Images taken in a few hours, in the capital of Sumatra, the city of Medan.
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Author Archives: Gypsy Travelbird
17,000 Islands make up the Indonesian Archipeligo. I have sub categories for Bali, The Seaweed Islands, Flores & Sumatra. Each island has it’s own culture and customs making Indonesia one of the most interesting countries to visit.
The Australian ‘Bush’ is an amazing place with over 600 species of eucalypts (gum trees). Whether it’s Snow Gums with their feet in snow and ice or delicate Ghost Gums in arid landscapes or the Red River Gums in ancient river beds – they are wonderful trees. With some imagination you can see many things in the magnificence of these trees – here are 3 examples titled ‘Women of Australia’.
Just back from New Zealand where I am constantly in awe of the art works sculptured by the country’s powerful, glacial fed river systems of the South Island. The power of nature results in art works which are both inspiring and humbling in their beauty. I have shared a few examples, taken only a few weeks ago
Singpore for many years – usually as a stopping off point on longer hauls or as a cheaper gateway into Asia. It is a city that never seems to stop changing and re-inventing itself. Every time I’ve been back it looks different. Years ago when I used to stay in the cheap dumps that were scattered around Bencoolen St, you knew you were in an Asian country just by walking outside the door. It was exciting and exotic. It smelt of Asia it looked like Asia and it promised adventure, excitement !and cheap shopping – not so much anymore
If you want to experience ‘Asia’ – Singapore is not the place. Forget tourist traps like ‘Little India’ – where you are constantly hassled and ‘Chinatown’ which is a tourist precinct of organised stalls selling the worst of cheap bling. Forget the ‘Asia’ thing and enjoy Singapore for what it has become – a dynamic, modern city state that is not only unique but constantly transforming itself. The city heads for the skies with tall buildings show casing amazing design and innovative architecture. Acres of gardens and parklands transform a city of glass, concrete and steel. The preservation of the old colonial buildings is a reminder of its history, while the Changi Museum makes you realise its considerable achievements after years of war.
It has clear traffic flows, a super- efficient underground rail system, cafes with excellent coffee, world class hotels and restaurants and designer stores in every shopping mall. It is slightly sterile, safe, with some of the lowest crime figures in the world. Littering, graffiti and chewing gum are all forbidden. It is controlled but its citizens seem content with the status quo.
You can still wander the waterfront and see the old ‘shop houses’, find a snake charmer, drink Turkish coffee in the Arab Quarter or just escape in the new and beautiful Bay Gardens fashioned from reclaimed land.
Back in Singapore last week – I have decided that I have great respect for this tiny country. In the years when I visited between the Asia of decades ago and the period when everything ‘authentic’ was pulled down to make more sky scrapers and block housing, I despaired of it. Now, due to lack of space they are still pulling down and putting up – but in this era, with a lot of style and consideration.
Singapore has much to be proud of and one outstanding achievement is tolerance and harmony. With its diversity of citizens and religions – Indians, Chinese, Malays and ex-pat Europeans – its people all live as and are proud to be, Singaporeans.
New posts with images, can be viewed on my social website www.goatshiteambulance.com.
A new page on Bagan has just been loaded under the ‘Asia’ album, more images will be loaded from Yangon & Mandalay. Myanmar is one of the most fascinating countries in Asia. Tourism is growing fast but as yet, still much of untouched country to explore.
Bagan was the old capital of the Burmese Empire. It is famous for its temples, several dating back to the eighth century. Originally Bagan had over 10,000 temples and pagodas, now there are still 2000 in existence making an incredible landscape. These ancient temples dot the landscape as do the shining, golden pagodas of more recent additions.
Iceland is an intriguing country and fast becoming one of the most popular places on wish lists in Europe. I have just added a new page – Iceland – Land of Ice, water and Fire. Not a very original title I know, but everywhere you go there is evidence of geothermal and volcanic activity on an island surrounded by a rugged coastline and hosting magnificent waterfalls. The images can be viewed under Albums – Europe – Iceland
The Orkney Islands off the North Coast of Scotland, are a step back in time. It is not only in the quiet, everyday, rural life, the friendliness of the locals, or the quaint cobbled streets and old cottages in the capital, Kirkwall, but also the impressive Neolithic World Heritage Listed Sites of The Ring of Brogdar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Above the beautiful, sandy, Bay of Skail, is one of the best preserved ancient, Norse villages – uncovered by a storm at Skara Brae. The history of Skapa Flow – with the German naval wreckage from the first world war and the Churchill Barriers and the beautiful Nissan hut church both built by Italian prisoners of war during their internment during the Second World War. In summer the fields are brilliant green and the heather and wildflowers bloom prolifically in the fields of sheep.
For images of The Orkneys, see page under galleries.
Tasmania is the most southerly state of Australia and possibly the most beautiful. Wild, often cold it has major national parks, old growth forests, magnificent coastlines, world heritage areas and small islands plus an abundance of Australian wildlife. A few images taken recently ie last week are now loaded on the Tasmanian page under Albums – Australia – Tasmania.
I’ve just set up a new blog page which will have stories about interesting places, people and experiences.
The first story is about Norfolk Island and the second just published is about Antananarivo – the fascinating captial of Madagascar.
View at: www.goatshiteambulance.com
I hope you like them.
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