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Wiener Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market in Vienna

Posted by dan on December 22, 2010

The Christmas market in Vienna – called Wiener Christkindlmarkt – is one of the most famous destinations during the winter festive season in Europe. With snow almost guaranteed, the capital city of Austria will not leave you disapointed if you are after a real winter experience. (Although this year Paris turned white as well and Rome had its cold days with fountains freezing.) There are several Christmas markets in Vienna, at Maria Theresien Platz or Karlskirche, but probably the best is at the Rathaus, the Townhall, on the Ring opposite the Burgtheater. Following are some images made yesterday.

A comprehensive listing of all important Christmas Markets in Vienna: http://www.vienna4u.at/christmasmarket.html

 

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Paris – Christmas colors

Posted by dan on December 21, 2010

Paris, just as every city in the Western world, is preparing for Christmas. With its markets, Christmas lights and decorations, busy department stores, shopping and fun, Paris is one of the most colorful cities.

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Snapshots – Christmas in Rome and the Vatican

Posted by dan on December 20, 2010

Vatican, Christmas tree at St. Peter's Basilica

Christmas tree at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Christmas is one of the biggest Christian celebrations and people from all over the world flock to Rome and the Vatican during the festive season. Following are images of the Eternal City preparing for Christmas.

Not everybody is as fortunate as most of us reading this blog – many people will spend this Christmas out on the street in every European city. According to every major religion it is a duty to help those in need. See blog post: Clochard – Homeless in Europe

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Adivasi – tribal people in India

Posted by dan on December 17, 2010

The Bondo men still carry bows and arrows

The Bondo men still carry bows and arrows

Although little known, there are hundreds of different tribes in India, a country which has more than 10 official languages and, according to some studies, up to 800 spoken languages. One interesting and diverse region is Orissa where there are 62 different tribal groups. One of the most interesting and smallest is the Bondo who live up in the hills of Khoraput district along with the Didayi and Gadaba. Their way of life is under threat – as the case with indigenous groups all over the world – but they still retain much of their culture. You can get in contact with them in one of the weekly markets where they sell sago wine and buy the things they need. The following images were made in the market of the little town of Onukadeli (also written in many other ways), located at the upper end of the Machkund Dam Project. Most of the photos were taken by a local man who doesn’t want to be named. I gave him my camera for the day while I was drinking with the Bondo. Although he had never used a digital camera before, he made some amazing shots in the market. The images in the villages are mine.

Note: Please be respectful when visiting tribal areas. Apart from their lands being taken, the tribal groups are under enormous cultural pressure from Hindu officials and Christian missionaries – no need to make them feel like exotic animals in a zoo.

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Snapshots – the Latin Quarter

Posted by dan on December 12, 2010

One of the liveliest neighborhoods, starting from the Seine opposite Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame on the Left Bank. Many main sights are located here, including the Pantheon. The litle streets behind it are full of restaurants, cafés and bars, many open around the clock. Rue Mouffetard is famous for its open market. The Luxembourg Garden is between the Latin Quarter and the Saint Germain des Pres area.


Suggested hotel in the area:

Select Hotel Rive Gauche ***
See blog post: Stylish design hotel at the Sorbonne – Hotel Select
Official website: http://paris-hotel-select.com/

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Indian fishermen – Puri to Konarak by bicycle

Posted by dan on December 9, 2010

Going out to the sea

Going out to the sea

The Konarak sun temple is one of the main sights in Orissa, and its erotic sculptures are often mentioned along with the sculptures of the Kajuraho temples. From Puri, where most visitors to the area stay, there are a number of ways to getting to Konarak, including on a rented bicycle. Most part the road leads along the coast, where fishermen live. They are not from here; they are sea-faring nomads, migrating over a thousand miles along the coast from Kerala according to fishing seasons and living in temporary villages. They sell the fish right on the spot, with local buyers coming to their village markets. Doing a dangerous job with style, they remain free and happy.


Travel TipOrissa tourism official website: http://www.orissatourism.gov.in

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“Style is the answer to everything.

Fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous day.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without style.
To do a dangerous thing with style, is what I call art.”
Charles Bukowski

‘Style’, told by Charles Bukowsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekh_GymdgIc&feature=related

‘Style’, told by Ben Gazzara as Charles Bukowsky in the film ‘Tales of ordinary madness’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upL99XQ5_jQ

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Christmas season – Champs Elysees

Posted by dan on December 8, 2010

You can feel the Christmas vibe all around Paris, but the place to be, with its lively Christmas market, is on Champs Elysees. Lit up from Place de Concorde all the way to the Arc de Triopmphe, there are shops, buffets, carousels and fun rides, catering for all tastes and budget. Even if you are not a serious Christmas shopper, it is definitely worth to have a stroll down the famous boulevard.

Champs Elysees - Christmas lights, Paris

Champs Elysees - Christmas lights

Snapshots of Champs Elysees – all decorated and lively.

See also blog post: Parc Monceau – a secluded garden in Paris

Suggested hotels in the area:

Hotel Ampere ****
Official website: http://parishotelampere.com

Hotel Elysees Parc Monceau ***
Official website: http://hotel-elysees-parc-monceau.com

Hotel Elysee Etoile **
See blog post: Hotel Elysee Etoile – budget hotel at the Arc de Triomph
Official website: http://elysee-etoile-paris-hotel.com

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Snapshots – Rue Cler

Posted by dan on December 5, 2010

Market in Rue Cler, Paris

Chestnuts - Market in Rue Cler

Favorite of Rick Steves, Rue Cler itself and the area around it is a very charming Parisian district. Located between the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides, it is a convenient area to stay and visit many of the sights in Paris, but there is also plenty to see and do right in the neighborhood. Following are some images on a not too busy winter day.

“The market is at its best:
Tue–Sat 8:30–13:00 or 15:00–19:30,
Sun 8:30–12:00,
dead on Mon.”

“Rue Cler: The Art of Parisian Living”, by Rick Steves: http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/france/ruecler0208.htm

Suggested hotel in the area:

Hotel de l’Alma ***
See blog post: Hotel de l’Alma – good choice near Rue Cler and ET
Official website: http://alma-paris-hotel.com/

 

 

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