[Incredible India] #3 – Travel with me to Kerala backwaters [不可思议的印度] 在喀拉拉邦的回水泛舟体验

Do you remember the trip to Varanasi the other day? This time I will take you to Kerala’s backwaters. If you think Varanasi is too crazy for you, then Kerala would be a great destination. Kerala is an Indian state in South India on the Malabar Coast, to the South of Goa. Kerala seems to me like it could belong in Southeast Asia, instead of the India we used to hear.

For many travelers, Kerala backwaters is the most serene and relaxing experience ever. Backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 km of canals both man-made and natural. Every year during the monsoon season, the paddy fields with lagoon, lake and rivers extends to the sea, meanwhile the high water in the river rushes into the sea as well. You can never tell if the water is from the sea of from the river because they all merge and join together, at the same time, they are all separating. I really enjoyed the ride along the deep green stagnant water.

还记得几天前我写了一篇关于瓦拉纳西的旅行吗?今天我们去南印度的喀拉拉邦体验回水泛舟吧。如果你觉得瓦拉纳西真是个太疯狂不能接受的地方,那么你一定会喜欢喀拉拉邦。喀拉拉邦地处南印度的阿拉伯海岸,在果阿的南部。对我来说,喀拉拉更像是东南亚的某个海边,而并非我们熟知的那个印度。

对于很多旅行者来说,喀拉拉的回水泛舟是最能舒缓放松心灵的经历。为什么叫回水呢?因为科钦附近的河流很多与海岸线平行,宽窄不一的水道,河水与海水彼此相望。而每年季风季节到来时,海水灌入河内,同时河水暴涨也会奔海而去注入海里。河水和海水汇为一体,再也分不清谁是谁。在此中泛舟,吹吹海风,很是惬意。 Continue reading [Incredible India] #3 – Travel with me to Kerala backwaters [不可思议的印度] 在喀拉拉邦的回水泛舟体验

Morocco’s crazy market – Jemaa el-Fnaa, day and night 摩洛哥的一千零一夜。

Today I bring you to one of the coolest market in the world – Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakech. It’s one of the craziest places in the world. There’re lots going on, vendors, food stall holders, entertainers, monkeys, story tellers, dancers. I somehow got the illusion that some kinds of Arabian 1001 night stories are going to happen here.

德吉玛在摩洛哥的马拉喀什市。德吉玛是个很有意思是的广场,尤其在晚上,当一个个夜市摊开始营业以后。这是我见过最疯狂的市场。非常喧嚣热闹数不清的夜市摊,招揽你进去的小贩,还有一些耍猴耍蛇的艺人,讲故事算命的半仙,舞者,加上烧烤摊的烟雾弥漫……顿时有一种幻觉,好像身在一千零一个的故事而每个角落仿佛下一秒都会有故事发生。

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Impressive blue Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco. 摩洛哥的蓝色花园。 FridayBlue – Colorchallenge

I bring you today to Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful garden with an impressive shade of blue. The garden is a bit outside the busy center of Marrakech. It’s like a oasis in the pink city of Marrakech. Here you can see so many different colors, all of high saturation. Especially this delightful shade of blue, which makes me feel tranquil immediately. Designer YSL bought this garden and after he passed away it is now open to public. They said this kind blue is YSL blue, I love the color even though I’m not that familiar with YSL’s fashion.

今天我要带你们去看看摩洛哥马拉喀什市的马若雷勒花园。花园的主色调是一种很美丽的蓝色调。花园坐落在市郊,离马拉喀什喧嚣的市中心有一段距离。她就像是绿洲一样的存在,对于马拉喀什这座离沙漠不远的粉红城市。相比马拉喀什粉灰的色调, 马若雷勒花园则是大胆运用各种饱和度很高的颜色,我最喜欢的还是花园的主色调蓝色。设计师YSL曾经买下了这个花园作为私家花园,他过世以后这个花园开始向公共开放。据说这种蓝色是YSL先生喜欢运用的蓝色,我对时尚不那么理解,但是真的单纯觉得这个蓝色很美。

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Trip to Kinderdijk Windmill village in the Nederlands 荷兰小孩堤坝风车村之旅

I went to Kinderdijk in the Nederlands the other day when my friend from China came to visit. It’s a village close to Rotterdam. There are many lovely windmills in the area. I live in Flanders for a couple of years already, but strangely I haven’t explored this famous windmill village. Thanks to my friend’s visit, I finally got the chance to visit this place. It was actually easy for us to get there. First we took a train to Dordrecht from Belgium, then a direct bus to Kinderdijk. I guess sometimes we are lazy to explore the nearby area, thinking it’s nothing special but actually it can be as nice as more remote places.

We had a great day there. First we took a boat tour around the area and got to see many details of the classical windmills. The weather was great. We really enjoyed the boat tour, the personnel on the boat was super friendly, he was surprised that I can speak Dutch. He told me that they worked as volunteers here and told us if we want, can stay in the boat doing a few more circles around the area for free.

国内的朋友来找我玩的时候,我们去了鹿特丹附近的小孩堤坝,小孩堤坝是荷兰一个很有名的村庄。大家都知道荷兰队风车很有名,在这个区域有很多的风车。奇怪的是我在比利时的弗兰德斯住了好多年,喜欢旅游的我居然从来没有去过这个名声在外的小孩堤坝风车村。多亏朋友来找我玩,才兴起想去逛逛。从我这里过去很容易,首先搭火车去荷兰南部的城市多德雷赫特,然后从那里有直达公车到风车村。很多人应该跟我一样,不屑于探索周边有意思的地方,总觉得没什么特别的,但其实并不是一定要去很远的地方才能看到美景。

我们玩得挺开心,这个区域很安静,除了一些古老的风车,还有很多绿地。首先我们坐小船游了一圈,船员非常友好,他很惊奇我会说荷兰语。他告诉这里很多的工作人员都是志愿者,我们如果玩的开心可以继续待在再游几圈。想待多久都可以。 Continue reading Trip to Kinderdijk Windmill village in the Nederlands 荷兰小孩堤坝风车村之旅