Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is the state mosque of the state of Johor in southern Malaysia, just across the border from Singapore. Notice how this Islamic house of worship is built, at least partly, in a Victorian English style? There are other influences as well, of course - Moorish, and Malay - but look at the minarets. Couldn't they just [...]
Another Wednesday, another travel quiz. I've been playing with PhotoShop and ended up with this slightly distorted image of a famous structure. And I'm in a good mood today, so I'll give you a hint right away.
6:15 am Taj Mahal: romance and tragedy Even though it's a mausoleum, a funeral mosque, the Taj Mahal must surely be one of the most romantic buildings in the world. But then romance and tragedy often seem to go hand in hand, don't they? In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, dies giving birth to their 14th [...]
I just submitted an article about Kyiv, and was reminded of my first journey there a couple of years ago. Uzbekistan came to mind. Why? Well, as I was waiting in transit at Riga airport, I noticed an Ilyushin from Uzbekistan Airways on the tarmac. I remember staring dreamily at it while sipping a so-so coffee. Uzbekistan, the country, is [...]
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