Bangkok Grand Palace

Bangkok Grand Palace

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is actually a collection of buildings in a walled complex. including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

One of Thailand’s most famous tourist attractions is also the Thai King’s home, houses the Royal court and is the administrative seat of government.

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Fort de Douaumont, Verdun

Fort de Douaumont - Verdun

The Battle of Verdun was the longest single battle of World War One.

Fort de Douaumont was the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 large defensive forts protecting the city of Verdun but still couldn’t be adequately defended against the German guns.

The Germans captured Fort Douaumont on 25th February, 1916 without a contest.

The Colonial Infantry Troops of Morocco eventually recaptured the fort on 24th October, 1916.

There are some pleasant walks around the old concrete bunkers and tourists can visit inside the fort.

Taj Mahal Detail

Taj Mahal Detail

A detail of the Taj Mahal that not everyone sees.

When pointing a camera at tourist attractions that millions of people have captured, especially with all the mobile phones and selfie sticks being waved around today, it pays to look for something a little more original.

If anyone can get there, anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can see something a little more artistic.

Moving away from the crowds allows us to compose a detail of the place that has an unique angle to it.

Strong colour, lines, shadow and even a slight reflection all help to give an architectural detail a whole new life of its own.

Is that really the Taj Mahal? Well, it’s one of the four 40m high minarets that surround the mausoleum

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.

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.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Commissioned by Peter the Great, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Built on Zayachy Island, between 1712 and 1733, the cathedral’s bell tower is the world’s tallest Orthodox bell tower. It also acts as a lightning rod protecting the cathedral.

The cathedral houses the remains of most of the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II; including Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia for 34 years.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.

Brunei Mosque

Brunei Mosque

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei.

Built in 1958, the mosque is named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei. If you can’t remember his name though, most people will know what you mean if you say the ‘Brunei Mosque’.

Surrounded by an artificial lagoon the mosque’s most distinguishable feature is its golden dome; which reflects nicely in the pool of water.