Category Archives: Architecture

UAE

United Arab Emirates, or UAE, is one country made out of seven small city-states. The capital, Abu Dhabi, is the largest by far, comprising 87% of the country, and has much more oil than the other emirates. Dubai is perhaps … Continue reading

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Qatar

Qatar, like the other Gulf countries, is a mix of the traditional and modern–with the modern leading the way. Doha, the capital, has a skyline of architecturally unique, and even award-winning (the “bullet” tower), towers. Along the Corniche (the walkway … Continue reading

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Kuwait

Just two decades after the war, Kuwait is rebuilt–and continues to build. You find construction going on everywhere. Skyscrapers and malls alongside souks and mosques. The modern along with the traditional. Kuwait’s most distinctive landmark is likely Kuwait Towers, the … Continue reading

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Riga

Known as the “Paris of the North”, Latvia’s capital is perhaps best known for its Art Nouveau architecture, but it also has a large, charming Old Town area with cobblestone streets and squares hosting merchant shops and restaurants/beer gardens; several … Continue reading

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Mysore

Mysore, the second-largest city (890,000 people) in Karnataka state, is also considered to be the second-cleanest city in India. It’s known as a center for silk, sandalwood, and incense. One of the two main sights is the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace … Continue reading

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Hampi

Hampi, in the north of Karnataka state, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful laid-back tourist stop. It’s situated in an agricultural landscape with fields of sugarcane, banana trees, and rice paddies–the three main crops. It’s known for … Continue reading

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Goa

Best known as the beach resort and party place in India, Goa is more than just a tourist destination for late night dance parties, which don’t exist as they did in the past. In North Goa, the pace is quieter … Continue reading

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Mumbai

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is India’s movie capital–Bollywood; the financial and cultural capital; home to one of the largest slums in the world; and a fascinating mix of modern and traditional–skyscrapers, colonial and art deco architecture, wide tree-lined streets, and fine … Continue reading

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Dambulla: The Cave Temple

The Golden Temple at Dambulla, in the center of Sri Lanka, includes an amazing collection of 153 buddha statues and 2100 sq. meters of wall and ceiling murals. The complex of five caves dates from the 1st century BCE, but … Continue reading

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Sigiriya: The Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, in the center of Sri Lanka, is known for its rock fortress with fresco paintings. It was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century, but left to monks to be used as a Buddhist monastery for 900 years … Continue reading

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