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

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Montebello – Bellinzona, Switzerland

Montebello - Bellinzona, Switzerland

Bellinzona is home to three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland (Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro); UNESCO World Heritage Sites since the year 2000.

The Ramparts of Bellinzona connect Castelgrande to Castello di Montebello.

I was lucky with the early March weather when I climbed up on to the ramparts, just as the golden glow of the setting sun painted a beautiful picture for the handful of photographers gathered to capture the image; while a young couple gazed lovingly the other way.

The Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts make a visit to the Italian canton of Ticino’s capital one of the highlights on The Grand Tour of Switzerland; a city that many tourists on their way to the towns of Locarno and Ascona, on the shores of Lago Maggiore, tend to overlook.

Modena, Italy

Modena, Italy

While it’s the Cathedral (Duomo), Torre Civica and Piazza Grande that interest UNESCO a visit to Modena wouldn’t be complete without purchasing some Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale and other regional products.

Modena is located on the south side of the Po Valley, in the Province of Modena and the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

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.