Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, was a celebration of the winter solstice and a way to greet the new year in the southern hemisphere. Dedicated to the sun god, Inti, the ceremony was the most important in the Incan calendar.
It can be a gamble whipping out your camera or phone during Songkran but these people were prepared to risk the ruination of their photography equipment to capture the watery madness that is New Year in Thailand. We in turn jeopardised damaging our third camera in Southeast Asia to photograph them doing so.
We have mixed feelings about Songkran, in that one of us loves charging about town squirting water into the faces of old women and children, while the other loathes it and won’t venture outside for the duration.
When most people think of Thailand and big cats they think of the ethically dubious Tiger Temple but not far away from there is a place where backpackers can get up close and personal with a tiger but do something far more worthwhile for the creatures than exploiting them for a cool social media profile photo.
Like most tourists to New York I visited the Empire State Building on my trip to New York. Unlike most tourists I haven’t been to the top. I stood in the queue until my impatience kicked in and instead followed a far shorter line down some steps and into what happily turned out to be the bar.
I love Egypt. It may even be my favourite country but there is no doubt it is one of the most stressful to travel around. From the moment a tourist steps outside their hotel door they become a target of all manner of touts and claims that ‘my [insert item here] is the best [insert item here]’ even if you had never cared for a [insert item here] before or even now.
American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" on first seeing Iguazu Falls. The photo above is of the spectacular Devil’s Throat, where half the Iquazu River’s flow drops down 82 metres through a 150 metre wide U-shaped chasm. In 2011, Iguazu Falls was voted one of the winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.
Billing itself as the world’s most unusual building site, Chateau Guédelon is an archaeological experiment. Using 13th century building methods a team of quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters, and their horses, are building a castle out of wood and stone using techniques resurrected from illustrations and other sources.
Despite a history stretching back more than 8,000 years, Plovdiv’s most impressive building from antiquity was only rediscovered a few decades ago. The Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis was only found when a landslide caused by engineers tunnelling underneath one of the city’s hills revealed the site.
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