typical street(s) in a big city like Hanoi and Saigon.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi119.jpg

The Vietnamese can be seen sitting on the sidewalk having their meals.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi076.jpg

The architecture.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi145.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi148.jpg

Ho Chi Min's tomb.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi123.jpg

Ho Chi Min's home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi130.jpg

A Buddhist temple.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi150.jpg

Halong Bay (This is where they filmed one of the James Bond movie).
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A cave we visited on Halong Bay.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi111.jpg

A nice billboard in Vietnam (I like it).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi117.jpg

Wild Rice restaurant in Hanoi.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/FEB05HongKongtoHanoi156.jpg

If anyone would like to me do pictures of a country that I have visited (past five or six years), please request it.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2009 09:02 pm
Back home in Washington DC.
We stayed at the Marriott at Georgetown University in Arlington.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006003.jpg

Japanese-American Memorial.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006010.jpg

Senator Feinstein's office.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006013.jpg

Washington laid the first stone for the construction of the capitol.
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The first Supreme Court.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006026.jpg

Current Supreme Court.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006027.jpg

Library of Congress.
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Our capitol.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006032.jpg

Mahatma Gandhi statue near Dupont Circle.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006040.jpg

Metro.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006038.jpg

Air and Space Museum.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006044.jpg
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Hope diamond (sorry for the blurry picture):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006058.jpg

Museum of Natural History (big bird).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006067.jpg

Ford Theatre.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006071.jpg

House where Lincoln died.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006070.jpg

Alexandria.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/WashingtonDCSept2006082.jpg
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2009 10:09 pm
This group is on the island of Malta.

This scene is from my hotel room.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MaltaandGozoApril2005c770001.jpg

Around Mdina.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta020.jpg

Gate at Mdina.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta004.jpg

Souvenir shop in Mdina.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta030.jpg

Valleta.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta105.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta108.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MaltaandGozoApril2005c770058.jpg

I went to a concert here.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MaltaandGozoApril2005c770062.jpg

Some of the architecture.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MaltaandGozoApril2005c770079.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta129.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MaltaandGozoApril2005c770006.jpg

Tile art at the Roman museum.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/APR05MALTAMdinaandValletta136.jpg

Ferry to the island of Gozo.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/MaltaandGozoApril2005c770026.jpg




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annifa
 
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Reply Wed 3 Apr, 2013 02:03 am
HELLO!

How are everyone?

All is well I hope.

Now I only come here when I want something, be it money... attention.. ok just money and attention really.

Please have a look at my entry to the Nat Geo travel Photo comp, I took it all by myself on a lovely beach in Sri Lanka, I forget the name of it... but here, an image captured by my very own hands:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/200838/view/

Please feel free to 'like' and share away....

Ooooh and follow me on twitter please everybody. @AnnifaBella
roger
 
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Reply Wed 3 Apr, 2013 02:34 am
@annifa,
Welcome back, and it's a good picture. Are you going to tell us about Sri Lanka, or just drop the picture and run?

Sorry, I don't twit.
aarenace
 
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Reply Wed 3 Apr, 2013 02:35 am
@cicerone imposter,
Excellent collection of pic's. Its really informative.Thanks for share.
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annifa
 
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Reply Wed 3 Apr, 2013 02:56 am
@roger,
Thnaks roger, I do twit becasue I am one.

I absolutely loved Sri Lanka, I was there in 2011 for one too-short week. Travelled along the west coast from Columbo to Galle (the picture is from a beach somewhere in the middle - Hikkaduwa) A beautiful place.

I have also travelled around South East Asia and have a lot of photos I'd like to share on here but um, where's the upload picture box? I suppose I have to do something more complicated... beyond the means of my tiny mind and far exceeding my limited patience for such things Wink
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 7 May, 2013 04:32 pm
Hi All, As most of you know, I have traveled extensively around the world. I started a travel blog at www.travelpod.com/members/c.i.222

My last journey was to Portugal, and wine-lovers will appreciate what I have learned - and which I will try to share them with you.

Enjoy.
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jdenny
 
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Reply Thu 9 May, 2013 03:55 am
@cicerone imposter,
Wow! Amazing pictures! Each picture has its own story, really looks nice all of those.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 10 May, 2013 10:25 am
@jdenny,
This was taken in Bali in 2005.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/Sept05BaliandSingapore179.jpg
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 10 May, 2013 10:37 am
@cicerone imposter,
I just completed my blog on Portugal at www.travelpod.com/members/c.i.222

Please visit there for all of my travel blogs.
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