You probably know the Hallerbos in Spring, when it turns into a fairy wood with its carpets of bluebells everywhere.
I took a group of around 20 people to explore the wild edibles in the Hallerbos today, and the walk was very enjoyable. I even discovered a couple of new plants myself, alas not edible but with medicinal properties. Continue reading “A summer walk in the Hallerbos”
Last weekend I spent a day with a Prince in his court. If this conjures mental images ‘a la Disney’ then you’re quite off the mark, because the Prince I’m talking about is the son of the King of Tiebele in Burkina Faso and his court is a village deep in the African bush with little sign of its royal status other than the ornate luxury of its wall paintings. Continue reading “The royal court of Tiebele in Burkina Faso”
Depuis la fin de l’enfance, je ne suis plus transportée de joie à l’idée d’aller à la fête foraine. Par contre, j’aime y passer du temps. C’est une expérience sociologique unique et l’occasion d’observer des lignes graphiques qui n’existent nulle part ailleurs, ni dans l’architecture, ni dans l’art, ni dans la nature.
La fête foraine comme microcosme graphique aime la photographie noir et blanc. La preuve par l’image au parc Walibi – pendant que les enfant eux, sont transportés de joie 🙂
Galungan and Kuningan are among the most important Balinese ceremonies and I am so grateful to be able to witness these two ceremonies and the Balinese New Year, also called Nyepi, in the same trip! Continue reading “Living the Galungan way”
On Nyepi Day or Silence Day (28 March this year), all Bali goes into lethargy. Locals and tourists alike are not allowed to roam the streets, to take a car or bike, to use a stove or oven, to work and to make noise. It is a day for meditation and contemplation, but originally it was designed to trick the demons into thinking Bali was inhabited so they wouldn’t come and annoy the people on the island for the rest of the year. Cunning! Continue reading “Biking my way through Bali’s terraced rice paddies, lush jungles and waterfalls”
The big day has come when I will discover what it’s like to celebrate the Balinese New Year with a local family. Before I get to the village of Jasan where Styawan, my new Balinese friend, is waiting for me, I ask the staff at my guesthouse what I should bring as a gift. Continue reading “Celebrating Nyepi, the Balinese New Year”
I have no clue if anyone says this about Kyoto but after 3 days I can confirm that we’ve passed by hundreds of temples and we didn’t even visit half of Kyoto districts. 6 temples really stood out and these are the ones I’ll talk about below. There are surely many more worth your time, but we didn’t want to race through each temple and miss their unique atmosphere and scenery. Continue reading “Kyoto: the city of a thousand temples”