Apr 12, 2013 - Asia, Cambodia, Lao    No Comments

Children of the Mekong Part III

Farewell Japan

Konochiwa!!
I am currently in an business building, waiting for the sun to go down so I can take a photograph of Yokohama cityscape. My journey in Japan is almost over, I still got few days left but I can feel that my times here are counted.
I had good times in Kansai, Kyoto was beautiful though a little bit busy for me in the tourist area.

My trip here in Japan was amazing, I would like to thanks everyone I met traveling, those who helped me either offering a place to stay, some clues on how to survive or just a nice moment. And also all the helpful Japanese people who even without speaking English were quite friendly!
Thanks all and see you around the world!
Stay tuned for the pictures.

Children of the Mekong

Another picture of children that I took when traveling around South East Asia.
This is from a small village in Laos, in the Bolaven plateau. There is a tribe here, famous for smoking water pipe all the time. This girl was picking up peanuts and she had found a good way to smoke without using her hand!

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Apr 7, 2013 - Africa, Morocco    No Comments

The Bedouin

Welcome to Kansai

Hi There, it’s been a long time. Too much adventures, too few wifi…
Anyway after amazing times in Kumamoto, a wonderful sunset on the castle and some exhausting hikes around the volcano Aso-San, I went to Hiroshima. Despite the fact that the city was entirely destroyed in World War Two, it’s a nice place to be. I made some wonderful encounters and we went hitting the city’s bar looking for Stephen.
Long story short, we did found Stephen’s bar after too much walk, too many beers and too much asking around! Now I am in the Kansai part of Japan, wandering around Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

The Bedouin

This is another picture of my brief times in the Sahara desert in Morocco.
After spending the night in a tent in the middle of the desert, we woke up early to go back home. The camels were waiting for us but I wasn’t really happy about the 2 and half hour ride that was ahead of us. I rode horses a few times but don’t really liked it, but the camel was a pain in the ass. You are basically sitting between the two Humps of the beast, with just a blanket to temper the movement… The camel is rocking back and forth and it is not really comfortable for us men, if you know what I mean. At one point I got so bored of the camel that I jumped out of it and just walked along the caravan.
Anyway during our way back we crossed this guy I quickly grab the camera and took my shoot, which is really good I think!

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Mar 27, 2013 - Asia, Lao, Sunset    No Comments

Farmer’s Life

Going south

I am in the bullet train going south to Kumamoto. I am suppose to go hiking in the Caldeira of the Ason-San volcano. But last time I checked, the volcano was active and spraying some deadly gases around… Still, there is a lot of natural hot springs around to pass the time so I’ll be fine.
Cherry trees are slowly beginning to blossom, giving me an idea of the wonder when full blossom will arrive. I can’t wait to see it!

Farmer’s life

Here is a photograph I took in Laos, when we were bicycling around the 4000 thousand islands. Technical it’s not the best I took, I made some mistakes and ISO where way too high, composition wasn’t that good and I had to crop a big chunk of the initial picture. Despite that, I think it’s my favorite picture from Laos so far! I really like the atmosphere, the sky, the reflection in the rice field…

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Mar 23, 2013 - Africa, Morocco, Waterscape    No Comments

Fishing time

Words from Honshù

Hi there, after two days driving all around the mighty Fuji-San, I am in a train passing trough the Japanese Alps on my way to Takayama.
It has only been 4 days but I already had some great experiences, bathed naked with a lot of Japanese folks, slept in a 2m3 capsule, woke up at five to see the Mount Fuji totally hidden in clouds, took a hike in the scary suicide forest… And still, more than 20 days remaining!

Fishing time in Essaouira

Something different for today. I don’t usually take photograph of people, I am not really good at it, and a little bit shy too but big photo lens helps ;D
Today’s pictures are some ordinary scenes that you can witness in the small harbor of Essaouira. Just everyday things, kids helping to take back on the ground one of the many blue fishing boats or a big ship going home after sunset.

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Mar 21, 2013 - Angkor, Asia, Cambodia    No Comments

The doorstep to adventures

News from Tokyo

I am on my flight to Tokyo, writing the post for today picture. I am going to spend 1 month in Japan, mostly in the south in order to witness the famous sakura, or blossom of the cherries trees.

I have prepared some pictures to post during my journey, most of them are from morroco or from Asia. As I didn’t bring any computer, it will be hard for me to put some stuff from Japan, apart iPhone stuff, so you will have to wait for my return !

The doorstep to adventures

Today’s picture is another one from the Angkor complex in Cambodia. The place is really amazing and a must see for every fan of Indiana Jones, Tomb raider or any old building lover.
I really like this photograph, it give a nice impression of what you could see if you beat the crowd by waking up early to see the temples.

I am not quite sure but I think this is Ta Prohm. These small temples, lost in the forest, might not be the most impressing by their architecture but the fight between rocks and vegetation, humain and nature, is a wonder to the eyes.

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Mar 13, 2013 - Church, Europe, Poland    No Comments

The Wawel Cathedral

Just a quick picture from Krakow. I am currently preparing my trip to Japan so I am quite busy ;D

Even if I really enjoyed my stay in Krakow, thanks to the beautiful city, good food and cheap beer, I don’t have a lot of good pictures from Poland. I had to travel light on Easy Jet so I couldn’t bring my tripod and all my lenses.
Anyway here is one picture from the Wavel Cathedral inside the Royal Castle. The full name of the cathedral is the Royal Arch-cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus on the Wawel Hill.
Oh my god!

Mar 6, 2013 - Asia, Thailand, Urbex    2 Comments

USS Lincoln – Part II

Here is the second Part of an older post about this abandoned and rusty Land Shipping Tank, The USS Lincoln County (LST-898).

After getting into the boat, I spend few hours carefully walking inside this vessel. Even though I was too scared to go deeper than the third level, it was a great experience.

I still have to process some pictures of the inside so there will be a part three.

For updates, it is confirmed that The USS Lincoln has been sunk in late November and is now lying offshore of Kho Chang.

 

After hours of darkness, the sunset was waiting for me when I finally got out of this metallic beast.

The magnificent view from the inside.

A really really narrow hatchway.

The USS Lincoln County Part I

Mar 1, 2013 - Africa, Morocco    No Comments

Hassan II Mosque

I took this one during my trip to Casablanca.
I was hosted by some friends and they show me the city on these rainy days.
We arrived at the Hassan II Mosque just after the call for prayer and we had the chance to witness thousands of believers leaving the Mosque.
The mosque was completed, after seven years of works, in 1993 and built by french company Bouygues. It’s the 7th largest mosque in the world and has the tallest minaret which climb up to 210 meters, it’s 60 stories or 2/3 of the Eiffel tower.
Aside the figures, the place is really huge and beautiful. Even if I didn’t had the chance to go inside, the outside is magnificent. The square is huge and thanks to the rain that soaked it few hours prior to our visit, reflections on the floor were a delight for photography, .

I can really say that this was one of the most impressive contemporary buildings I ever saw. It just feels like ancient and strong. You know the feeling when you are walking around a centuries old monument.
No offense to architects but I think nowadays we aren’t able to construct something that can compete with a old cathedral or castle. This is as close as it can be ;D

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Feb 23, 2013 - Africa, Morocco, Waterscape    No Comments

Blue hour on Essaouira

As you might already know, Essaouira is a small harbor on the West coast of Morocco. The town is really peaceful and inspiring, I spend few days walking around the Medina and I met some wonderful peoples.
Essaouira was buildt in the 18th century on the orders of the sultan Mohamed III to host a harbor and a naval base where his soldiers could launch raid on Agadir to subdue the rebellion.
The construction was directed by a french engineer, Théodore Cornut. He built the city with the help of french prisoner of war who where captured and held by Moroccan after the failed attack of the city of Larache in 1765.
Cornut designed the outer wall of the city just as the walls of Saint Malo, a small fortified harbor in Brittany (northwestern France).

My first Three days I spend all my late afternoon waiting for the sunset on the rocks in front of the town trying to get something close to this picture. After 2 bad sunset and one high tide I finally was able to capture this photograph which I am pretty happy with.

What do you think?

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Feb 18, 2013 - Asia, Vietnam    No Comments

Walking Vietnamese

A picture from Vietnam for today.
This is the Thien Mu Pagoda which lie on the bank of the Perfume river. This pagoda is the first and only free boat stop on the road to Hue’s Royal Tombs.
It’s a really nice place and you can walk around the gardens and see the life of Buddhists monks.

I still got so much pictures from Asia to process. But next one will be from Morroco, I swear!!