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Lhasa, Tibet - 5th October 2015

By: goomymia


The bus in Lhasa looks exactly the same as in Beijing, except they use both Chinese and Tibatan to give the information of next stop.
We were just going to explore a little bit of the old town, surprisely found that the Exquisite Exhibition of the Second China Thangka was hold in a historic yard!!! :cyclops:

Fancy the lovely tea house which is located in an old temple, have a cup of sweet buttered tea and enjoy your fresh day. ;)


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A thangka, variously spelt as tangka, thanka or tanka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front. So treated, thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. Most thankas are relatively small, comparable in size to a Western half-length portrait, but some are extremely large, several metres in each dimension; these were designed to be displayed, typically for very brief periods on a monastery wall, as part of religious festivals. Most thankas were intended for personal meditation or instruction of monastic students. They often have elaborate compositions including many very small figures. A central "deity" is often surrounded by other identified figures in a symmetrical composition. Narrative scenes are less common, but do appear.

Thangka serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. One subject is The Wheel of Life (Bhavachakra), which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment). The term may sometimes be used of works in other media than painting, including reliefs in metal and woodblock prints. Today printed reproductions at poster size of painted thangka are commonly used for devotional as well as decorative purposes. Many thangka were produced in sets, though they have often subsequently become separated.

Thangka perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment. The Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner uses a thanga image of their yidam, or meditation deity, as a guide, by visualizing "themselves as being that deity, thereby internalizing the Buddha qualities" Thangkas hang on or beside altars, and may be hung in the bedrooms or offices of monks and other devotees.





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* Posted Oct 27, 2015, 7:54 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Olympic Park, Beijing, China - 24th October 2015

By: goomymia


We went to the Olympic Park today! I didn't feel very good at the beginning because the weather was gloomy :(
BUT WE HAD A TOPNOTCH DINNER!!! I become a big fan of Hong Kong food in the end..:cyclops:
       

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* Posted Oct 25, 2015, 2:52 am Last edited Oct 25, 2015, 3:09 am by goomymia [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Yuyuan Pond, Beijing, China - 29th October 2015

By: goomymia


We found that the moon was really bright and clear last night, so we planned a tiny small walking trip along the river in this afternoon, ummm actually during the lunch break.

Look how blue the sky was!!! :)
Passing through the gate of Mia's work place, we saw the Military Museum, went on to the cross roads on the west, the not that tall architecture is the old CCTV building, most people might know the new one which is located in CBD, also well-known for its pants-shape appearence. Followed by the Chinese Century Altar, a photo exhibition was held inside. Oh that was Vivisn Maier...
We finally arrived to the river bank, the river itself looks bluer because of the sky. Mia said the metal bridge reminded her of Tyne Bridge, do you think they look similar?

The under the bridge picture was under the 3rd ring road of Beijing;)



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* Posted Oct 29, 2015, 7:27 am Last edited Oct 29, 2015, 8:25 am by goomymia [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


near Bamberg, Germany - 26th May 2016

By: beelicious

Hi,

we made a little trip with the car near the city of Bamberg.

Beautiful poppies
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View over Bamberg
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Bye,
Kevin

* Posted May 27, 2016, 1:25 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany - 3rd July 2016

By: beelicious

Hi Mom!

Today I was in Baden-Wurttemberg.

This is monster „Colmberg“ in Schwaebisch Hall.
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Castle in Kirchberg a.d. Jagst
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Greetings,
Kevin

* Posted Jul 9, 2016, 1:58 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Luson, Italy - 23rd September 2016

By: beelicious

Finally the time has come!

We made a trip for 4 days to South-Tyrol in Italy!

This is our hotel „Bergschloessel“ in Luson near the city of Bressanone.
It’s a little village in the UNESCO World Heritage from the Dolomites.
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Our room is under the roof. The highest room in the hotel.
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Our room.
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It’s not really an oven. It’s an oven with a remote control. But it’s crackles!
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Bathroom with a big whirlpool.
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View into the valley. I love it!
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The pool. Host mum said, it’s cold water but the view is fantastic.
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The inside pool with warm water.
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* Posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:39 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bozen, Italy - 24th September 2016

By: beelicious



Today we made a little trip to the capital city of South-Tyrol.

A fontaine with a lots of frogs. Unfortunately is no water in it…
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The theatre.
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Park
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* Posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:42 pm Last edited Oct 8, 2016, 12:42 pm by beelicious [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Dolomites, Italy - 25th September 2016

By: beelicious

Today we made a trip into the Dolomites.

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* Posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:45 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Luson, Italy - 26th September 2016

By: beelicious

It’s time to say goodbye…
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But before we drive to the highway I saw this wonderful „Mele“ (italian for „apple“). The color is so amazing!
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I had a lot of fun the last 3 days!
I hope you like it too!

Bye,
Kevin


* Posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:46 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hassberge, Germany - 22nd January 2017

By: beelicious

Hello Mom!

Now it's winter in Germany!
Here is a little bit of snow.
It looks wonderful!

I was on the former border of Germany.
The border was open on the 2.December 1989.
The tower "Bayernturm" (bavaria tower).
He was an observation tower on the former border between BRD and GDR.


Big hug,
Kevin

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* Posted Jan 22, 2017, 3:14 pm Last edited Jan 22, 2017, 3:25 pm by beelicious [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Upper Frankonia, Germany - 3rd March 2017

By: beelicious

Hello!

Today we make a little tour to Upper Frankonia.

First I was in a little city called „Kulmbach“.
The castle is the „Plassenburg“.
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View over Kulmbach.
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Coffeebreak  :D!
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View over the „Fichtelgebirge“. Look! There’s a little bit of snow!
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This is „Waldstein“ with huge stones.
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For dinner we were in the „Bistro“ by a famous German chef named Alexander Herrmann in a little village called Wirsberg.
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It was a wonderful day!

Bye,
Kevin

* Posted Mar 7, 2017, 11:55 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bayreuth, Germany - 12th August 2017

By: beelicious



Today I go to the opera!

We have tickets for the Wagner Festival at Bayreuth!

My host have waited for the tickets 9 years!

The name of the opera is „Tristan“.
The story is about the tragic love about Tristan and Isolde.
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This is the Festival hall.
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View from the balcony.
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Behind this door are our seats.
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The stage.
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The horn section at the balcony at the break. It’s go on!
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It was so wonderful!
But long.
Very long.
6 hours.

Now I’m tired :-)!

Many greetings,
Kevin Kiwi

* Posted Aug 14, 2017, 10:55 am Last edited Aug 14, 2017, 10:55 am by beelicious [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Eder-Stausee, Germany - 1st November 2017

By: beelicious

I made with my host a little trip to the Eder-reservoir.


The dam wall is 400 m long and 48 m high.


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The autumn forest is very beautiful!

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Bye,
Kevin

* Posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:05 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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