Category Sunday Photo
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. The name Registan means “Sandy place” or “desert” in Persian. The Registan was a public square where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis – and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) . Ceiling of Ulugh […]
It was only two months ago that we were in Rio. A definite highlight was taking the cablecar up Sugarloaf Mountain for superb views of Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer and downtown Rio….. Christ the Redeemer from Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
Tromsø City Library The spectacular Tromsø City Library was opened in 2005. It is 3500 m2 in size and was designed by the Norwegian architect Kjell Beite . Despite its young age, the roof is actually constructed from the remains of a cinema that had been built in the 1960.
I have just watched the BBC programme about city dwelling creatures and they featured one of the most adept species at living off humans – the common pigeon. Unusually they showed pigeons in Fes, where they are very useful as their droppings are used in the leather dying industry that has been practiced there for […]
The Epiphany Today is the day of the Epiphany, celebrating the day that Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It also happens to be the ‘name day’ of my wonderful Greek wife Ourania. For many Epiphany also marks the last day of Christmas , the twelfth night and the […]
“Workers of all lands unite”, is the proclamation on the headstone of the renowned Prussian (modern Germany) philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, author and socialist revolutionary Karl Marx (1818-1883). That’s quite a CV and indeed Marx is credited with being one of the most influential people in history, his ideas and ideals forming […]