The Thames, London

This is a view up the Thames river towards the Palace of Westminster, on a typically gray afternoon. There is evidence of settlements along the Thames dating to the Neolithic period, although by the time of the Victorians, it was so polluted that sittings at Westminster had to be abandoned due to the ‘Great Stink’. Here is … More The Thames, London

Northern Thailand

This is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, just outside Chiang Mai, said to have been founded in 1368 after King Nu Naone placed a relic on the back of a white elephant which ran up the hill at Doi Suthep, trumpeted three times and died. Some other temples near Chiang Mai: Scenery near Chiang Mai:

Wat Sri Chum

Wat Sri Chum, which means “temple of the bodhi tree”, was built in the late 13th century. It features a large Buddha  known as Phra Acana, which means ‘one who is not frightened’ or ‘unperturbed’. Legend has it that an invading Burmese army fled at the sight of the image:

Wat Mahathat

Sukhothai, which means “dawn of happiness”, was the seat of a kingdom from 1238 until 1438. The ruins of the capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site, lie in a beautifully well-preserved and maintained park just outside the modern city. The largest and most impressive temple in the park is Wat Mahathat founded between 1292 and 1347 as … More Wat Mahathat