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Progress vs Tradition in Indonesia

Traditional way of carrying things in IndonesiaTraditional way of carrying things in Indonesia

Indonesia is literally invaded by scooters and motorbikes, moving around in a dangeorus vortex of chaos and following no rule whatsoever. But it is still common to see on the side of the roads, farmers and local people trying to escape this dubious "progress" and using to carry goods, old bicycle loaded with big bamboo baskets

Roof of the Golden Hall, Kraton, Yogyakarta

Roof of the Golden Hall inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton)Roof of the Golden Hall inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton)

As in many other countries in the world, Indonesia is no difference, and extremes of poverty and richness can be found one next to the other. The Travel photo of yesterday, picturing becak drivers resting, is contrasting with the luxurious details visible inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton) in Yogyakarta. The Golden hall, a

Siesta time in Indonesia, becak drivers sleeping

Becak drivers sleeping next to Kraton palaceBecak drivers sleeping next to Kraton palace

In Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, it's still really common to spot bicycle rickshaws, locally known ad Becak. The drivers are usually very poor, some of them don't even have shoes, and they pass most of their day on the Becak itself. Clients are scarce and competition is high, so it's not unusual to see them resting

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

View of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of Mystras

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, was an unexpected surprise during our trip in Greece. It's the main attraction of the city of Sparti, situated a few kilometers away. Mystras brings the scars of the Ottoman invasion it suffered in the past, and of time taking back this abandoned jewel.

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Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

Davide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a cave

We have been in Peloponnesos in Greece for the last for weeks, mostly camping since there aren't many residents in the area to look for hospitality. Many houses in the villages were actually abandoned. This picture of me taken by Oti, is well representing our last weeks on the road, with no electricity and internet to update our

Parthenon at night, Athens

The Parthenon at night seen from Lycabettus HillThe Parthenon at night seen from Lycabettus Hill

One of the characteristics that stroke me the most in Athens, was its structure, being built over a valley that looks like an amphitheater looking at the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis hill, simulating a stage. So basically the possible point of views of the Parthenon are endless. But one of the best viewpoint to appreciate

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evia

The view from our Cottage in Evia IslandThe view from our Cottage in Evia Island

It has been almost 2 weeks now that we are housesitting in the Greek Island of Evia experimenting with our Digital Nomads lifestyle. While it is very close to Athens (45 km by bus and 45 min by ferry) it is a very remote location: we are on the south east of Evia Island (Also called Euboea) 30 min driving from the closest

Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bulgaria

View over an oxbow in Kardzhali Reservoir - DamView over an oxbow in Kardzhali Reservoir - Dam

 

Four days ago we went hiking in the area of Kardzhali, in the south of Bulgaria, and we were really impressed with the views. We were looking in particular for a specific viewpoint of the Kardzhali Reservoir, an artificial lake constricted by two dams. About three years ago when I was in Sofia, I visited an open air photo

Rainy day in Barcelona

Rainy day in BarcelonaRainy day in Barcelona

After visiting the Museum "La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge" in Barcelona, just a few steps from La Rambla, we had to wait under the portico for the rain to stop. The contrast between the darkness of the interior and the light outside diffused by the rain, while the people were waiting still, was quite sugestive and intense.

Night view from Piazzale Michelangelo of Florence Cathedral

Night view of Florence CathedralNight view of Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) is one of the main attraction of the Tuscan Capital. One of the best places to admire it is Piazzale Michelangelo, an open square sligthly elevated compared to the city center, from where to have an amazing view over Florence Cathedral and Brunelleschi dome. It's also the

View of the Danube Delta in Romania

A view of the Danube Delta in RomaniaA view of the Danube Delta in Romania

This "idyllic" view was shot in the Danube Delta in Romania, exactly at the confluence between the second biggest european river and the Black Sea, in the surrounding of the village "Sfantu Gheorghe", one of the most popular destination in Danube Delta togheter with "Sulina".
The village was previously a fisherman hamlet, today

Magic house in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

House in Saintes-Maries-de-la-MerHouse in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

This is one of the private houses, probably an old fisherman house that we saw while hiking in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. It was just in front of the beach at the outskirt of the town, on a row of similar buildings. It looks like it's coming out of a magical movie or a fairy tale, a place where I would expect to meet Ernest

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Fireworks in front of Castel San'Angelo in Rome

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Portrait of a local woman in a traditional Indoensian village

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Sunrise in Jatiluwih rice fields in Bali

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Sunset between the clouds in Gunung Lawu, Indonesia

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A magic place in Kefalonia island: Melissani cave

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