The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland is a fascinating place to see what can happen to a mine after it has closed. Miners from its rock salt era carved out depictions of their everyday lives there. From a giant underground cathedral to day to day workers pulling carts.
This photograph was taken at the chapel of bones in Evora Portugal. Here hundreds of monks bones were used to build the inner walls of the church as a reminder to the monks that physical life will one day end.
How old are you going to be when you retire? This man is past retirement age, but still for 24 hours a day, he guards a small tower overlooking the Ganges. It’s his home, he lives in a small hut beside it. Loyal, dedicated, a different life.
The cow is sacred in India, as is the most sacred river in all of India. It’s not unusual to see people bathing their cows in the Ganges in the morning and at night. To have the life of a cow in India, is pretty relaxing at times!
One of the more striking things about traveling in Tibet is how the people look. In many countries we travel “local” people are often dresses in modern clothes. Even in far off mountains you might see a great scene, only to see a corporate brand emblazoned across a tshirt.
The one place you don’t, is Tibet. Even with a mass producing cheap clothes country like China, Tibetans in the countryside are still dressed in thick, woolen clothes. Almost as if from another age, this Tibetan boy shows the red cheeks people from this region are known for. A thick peaked hat, and a heavy coat.
The sun is shining, but the wind is cold. Clothes like this are purely for practical reasons.
It’s like another world. A snapshot taken from a movie set. But, Patan is a living and breathing city in Nepal. Not all of the rooftops look like this, but this is a prime example of what should be protected and preserved today.
A living and breathing historical city accessible to all.