November 18th, 2021
The 15th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar is Ghost Day, where all ghosts and spirits, including those of deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. On that day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open! Both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased.
November 9th, 2021
The word "Transylvania" to me is always associated with the word "Dracula"... somehow. When we traveled from Bucharest to Suceava, drove through small villages, and saw many interesting scenes. There is one point we have visited a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere and the restaurant owner was so happy to see us. Even though they did not speak English at all, they used many ways to explain the menu, and that day we had delicious Ciorbă de burtă!. A beautiful country with beautiful people!
November 9th, 2021
Survived the world wars, Berlin has been the capital of many eras, such as the Margraviate of Brandenburg, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the German Empire. Berlin is keep evolving, today Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. Jack Lang once said "Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin!"
October 17th, 2021
Situated in the southern part of Italy, this is one of those places that are out of this world!. I remember drove straight from Sorrento, we arrived in the evening and couldn't see much that time. Then in the next morning when we walk out of the hotel and seeing this town is like being on the Star Wars movie set. Alberobello is uniquely beautiful and very well preserved. Enjoy!
September 26th, 2021
This mind-blowing village has been inhabited by cave dwellers since the Paleolithic time, and even there is an evidence that people were living here as early as 7000 BC!. According to the English Fodor's guide: "Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago."
Entering this prehistoric village is like plunging myself into a magical world that feels surreal. Every stone and wall that I touch is been in this place for nine millenniums!. No wonder Mel Gibson was decided to shot "The Passion of the Christ" here.
September 22nd, 2021
It used to be an important trading power in the Mediterranean for 3 centuries. Amalfi coast lies at the mouth of deep Ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, and is surrounded by dramatic cliffs with coastal scenery. It was a popular destination for the Aristocracy.
Driving along the Amalfi coast is like dream. I can sit all day long in a cliff hanged restaurant, watching the yachts and sipping limoncello! No wonder many Hollywood movies are shots in this location. Enjoy!
"This is part of my ongoing Travel Visualclips, where I shared a glimpse of my travel visuals and thought. Each series features a paragraph of the history of the place and a paragraph of my thought. Accompanied by no more than fifteen images, each series is intended to give readers the umami of travel."
December 31st, 2020
Super short article about my experience using old Leica X1 in the Empty Quarter Desert, Abu Dhabi.