Foto Friday – Japanese Lanterns Kyoto

I had always wanted to visit Japan and finally got the chance to go there in 2016. The culture, food, traditions and colours are so very different to the West.

Japanese Paper Lanterns are a traditional sight that can still be seen all over the country. I spotted these in a small side alley in the city of Kyoto. Kyoto is a very traditional city by Japanese standards with many old areas that have not changed much in decades managing to bypass the onset of modernity seen almost everywhere else in the densely populated areas of the country.

Traditional paper lanterns were made in the image of myths, things from nature and or in the spirit of local culture.

The Japanese word chōchin is used for these traditional lanterns which have a frame of split bamboo covered with paper, which can collapse flat into itself, and are usually designed to hang from a hook or a pole.

Foto Friday – Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery
Monks praying inside the ancient monastery.

Thiksey Monastery is a gompa (Tibetan-style monastery) affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kilometres (12 miles) east of the capital Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley, Ladakh

Foto Friday – Cinque Torre

Cinque Torre

A close up view of the impressive Cinque Torre rock formations seen from the refugio while skiing in and around that spectacular area of the Dolomite Mountain range in Italy.

The conditions were perfect, the snow was deep, the sky was bluebird and the scenery was awesome!

Foto Friday – Rajasthan Desert

Thar Desert

The hazy view from our hill-top fort window in Kuchaman looking out over the encroaching desert below as dusk descends on the town.

This shot was taken during our trip around the Golden Triangle of India a few years ago. Before catching an eight hour train ride back to Delhi we were luck enough to stay in an incredible hill-top fort looking out over the fringes of the Thar Desert in northwestern Rajasthan.