people & traditions Tag

JAPAN / 30.11.2014

A sudden quietness fell on the Itsukushima Shrine, the highlight of Miyajima, together with the floating gate. I turned and saw the reason for this silent buzz. A couple was approaching, and we were witnessing a traditional Japanese wedding.The mixed couple - a beautiful Japanese bride and a nice guy who might be British or American...

GAMBIA / 26.11.2013

In a country like The Gambia, where the average life expectancy is still below 60 years, the thought of the 94 years old wise man living the Makasutu Forest held some magic.[pullquote]In The Gambia, everyone consider the Marabout with the highest esteem[/pullquote]Everyone at the Mandina Lodge and in the surroundings talked about the Marabout -...

MYANMAR / 09.11.2013

Smiling kids, women at the market or working in the fields, craftsmen making lacquerware objects, monks in the streets and the temples: the people of Burma are usually gentle, often shy, still rooted to their traditions although rapidly changing, perhaps not for the better.They live in difficult conditions and often they  work very hard, included the...

GAMBIA / 10.05.2013

Bright colours, bustling alleys, people coming and going: Brikama market is one of the best places in The Gambia to discover the local life.The vendors arrive from the surrounding villages by mini-vans impossibly stuffed with their goods. In the narrow alleyways between the stalls, people make their way through the crowd, stopping to buy what...

MYANMAR / 10.03.2013

A few places are as fascinating as a Burmese market, with its bustling traditional life.Markets are ubiquitous in Burma but the ones taking place at Inle Lake are likely among the most interesting to spot the locals attending their daily business and people from different ethnic groups, coming down from their villages to sell their...

MYANMAR / 15.08.2012

While visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Burma), I took some time to look at the details of this Buddhist nun's pink robe and its harmonious folds. As I watched it, I couldn't help thinking at the beautiful classic Greek sculptures or the Renaissance paintings with their superb drapes. [pullquote]In Burma, Nuns wear pink robes with a touch of...

ITALY / 03.05.2012

Italy is not only unique for beautiful  cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, the vast amount of awesome landmarks, the dramatic landscape of the Dolomites and the amazing food. It's also the land of hundreds small cities, often perched atop hills, where old medieval traditions are kept alive.Like Narni, a gorgeous town in southern Umbria.Every year,...