What better way to admire the city of Tokyo than with a sunset city view 🌇
The Park Hyatt occupies the 14 top floors of the 52-story tower it is apart of and is most known for visitors enjoying the 360 degree view of both the bustling city and Mount Fuji. 📷: @claudejapswe
Tb to shiny #singapore 🌟🏙⛅ I didn't remember you're not allowed to bring chewing gum to the country. I had to throw away the 2 bags I bought from Helsinki to keep my xylitol supply sustainable during my summer Southeast Asia trip 😂. Photo taken 6/2018.
Since moving to Austin, I’ve been warned about there not really being a fall like we were used to. So I’ve found myself chasing after all the fall foliage I could find. We discovered a place here in Texas that seems to be the one pocket of amazing fall color! We wrote a blog post and made a little video of our weekend! PS-we have a YouTube Channel now for fun!
Finally got my camera back! Let's never be apart again *hug* Big thanks to @huangsh17 and @angiewpteo!!
A throwback to Pulau Derawan - one of the most iconic #tourist attractions in #borneo . The tourist boom had been overburdening the island's water supply, sewage system and disposal capacity. When I was visiting Derawan, I still saw rubbish here and there, but the #locals said the condition has been much better. Through continuous negotiations with the local #government , the waste management system has been developed. Some villagers has been #volunteering to promote #ethical tourism to their neighbours and the tourists. It was truly #inspiring . Sometimes it's so easy to complain about the not-yet-achieved, we forget to embrace people's efforts on improvement. If we move away from the obsession of #perfection , maybe we would be more patient and generous to others and ourselves. We would perhaps realise that they've tried their best. We're trying our best. And maybe we would remember to say 'thank you'.
¿Si siempre viajas solo quién te toma esas fotos? Simple. Es como si fuera yo mismo el que la toma. Esto es lo que hago y que también pueden hacer ustedes:
1) Conoce el lugar desde antes de llegar a él. Revisa fotos que se han hecho ahí antes para que tengas idea de lo que puedes lograr. Juega con tu ropa y cuida detalles. Por ejemplo, si sabes que vas para la ciudad rosada de la India o el pueblo azul de Marruecos, nada te cuesta hacer que tu ropa cuadre con el sitio.
2) Una vez ahí, date un tiempo para contemplarlo (esto es parte del viaje, haya o no foto), estudiar ángulos, observar la luz, piensa la composición y haz tomas de prueba.
3) Encuentra a quien pedirle que te agarre la cámara o el celular manteniendo la composición que armaste. Si quieres tomarte una foto ahí es muy probable que haya más gente queriendo hacer lo mismo y que, al igual que tú, también necesitan alguien que les tome una foto.
4) Pídele a esa persona que dispare varias veces. Lo ideal es que vayas cambiando la pose o desarrolles alguna acción en la foto para que se vea natural. Las mejores fotos son las que cuentan ALGO.
5) Edítalas. Hay muchas apps que te permiten hacer edición profesional desde el celular. La mía es Snapseed.
Si sientes que esto te sirve y no quieres que se te olvide para tu próximo viaje, guarda el post en la colección 😊📸
Once upon a museum...
I reckon that one of the best ways to experience a museum is with (bluetooth) headphones and epic movie scores. Walking into a room with paintings as big as the walls while listening to Howard Shore pretty much creates the ultimate viewing experience.
Come fly with me, we'll fly, we'll fly away 🎙
Looking at Flying Mercury by Giambologna--bronze (1580)
From Greek mythology, he is known as Hermes, and from Roman, he is called Mercury. A guide to the underworld, a messenger for the Gods, a patron for travelers, merchants, and even athletes and outlaws, Mercury, son of Jupiter (Zeus), was and continues to be an important figure in Ancient Greek and Roman teachings. Giambologna’s most revered work portrays Mercury in action, ready to take flight with the help of Zephyr, God of the West Wind. Similar to superhero gadgets, he has with him three tools to assist in his duties--the first, the golden Talaria or winged sandals, the second, the Petasos or winged cap, and third, and most important, the Caduceus, a staff interlaced with two serpents which is also, as expected, winged.
Today, we are familiar with the caduceus as it is commonly used in logos by commercial and federal health organizations (often confused with the Rod of Asclepius, which possesses a single serpent only), such as Medicaid and the US Army Medical Corps. And interestingly enough, the history of this symbol, though most notably associated with Hermes in Greek mythology, actually goes further back in time to Sumerian mythology, around 3000 BC. While there are many conflicting ideals on the history and use of the Caduceus, it is one of many symbols that has found new meaning among new generations throughout time.
From the Latin αʀϯε, from skill, and fαᴄϯυм, something made, is the commonly used English word we know today—artifact.
Looking at “David” by Donatello—marble (1408-09)
This statue is the first known commissioned work of Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, better known mononymously as Donatello. Following a traditional Gothic approach, likely influenced by Lorenzo Ghiberti, this work predates the vivid naturalistic style the artist develops over the decades that followed, as he was only 20 years old when he carved out this masterpiece. You see the confident, clothed, youthful David after having just vanquished the Philistine giant, Goliath, whose severed head rests at the statue's feet above an inscription that once read (in Latin), "To those that fight bravely for the fatherland the gods lend aid even against the most terrible foes." The purpose of adding the inscription: a political gesture by the Signoria of Florence to impel loyalty from the people. Though not nearly as well-known as Michelangelo's David, or even his (Donatello's) more famous Bronze David, this statue was the first of many more Davids to come by several sculptors during the Renaissance. (The 2nd picture was taken from the angle the statue was originally meant to be seen from, as it was supposed to be placed high up on one of the buttresses of Il Duomo.)
Understanding an artist's more recognized works often requires taking a deeper dive into the journey they undertook to reach the level of mastery which gave them recognition in the first place. This was my 3rd trip back to Florence and this time, finally as an adult and without having to follow someone else's itinerary, I dodged the crowds and spent more of my time at the less popular POIs. Key words being 1) less 2) popular, but Still. Completely. Breathtaking. This palace turned prison turned museum not only houses multiple early works by Donatello, but several other treasured pieces by Michelangelo, Cellini, Ghiberti, Bartolomeo, Giambologna, and many more. Andd being that this once was a palace, you can bet that its architecture is just as exquisite as the artwork that fills it.
🇬🇷 Ordering Greek Pizza and drink cocktails from our room is what we loved most about our hotel! Not to mention the jacuzzi with a view! 😍Too bad tonight is the last night in Santorini! (THAT IS IF THE MEDICANE LETS US LEAVE!! “Medicane= Mediterranean Hurricane”) 🌪
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