Candi Prambanan, c. 9th century, Central Java.
I’ve been standing still for far too long, even as I’ve been travelling more than I’ve ever travelled before in a single year.
But travelling for work is not quite the same as travel for travel’s sake.
I’ve been virtually reliving past travel through my ongoing series, The Grand Tour of the Port and Imperial Cities of the Subcontinent – yes folks, I completed travel and photoshoots for all but 1 of the 15 cities last February, and I’ve been slow in organising these shoots into posts on Dream Of A City because I’ve simply been too busy, and, ironically, travelling too much.
I really do have to take off soon for real.
Wanderlust is rearing its head.
In the meantime, this is a stopgap of sorts – a virtual reliving of the travel I’ve physically – in most cases anyway – undertaken in recent months.
… a dream of statues and monuments, palaces and gardens, jewels and gowns…
ANGKOR – EXPLORING CAMBODIA’S SACRED CITY. TREASURES FROM THE MUSEE NATIONAL DES ARTS ASIATIQUES-GUIMET. @Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, 8 April – 29 July 2018.
Statue of Brahma, c. 10th century, Koh Ker. ANGKOR – EXPLORING CAMBODIA’S SACRED CITY.
Apsara Dances at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Østre Anlæg Park, Copenhagen
Statue of David (replica), Copenhagen Harbour.
Botanical Garden, Copenhagen.
Jason and the Golden Fleece. Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen.
Frederiksborg Castle (16th c), Denmark.
Chapel (17th c), Frederiksborg Castle.
Red roses blooming along the sidewalks of Copenhagen.
A home-cooked (cold) lunch in Copenhagen of seasonal Danish fish roe and chicken (à la Hainanese chicken rice), topped with olive-oil marinated cucumber and kohlrabi, and served atop Japanese short-grain rice. The produce comes from the excellent Torvehallerne market.
View of the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building, Kuching.
Seafood restaurant at Topspot Foodcourt, Kuching.
Absolute scrumptious Kuching kolo mee, accompanied by the lightest pig’s organs soup I have ever had.
Kuching, of another kind. =)
The Surakarta (Solo) kraton, 18th c. Central Java.
Fort Vastenburg, 18th c. Solo, Central Java.
The kraton of Yogyakarta, 18th c. Central Java.
Quaint residence in the grounds of the Pakualaman Palace, Central Java.
In the distance… Candi Prambanan.
Stadhuys (17th c.), today’s Jakarta History Museum, Kota Tua (Oud Batavia), Jakarta.
The Hermitage Jakarta, an absolutely beautiful new heritage hotel, housed in an Art Deco colonial building in Menteng, Jakarta.
Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Guo Pei @ Paris Couture Week 2018.
The show took place at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris.
The pieces featured were inspired by historic European architecture.
Baubles at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Paris.
Baubles at the YSL Museum, Paris.
…and more baubles.
…and back to Singapore.
The Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator, one of my favorite places in Singapore.
Magnificent colonial black-and-white bungalow at Ridout Road.
And Candi Prambanan again, just because… =)