The Chinese New Year this year, welcoming the year of the Sheep, was a great opportunity to get out of the capital city, Beijing, and see the holiday from a very different perspective. Not only is the Province of Sichuan ethnically different, with many more ethnic minorities, including a very large Tibetan population, but theContinue reading “People of Sichuan Province”
OK, so the pictures uploaded in reverse order… but you get the idea. The temple at the “Golden Peak” sits at over 3,000 meters. The map said I hiked over 15 kilometers from the base to the top… my legs sure felt like it. I stayed at a hotel near the summit and hiked upContinue reading “Mt. Emei, Sichuan”
No, I consumed no turkey in Turkey. Chicken indeed, fish and olives in abundance, however.
The church on the cliff in Amasra, Turkey, on the Black Sea coast, was built in the early AD’s, then destroyed, rebuilt, then turned into a mosque, then back into a church, saw medieval castle walls rise around it and crumble away, and then turned into a mosque again. Turkey’s Black Sea coast has patientlyContinue reading “Empires Come, Empires Go”
… But worth the steep ticket price. Unique geography, and human history stretching millennia. Anatolia, Turkey.
That is Ted. That is not a Turk. But it is in Turkey. Istanbul. The cliche “east meets west” romanticization is in fact quite accurate, Persian rugs draped across Byzantine era stone rooms that now house Italian cafes. Istanbul isn’t all Byzantine churches and ottoman mosques, though there’s plenty of that. There’s also classy restaurantsContinue reading “The Turks In Turkey”
I love museums. History museums, art museums, (in China) Revolution museums. And in a country very concerned about writing the past in order to explain the present, museums are in abundance in China. I have been especially struck, impressed, by the art museums I have found.Continue reading “Museums in China”