Arthur Lee

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Neutral tricolor of equal triple horizontal stripes. This scene in Prague of Czech Republic, an ex Soviet Bloc, bears the resemblance of the flag of Russia, or the flag of Germany?

#Prague #Praha #Europe #CzechRepublic #czech #triplestripe #streets #architecture #potd #travel #travelgram #instatravel #Dec2017

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The cathedral looked divinely glowing when the early morning sun reflected off its metallic facade. Unfortunately the photo couldn't capture the sublime feeling one feels standing at the massive courtyards of the Prague castle.

#Prague #CzechRepublic #czech #Europe #history #architecture #historical #church #gothic #cathedral #sublime #sunrise #glow #travel #travelgram #instatravel #Dec2017

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Prague. What a huge difference from Dresden, which is just 2 hours drive away. While it's hard to dispute Prague's title as the most beautiful city in Europe, the number of tourists made it feel more like a giant theme park rather than an actual historical city. Most of the store fronts in prime areas are catered for tourists, and are notorious for fleecing them. While a few sights are truly breathtaking, unfortunately the other fellow visitors in obnoxious tour groups made me leave this beautiful city earlier for lesser known places that are under tour groups radar.

#Prague #czechrepublic #czech #Europe #history #architecture #historical #charlesbridge #bridges #river #touristspot #travelgram #instatravel #Dec2017

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Continuing my Europe trip photo series after taking a break for Chinese New Year, I experienced a stark difference between Christmas and CNY celebration styles.
Xmas: Silent night.... CNY: (CNY Songs) Dong dong-dong chang

Xmas: Holy night.... CNY: Twenty-One ah! Faster pay me double! Yaaaaaam yam yam Seng!
Xmas: All is calm.... CNY: Lou hei! Huat ahh! Win more lottery ah. Cousin faster get married ah!
Xmas: All is right.... CNY: (Fire crackers) BANG BANG BANG!

Chinese love doing anything just for the sake of making noises. ANY noises.
Of course you can say Americans get it noisy too by ensuring the bells not just jingle, but jingle aaall the way. And the gifts are different too.

CNY: Ah boy come, ang pao for you
American Xmas: Here's your gift son - your first rifle gun.

#Dresden #Germany #Europe #xmas #xmasmarket #christmasmarkets #markets #festivals #carousel #ferriswheel #holidays #travel #travelgram #instatravel #Dec2017

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For such a beautiful place, one could expect Dresden to be filled with thousands of tourists, but I'm glad to have the opportunity to have Dresden photos were taken with no one in sight. While many may balk at the idea of waking up early at 6am during vacations, wondering around the streets at 7am when most are still asleep provided me a very different experience of the historical city - one that is without loud obnoxious tourists staging silly photo poses for the social media.

#Dresden #Germany #Europe #saxony #saxons #palace #royal #history #architecture #baroque #earlybird #emptiness #dawn
#sunrise #statue #monuments #travel #Dec2017

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Versailles was the model inspiration for many European palaces

#Dresden #Germany #Europe #history #architecture #baroque #palace #zwinger #symmetry #dawn #sunrise #Dec2017

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The Crown Gate of Dresden. A crown is the symbol of glory, power, legitimacy and sovereignty.

A quote from Netflix's The Crown: [to Queen Elizabeth II] "Monarchy is God's sacred mission to grace and dignify the earth. To give ordinary people an ideal to strive towards, an example of nobility and duty to raise them in their wretched lives. Monarchy is a calling from God. That is why you are crowned in an abbey, not a government building. Why you are anointed, not appointed. It's an archbishop that puts the crown on your head, not a minister or public servant. Which means that you are answerable to God in your duty, not the public." #Dresden #Germany #Europe #history #architecture #zwinger #crown #corona #royalty #gate #monarch #travel #Dec2017

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Dresden - a place I probably wouldn't know and wouldn't have visited if not for Kurt Vonnegut and his book Slaughterhouse-Five. The book about excessive bombing by the Allies on the beautiful German city during WW2 is sad and tragic. The entire city lay in ruins. Yet seeing it as it is today, rebuilt almost to its former exquisiteness, restored my faith in humanity. Despite tremendous evil and destruction, humanity can endure, persevere and prevail to better times.

#Dresden #Germany #Europe #architecture #streets #history #vonnegut #🇩🇪 #saxony #slaughterhouse5 #cobblestone #travel #potd #travelgram #Dec2017

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What was supposed to Christmas lights seemed to me looking more like pagan witchcraft night rituals.

Carl Sagan taught me plenty about witch-hunt trials in Europe where 40,000 womenfolk were unfairly accused of witchcraft, brutally tortured into confession, and then mercilessly burnt at stake, which is the most painful way to die.

All this madness, to my surprise, was centred in Germany. After all, Germans are not the most pious people, as compared to the Spanish.

Historians suggest it may be due to stiff competition between the Catholics and Protestants in the region. Each side wanted to display power and to give the locals what they wanted.

When people are frightened by things they cannot comprehend, such as floods or plagues, they'll blame it on immorality of their neighbours who might have offended the gods. The churches gladly stepped in, and the women, who are often seen as impure, became the natural victims.

#Berlin #Germany #Europe #prettylights #nightshot #nature #stars #trees #xmas #pagan #travel #Dec2017

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Thanks to Google Maps, we can explore and discover ahead lesser known points of interests along the road trip route.

#Potsdam #Berlin#Germany #Europe #architecture #romanArchitecture #castle #desolate #eerie #haunting #prussia #travel #travelgram#instatravel #latergram #Dec2017

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I just spent 4 hours photoshopping all the other tourists out of the photo. Nah I'm just kidding. It was winter and the place was empty. It felt surreal. The place was beautiful and you'd feel tiny to be surrounded by these massive historical buildings. No matter how beautiful Vatican City is, it'll never feel as sublime because of the tourists crowd.

#Potsdam #Berlin#Germany #Europe #architecture #museum #unescoworldheritage #history #rococo #baroque #arches #palace #sublime #emptiness #travel #travelgram #igtravel #instatravel#Dec2017

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The Prussian summer palace Sans-souci, which means without worries. I call it the Royal Palace of Hakuna Matata.

#Potsdam #Berlin #Germany #Europe #architecture #museum #unescoworldheritage #history #rococo #sanssouci #hakunamatata #palace #prussia #travel #travelgram #instatravel #Dec2017

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Airplanes! This reminded me of Miyazaki's film The Wind Rises about plane designs. Watch it if you haven't. I used to think Ghibli studios cartoons are for little children, but The Wind Rises changed my mind. It also introduced me to Hisaishi's music.
#Berlin #Germany #Europe #airplanes #flight #museum #engineering #wings #propeller #technology #travelgram #instatravel #travel #Dec2017

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This museum turns you into a child. It was nostalgic to feel again the excitement of a child - seeing and learning about the natural world. When children become adults, they are more likely to prioritise practical knowledge that can help them advance their careers and make money over knowledge of understanding and wonder.
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#Berlin #Germany #Europe #biodiversity #museum #naturalhistorymuseum #dinosaur #animals #wonder #igtravel #travelgram #instatravel #Dec2017

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This may seem like a doomsday machine, with a death ray cannon pointing down at a assembly hall, but it's just a modern architecture of a tourist-oriented glass dome on top of the German parliament building. Usage of glass represents transparency.
#Berlin #Germany #Europe #architecture #Reichstag #parliament #politics #igtravel #instatravel #travel #travelgram #Dec2017

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Starry starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
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#Berlin #Germany #Europe #nightshot #lights #winter #xmas #igtravel #starrynight #silentnight #Dec2017

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Symmetrical shots around Berlin Museum Island . . .
#Berlin #Germany #Europe #architecture #museum #unescoworldheritage #history #symmetry #Dec2017

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Other Berlin sights along the Sandeman walking tour route . . .
#Berlin #Germany #Europe #architecture #history #sandemanswalkingtour #travel #berlinwall #instatravel

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