Yangon, Myanmar’s Former Capital

It seems in Myanmar they like to change the names of places. From Burma to Myanmar (As JP Peterson once said, you may call it ‘Myanmar’ but to me it will always be ‘Burma’) and Rangoon to Yangon. And then, of course, they moved the capital completely to a place called Naypyidaw. Oh, the flag …

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Foto Friday – Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

The trains of the Maeklong Railway in Thailand, not too far from Bangkok, go through this market area. Tourists flock there to see it because the market is fuly set up across the train lines. When the train is nearly due, they put down their awnings and make way for the train, which has precious …

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Beijing – Pictures and Feel

The Chinese capital of Beijing is a pretty big city all told – over 21 million people. Recently the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square was commemorated. I saw a fascinating program on television where they interviewed those involved in the mass protests and it included a lot of footage actually shot at the time (not …

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Five ‘Must-Sees’ in the Middle East

The Middle East is certainly one of the world’s most interesting, ancient, stunning regions. Sure, it’s got its political issues – what place doesn’t? And yes, it tends to get very hot and a little too sunny at times, but also it’s a region so rich with things that are incredibly rewarding and truly unforgettable. …

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Little Places – Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

In the valley of the Rila River, less than 120 kilometres from the Bulgaria capital Sofia, at an altitude of just over 1100 metres, is one of the world’s most picturesque monasteries. Possibly Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site, Rila Monastery is easily reached by public bus from Sofia, and works well as both an overnight …

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