I so have a travel bug right now. Probably because I’m trying to acclimate to the real world and settle down in my career. So the idea of hopping on a plane and going to Asia or the South of France is so enticing but beyond my reach. I was just browsing my favorite sites, ( NY Times’ The Moment, etc.) and these photos just emphasized what I love about the world and traveling.
The Clean modern lines, the lushly crisp environment, the brightly clothed monks gracefully glide through the sacred temple of Hanghzou, China. Around this serene haven lies the real world, bustling with 3rd world impoverishment, culture, and life. There’s always the calm within the center of the storm, and this picture evokes calm in stunning Asia.
Visions of a more rustic Notting Hill, the colorful buildings are so charmingly surreal atop the tiny waterway. Italy, like most of Europe, is overflowing with glorious nooks and crannys that are unlike anywhere in the world.
Bangkok radiates with an uninhibited beauty and real way of life. As you walk down the side of a busy street, you will see an image like the one above of a local making the most archaic looking delicacies. Where else can you eat the most delicious street food from a banana leaf?
On the contrary, Paris overflows with chic eateries that are absolutely divine. Ralphs Restaurant, by fashion maven Ralph Lauren on the Boulevard Saint Germain is fabulously ancient. In a old 1600s hotel, you will wine and dine amongst culture and incredible art.
Just walking down a tiny side-street in India gives you a glimpse into a kaleidescope of culture and life. In the US daily life is walled-in and constricted by privacy and etiquette. Yet, in India and many the globe’s 3rd world countries, there are no boundaries and anyone can witness anything. Going to the bathroom, bathing in a river, watching brilliant art being created right in front of your eyes, daily ritual is open to observation.
Picturesque, like out of a children’s fairy-tale, the English countryside is spectacular. Whenever I’m in London I love to escape to the outskirts and take in the idyllic scenery, small villages with their solitary pub, and these gorgeous stone tudors.
The amount of art and culture in Europe is outstanding. One of my favorite modern art museums in Paris, the George Pompidou has now opened a new branch in Metz, France. How I wish I could explore this new sister museum and take in all the unique richness of modern art.
This is a wonderful representation of Bali. From a spiritual standpoint this island evokes such a gorgeous practice and mentality. With their daily offerings and prayers, gamelan music chiming in the background, and brilliant temples and spirit houses lining each street, Bali is a dream.
When in Europe, to unwind from an eventful day of wandering, my favorite thing to do is hibernate in a tiny cafe and enjoy a rich cappuccino and local treat. The lifestyle in Paris, Italy, and majority of Europe is so sympathetic and relaxed. You appreciate your meals, wining and dining, and apres’, you indulge in amazing desert and espresso.
The Beauty of the World…