PARIS in the spring-time

It’s been almost 40 years, and I had forgotten how beautiful is Paris in the spring-time.

In fine spring weather, few cities are as attractive and enjoyable to be in.

The consistency of architectural scale in the city.  Few modern cities in the world have controlled the height of their buildings, like Paris.

Additionally, the visual consistency of the ‘Paris limestone’ used for building construction over the centuries.

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Street food – TAIWAN

Taiwan is known for ‘street food’, but ‘snack food’ is a better description for what is found throughout all of Taiwan.

Taiwanese cuisine is most obviously Chinese cuisine, but influenced by the Japanese, who ‘ruled’ Taiwan for 50 years from 1895 to 1945.

Japan constructed and organised much of Taiwan’s civic infrastructure and has greatly influenced public behaviour in general – something that is still much in evidence in (orderly and efficient) Taiwan today. Continue reading

Every face tells a story – PERU portraits

Peruvians are known for their genial warmth and hospitality.

Peru today has a mixed population but is still predominantly ‘Amerindian’ (indigenous American indians).  There are many ‘mestizos’ (mixed Amerindian-Spanish/European) but less so in the Andean highlands, away from the capital, Lima.  And also a significant Asian (Japanese, Chinese) population or mixed ethnicity. Continue reading