The Swiss Guard (Custodes Helvetici) are on duty to protect the Pope in the Vatican City during the last 500 years. The legend says the uniform was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, but its not seems very credible. Is the oldest military unit in the world. They can swear in different languages as Switzerland has various languages, german seems to be the favourite one, meanwhile the french and the italian are the others. They are in the duty of the Pope from January 21th 1,506 and they are far away to introduce women in this force.
The south of India is surprisingly very christian land, although there are many people with hinduists believes. But is striking how the churches appears on the scenary, in this case (picture above) from the very top of a lighthouse in the city of Cochi, where this picture was taken.
The great Miguel Angel was a versatile man and certainly has left a great cultural legacy in the World, in some places as Florence and also in Rome and specifically in the Vatican City where some spectacular works exist, perhaps the most emblematic is the Sistine Chapel which is also the place where popes are elected. Coming to this place and looking up is to give oneself an injection of Stendhal syndrome.
Picture taken in the Sistine Chapel - Vatican City
Someone told me that the GendarmenMark Platz in Berlin is the nicest Square in Europe. May be it is or may it is not, but certanly is beautiful indeed. The two domes in both sides and the magnificent concert hall in its center makes of this place with french origen name, one of the "must" visiting place in Berlin.
Picture taken in Gendarmenmark Platz in Berlin
Neither, this is the Earth.... but in a very special place...!!. A place connected with the center of the Earth, that´s why inside this place you can see one of the most rare fires, the blue fire, which is only visible during the very dark. Once the dawn clears the day light, the fire dissapears and then another scene appears. The volcanic backgrounds of a place like Venus or another strange world, but a huge blue lagoon of turquoise waters makes more strange this place, creating an oniric sensation of strangeness around. As the day light unveils, we can see also a yellow side full of smoke. We are inside a volcano... a very estrange volcano.... but in the Earth
Picture taken inside Kawah Ijen Volcano (Java, Indonesia)
At the bottom of a very impressive cliff, there´s a hidden secret that anyone can discover if is willing to accept going downstairs on a way with such amazing views facing the Mediterranean sea, and get down more than 600 steps. This cave was visited by one of the former italian kings, and nowadays is visited by many tourists, especially on summer. Anyway is nice sometimes discover the inner side of the earth and the thousand years formation of its rocks.
Picture taken in Neptune´s cave in Alghero (Sardinia)
It is true that all the buildings and therefore the island, have an unmistakable cream color, because their buildings are built with stone from the island that is produce in its many quarries.
That gives a characteristic color from yellow, orange or cream in the case of this photograph that contrasts in an obvious way with some details in blue, such as a road sign or the bottom of a niche for a religious image. Typically Maltese, no doubt about it.
Bus stop near Zurrieq (Malta)
the 1st of September 1,730 between nine and ten at the evening, the earth opened in Timanfaya, two leagues from Yaiza, and an enormous mountain rose from the bosom of the earth. The land was completely transformed.
This chronicle is the beginning of the story of volcanic eruptions that occurred in Lanzarote and were written by the priest of Yaiza. These volcanic eruptions lasted six years. Ten locations were completely buried by lava, but fortunately no casualties and everyone could leave the area.
Picture of Timanfaya volcanoes from Yaiza in Lanzarote
barefoot and alone, the monk returns to his monastery. Monsoons drop heavy rain in Sri Lanka, but the monk goes his way, under the downpour. The colors of their clothes and umbrella contrast with the green background and floor.
Picture taken in Anuradnapura (Sri Lanka)
Decades ago, the cities were created with houses and little buildings, but from the 60th to nowadays, every time more cities are competing to have the biggest buildings and the most smart ones, The world has created megacities full of concrete and glass, Thus everytime we are living in an artificial world where the nature has a limited place, but this is the reason why the citizens of the biggest cities at the slightest chance, they flee to discover the nature where our ancients were living in.
Picture taken in Dubai
Blue is the predominant color on this planet. The sky and sea are blue, but there are places where the blue is really impressive. This is the case of this photograph taken during a winter in one of the most famous beaches of Ibiza. That day the intense blue turquoise was easily visible here, as it is during the sunny days of winter.
Picture taken in Platges de Compte in Ibiza island
There is no red carpet on the arrival, but no need. The wooden small promenade makes perfect background on this stage surrounded on bright blue sea, and some huts at the end on fantastic white sand. Definately is the arrival at the paradise.
Picture taken in Kanawa Island in Komodo Park (Flores, Indonesia)
Costa Rica is the top destination for nature. It is enough to observe a tree to see a whole universe of botany on it. In this case a huge tree which from their branches are falling other plants that although they seem moss, are plants that only need air to live, but they are there, clinging from the giant, which gives a spectacular touch. The Nature in some countries is very very impressive.
Picture taken in Ujarrás (Costa Rica)
And again comes the heat, the sea, the beach and colors. The warm, sunny and long days have come again with the musical evenings and quiet nights (or not). Far away are the dark and long nights with the short and cloudy days of winters.
Almost without realizing it, the autumn will call our door again and so the winter will return to us .... and again will have added another cycle to life.
Picture taken at Aigües Blanques Beach in Ibiza
Bali is known as the island of the gods. In fact there are plenty of mostly Hindu temples in stark contrast to the rest of the over fifteen thousand islands that exist in Indonesia. It is true that in the Hindu culture, as almost in all religions, there is a diabolical threat, that here in some temples acquires a very unusual sympathy in the form of multi colorful figures, that are repeated in many Asian areas, but here come to be dominated by the gods of the island of gods, who on this island they have the main role. These demons put an important note of color on an island where the dominant colors are the green of its larges paddy fields, the black lava volcanoes that reach the beaches in the form of black sand and gray of their cloudy heaven that sometimes contrasting with the blue of the cloudless sky.
Picture taken in Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple in Bali (Indonesia)
The green color is the colour of balance, harmony... it is said that is the colour of the emotions, the renewal, the spring.... Actually is the color of the nature, almost all plants and tree are green.
Of course the green reflected on the lake or with a strong background of light is even more spectacular, giving a magic touch.
I took this picture in Sri Lanka, but I can´t remember exactly where, but somewhere in the middle of the island. But anyway is a picture that gives to my soul a sense of peace.
Picture taken somewhere in Sri Lanka
The lotus flower is considered the most sacred of flowers in Buddhism and where tradition says it is symbolically where Buddha was born.
We must pay close attention where Buddha is sitting, as it usually does on a lotus flower. The lotus flower means spiritual purity, or the purity of body and soul. Legend has it that when Buddha was a child, where trod bloomed lotus flowers. The muddy waters from which they spring means attachments in life and carnal desires but its flower above those waters means the pursuit of light and spiritual elevation. There are different colors in the Lotus flower, but the most important is precisely the rose, like the image.
Picture taken in Ubud (Bali-Indonesia)
Istanbul is the most beautiful city in Europe, but with a major threat in his feet. A great city with feet of clay, so it´s located is just a few kilometers from a seismic fault, that soon will cause that the whole city will shake, and the Istanbul we now know, will change radically. But while the earthquake is to come, for now, we can stroll through the streets and enjoy the spectacle offered by this beautiful city both day and night (as in the picture above)
Picture taken in Istanbul
This image of the Virgin Mary is located on the side porch of the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca.
this image belongs to the gothic-flamboyant style
It is true that is to emphasize its great beauty, but lacking the nostrils, due to impairment because of the time and that not always the porch was well preserved in the past, and although the original statue is in a museum (the one of the picture this is a copy that was made in 1917) there is no doubt that this is one of the most beautiful Gothic images that represents the Virgin Mary. In the good books of Gothic art always appears this image, but it seems that is like that in the gothic is difficult to classify. An image that is very expressive and that stands out from all others.
Picture taken at the Palma de Mallorca´s Cathedral
There is always some reason to light a candle. ... many reasons for ourselves, or for others ....
For someone who is sick, for someone to reach a grace, for someone who needs to pass an examination, for someone who is near to overcome a hard trance, to pray for someone who is no longer here .... but may be for someone who we not met before but we have our thoughts on them, as the victims of natural disasters like the earthquake in Nepal, or those who died in that terrible plane crash a few days ago ....
There is always a reason to light a candle.
Picture taken at Ibiza´s Cathedral
Its a hard work, entertain on the streets on winter. But here she is, challenging the cold, with fire, which sure warms something the ambiance. Around her the curious who want to see her skills and her juggling her concentration and her ability.
After the performance, she will ask some coins to the people who enjoyed her show.
Picture taken at the bottom of the Spanish steps in Rome
The chapter of the Jesus Christ Passion is celebrated in Spain with passion (passion all over) in some places on a more humble way, but in others with never ending processions as in Andalucia (south of Spain). In other less known sites as Castille (Zamora, León, Segovia.....) the holy week celebrations are declared as of tourist interest. They are celebrated on a very sober way with many ancient and espectacular carvings. The silence wraps all. And then, there´s a middle way on the celebrations in the mediterranean coasts, and in some little parishes just they make a little procession where they sing a very old holy hymns relating the passion, as they do in the little island of Ibiza, where the crowds of the summer have not yet arrived.
Picture taken in Sant Joan de Labritja on their Vía Crucis celebration "Es Passos" on Good Thursday
I do not remember exactly in which square in Rome, I took this picture, but I think it was in the Navona square in front of the Basilica of St. Agnes and just next of the very impressive bernini sculpture located at the center of the square, where there is always a significant number of people wandering around that landmark and where one of the many pampering was getting ready, giving the final touches to his make up. awaiting another exhausting day to harvest some coins from the public.
Piazza Navona in Rome
I was walking around Rome when I got on an elevator to the heights of the city and in a nearby building I saw her, there she was. A sly seagull which she also was enjoying the fantastic views of the eternal city, concretely the views of the Roman Forum and farther we could also spot the Colosseum. His gaze was defiant, mischievous and arrogant ... But she let me photograph her (it) and here is the result. A seagull enjoying Rome, with a suspicious gaze.
Picture taken at Victor Emmanuel II Memorial in Rome.
The orange is the colour of the Buddhism, actually also are the yellow and the red, and the orange is on the half way of both. The orange is the colour of energy, happiness and triumph, but also the danger is generally shown in this color. Sunsets are normally orange, The orange color in the buddhism represents the ilumination, Actually is a hint of colour in the introspective life of these monks.
Picture taken in Vientiane streets (Laos)
Today is a good day for this fisherman. The weather is wonderful, the sea is relatively calm, and it seems that today is a good day for fishing, he fishes right now one big fish from the sea, and so he smiles, and sure is not the first one he gets and neither the last one. the scene seems very colorful, the blue sea and a multi color boat. those maltese boats full of colours with the Isis eyes in front of each one. Really a colorful and happy scene.
Fishing boat in Gozo (Malta)
May be its a bit distance from the center of Paris, but it worth a visit. I always wished to visit Montmartre in my fast trips to Paris and at the end I could do it. The best views of Paris are here,from the church of "Sacre Coeur" and if you go up the dome even better, really it worth it. But a walk around the streets is paramount to enjoy another Paris, the bohemian Paris, the ancient Paris, the ancient mills, the ancient establishments, meanwhile the big city is under our feet. Definitely is a unforgettable visit and an incredible sunset, if visiting late in the afternoon.
Montmatre district seen from the top of the Galeries Lafayette (Paris).
The inca trails spanning six countries, are declared world heritage by the UNESCO in their committee celebrated in Doha in June 2014. the trails of more than 6.000 kilometres, linking six countries, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, have a distance of 6.000 kilometres. Was the only way to reach the Machu Pichu, in order to supply goods in that ancient city. Machu Picchu, and the city of Cuzco were already declared "World Heritage" in 1983 by the UNESCO. Incredible heritage, unbelievable culture.
Picture taken at Machu Picchu
Nowadays the time is very important, also for the buddhists. So, instead to walk under the hit at 38ºC, is more intelligent trying to stop anyone who wants to transport a monk to his destination. So that is what was happened in one of the main routes of the Siem Reap center. That day that monk was lucky and any transportation mode was good enough for him to avoid walking. That day he was quite lucky.
Picture taken in Siem Reap (Cambodia)
In the small but beautiful city of Girona, there is a colorful bridge that inmediately catches the eye, above the river onyar. Absolutly in red, combined with the many buildings surrounding the area, painted in different colors, resulting as a nice colorful place. Turns out that red bridge was built by Gustave Eiffel company in the year 1876 and today is one of the symbols of the city. It also known as "de les peixetaries velles Bridge", which means old fishmongers, but is more easy to call it by the Eiffel Bridge. By the way if you have not visited yet Gerona, I can say it is a cosmopolitan, beautiful, amazing, historical and wherein further fine eats. A really charming place.
Picture taken in Girona
When the Iberian peninsula was still a Muslim land, this architectural wonder which is currently considered one of the ten most impressive and breathtaking monuments in the world was built. Different palaces and summer residences form a site, that was most appreciated by the "generalifes". A great fortress city with a wonderful view. Currently is the most visited monument in Spain and the UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1984. It´s located in Granada (Andalucía) where also are buried the former Catholic Kings of Spain in the Royal Chapel of the Cathedral. Two reasons to visit this beautiful city.
Picture taken from "El Albaicín" in Granada (Spain)
Gliding smoothly on the waters of Halong Bay, these dragons that were located in front of all the ships sailed through these magic waters, some years ago, The overwhelming silence, like the landscape of this amazing area were incredible, and the legend that this place was created due a huge dragon spitting what today are the many islands that comprise the area. The Halong Bay. After ten years, I returned to the place. The little boats were much larger ships and no longer had any wood dragon at their bow, and the silence was not so spectacular, this time was not so impressive ..... the world indeed changes very very fast.
Picture taken in Halong Bay (Vietnam)
All religions have their differences, but also, their similarities. The rose windows are at all the great cathedrals, and they seem the buddhist Mandalas on a huge glass walls of the great christian temples. Perhaps one of the most famous is this one, of Notre Dame de Paris, and if is visited in a sunny day, turns into a symphony of colors. As famous as its inhabitant "razorback" This rosette is one of the most popular icons of this cathedral.
Picture taken in Notre Dame (Paris).
This major touristic attraction in Berlin is a column known as Victory Column in the Tiergarten of Berlin, surrounded of trees and the angel atop the column looks towards to the "Bundestag" or German Parliament. This column was built to commemorate the Prussian Victory. Although now is not located in its original place, due that it was moved in 1.939 . The column itself measure around 67 metres high and it´s located in the middle of an impressive avenue. From the top there is a wonderful view of both tiergarten and the former East Berlin.
Picture taken in Berlin
These horrible creatures from ancient times have been located on the great religious temples in Europe. Their best times were during the Gothic style and certainly the most famous are those of the cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris. Its horrible faces not only frightened those who wanted steal in the temples but also were an instrument to reduce the water from the roofs of large buildings in case of heavy rain through their big mouthes. these myths still remain on high, and we can see them in many old buildings, especially in the Gothics ones.
Picture taken in Montmatre - París (Church of "Sacre Cor")
Italy is well famous for its traffic. But also in some places where many italians spend their holidays, they become popular for the way they drive, specially their "motorinos". Their favourite vehicles are the motorbikes, and thus when you walk through a italian city, it´s frequent to see a huge number of them. At the back side of the picture you can see the "Ponte Vecchio so it´s obvious that we are now in Florence. But if you go on high season to Formentera (a small island near Ibiza) you can see the same picture near the beaches of that island. So it´s seem there´s a relationship between italians, traffic and motorbikes. But it has to be said.... Italy is so lovely!!!!!...
Picture taken near Ponte Vecchio in Florence (Italy)
Many centuries ago, a civilization decided to build a huge shrine. Just some centuries after they decided to leave that place. And in more recent times some one discovered this very ancient temple. But in this ocassion due the long time that nobody was looking after this temple, the shrine was found with huge trees that were growing around. So these is a clear mark that nature, many times, claim its rights, its property... Nowadays on a clear agreements between the man and the nature, this ancient temple can be visited by people wishing see some wonders. So here the huge trees are growing between apsaras and ancient holy walls.
Picture taken near Seam Reap in Cambodia.
One of the most known icons around the world is this one, of the Virgin Mary with little Jesus on her arms. Christians that in some places of the world suffers prosecution due politics or other religious issues. May be when some Christians who see this picture, ignore that has been taken from one of the very first Christian places of the world... Egypt. It belong to one of the magnificents copt frescos at the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great near the red sea, and where was founded one of the very first Monasteries of the world, which is still in service. Near two thousands year of history and nowadays one of the worst places to be a Christian. This is one of the nonsense things, that humanity sometimes has.
Picture taken at the Monastery of Saint Anthony at red sea (Egypt)
Go to the toilet is not a nice job. But sometimes it can be a surprise, as that day, after a boat trip, I had to go urgently to the toilet and I found a surprise when I saw five vietnamese girls waiting for me. So here they are...!!!.
Picture taken at the Mekong delta in Vietnam
So much to do, so Little time, you ask me, can I change the world?, and then, for everybody´s sake, what are the changes I would make? and you can dream, dream on, my friend. you have the right, there is something we can do, something we can do, it´s so easy....
If I light a candle for everybody I know, I could see forever down that long, long road...
Picture taken in a church at Ibiza old town
Oh Ramses Ramses, divine King, or god??? You almighty that nothing is imposible to you, turn your eyes to your people of nowadays and grant them the peace that they wish to have. Make of your country a place where prosperity, respect and the coexistence be harvest daily and that people live happy. From your glory days still survive many things in your Egypt now, that means to us, your power, therefore we kindly ask you to pray for the egyptians now, and the years to come.
Picture taken at the Abu Simbel temples in Southern Egypt
This is the most spiritual city of Morocco. The medina of the city is one of the largest of the world, and to walk around it, one needs to be patient due the chaos that exists there inside, but at the same time is just wonderful discover the labyrinthine narrow streets of the medina. Crowded streets, people with mules shouting the people to go aside and clear the lane so they can go on, the spices odour, the voices from the minarets calling the prayers.... Just an unforgettable experience.
Picture taken from a top mountain near Fez (Morocco)
This action was realized near Cuzco. I got on a bus with destination somewhere near Cusco, and we stopped to drink something, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. These boys were waiting the tourists awaiting anyone who would give some money for taken a picture of their alpacas or of themselves. I did one, but instead to give them money, I gave them a little toy that consisted two small cars. When I went up to the bus, the animals were left on their own, and the children were very entertained playing with their little cars. It seemed to me that for them was a very special day, meanwhile in Europe, children don´t care, even of expensive things, because they´re fed up of all. What difference of attitude. The most unhuman thing is the poverty, but another thing is the overabundance of everything.
Picture taken near Cuzco (Perú)
This impressive peak is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is located at the center of one of the most beautiful islands of the Atlantic Ocean. The island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. A beautiful island with its stunning natural park, with the name of this volcano. The Teide is also, with its altitude of 3,717 meters (12,270 feet) the highest mountain in Spain and the highest volcano in Europe. It has a special feature, the color changes with the sun. Early in the morning is orange, as seen in the image, and during all day is changing to shades of pink, gray and green, except (of course) when it is covered with snow, that of course is white due the immaculate snow that covers the mountain.
Picture taken in the Cañadas del Teide (Tenerife)
She was so concentrated with her masterpieces, that she didn't notice I was there. It was a very peaceful ambience and silent. early in the morning, birds were singing on the trees, and the lady was paying all her attention into the blue canvas she was painting. All the canvas with that blue color seems to be the same one to another, but looking with more carefully all were different. One was a sea wave, another a piece of sky, and other was the sea, or the combination of both with some discret white clouds.... The thing was clear, the blue was her favourite color. The lady in black, was painting in blue.
Picture was taken in the old Barcelona streets.