Trainee monks at Punakha school

Bhutan East to West

by Peter Sheppard Bhutan is a country secluded in the Himalayas north of India. The small population is deeply traditional, and it keeps its distinct identity based on Buddhism and a popular constitutional monarchy. The society is notable for its sense of values, such as the concept of gross national happiness. And most people live in rural self-sufficiency with a …

Photographing Fireworks in Japan

by Magdalene Teo Yong I have been wanting to visit Japan for a long time but never got around to doing it until about 2 years ago, starting with a brief visit to Tokyo. It was love at first sight for me in Japan, although it was burning a hole through my pocket with every visit. A lot of the …

The Making of the Gondola

Did you know that gondolas used to be painted with the colors of the families that owned them, before 1630? I was only after the plague that ravaged Venice in that year, that they started being painted black as a sign of mourning. Did you know that a gondola is built using six different types of wood? Oak, elm, cherry, …

Passport of Seborga

Seborga, a village that is its own country

by Pia Parolin On the occasion of a 50 year anniversary of a friend, we wanted to organise something really special with a group of ladies. And in the year 2019, is there something more romantic than being received by a prince? And furthermore, receiving a passport of one of the smallest micro nations in the world? All of this …

A view of Assos from the kastro above

Kefalonia, a Hidden Greek Treasure

by Massimiliano Cremascoli In my mind the Ionian Islands have been, so far, a somewhat neglected part of Greece, lying as they are in the shadow of the more aesthetically beautiful archipelagoes of the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Sporades and the Argo-Saronic. I have to admit that my first foray to the Ionians, the island of Lefkhada, strengthened my conviction …

Patmos, a Glimpse of the Dodecanese

by Massimiliano Cremascoli Greece is an outstanding array of more than three thousands islands. There are six major archipelagos: the Ionian Islands, the Argo-Saronic Islands, the Sporades, the North-East Aegean Islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. Having travelled throughout most of them, I consider the latter two as the most appealing thanks to the harmony between landscape and architecture and …

A Foggy Morning at Kilchurn Castle

On my latest trip to the Scottish Highlands, I had made a long list of locations I wanted to photograph. Amongst the unmissable ones I had placed Kilchurn Castle, an ancient ruined keep that lies on a peninsula jutting into Loch Awe. The location is spectacular in itself, but even more at the golden hour, when the castle can be …

People and Colors of Penang

Penang is the second smallest state of the Malaysian federation. It is comprised of Penang Island and a portion of the Malay Peninsula. Its capital, George Town, has a historical centre that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. We visited George Town in September 2018, when we had the pleasure of being shown around by two local residents …

Pier, Perhentian Besar

The Perhentians, a Little Tropical Paradise

The Perhentians are a small archipelago off the coast of North-Eastern Malaysia. The two main islands are Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (meaning big and small Perhentian island, respectively). We were there at the end of August, which is in the wet season, but the weather was incredibly good during the days, with thunderstorms arriving only in the …