What lured me to Bellavista wasn’t its night life but rather, its street art. Every available space, it seemed, was covered in graffiti.
I went digging through my old photographs from Tunisia and, well, it’s still as hauntingly beautiful.
The month of June is the beginning of the rain season for the Dominican Republic. But situated in the Caribbean, its temperatures doesn’t fall by much.
Perhaps it’s the heat and the humidity. Or maybe it’s the spirited beat of the Merengue. Or it could even be the talk of fresh cigars being rolled against the thighs of young Dominican women. Whatever the truth, Santo Domingo has a distinct Latino flavour and the air is rich with it.
It was there, on that mapless exploration along a mud trail outside the town wall, that I encountered the most beautiful view of medieval Tuscany.
It’s almost magical.
It’s easy to picture it; a small historical town surrounded by endless fields of lavender and their intoxicating fragrance. The lilac buds, swaying left and right in the warm, gentle breeze under the enduring mid-afternoon sun.
When you’re on the road, you’re never getting the full experience of a destination. It’s only when you get back and reflect on your trip that you get a whole different picture. Grafitti has been like that for me.
Rather than being daunted, I sought out some free apps that helped me navigate the city like a local. Incidentally many of these apps are also great for navigating other Chinese cities too.
As you travel towards the upper reaches of the Egyptian Nile, nearing to Aswan, you begin to see feluccas floating down stream.
Philae Temple, accessible by boat only, was the last temple on my Nile journey and perhaps the most modernised for tourists.