Mérida, Mexico

The Most Exuberant of Meridas


Pastimes
Chariot drivers entertain themselves while waiting for passengers.
Mayas
Mayan vendors loaded with handicrafts they try to sell to tourists they meet in Merida.
Agent Mian
Guard on duty in the historic building of the Merida cabildo.
Yucateca Vaqueria
Dance moment of a traditional show held on weekends in Mérida.
The Noche of Mérida
Trânsito skirts the central square of Mérida as the night strengthens over the Yucatan Peninsula.
Merida of All Colors
Bright colonial building against the blue sky of northern Yucatan.
A Blessed Life
Inhabitants of Mérida in front of the city's imposing cathedral.
Cathedral on Laurels
The Cathedral of Mérida overlooking the "forest" of laurels in the central square of Mérida.
good tone colleagues
Musicians rest in the central square of Mérida before entering service.
Mariachi painting
Store owner renews the painting of the mariachi doll at the entrance.
Mobile ice cream shop
Merida resident, next to the ice cream cart that supplies passersby in Plaza de Independencia.
Life under the Arcades
Merida residents walk in the shadow of the many arcades around Plaza de la Independencia.
Merida, colonial city
Limited traffic on one of the streets along the threshold of Plaza de la Independencia.
Framed Cathedral
The Cathedral of Mérida, seen from a cabildo balcony, overlooking the "forest" of laurel trees in the central square of Mérida.
The Garrida Life of Merida
Police and cyclist next to one of the exuberant walls of the city of Mérida.
History of Merida Below
Citizen of Mérida walks down the steps of a colonial building.
Near Night of Merida
Trânsito gives even more color to a street with colonial architecture from Merida.
Motherland Monument II
Indigenous Front of the Mexican Motherland Monument.
Motherland Monument
Taxi skirts one of the most emblematic monuments in Mérida, the Mexican Patria.
walk through history
Passersby pass by under old Mérida windows.
In 25 BC, the Romans founded Emerita Augusta, capital of Lusitania. The Spanish expansion generated three other Méridas in the world. Of the four, the Yucatan capital is the most colorful and lively, resplendent with Hispanic colonial heritage and multi-ethnic life.

Coming from the Caribbean Sea, the cold front that had visited that strange Mexican bulge was beginning to give way.

The owner of a souvenirs shop located in the Plaza Grande knew well that, when the sun began to peek through patches of azure blue, it would soon claim its tropical domain.

In agreement, not satisfied with some signs of premature aging of the mariachi doll at the door of his business, he armed himself with small paint cans and brushes and retouched it back to perfection.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, mariachi painting

Store owner renews the painting of the mariachi doll at the entrance.

Generated and rooted in the Midwest of the country, the tradition of the mariachi doll has little or nothing to do with Mérida or the isolated Yucatan Peninsula in general, apart from, in official terms, we are also in Mexico.

Cancun and the Riviera Maya it is a mere four hours by road.

Most of the gringos who land at their airports and on the lounge chairs of countless resorts do not know enough about Mexico to detect the incongruity.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, musicians

Musicians rest in the central square of Mérida before entering service.

Few people leave the plastic bathing refinement of Yucatecan Caribbean hotels and resorts determined to reach as far as Merida.

As a rule, the limit of their exploration of the interior of the Yucatan lies in the famous archaeological complex of Chichén Itzá, former political and economic center of the Mayan civilization, one of the various indigenous ethnic groups that make up the Mexican nation.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Motherland Monument

Taxi skirts one of the most emblematic monuments in Mérida, the Mexican Patria.

Like Chichén Itzá, the place where Mérida sprawls today was already an important Mayan city centuries before the arrival of the Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo y León (El Mozo) and his men.

The Overlap of the Spanish Conquistadors on the Indigenous People

It was in 1542 that they conquered T'Hó, a village full of pyramids from which the settlers removed the stones carefully carved by the natives and built their own buildings with them.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Motherland Monument

Indigenous Front of the Mexican Motherland Monument.

Some historians consider Mexican Mérida to be the city in the Americas that has been occupied the longest continuously, for many more years than the namesake town in neighboring Venezuela, and there are many more than the Philippines.

Concerned about the frequent revolts of the Mayan Indians, peninsular and mestizo residents kept the walled Mérida of the Yucatan peninsula.

Limestone walls, defenders, and epidemics of smallpox and others brought in from the Old World annihilated the natives' pretensions of reconquest.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Cabildo and traffic

Trânsito skirts the central square of Mérida as the night strengthens over the Yucatan Peninsula.

Many of the colonial buildings erected until the XNUMXth century remain intact in the historic centre, around the leafy and rectangular park of Plaza Grande.

In rush hour, too infernal for the charm of this cientros deserved it, a traffic full of noisy old Volkswagen Beetles, skirts it.

At the peak of the heat, only a few vehicles travel through it.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, colonial architecture

Limited traffic on one of the streets along the threshold of Plaza de la Independencia.

The Mayan Presence and Life in the Colonial City of Merida

"Lords, by chance hammocks? “asks a Mayan woman, of very short stature – like almost all of them – who wears a white dress with embroidered borders, in the shade of a centuries-old tree and in the company of some mestizo residents.

We scanned its multicolored pile of tangled hammocks. The product does not seduce us. The seller bets on delaying the sale: "Maybe later?"

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Cabildo, Mayan sellers

Mayan vendors loaded with handicrafts they try to sell to tourists they meet in Merida.

Like its Spanish counterparts, Venezuelan and Filipino, this Mérida has a strong Hispanic origins, but after the historic clashes, no other large Mexican city today hosts so many Mayan inhabitants as the capital of the state of Yucatan (about 60% of its population).

It is clear that, as a result of the long supremacy of the colonists, the businesses established in the main buildings of the city are handed over to the criollos (inhabitants already born in Mexico but with Hispanic descent).

Most of the Mayan women are left with a few stalls in the huge local market or patrol the tourist spots of the city with an eye on the authorities who do not always forgive them the fines owed for the illegality of street sales.

The Monumental Town Hall of Mérida and the Unobscured View from its Balconies

These and other laws emanate from the council, installed in another elegant secular building supported by vaulted arcades and from which a supreme clock tower projects.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, arcade

Merida residents walk in the shadow of the many arcades around Plaza de la Independencia.

We step out of the shade of the garden, cross a yellow walkway and climb an interior staircase that reveals several rooms with sumptuous antique decorations.

No one questions our incursion, which is why we only stopped on the parapet of the building's long balcony.

From there, we enjoyed the Plaza de la Independencia (official name of Plaza Grande).

We see it above the roof formed by the crowns of large laurel trees, pierced by the Mexican flag at its centre, by the pediment and towers of the Cathedral and the tops of other buildings almost as lofty.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Cathedral

The Cathedral of Mérida overlooking the “forest” of laurels in the central square of Mérida.

As we do so, a troupe in artistic robes crosses the same walkway we had crossed and climbs up to the cabildo.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Walk through History

Passersby pass by under old Mérida windows.

The Meridian Pride of Police Officer J. Mian

Before returning to the earthly reality of the city, police officer J. Mian appears from inside the building with the mission of controlling the legitimacy of the unexpected gathering.

Talk, talk, we ended up including him in our own photo shoot.

The cameras not only don't intimidate or worry him – something rare when it comes to an arm of the law – they also make him visibly proud, posing with his arms behind his back and his features set.

“To see, to see….” he begs us to be able to peek at the small monitor with the avidity of a narcissus in uniform and beside himself. ”Very goodbye, goodbye, i'm the agent Mian. "

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, agent Mian

Guard on duty in the historic building of the Merida cabildo.

Merida's Commercial Bustle and a Providential Gastronomic Center

At a certain point, the sun was at its peak, the heat and humidity intensified and aggravated the resident pollution in the streets clogged by sellers of everything.

We went through a succession of shoe stores and clothing stores, legacies far from the economic bonanza of the 80s and 90s, when countless maquiladoras (textile factories) in the area produced and sold, with huge profits, a panoply of garments.

We walk around several stores full of Chinese trinkets and the façade of Lucas de Galvez Municipal Market.

Afterwards, we went up a staircase and, at the back, we came across an intermediate terrace occupied by the unavoidable eaters (small restaurants) that almost always complement the markets. That's what we were looking for.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, staircase

Citizen of Mérida walks down the steps of a colonial building.

In a flash, nine or ten small restaurant owners started a frantic scramble for our attention and Mexican pesos, and forced us to pick the eight or nine we would reject. We didn't have the patience or even the energy to compare menus.

On one of the walls, a panel with a pyramid and other Mayan motifs painted in time-stained kitsch advertised Carmita La Mesticita's business!

That's where we sit, instigated by the softness of the owner's appeal: “Welcome seños. What can they serve?” and savor an invigorating traditional mestizo lunch, while we wait for the heat to kick in.

A taxi driver who makes conversation with us is interested in food and health. He testifies without any fear that traditional Yucatecan meals are halfway to a long life: “as long as you don't eat the crap that the gringos brought here, you have everything to live long and well.

My father is already 90 years old. My mother is 80. And two of my grandparents are alive at over 100.”

You will be quite right.

The Great Cathedral of Mérida and the Mestizo Life of Mérida around

At dusk, we walked towards Praça de Santa Lucia, a stage for musical and dance shows that we didn't want to miss.

On the way, we took a closer look at the Cathedral of Mérida.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Cathedral

Inhabitants of Mérida in front of the city's imposing cathedral.

To the right of its south door, there is a painting by Tutul Xiú, a Mayan chief allied with Francisco de Montejo. Together, Montejo and Xiú defeated the Cocomes Maya.

Then Xiú converted to Christianity.

His descendants still live in Merida.

On the opposite side of the street, we see another scene worthy of the times of the lords and their vassals, albeit set in our days.

The owner of a small fleet of calluses tourist talks on a cell phone lying on the bench of one of them.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, calesa

Chariot drivers entertain themselves while waiting for passengers.

Five drivers and assistants, all alike under cowboy hats, make him an obvious subordinate company sitting in the rest of the seats and around.

They wait for instructions or for passengers who are late in arriving and smile with delight when we are obsessed with the picturesque scene.

Vaqueria Yucateca

We continue to move away from Plaza Grande towards Santa Lucia, among more and more facades of large stately homes adapted to museums, state or private institutions or elegant businesses.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, colonial building

Bright colonial building against the blue sky of northern Yucatan.

When we arrived, we noticed the laxity of Mexican punctuality.

We see no sign of the show that was supposed to be about to start. A street vendor even installs a snack stand.

Two young brothers hand us handcraft bracelets and spoons. Shortly after, the technicians in charge of tuning the sound and the first fans of the dairy farm Yucateca – that's what the regular exhibition is called – determined to get a front row seat.

After an hour, the audience is composed.

An octogenarian presenter but in great shape appears in typical costume, in a guayabera, white Yucatecan pants and espadrilles.

Inaugurates the show and a series of jokes between each performance that, popularuchas and truly sexist, provoke hysterical laughter among the female audience. "The women are like the yerbabuena. Arriba tienen la yerba and lower la cosa good”…

The Argentine artists with whom we had met in the cabildo and in the streets of the city stand out with great prominence. In between, there is poetry declamation.

Before the closing, there are events that the spectators are more than fed up with watching but that they still prefer.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mérida City, Mexico, Cabildo, Vaqueria yucateca

Dance moment of a traditional show held on weekends in Mérida.

We get to know the fast-paced and diversified regional folklore of the state of Yucatan, which has come to be called dairy farm yucateca.

Fashion that originated in the popular parties that the great cattle raisers of those parts of the Americas organized, especially before the ironworks of the animals.

A task that involved an enormous effort. He deserved a worthy reward.

Campeche, Mexico

200 Years of Playing with Luck

At the end of the XNUMXth century, the peasants surrendered to a game introduced to cool the fever of cash cards. Today, played almost only for Abuelites, a lottery little more than a fun place.
Izamal, Mexico

The Holy, Yellow and Beautiful Mexican City

Until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, Izamal was a center of worship for the supreme Mayan god Itzamná and Kinich Kakmó, the one of the sun. Gradually, the invaders razed the various pyramids of the natives. In its place, they built a large Franciscan convent and a prolific colonial houses, with the same solar tone in which the now Catholic city shines.
Yucatan, Mexico

The Sidereal Murphy's Law That Doomed the Dinosaurs

Scientists studying the crater caused by a meteorite impact 66 million years ago have come to a sweeping conclusion: it happened exactly over a section of the 13% of the Earth's surface susceptible to such devastation. It is a threshold zone on the Mexican Yucatan peninsula that a whim of the evolution of species allowed us to visit.
Mérida, Venezuela

Merida to Los Nevados: in the Andean Ends of Venezuela

In the 40s and 50s, Venezuela attracted 400 Portuguese but only half stayed in Caracas. In Mérida, we find places more similar to the origins and the eccentric ice cream parlor of an immigrant portista.
Mérida, Venezuela

The Vertiginous Renovation of the World's Highest Cable Car

Underway from 2010, the rebuilding of the Mérida cable car was carried out in the Sierra Nevada by intrepid workers who suffered firsthand the magnitude of the work.
Pueblos del Sur, Venezuela

The Pueblos del Sur Locainas, Their Dances and Co.

From the beginning of the XNUMXth century, with Hispanic settlers and, more recently, with Portuguese emigrants, customs and traditions well known in the Iberian Peninsula and, in particular, in northern Portugal, were consolidated in the Pueblos del Sur.
San Cristóbal de las Casas a Campeche, Mexico

A Relay of Faith

The Catholic equivalent of Our Lady of Fátima, Our Lady of Guadalupe moves and moves Mexico. Its faithful cross the country's roads, determined to bring the proof of their faith to the patroness of the Americas.
Campeche, Mexico

Campeche Upon Can Pech

As was the case throughout Mexico, the conquerors arrived, saw and won. Can Pech, the Mayan village, had almost 40 inhabitants, palaces, pyramids and an exuberant urban architecture, but in 1540 there were less than 6 natives. Over the ruins, the Spaniards built Campeche, one of the most imposing colonial cities in the Americas.
Overall, Mexico

The Most Caribbean of the Mayan Ruins

Built by the sea as an exceptional outpost decisive for the prosperity of the Mayan nation, Tulum was one of its last cities to succumb to Hispanic occupation. At the end of the XNUMXth century, its inhabitants abandoned it to time and to an impeccable coastline of the Yucatan peninsula.
Cobá to Pac Chen, Mexico

From the Ruins to the Mayan Homes

On the Yucatan Peninsula, the history of the second largest indigenous Mexican people is intertwined with their daily lives and merges with modernity. In Cobá, we went from the top of one of its ancient pyramids to the heart of a village of our times.
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico

The Home Sweet Home of Mexican Social Conscience

Mayan, mestizo and Hispanic, Zapatista and tourist, country and cosmopolitan, San Cristobal has no hands to measure. In it, Mexican and expatriate backpacker visitors and political activists share a common ideological demand.

Mexico City, Mexico

mexican soul

With more than 20 million inhabitants in a vast metropolitan area, this megalopolis marks, from its heart of zócalo, the spiritual pulse of a nation that has always been vulnerable and dramatic.

Campeche, Mexico

A Bingo so playful that you play with puppets

On Friday nights, a group of ladies occupy tables at Independencia Park and bet on trifles. The tiniest prizes come out to them in combinations of cats, hearts, comets, maracas and other icons.
Champoton, Mexico

Rodeo Under Sombreros

Champoton, in Campeche, hosts a fair honored by the Virgén de La Concepción. O rodeo Mexican under local sombreros reveals the elegance and skill of the region's cowboys.
Yucatan, Mexico

The End of the End of the World

The announced day passed but the End of the World insisted on not arriving. In Central America, today's Mayans watched and put up with incredulity all the hysteria surrounding their calendar.
Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico

The Mayan Capital That Piled It Up To Collapse

The term Uxmal means built three times. In the long pre-Hispanic era of dispute in the Mayan world, the city had its heyday, corresponding to the top of the Pyramid of the Diviner at its heart. It will have been abandoned before the Spanish Conquest of the Yucatan. Its ruins are among the most intact on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon), Chihuahua, Mexico

The Deep Mexico of the Barrancas del Cobre

Without warning, the Chihuahua highlands give way to endless ravines. Sixty million geological years have furrowed them and made them inhospitable. The Rarámuri indigenous people continue to call them home.
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

The Sierra Madre Occidental's relief turned the dream into a construction nightmare that lasted six decades. In 1961, at last, the prodigious Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad was opened. Its 643km cross some of the most dramatic scenery in Mexico.
chihuahua, Mexico

¡Ay Chihuahua !

Mexicans have adapted this expression as one of their favorite manifestations of surprise. While we wander through the capital of the homonymous state of the Northwest, we often exclaim it.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

On the Edge of the Cenote, at the Heart of the Mayan Civilization

Between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries AD, Chichen Itza stood out as the most important city in the Yucatan Peninsula and the vast Mayan Empire. If the Spanish Conquest precipitated its decline and abandonment, modern history has consecrated its ruins a World Heritage Site and a Wonder of the World.
Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Wildlife, lions
Safari
NP Gorongosa, Mozambique

The Wild Heart of Mozambique shows Signs of Life

Gorongosa was home to one of the most exuberant ecosystems in Africa, but from 1980 to 1992 it succumbed to the Civil War waged between FRELIMO and RENAMO. Greg Carr, Voice Mail's millionaire inventor received a message from the Mozambican ambassador to the UN challenging him to support Mozambique. For the good of the country and humanity, Carr pledged to resurrect the stunning national park that the Portuguese colonial government had created there.
Hikers on the Ice Lake Trail, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 7th - Braga - Ice Lake, Nepal

Annapurna Circuit – The Painful Acclimatization of the Ice Lake

On the way up to the Ghyaru village, we had a first and unexpected show of how ecstatic the Annapurna Circuit can be tasted. Nine kilometers later, in Braga, due to the need to acclimatize, we climbed from 3.470m from Braga to 4.600m from Lake Kicho Tal. We only felt some expected tiredness and the increase in the wonder of the Annapurna Mountains.
Colonial Church of San Francisco de Assis, Taos, New Mexico, USA
Architecture & Design
Taos, USA

North America Ancestor of Taos

Traveling through New Mexico, we were dazzled by the two versions of Taos, that of the indigenous adobe hamlet of Taos Pueblo, one of the towns of the USA inhabited for longer and continuously. And that of Taos city that the Spanish conquerors bequeathed to the Mexico: Mexico gave in to United States and that a creative community of native descendants and migrated artists enhance and continue to praise.
Full Dog Mushing
Adventure
Seward, Alaska

The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer

It's almost 30 degrees and the glaciers are melting. In Alaska, entrepreneurs have little time to get rich. Until the end of August, dog mushing cannot stop.
The Crucifixion in Helsinki
Ceremonies and Festivities
Helsinki, Finland

A Frigid-Scholarly Via Crucis

When Holy Week arrives, Helsinki shows its belief. Despite the freezing cold, little dressed actors star in a sophisticated re-enactment of Via Crucis through streets full of spectators.
Mdina, Malta, Silent City, architecture
Cities
Mdina, Malta

The Silent and Remarkable City of Malta

Mdina was Malta's capital until 1530. Even after the Knights Hospitaller demoted it, it was attacked and fortified accordingly. Today, it's the coastal and overlooking Valletta that drives the island's destinies. Mdina has the tranquility of its monumentality.
young saleswoman, nation, bread, uzbekistan
Meal
Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, The Nation That Does Not Lack Bread

Few countries employ cereals like Uzbekistan. In this republic of Central Asia, bread plays a vital and social role. The Uzbeks produce it and consume it with devotion and in abundance.
Pitões das Junias, Montalegre, Portugal
Culture
Montalegre, Portugal

Through Alto do Barroso, Top of Trás-os-Montes

we moved from Terras de Bouro for those of Barroso. Based in Montalegre, we wander around the discovery of Paredes do Rio, Tourém, Pitões das Júnias and its monastery, stunning villages on the border of Portugal. If it is true that Barroso has had more inhabitants, visitors should not miss it.
combat arbiter, cockfighting, philippines
Sport
Philippines

When Only Cock Fights Wake Up the Philippines

Banned in much of the First World, cockfighting thrives in the Philippines where they move millions of people and pesos. Despite its eternal problems, it is the sabong that most stimulates the nation.
Gyantse, Kumbum temple
Traveling
Lhasa a Gyantse, Tibet

Gyantse, through the Heights of Tibet

The final target is the Tibetan Everest Base Camp. On this first route, starting from Lhasa, we pass by the sacred lake of Yamdrok (4.441m) and the glacier of the Karo gorge (5.020m). In Gyantse, we surrender to the Tibetan-Buddhist splendor of the old citadel.
António do Remanso, Quilombola Marimbus Community, Lençóis, Chapada Diamantina
Ethnic
Sheets of Bahia, Brazil

The Swampy Freedom of Quilombo do Remanso

Runaway slaves have survived for centuries around a wetland in Chapada Diamantina. Today, the quilombo of Remanso is a symbol of their union and resistance, but also of the exclusion to which they were voted.
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Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Portfolio Got2globe

The Best in the World – Got2Globe Portfolio

Vila Velha Paraná, Paraná Tropeirismo Route
History
Vila Velha Park a Castro, Paraná

On the Paraná Tropeirismo Route

Between Ponta Grossa and Castro, we travel in Campos Gerais do Paraná and throughout its history. For the past of the settlers and drovers who put the region on the map. Even that of Dutch immigrants who, in more recent times and, among many others, enriched the ethnic assortment of this Brazilian state.
Bonaire, island, Netherlands Antilles, ABC, Caribbean, Rincon
Islands
Rincon, Bonaire

The Pioneering Corner of the Netherlands Antilles

Shortly after Columbus' arrival in the Americas, the Castilians discovered a Caribbean island they called Brazil. Afraid of the pirate threat, they hid their first village in a valley. One century after, the Dutch took over this island and renamed it Bonaire. They didn't erase the unpretentious name of the trailblazer colony: Rincon.
Correspondence verification
Winter White
Rovaniemi, Finland

From the Finnish Lapland to the Arctic. A Visit to the Land of Santa

Fed up with waiting for the bearded old man to descend down the chimney, we reverse the story. We took advantage of a trip to Finnish Lapland and passed through its furtive home.
On the Crime and Punishment trail, St. Petersburg, Russia, Vladimirskaya
Literature
Saint Petersburg, Russia

On the Trail of "Crime and Punishment"

In St. Petersburg, we cannot resist investigating the inspiration for the base characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky's most famous novel: his own pities and the miseries of certain fellow citizens.
Tombolo and Punta Catedral, Manuel António National Park, Costa Rica
Nature
PN Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Little-Big National Park

The reasons for the under 28 are well known national parks Costa Ricans have become the most popular. The fauna and flora of PN Manuel António proliferate in a tiny and eccentric patch of jungle. As if that wasn't enough, it is limited to four of the best typical beaches.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Autumn
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Semeru (far) and Bromo volcanoes in Java, Indonesia
Natural Parks
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Indonesia

The Volcanic Sea of ​​Java

The gigantic Tengger caldera rises 2000m in the heart of a sandy expanse of east Java. From it project the highest mountain of this Indonesian island, the Semeru, and several other volcanoes. From the fertility and clemency of this sublime as well as Dantesque setting, one of the few Hindu communities that resisted the Muslim predominance around, thrives.
Roça Sundy, Príncipe Island, Theory of Relativity, Lookout
UNESCO World Heritage
Roca Sundy, Príncipe Island, São Tomé and Principe

The Certainty of Relativity

In 1919, Arthur Eddington, a British astrophysicist, chose the Roça Sundy to prove Albert Einstein's famous theory. More than a century later, the island of Príncipe that welcomed him is still among the most stunning places in the Universe.
Earp brothers look-alikes and friend Doc Holliday in Tombstone, USA
Characters
tombstone, USA

Tombstone: the City Too Hard to Die

Silver veins discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century made Tombstone a prosperous and conflictive mining center on the frontier of the United States to Mexico. Lawrence Kasdan, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood directors and actors made famous the Earp brothers and the bloodthirsty duel of “OK Corral”. The Tombstone, which, over time, has claimed so many lives, is about to last.
View of Casa Iguana, Corn islands, pure caribbean, nicaragua
Beaches
Corn Islands - Islas del Maíz , Nicaragua

pure caribbean

Perfect tropical settings and genuine local life are the only luxuries available in the so-called Corn Islands or Corn Islands, an archipelago lost in the Central American confines of the Caribbean Sea.
Rostov Veliky Kremlin, Russia
Religion
Rostov Veliky, Russia

Under the Domes of the Russian Soul

It is one of the oldest and most important medieval cities, founded during the still pagan origins of the nation of the tsars. At the end of the XNUMXth century, incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Moscow, it became an imposing center of orthodox religiosity. Today, only the splendor of kremlin Muscovite trumps the citadel of tranquil and picturesque Rostov Veliky.
Back in the sun. San Francisco Cable Cars, Life Ups and Downs
On Rails
San Francisco, USA

San Francisco Cable Cars: A Life of Highs and Lows

A macabre wagon accident inspired the San Francisco cable car saga. Today, these relics work as a charm operation in the city of fog, but they also have their risks.
U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar
Society
u-bein BridgeMyanmar

The Twilight of the Bridge of Life

At 1.2 km, the oldest and longest wooden bridge in the world allows the Burmese of Amarapura to experience Lake Taungthaman. But 160 years after its construction, U Bein is in its twilight.
Saksun, Faroe Islands, Streymoy, warning
Daily life
Saksun, streymoyFaroe Islands

The Faroese Village That Doesn't Want to be Disneyland

Saksun is one of several stunning small villages in the Faroe Islands that more and more outsiders visit. It is distinguished by the aversion to tourists of its main rural owner, author of repeated antipathies and attacks against the invaders of his land.
Asian buffalo herd, Maguri Beel, Assam, India
Wildlife
Maguri Bill, India

A Wetland in the Far East of India

The Maguri Bill occupies an amphibious area in the Assamese vicinity of the river Brahmaputra. It is praised as an incredible habitat especially for birds. When we navigate it in gondola mode, we are faced with much (but much) more life than just the asada.
Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.