Prague Diaries: All In A Day's Walk

Prague is definitely a city to discover on foot. There are so many details to focus your attention on, and if you are the type like me who prefers to walk off the beaten track, then you will find yourself surrounded by the most charming company. 

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Prague Diaries: Down By The River

There are few cities in Europe that inspire so much visual poetry like Prague. Take your pick, and choose to focus on the historical buildings or the sensational views of and along the Vltava River. 

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Twinkle, Twinkle, City Light

f I had my way, I would spend my days in a helicopter flying over different cities to capture the skylines. Failing that, I had to content myself with either being on top of very high buildings, or at the foot of the same. Drones are not within my technological scope, and let's be honest, that takes all the fun out of the experience. 

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Living Antiquity: Umbria (2)

Like the other Umbrian places, however, the old part of Perugia is a living dream of interwoven alleys, staircases, balconies, archways and windows. It doesn't really matter whether you know where you are headed to or not, or where you eventually emerge, one simply has to get lost in Perugia.

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Living Antiquity: Umbria (1)

The treasures of Umbria lie deep within stone and the quiet mountains of the region. The villages of the area are old, (and by that I mean dating back to the 9th - 4th centuries BC!)  but ever so charming. Every step taken along the cobbled stones of the ancient alleys is a passage into an antiquity I have trouble wrapping my head around.

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Among the H'Mong

The H’Mong are hill tribals who can be found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, and no matter in which country you happen to encounter them, it will be a special experience.

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Visita Iglesia (Part 3)

So it came to pass that my Visita Iglesia pilgrimage developed a third leg, which is not likely to be the last. This time we ventured into the opposite direction of Metro Manila and into the Cavite area, naturally with my ever-faithful cat Champagne in tow. It’s the perfect training for her, preparation for the long journey ahead.

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Visita Iglesia (Part 2)

When I went to visit the church of Our Lady of Good Voyage in Antipolo last week, I never expected it to turn into a fascinating pilgrimage. On Friday I embarked on the second leg of the pilgrimage in the historic Bulacan area, making my way towards San Jose del Monte, where the renown replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto is. Having been to the original in France, I had a very clear picture in mind as to what I expected to see, or at least hoped to.

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Visita Iglesia (Part I)

One of the many things Filipinos inherited from 400 years of being a Spanish colony was the plethora of Catholic traditions surrounding Lent and Holy Week. I was first exposed to the tradition of Visita Iglesia in Mexico, and found the concept of visiting seven churches on Maundy Thursday evening rather tedious. My parents stood their ground, and we made our rounds whenever possible.

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