AMSTERDAM HOUSE – 0679

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A canal house (Dutch: grachtenpand) is a (usually old) house overseeing a canal. These houses are often slim, high and deep. Because of the danger of flooding the front door is sometimes higher up and only reachable via stairs. The floor of the main storey lies about seven to nine steps above street level. Many stoops disappeared in the 19th century when entrances were moved to the basement.
Canal houses usually had a basement and a loft and attic where trade goods could be stored. A special beam or pulley installation would be located in the attic to hoist up valuable goods, like spices, cotton, or heavier stuff like cocoa. The pulleys are still used for moving furniture.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Nederlands
Travel from Jan 13 to Jan 29
Thanks Bouke !

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TIMORESE CEREMONIAL PROCESS _ 0604

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Subsistence level farming is the occupation of 90-95% of the people of Timor. Life outside the towns operates according to age-old traditions involving the seasons and planting, family lineage, and ceremony both traditional and occasional (i.e. birth, death and marriage).
Dancing, singing, costume and musical ceremony (using gongs and drums) are all used to celebrate or ask for help from the deities. Some of the occasions that call for these ceremonies are: for planting and to ask for prosperity and good weatherfor the spinning of cotton for the smooth running of village or regional affairs; for weddings and other celebrations; and the offering of friendship and reaffirmation of allegiance through royalties or tribute along with the ever present betel nut.

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From East Timor
Travel from Sept 16 to Oct 21
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TAIWAN SHI GENERAL TROUPES SYMBOLISM FACIAL MASK _ 0597

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After the retreat of the Republic of China to Taiwan in 1949, Peking opera there took on a special status of “political symbolism”, in which the Kuomintang government encouraged the art form over other forms of performance in an attempt to claim a position as the sole representative of Chinese culture. This often occurred at the expense of traditional Taiwanese opera. Due to its status as a prestigious art form with a long history, Peking opera has indeed been studied more and received more monetary support than other forms of theater in Taiwan. However, there has also been a competing movement towards advocating native opera to differentiate Taiwan from the mainland. In September 1990, when the Kuomintang government participated in a state-sponsored mainland cultural event for the first time, a Taiwanese opera group was sent, possibly to emphasize “Taiwaneseness”.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Taiwan
Travel from Aug 29 to Sept 6
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SOUQ WAQIF _ 0590

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Souq Waqif is an important souq in Doha, in the state of Qatar. Literally translated to “the standing market,” this shopping destination is renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, as well as Shisha lounges. Although this market dates back at least a hundred years, it was recently torn down and rebuilt in traditional architectural styles. It is now considered one of the top tourist destinations within Doha.
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From Doha, Qatar
Travel from May 22 to Aug 12 ( missent to Sri Lanka)
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GRENEDA SPICE MAS FESTIVAL _ 0524

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The premier cultural event, ‘Spice Mas’ is Grenadian expression in all its glory, climaxing during the second Monday and Tuesday in August, this annual event with multiple activities takes months of planning and coordination. Brimming with pageantry and expression linked to our African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colourful, humorous and full of surprises. Calypsonians, steel pan orchestras, beauty contestants, ‘fancy mas’ bands and others perform and parade to compete for Carnival honours. Grenadians gather to watch, participate and enjoy. Many take on disguises in the costumes of ‘Shortknee’ and ‘Jab Jab’ players…
See more at: http://www.grenadagrenadines.com

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From Grenada
Travel from April 20 to May 16
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BURANO _ 0517

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Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy; like Venice itself, it could more correctly be called an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges. It is situated near Torcello at the northern end of the Lagoon, and is known for its lacework and brightly coloured homes.
The island was probably settled by the Romans, and in the 6th century was occupied by people from Altino, who named it for one of the gates of their former city. Two stories are attributed to how the city obtained its name. One is that it was initially founded by the Buriana family, and another is that the first settlers of Burano came from the small island of Buranello, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) to the south.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Italy
Travel from May 6 to May 16
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COSTUME OF ECUADOR _ 0469

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Traditional costumes are still much in evidence in some of Ecuador’s ethnic groups and are a common sight in rural highland markets.  Other cultures, for example the “colorados” of Santo Domingo, have almost completely lost their traditional dress and the regional costume is seen only as a tourist attraction in staged events.  Ecuador is made up of around twenty ethnic groups, with very different cultures and traditions, so there is no one national costume for Ecuador.
http://www.ecuadortravelsite.org/

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From Ecuador
Travel from April 14 to April 26
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TEMPLE OF COLOSSE, SAINT-ANDRE, REUNION _ 0451

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The temple of the Colossus is an important Hindu temple on the island of La Réunion.

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From  RÉUNION
Travel from April 7 to April 19
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and Gateau Tisson 🙂

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TODDY TAPPER IN SRI LANKA _ 0440

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A toddy tapper walks on a rope between two coconut trees in Induruwa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 28, 2012. Toddy, sap of coconut palm, is mainly used to produce coconut arrack, an alcoholic beverage. To collect the sap, the flower bud is cut at the tip before it blossoms and a pot is hung to collect it. This traditional method of collecting toddy is becoming a rare scene largely due to non- availability of skilled hands.

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From Sri Lanka
Travel from Mar 3 to April 8
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TRADITIONAL FEAST, NEW CALEDONIA _ 0430

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Pacific Islanders are renowned for their huge feasts, cannibalism and extremely large people. Dalo roots, cows, pigs and vegetable leaves are piled high over heat retaining black rocks and covered with banana leaves, old mats and finally a good layer of earth. The food cooks slowly in this underground oven and can feed an entire village.
http://www.beautifulpacific.com/

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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 3
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DANSEUR NEW CALEDONIA _ 0419

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Festival of the Yam (Mid-March) – Watch the most important event in the Kanak calendar at the sacred Festival of the Yam, which marks the beginning of the yam harvest. In New Caledonia, the yam is treated with the respect usually saved for an ancestor. The yams are blessed the following day by the priest then distributed among the villagers.
http://www.honeymoonguide.com.au/

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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 8
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ELEPHANTS AT THE ESALA PERAHERA _ 0418

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Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and colourfully decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional ‘diya-kepeema’.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Sri Lanka
Travel from Mar 3 to April 8
Thanks Jayathillake !