Taipa Village is one of the few places in Macau where one can see an authentic slice of this former Portuguese colony. Though casinos are sprouting in the main city, Taipa Village has been preserved for a step back in time.
I like this vantage point where the old is mixed with the new, it almost looks like a collage.
Just a few steps away and one can enjoy history preserved. East and west co-exist. This is where the locals go.
More information about Taipa Village here.
London has been through a lot lately. But it is a historic city that has withstood more than this, not just this century but in centuries past.
I like its cosmopolitan character yet steeped in tradition. It looks back at the past yet moves forward.
The Bridge and Tower are icons, one speaking of tradition and history, the other of technology and progress.
Why was Stonehenge built?
This monument dates back 5,000 (!) years, though it is now established that it was built in phases over several thousand years up until 1600 BC.
Scientists have also determined that the stones were quarried as far away as 225 kilometers in present day Wales. This has led to a recent theory that it was built in Wales and transported to the present site.
There are varying versions of how it was built, some involving aliens. Even more theories abound on why it was built, the most common it being a burial ground. And yet new theories come up, such as it being a two-story concert hall. New discoveries reveal more information yet raises more questions.
It seems like the more we know about it, the more its mystery deepens.
Perhaps we will never know. What is clear is that people 5,000 years ago started putting order into a bunch of large stones lying around. Perhaps it is a primeval desire of man to seek order in his world and Stonehenge is a symbol of that.
York Castle was built on the orders of William I to dominate the Viking city of York in Northern England in the year 1068.
Clifford’s Tower, the keep (strongest and most secure part) of the castle, survives to this day and is one of the most distinguishable landmarks of the city.
It has gone through a tumultuous history involving massacres, fires, explosions and wars.
It has been used as an office, an armory, a prison, and even a cattle shed over the centuries.
The tower has a commanding view of the city, perhaps only matched by the more famous York Minster in the distance.
Going down the spiral staircase, one is reminded of how lonely it must have been for the guardsmen as they kept watch over Clifford’s Tower.
“Human says time goes by –
Time says human goes by.”
Though thatched dwellings date back to primitive times, they became popular in nineteenth-century England when “the gentry wanted a taste of the good life and the simple pleasures of cottage living.”
I can understand if this longing for the simple pleasures of an idyllic, if idealized, life resonates even louder today.
Fortunately, some people have continued the tradition of thatching and it survives to this day in England.
I guess part of preserving heritage is not just to remind us of what has been but also to inspire us to see what might be.
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
– Benjamin Disraeli
I may not be as great a traveler as Benjamin Disraeli, but I have seen quite a bit and remember quite a few.
Among those things I’ve seen and remember is the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. I do like temples and, though not a Buddhist, I find it soothing to the soul when I’m in a Zen temple or garden. This one in particular captures harmony between heaven and earth, and also shines in its beautiful setting.
The Golden Pavilion is worth visiting for a sight to remember, if not to soothe one’s soul.
Some facts about the Golden Pavilion
1. It is a World Heritage Site.
2. The top two stories are covered with gold leaf.
3. The gold is to purify any negative thoughts towards death.
3. Its origin dates back to the 1400s.
More info on the Golden Pavilion here.