Moscow Kremlin in Winter

Moscow Kremlin in Winter

Outside the Russian Kremlin in Moscow.

It is a sunny day in late winter. There is no longer snow on the ground but it is still very cold and spring feels a long way off.

The lack of foliage on the trees allows us to see through to the golden onions of the Russian Kremlin Churches – the Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals (left) and Archangel’s Cathedral (centre).

The Ivan the Great Bell Tower – said to mark the exact centre of Moscow – is the tall golden dome on the right.

In Russia, the word Kremlin implies a medieval, inner-city fortress. In earlier times it would have probably meant a fortified town, or town surrounded by a wall.

There are therefore a number of kremlins in Russia; although when we talk about The Kremlin, we usually mean where the workings of power take place in the Russian capital, Moscow.

As well as being the official working residence of the Russian President, the Moscow Kremlin also houses Russia’s main museum.

The outer red brick wall of the Moscow Kremlin was built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; replacing the earlier fire hazard, made of wood.

The tower on the left is The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower and to the left of that is The Grand Kremlin Palace.

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Santa Caterina, Lago Maggiore

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The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso clings to a rock face along Lago Maggiore, Italy, with the Swiss Alps in the background.

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Independence Day USA

Independence Day USA

Independence Day USA

On November 8th, 2016 the American people went to the polls and voted for change; ditching the political elite, for a self-made billionaire who promised to make America great again.

The American people voted for change in large enough numbers to get the required electoral college votes for Donald J. Trump to become the next President of the Divided States of America; with the job of unifying them again, after a tough campaign battle.

Not a campaign, but a movement; Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs voted for a government to serve the people and serve the people it would.

As President Elect, the life-long businessman pledged to look at the business of fixing inner cities and rebuild the crumbling U.S infrastructure; putting millions of people to work, while pledging to take good care of the veterans.

On a path of national growth and renewal, Mr Trump, as 45th President of the United States of America, vowed to settle for nothing less than the best; dreaming big, and bold, and daring.

America voted for a change of course without a Bush or Clinton at the helm.

While making it clear that he would put America’s interest first, the newly elected President would continue to seek common ground, not hostility and partnership, not conflict when working with the world community.

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi so admired the United States Constitution that he chose to inscribe JULY IV MDCCLXXVI on the tablet in the left hand of his statue; associating the date of the country’s Declaration of Independence with the concept of liberty.

Millions may be worried but whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, a large print of the Statue of Liberty on your wall will show that you believe in the coming together on the voyage ahead, and in the healing power of the American people.

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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.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

During World War II, the world’s first deployed atomic bomb was dropped from an American B-29 bomber flying high above the Japanese city of Hiroshima, on 6th August, 1945.

The most recognisable symbol of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima is the skeletal remains of the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, in 1915, the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall was one of the city’s best-known sights.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he called for a ‘world without nuclear weapons’ during his remarks at the city’s Peace Memorial Park; on Friday 27th May, 2016.

Camel in India

Camel in India

A camel seen pulling a cart outside the Red Fort in Agra, India.

Camels provide milk, meat and hair for textiles. Camels are also working animals; transporting humans in the desert, bearing loads on an ascent and pulling carts in urban areas

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