The Buddhist Temples in Thailand are actually called “Wat” stemming from a Hindu word for enclosure. They are like sacral fortifications with monks living and praying in it. Many of them can be visited when showing respect and covering shoulders and legs. Sometimes you even get to know some monks and can have a talk with them, they are friendly and actually have a good sense of humour.
Rome today is an economic oriented and liberal European city much like Paris, Madrid or Prague. It offers its residents and visitors alike all advantages of metropoles like a vibrant nightlife or shopping streets. Beneath this Rome though lies another city, an ancient behemoth and important cradle of Western civilisation – the capital of a forgone Empire which spanned almost the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean, at the same time being an antipode to the similarly developed Chinese Empire in the far east. Ancient Rome was a metropole of grandiosity with large temples and treasures beyond imagination, where gladiators fought in large stadiums to entertain the masses and the corrupt political elite discussed the faith of the continent in glamorous bath houses or while watching chariot races in the Circus Maximus. A city with paved streets in grid like arrangements, multi storied residential buildings, working sewerages and roofed shopping centers. Maybe not so different from the year 2020 after all.
The city of Thessaloniki was founded over 2300 years ago by Cassander of Macedon. It has a long and changing history with conquering empires and different peoples living here. Today Thessaloniki is a thriving metropolis in the north of Greece with a modern face, but traces of history can be found everywhere. An example being the white tower (picture 3) from the 15th century.
The beautiful country of Norway on photography. Shot in July 2019.
Scotland is a country blessed with beautiful nature but also by a rich historic past. It is the country of philosophers like Adam Smith or poets like Roberts Burns and Sir Walter Scott. The writer of Ivanhoe was a deeply romantic person and made the history and traditions of Scotland popular again, at a moment in time when they run risk to be forgotten. The kilt and the pipes became known once more and even English kings, not always kind to their neighbours in the north, began to wear the traditional Scottish garments. Sir Walter Scott was so in love with his motherland, that he built a romantic castle as residence in the Borderlands. The architectual style being a mixture of different historic periods. It became the prototype for similar houses around Great Britain and the world in the 19th century.
Inveraray Castle is situated close to Loch Fyne in the mighty Highlands of Scotland. The building is part of a large Estate belonging to the Dukes of Argyll, a branch of the Campbell family. The castle was built in the middle of the 18th century, but was remodelled in large parts after a fire in 1877. In 2019 Inveraray still belongs to the Campbell family, but is open to visitors as well. Part of the Estate is also a beautiful garden, a forrest and a cattle farm with highland cows.