Visiting Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

29 09 2015

Frankly speaking and it’s not just me but it is more of a consensus that there is not much to see in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei, an Islamic Sultanate surrounded by Malaysia.  However, this, built for Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the father of the present Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, “Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque” is a beautiful and a picturesque building.

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I was pleased that non-Muslims were allowed inside (just so that I could take a look inside) and women and men in the same area.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica & the Saigon Central Post Office

24 09 2015

So three topics in one or shall I just say pics from three different monuments of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Hall

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A nice colonial building

Chairman Ho Chi Minh

Chairman Ho Chi Minh

The space in front of the statue which during the day was empty filled with people towards the end of the day.

The pedestrian space in front of the statue which during the day was empty filled with people at the end of the day.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame Cathedral

And more

Virgin Mary statue in front

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I went on a Sunday and it was closed to the public…??

A couple taking wedding pics

A couple taking wedding pics

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Couldn’t go in. Closed to the public on weekends.

Then comes the Central Post Office

Then comes the Central Post Office

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There he is.

There he is.

 





Christ Church Cathedral

28 05 2015

Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral that was right outside of our apartment window in Dublin which I finally visited on the last day of my stay in the Irish capitol.

View of Christ Church Cathedral from apartment

View of Christ Church Cathedral from apartment

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Came with a cafe.

Came with a cafe.

Coffee in the crypt.

Coffee in the crypt.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

20 05 2015

So the St. Patrick’s Day parade has become somewhat popular in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan in the recent years.  But not many of us know about St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

Even as the largest church in Ireland according to the above link, I found it quite charming and not too intimidating, perhaps because of the “Swift” reference who we all know even in Japan as being the author of the so-called Gulliver’s Travels.

Some scenes from the cathedral.

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The cathedral choir was practicing when I visited and they were very good with a highly enthusiastic priest director.





Beautiful Tiles of Morocco – Fes

7 01 2011

A riad-turned-hotel where we stayed in Fes.

Doors to the Royal Palace, Dar el-Markhzen.

One of the most famous but new gates to the Medina of Fes, Bab Boujeloud, blue on the outside and green on the inside.

Tiles on a side wall of a huge key-hole shaped door and a beautiful water fountain, Fontaine Nejjarine, in the medina.

Details of the wall inside Attarine Medersa – a student’s dorm in a Koranic school attached to the Kairaouine Mosque next door built in the 14th century.

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Tiled floor of a carpet shop in the medina.








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