ARABIAN NIGHTS

one of the most beautiful squares in the world is located in the city of Samarkand in the republic of Uzbekistan and where the style of the thousand and one night is omnipresent. Arab styles with Iranian brushstrokes, the extreme symphony of colors in the buildings and the silence of the surroundings is a gift for the senses. The square of the Registan in Samarkand is the "summum" of all this and will certainly leave a mark on the visitor.

REFLEXES ON THE LAKE





The lakes, these kind of memories of the sea in the mountains, are essential in summer to refresh those who can not go to seacoast. But in addition they have different surprises, when they are in calm they reflect like a mirror everything that they see. In this case in the beautiful lake of the city of Annency in France reflected on the water the nearby Alps

PARADISE ON EARTH

Definitely if there is something that reminds me of paradise is a beach that is in the south of the island of Sulawesi which is also somewhat isolated since it is on a separate island and you have to go by boat. I do not know the name of this beach, although they call it Bira Beach as a reference, but Bira is the south of the main island, and definately is not this one. This is a very small island that although it has a mainly Muslim village in it only live some families of fishermen. The hospitality and beauty of the place made me delighted

Picture taken at Liukang Loe island at the south of Sulawesi Island.

BEAUTIFUL ORANGE COLORS IN SUNSET

It´s really impresive how sunset time can change the landscape with the shadows and smooth colors that moment give to the earth... in this case the image shows large desert dunes with colors that make smooth to see the hard desert at a certain distance, the shadows and the shapes are extremely inspiring.

The picture was taken in Morocco

ASIA IN MY HEART

This is what I feel when I see this picture taken from an aircraft shortly after take off from Labuan Bajo in Flores Island in Indonesia. The views reward me with a view of a heart, a blue heart, as blue are the waters here, a mix from the Indic and Pacific oceans and of course a great wide choise of great experiences... so, definately  Asia is in my heart.


Picture taken from an ATR72-600 aircraft off Flores Island (Indonesia)

THE ROMANESQUE SISTINE CHAPEL

Everyone has heard of the famous Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, one of the most visited places in the world. But with perhaps more merit for its antiquity, but much less famous are the basements of a religious building in the city of León in Castile (Spain) where it houses a much older and anonymous paintings that cover the basement of the Monastery of San Isidoro de León where the famous collegiate church is located. There some paintings that will not leave the art lover indifferent and where he will not be disappointed.

Picture taken at the San Isidoro Collegiate Church in Leon (Spain)

REPULSIVE BEAUTY

Hated and detested by some but fascinating to others, arachnid animals are an example of intelligence in nature. Weave their nets with patience so that some unwary will fall into it and become a victim and food. On the other hand some spiders have bright colors that hypnotize and repel ..... and is that spiders have two faces, fascinating and repulsive at once.

Picture taken in Myanmar

INFINITY POOL

There is no doubt that the pool of the image is quite infinite for its great size and for its spectacular view towards the great city of dubai and its famous skyline.
And it is that everything in Dubai is great and nothing seems to have limits that although this pool has them, thanks to the sea in the background it seems still bigger. Maybe this is the way many people think that is Dubai, things look like, but they are not.


Picture taken in Dubai

WONDERFUL BAY


Coming back to it ten years after my very first visit, I found myself a bit disappointed due to the place deterioration, due to mass tourism, I remember once having enjoyed a spectacular silence in this place and a magical charm that perhaps never again will have again. Although it is a unique and unforgettable place, here it came true (in my case) this saying that says that the second parts were never good.


Picture taken at Halong Bay in Vietnam

TASHKENT TOWER


It is the highest tower in Central Asia and was the third highest tower in the world. It measures 375 meters high. In its central part where the main area is, is painted with the colors of the flag of Uzbekistan. It is an amazing building that is practically visible from every corner of the Uzbek capital.


Picture taken in Tashkent

REFLECTIONS

Unreal, almost ironic, but it exists, although affected by the earthquake of last year and by a cyclone, but there they are all these kakku pagodas, somewhat affected but always ready to impress the traveler who enters these remote lands. And even more, just from a site you can have the prize to see it in a water reflection as in the image.



Picture taken in Kakku (Myanmar)

THE FOUR ELEMENTS


Water, Earth, Air, and Fire are the four essential elements for living. In the image the water covers most of the image and on our planet the 75 percent of the surface of the planet is water   (does not make sense to call it Planet Earth, but should be called water planet). The air is also present in the image since that day was clear and had a lot of visibility although it was present a breeze that made the sea move capriciously. The earth here is present in two places, the sand of the island that ends and in the background another island visible from that point, and we lack the fire that is also present but not directly visible in the image (or yes), the Sun, since without it (which is actually a majestic ball of fire) we would have no image and there would only be darkness in that picture.

Picture taken in Formentera (Spain)

FONTANA DI TREVI

Possibly the "fontana di Trevi" is the most famous source in the world. Located in the center of the city of Rome, which is the same as saying one of the most romantic and historical cities in the world, owner of an ancient and superpowered empire and where today we can still feel the echo of the past walking its streets. Its construction lasted 11 years, its name TREVI means of the three ways, its main statue represents Neptune, ah! And very important, your water is not drinkable.


Picture taken in Rome, just in front of the "Fontana di Trevi"

PARTY AND COLORFUL DAY

As every April 5th, the small town of Sa Cala de San Vicente in Ibiza is set to celebrate its day. For this they adorn their small church with the multitude of colorful ornaments. This small church which they say possesses the bell of an old English pirate ship, that embarrancó in its coasts... things of the history.  (of course if the festivity match with the Thursday, Friday or Holy Saturday of Holy Week, it has to be celebrated on the next Sunday, which would be the Easter Sunday)



Picture taken in Sant Vicent de Sa Cala (Ibiza Island)

SLEEPING

Not everyone sleeps at night. In nature there are some animals that live at night and sleep during the day. Some very curious because they also sleep upside down, and many of these specimens even move their wings while they dream. Their appearance is strange to us but they are about noble creatures, and some are large in size. Let them rest since at night they will hunt for the insects that annoy us so much.


Picture taken in Siem Reap (Cambodia)

CONTRASTS



Contrasts as in real life. The sea in the background, a big parasol in a side and a swimming pool and inside it a woman with veil. Controversial image in one part of the world and normal in another .... such is life... life is full of contrasts ....!


Picture taken at Bira (Sulawesi Islands) Indonesia

LADY OF IRON

The great dame of Paris, the most famous, the most universal, is made of iron. Its maker was Gustav Eiffel, and is the most popular icon of the most romantic city in the world. Of course, sometimes you see it up close, from very close, and certainly has its drawbacks and one sees a large bunch of irons, a chaos of cables, but yes, from there, you get the best views of the city of light. Worth the climb.


Picture taken from The Eiffel Tower in Paris

THE SWISS GUARD

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.


Picture taken at the Vatican 

CHURCH IN KERALA

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.



Picture taken in Kochi (Kerala - India)

THE SISTINE CHAPEL

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

MAY BE THE MOST PRETTY SQUARE IN EUROPE

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

IS THIS MARS OR VENUS?

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)

THE CAVE OF NEPTUNE

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)

MALTA´S COLORS

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)

DARK LAND ON SUNSET COLORS

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

WALKING IN THE RAIN

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)

GREAT BUILDING


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 TURQUOISE


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

WELCOME TO THE PARADISE

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)



PURE NATURE


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)

SUMMER ARRIVES


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

DEVILS AND MOSTERS


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)

GREEN NATURAL COLOR


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



HOLY FLOWER

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 BY NIGHT


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

GOTHIC VIRGIN MARY

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

LIGHT A CANDLE


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

PLAYING WITH FIRE

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

HOLY WEEK IN SPAIN


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

READY FOR THE SHOW


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

SHREWDLY LOOKING

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.

BUDDHIST MONKS


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)

LUCKY FISHERMAN

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) 

MONTMARTRE

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).


INCA TRAILS - WORLD HERITAGE

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