Generally speaking, temples, ruins, and other architectural attractions don’t really peak my interest while I am travelling. Usually, I tend to be drawn towards natural attractions, like mountains, beaches, hiking trails, and so forth.
However, some human heritage sites are just so spectacular and breathtaking in their scale, that they cry out to be explored. The Grand Palace in Bangkok Thailand is one such place. Scores of ornately designed buildings, plotted out in the Buddhist tradition, capture your imagination. The spires, pagodas, and Buddha statues are decorated in brass, gold leaf, and flecks of mirror-like glass, testaments to the wealth and creativity of the Kingdom of Siam.
Storm driven surf batters the coast near Grand Etang, Nova Scotia, Canada
Recently, I’ve seen a number of posts on my home province of Nova Scotia Canada, and I can’t help but add to the buzz surrounding my deeply beautiful yet forgotten about province. While the Canadian Rockies, the BC mountains, and the urban superstars of Central Canada suck up all the attention of travel professionals, Nova Scotia, and her Atlantic siblings – New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, show their subtle yet seductive beauty to the trickle of visitors that cross the imaginary line where many people assume Canada has ended and a no man’s land of nothingness exists.