Ayutthaya, established in 1351, was capital of the Siam Kingdom. The city grew as an important trade point until in 1767 Burmese troops looted and destroyed it. From then on the former capital was left, neglected until it was rediscovered and sadly some temples severely plundered. After renovations Ayutthaya has been declared a historical park with its temples and ruins.
In the spirit of International Women’s Day two days ago, I would love to share some works of two of my favourite female impressionists. These painters persevered in painting even when it was commonly only for men at that time. I am glad they did this because they were so talented.
Last December, escaping the winter in The Netherlands I spent a long week end in Málaga, south of Spain. One of the highlights from that trip was a daytrip to Ronda. Here are some pictures of that day. Ronda is one of the 25 white villages (Los Pueblos Blancos) spread in Andalusia region. The following …
During the a day trip to Sintra, Portugal last summer I hit three of the many must-see sites. One of them is Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle). It is called a castle but actually it is a fort. The Moors built it approximately in the 7th – 8th century. Here are a handful of pictures I took that day.
Entering the old town of Sintra, you can’t miss this white palace with two cone- shaped chimneys. This is Palácio Nacional de Sintra, National Palace of Sintra.
For those who love azulejos (Portuguese tiles), Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum) is a must visit.
The history of Lagos goes way back to ca 2000 years ago. The Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors came and settled in this maritime town. The city had a big role in the Age of discovery. I managed to take some pictures of these traces. Here they come. From 1576 to 1755, Lagos was a …