Armenian Prayer Beads

An old man in prayerful contemplation at Etchmiadzin Cathedral, in Armenia.

Although not seen in this image, Armenian beads have a ‘Khatchkar’ Cross.

Vietnam Paddy Fields

Vietnam Paddy Fields

Two Vietnamese women wearing the traditional conical hat (Non La) to protect themselves from the sun while working knee-deep in paddy fields outside Hue, along the central coast of Vietnam.

The word ‘paddy’ is derived from the Malay word padi, rice plant

Clifton Beach – Cape Town, South Africa

Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa

Clifton is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa with high real estate values.

This mainly residential district also offers four white, sandy beaches for visiting tourists to relax and enjoy the sights; protected in the ‘wind shadow’ of Lion’s Head mountain.

Holy Cow

Holy Cow

The cow is sacred in India; and woe betide the driver who doesn’t swerve into a field to avoid them.

Cows are not penned into fields here, and in the smaller towns and villages they wander wherever they like. It is even said that some people in India might like to come back as a cow in the next life. Now there’s a thought

Tourists in Budapest

Tourists in Budapest

Technology has changed the way we do things as young tourists to Europe’s capital cities no longer admire the sights but flip out an iPad to frame a quick selfie of themselves and share it online almost instantly; most likely with GPS information automatically geotagged to the image.

These two girls were enjoying themselves up on Budpaest’s Fisherman’s Bastian, but I doubt the Danube made it into the frame.

Breakfast in China

Breakfast in China

Walk around the streets in China early in the morning and you can find almost anything ready to be chopped up for breakfast.

This lady was getting ready for hungry customers in Chengdu, Sichuan province; the home of spicy, Chinese food.

Boy Buddhist in Bodh Gaya

Boy Buddhist in Bodh Gaya

Young novice monk in maroon robe meditates beside candles in the afternoon sun at Mahabodhi Temple, India.

Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi Temple gained its UNESCO World Heritage Listing in 2002.

A religious site and place of pilgrimage, Bodh Gaya (in Bihar State) is where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment; after meditating under the Bodhi tree, for 49 days.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha; something akin to Mecca for Muslims.

Bodh Gaya is about 12km from Gaya City, where overnight trains connect with Kolkata (Calcutta).

The best time to visit is November to March; with December and January considered the high season.