Tower in Lake Reschen

45 Tower in Lake Reschen on 365 Project

Lake Reschen is the largest lake above 1,000 metres in the Alps.

Located south of the Reschen Pass, in South Tyrol, Italy the area is popular with cyclists.

A large car-park near the lake is handy for drivers seeking a quick photo opportunity.

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Dai Girl Cyclists in Xishuangbanna, China

Dai Girl Cyclists in Xishuangbanna, China

White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality.

‘Six hours after we left Simao, the muddy Lancangjiang river appeared like a shadow at a lighted window. Another couple of bends and the curtains were flung wide open: Jinghong, the naked lady, lay there on her bed of green’.

That’s pretty much how I introduce the reader to Xishuangbanna, in Nomadic Gatherings.

This area in the deep south of Yunan province, bordering Burma and Laos, is inhabited by a dozen of the minority tribes; namely the Dai, Han, Hanni, Bulang, Lagu, Wa, Yao, Jinuo, Zhuang, Yi, Hui, and Miao. Affected by the monsoon from the Indian Ocean, the region has a climate of high temperature and high rainfall and is mild throughout the year. There are no season distinctions; only wet and dry.

The rich forest is said to be roamed by herds of wild elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceroses, tigers, and gibbons. I only had time for a stroll to Chuan Huan Park and the surrounding Dai minority villages. Chickens and pigs roamed freely around the bamboo fenced territories of the raised wooden cottages.

The Dai are a colourful and friendly people and the region is celebrated for its annual water-splashing festival in April. I had a tourist meal of shredded pork, fried bananas, and sauteed rice at one of the minority guest house restaurants all for 7 Yuan (60p); and that included the Pi Jiu (beer).

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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.