Sushi

19 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Nesnad/cc-by-2.5

© Nesnad/cc-by-2.5

Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, plus a variety of ingredients (neta), such as vegetables, and any meat, but most commonly seafood (often raw but can be cooked). Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the one key ingredient is “sushi rice”, also referred to as shari, or sumeshi.   read more…

Singapore Botanic Gardens

7 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Symphony Lake © Velela

Symphony Lake © Velela

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 165-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012.   read more…

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and the Terracotta Army

29 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Tomb of the First Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di © flickr.com - wit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Tomb of the First Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di © flickr.com – wit/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (pinyin: Qínshǐhuáng Líng) is the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin dynasty.   read more…

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

7 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

East facade © Chainwit./cc-by-sa-4.0

East facade © Chainwit./cc-by-sa-4.0

The Hawa Mahal (“Palace of Winds”) is a palace in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Built from red and pink sandstone, it is on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur, and extends to the Zenana, or women’s chambers.   read more…

Yokohama Landmark Tower in Japan

1 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

Nippon Maru tallship in front of the Yokohama Landmark Tower © flickr.com - ken H/cc-by-sa-2.0

Nippon Maru tallship in front of the Yokohama Landmark Tower © flickr.com – ken H/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Yokohama Landmark Tower (Yokohama Randomāku Tawā) is the third tallest building and fifth tallest structure in Japan, standing 296.3 m (972 ft) high. Until surpassed by Abeno Harukas in 2014, it stood as the tallest building in Japan. It is located in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city, next to the Yokohama Museum of Art.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Yerevan

27 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  10 minutes

Republic Square and Government House © Sonanik/cc-by-sa-3.0

Republic Square and Government House © Sonanik/cc-by-sa-3.0

Yerevan (sometimes spelled Erevan) is the capital and largest city of Armenia, as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country, as its primate city. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat Plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese, which is the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Ararat City

26 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Ararat City entrance from the M2 highway © Armineaghayan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ararat City entrance from the M2 highway © Armineaghayan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ararat is a town in the Ararat Municipality of the Ararat Province of Armenia, located on the YerevanNakhchivan highway, 42 km (26 mi) southeast of the capital Yerevan and 19 km (12 mi) south of the provincial centre Artashat. In the 2011 census, the population of the town was 20,235. As per the 2016 official estimate, the population is around 20,300.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Gyumri

25 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

City Hall © Valen1988/cc-by-sa-4.0

City Hall © Valen1988/cc-by-sa-4.0

Gyumri is an urban municipal community and the second-largest city in Armenia, serving as the administrative center of Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. By the end of the 19th century, when the city was known as Alexandropol, it became the largest city of Russian-ruled Eastern Armenia with a population above that of Yerevan. The city became renowned as a cultural hub, while also carrying significance as a major center of Russian troops during Russo-Turkish wars of the 19th century.   read more…

Theme Week Armenia – Vagharshapat

24 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Zvartnots Cathedral and Mount Ararat © Vahagn Grigoryan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Zvartnots Cathedral and Mount Ararat © Vahagn Grigoryan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Vagharshapat is the 4th-largest city in Armenia and the most populous municipal community of Armavir Province, located about 18 km (11 mi) west of the capital Yerevan, and 10 km (6 mi) north of the closed Turkish-Armenian border. It is commonly known as Ejmiatsin (also spelled Echmiadzin or Etchmiadzin), which was its official name between 1945 and 1995. It is still commonly used colloquially and in official bureaucracy, a case of dual naming.   read more…

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