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CYBERSPACE, the new frontier...
SWITZERLAND: Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern.
SLOVENIA: Ljubljana, Bled.
CROATIA: Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik
MONTENEGRO: Kotor, Perast, Budva
ALBANIA: Tirana, Durres, Berat
MACEDONIA: Ohrid, Skopje
BULGARIA: Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo
ROMANIA: Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara
SERBIA: Belgrade, Nis
BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA: Sarajevo, Mostar
NORWAY: Oslo, Bergen, Sognefjord
IRELAND: Killarney, Galway, Dublin
MALTA: Valleta, Victoria
TUNISIA: Tunis, Carthage, Sousse, El Jem
MONACO: Monte Carlo
ITALY: Pisa, Rimini
SAN MARINO: San Marino
UK: Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester,
CYPRUS: Larnaca, Nicosia
KUWAIT: Kuwait City
1. Santorini, Greece
Spectacular sunsets can be viewed from the town of Oia in the dramatic island of Santorini (Thira). A quiet picturesque white-washed Greek village overlooks a dormant volcanic crater that's now filled with the deep blue Aegean Sea. Man's simplicity and nature's awesome forces provide a contrasting symphony.
My Thira Page
2. Machu Pichu, Peru
After an exhausting three day trek through the Inca Trail, this apparition of Machu Pichu, the impregnable Inca fortress high up the mountains surrounded by misty dense green forest, appears like a mirage. A spell-binding example of man's eternal quest to commune with the universe.
My Cusco Page
3. Petra, Jordan
The teasing yet dramatic appearance of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra at the end of the long claustrophobic gorge, is marked with suspenseful anticipation. The pink-hued Treasury Building carved from the mountain slowly peeks from the gorge's narrow opening and then punches you right on-your-face with its sheer beauty as soon as you enter the city. A very clever use of natural settings to dramatise man's need for perfection.
My Petra Page
4. New York City, USA
A rather mundane elevator ride builds up your tension, then transports you to a stunning vista of the world's densest clusters of skyscrapers from atop the Empire State Building in Midtown New York City. Up here, human ingenuity is displayed arrogantly. Man destroys forests and replaces them with artificial ones, the urban concrete jungle.
My New York City Page
5. Serengeti, Tanzania
Looking far down at the Ngoro Ngoro crater in Tanzania and witnessing vast hordes of wilderbeests migrating south like ants on a mission, moves one to tears. This panorama certainly brings out the majesty and harshness of life on planet Earth. Nature at its best and wildest.
My Serengeti Page
6. Corcovado, Brazil
The marvelous view of "Cidade Maravilhosa", ie., Rio de Janeiro from Cristo Redentor statue at Corcovado must be seen to be believed. The Samba city is lovingly laid out below against the backdrop of mountains and hills and bays and ocean and more mountains. Ironic religious symbolism for a city known for its hedonistic pleasures.
My Rio Page
7. Giza, Luxor, Aswan, Egypt
All the ancient Egyptian legacies, from the Valley of the Kings to Abu Simbel to the Pyramids and to the Egyptian Museum treasures are simply mind-boggling to behold. The ancient Egyptians certainly know how to put on a spectacular show yet still manage to exude so much enigma to modern man. A majestic testament to man's relentless pursuit of life after death.
My Cairo, Luxor, & Abu Simbel Pages
8. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Hong Kong's flickering lights at dusk can be admired from atop Victoria Peak via a cable car. Brightly-lit skyscrapers stand precariously on mountain slopes like stalagmites; and their mesmerising images are reflected on the waters of the Hong Kong harbour. Man and nature in symbiosis.
My Hong Kong Page
9. Palace of Versailles, France
The sheer opulence of the Palace of Versailles particularly the utterly lavish Grand Hall of Mirrors, in Versailles, just outside Paris, is stunning. It's no wonder Marie Antoinette's head got chopped off because of her complete contempt for her impoverished subjects. Human greed for wealth and power can be disturbingly manifested in a spectacular way.
My Paris Page
10. Table Mountain, South Africa
Climbing to the top of the Table Mountain in Cape Town allows you to look down at the breath-taking view of the city with both the tempestuous Indian and Atlantic Oceans in the horizons. The end of a great continent combined with the meeting of two great oceans create an awesome sight. This scenery alone makes life in this planet worth living.
My Cape Town Page
11. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
The artistic genius behind the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican is very inspiring. Michaelangelo toiled stoically for years to paint the spacious walls and ceilings for a mere pittance. With limitless patience, the awesome power of the individual to move mountains, is on full display here. Now if only I possess a tiny fraction of Michaelangelo's patience to finish my VT pages..
My Rome Page
12. Great Wall, China
Meandering along steep mountain ranges, a massive stone wall was built in the most inhospitable place to ward off foreign invaders. It's amazing what xenophobia can do. Although the Great Wall is truly an awesome in sight, its futility is highlighted, considering that thousands have died to create it. A poignant reminder that even though human insecurity can conquer mountains, it is helpless against human determination to conquer.
My Beijing Page
And here are some of the colourful local characters I've met..
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