As a child of the predominately Christian west I learned the stories of Mary’s virgin birth, the life of Jesus, the crucifixion and resurrection – all themes that have dominated Christian art and architecture for hundreds of years.
As most designers will tell you, simple and classic never goes out of style. And after 2500 years, the Temple of Athena Nike atop the Acropolis in Athens is still a rock-solid, gorgeous classic.
The day started in earnest when we emerged into the hot, humid, noisy world outside the Bangkok Metro. We were on our way to Wat Pho, home of the famous reclining Buddha, measuring an astounding 150 feet long and 50 feet high.
On most online travel forums there’s usually a thread about eating in US-based chain restaurants while traveling overseas. Views are normally polarized; exchanges can be serious and sometimes heated.
Luang Prabang, in north central Laos, has been an important Buddhist spiritual center for hundreds of years. As a result, it has some of the most ancient and exquisite Buddhist temples in the region.