Musee de Cluny: Tapestries and Turmoil

IMG_20150327_011048On yet another cold, rainy Spring day in Paris, I decided to to finally the see the famous Museum of the Middle Ages or in French Musee Du Moyen Age.
The actual building itself took me by surprise, as it was once an abbey to monks in the 1400s during Medieval Paris. The building started construction in the 1300s and was completed in the 1500s. It has housed many royal visitors over time, and now houses the museum with a really cool collection with a beautiful interior.

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Cuzco, Peru: Capital of the Incan Empire

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In Cusco, 2008

In my previous post on traveling in South America, I spoke about traveling up to the amazing Machu Picchu ruins in 2008. However, to get to Machu Picchu you have to go to the old Incan capital of Cuzco. It’s only from Cuzco that you will be able to make your journey to Machu Picchu and many other amazing historical sites around the town.

Cuzco in itself is a treasure. It’s a real combination of two worlds and cultures that has co-existed and merged to what has defined the city today. Almost everyone in Peru has made a visit to Cuzco to experience the amazing heritage sites that once were home to the ruling kingdom of ancient South America.

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Mysterious Machu Picchu

Whether you are visiting or living in Peru, a trip to the amazing Machu Picchu is a must-see. It seems quite unconvincing for those non-conventional travelers, because of how it is over-marketed, but I cannot express how amazing this experience is for the mind and soul. You can see a 100 photos and video clips of Machu Picchu, but it will come NOWHERE close to actually seeing it with your own two eyes and setting foot upon those once sacred grounds. The experience is mind blowing and spiritually moving in such a way you’ll never forget it.

 (Note: My posts from my time in South America are not well captured as I was a freshly graduated student, with no laptop, no digital camera and no smartphones existed yet to catch every moment. These pics are all my scanned photographs.)

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is also known as the winter palace and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city of Seoul in South Korea. The palace has been well-reserved and reconstructed a few times over the years, but it offers a great little escape into pre-modern Korea and shows you what life was like under the rule of the old Kingdoms.

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