Travel Pics Theme: T for Temples. How a Sanskrit symbol became an emblem of horror

The word ‘swastika’ apparently comes from the Sanskrit “svastika” which translates roughly as “good fortune”. It’s been a symbol of luck and prosperity in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism for centuries – in fact, its first use predates all those religions by millenia – going back 11-thousand tears or more. But it’s also been used in Europe for…

Travel Pics Theme: S for Singapore

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is S, for Singapore. For Wednesday, it’s the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. We’ve been there twice .. the first time at night in 2010, and then during the day in 2016 (when this image was taken). It’s a temple built to…

Travel Pics Theme: I for Italy

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week (and a bit) is I, for Italy. To be honest, the only time we have spent in Italy is in Rome, and in Venice – plus travelling to-and-from – but even those two cities were amazing. We’ll start with Rome and this magic view of the Colosseum…

Travel Pics Theme: H for Hoi An

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is H, for Hoi An.   The final pic in our series is of a local woman carrying fruits for sale in baskets, or Thúng, on a caryying pole, while wearing the Nón Lá  or traditional conical hat. She volunteered to pose for the photo saying no payment was…