Asia and Middle East

Asia, the largest and most populated of all the terrestrial continents, offers a variety of natural wonders, some of which seem to be magic. From Nepal’s ice-covered high peaks to the misty jungles of Cambodia’s plains, Asia offers incredible geographical and cultural diversity. Whether you choose to climb imposing mountains or walk through lush forests, you will discover sites of singular beauty…

Discover the countries I have visited:

The Sultanate of Oman in the time of Castles

The Sultanate of Oman in the time of Castles

Some 500 forts dot the mountains of the Sultanate of Oman. No matter where you go, you will run into a fort or a castles. There are so many you can’t visit them all! Those inland were influenced by Persian architecture, those on the coast by Portuguese. They dominate...

Escapes in the Hajar Mountain Range

Escapes in the Hajar Mountain Range

In the Sultanate of Oman, the landscape is tinted with three colors: ochre, the green of lush palm groves and the white of village houses embracing the mountain walls. Ochre is the dominant color and extends from the mountains to the desert and canyons. For...

The Natural Wonders of Oman: Green Wādī and Moving Sand

The Natural Wonders of Oman: Green Wādī and Moving Sand

Without a doubt Mother Nature gave the Sultanate of Oman her best ! As soon as you leave the city of Muscat, the scenery changes abruptly, and you find yourself in a mineral world of stony plains and jagged mountains. In the 14th century, Ibn Battûta, a Muslim Berber...

The East Coast of the Sultanate of Oman: A Walk along the Coastline

The East Coast of the Sultanate of Oman: A Walk along the Coastline

The coast of the Sultanate of Oman, at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, offers many attractions. For millennia fishermen have navigated this long, pristine coastline of over 1,865 miles (3,165 kilometers.) The coast is lined with sand-colored forts built...

A taste of India

A taste of India

Namaste, The Taj Mahal, an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the South bank of Yamura River in Agra, is the most admired and photographed edifice in India. The building was and remains the most perfect ever built by man. It was commissioned in 1632 by Emperor Shah Jahan...

Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

Namaste, I left the airport in New Delhi at 1.30 am local time... All my senses are immediately overwhelmed with smells, colors, and sounds... the heat is still overwhelming: it is still 100 ° F (currently the temperatures hit 116 ° F during the day - in the shade of...

On your feet or on your Chi(k)nees ?

On your feet or on your Chi(k)nees ?

您好(Ni hao), The continuation and end of our discovery of the Fujian Province in Southeastern China. The small town of Gutian, located in the Northeastern part of the Fujian Province is a historic place for the Chinese. Indeed, it is in Gutian that Mao Zedong, Zhu De,...

Tea for two and too much tea

Tea for two and too much tea

Ni hao, Fujian Province abbreviated "Min", is located in Southeast China, bordering, along the East China Sea, the South China Sea, and the Taiwan Strait. The island of Taiwan itself is further off to the Southeast. While Fujian is resolutely turned towards the sea...

The Blue Lotus

The Blue Lotus

您好 (ni hao), You have surely recognized (or not) the reference to the adventures of Tintin, the comics series by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé... I’ll let you guess the stopover? Come on, make a small cultural effort. I’ll give you another hint: it is the city where...

From terra firma to the land of the dzos

From terra firma to the land of the dzos

Namaste, Breathing the scents of Asia, exploring a region of the world where the mountains flirt with the sky... Are you ready to explore a country where the earth greets the sky and where the blue azure of the heavens blends perfectly with the highest mountain peaks...

The garden city and its magic lanterns

The garden city and its magic lanterns

Sated with futuristic buildings, we find another side of Singapore when walking down the streets of its ethnic neighborhoods. Arab Street, a small shopping street, is a labyrinth of colorful houses, bustling day and night and quite near the must-see Sultan Mosque with...

On the narrow streets of Singapore…

On the narrow streets of Singapore…

Ladies and gentlemen, Let's explore a city, a country, and an island by visiting only one place: Singapore, located off the coast of Southern Malasia. The Asian city-state known as "The Garden City" is a global commercial, financial and transportation hub with tall...

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Portrait of C-Ludik What prompt us to leave a comfy home behind and travel, if not the stories or the images that tell the tale of an elsewhere we, too, would like to discover ? Have you noticed how some books, movies or even songs fill you with the urge to pack and join the characters, sceneries and moods they conjure up ? It is more or less conscious, sometimes a guilty pleasure but the choice of a destination is often whispered by a novel’s hero, a movie’s shot or a guitar tune… Before taking you to the 4 corners of the world, here is a quote from a famous, albeit fictionnal, traveller: "it is a dangerous business, going out of your door ; you step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to".

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