In Search of Franciscan Churches in Paraguay

It all started with a photo: a beautiful photograph of an old wooden altar featuring an angel killing a devil painted in blue tinges. Some of the paint had chipped off and the wood was damaged, and it was clearly a piece from colonial times.

Where could I find this beautiful altar?

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Hiking Mount Jizu in Yunnan, China

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”.
~Jawaharial Nehru

It is 2 am and we are about to climb a 3248-meter-high mountain: Jizu Shan.

Also known as: Chicken Foot Mountain.

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Driving the Carretera Austral in Chile

Two men with furrowed faces under wide sombreros enter the arena. Callused hands leisurely hold the reins of the horses and short ponchos striped in natural colors fall around the cowboys’ shoulders. A gate is opened, a young bull set loose.

Let the game begin!

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Why we Love the Lake District in Argentina

I follow a winding trail along the slopes, which demands a bit of clambering over slippery rocks. I pick another handful of those juicy blackberries along the path, which constitute my breakfast. At a stream, I strip and lower myself into one of the shallow pools sheltered by rocks.

I sigh deeply, and relax.

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Exploring the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela

Ahead of me stretched a flat, green savanna. Having spent a couple of days in the dense forest, the view struck me right in the heart.

I like forest; I love open spaces.

Being enveloped by the vastness of my surroundings feels liberating.

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Slow Travel in France

“Next time we come here we should stop and walk around for a bit,” I remarked as we traversed Chatillôn sur Seine.

“Why don’t we do it now? Mélanie suggested.

Indeed, why not?

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La Douce France

Driving some eight hours straight from the Netherlands to France doesn’t exactly qualify as slow travel, I know. Yet that’s what I did with my friend Mélanie.

And, of course, I have an excuse (two, to be exact).

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