FROM DUSTY SAND TO FRESH POWDER …

1972 REYKJAVIC , ICELAND IS BECAME POPULAR FOR CHESS ENTHUSIASTIC AROUND THE WORLD . BECAUSE THEY HOSTED THE 1972 WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP . BOBBY FISHER OF UNITED STATESAND BORIS SPASSKY OF RUSSIA THE DEFENDING CHAMPION FROM RUSSIA . THIS YEAR 1972 . THE UNITED STATES WON THE FIRST WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2008 AFTER HE WAS IN JAILED IN JAPAN FOR EIGHT MONTHS FOR USING A REVOKED PASSPORT FROM UNITED STATES . THEN ICELAND ISSUED HIM A CITIZENSHIP AND LIVED IN REYKJAVIC , ICELAND . AND DIED IN REYKJAVIC AT AGE OF 64 .ARRIVED IN REYKJAVIC SNOWING .AS YOU CAN SEE THE FOOTSTEP IN THE SNOW .THE WEATHER IS STILL OK EVEN ITS -20 C AND WALKED GOING TO SUPER MARKET TO BUY SOME FOOD .THE TRAFFIC JAM AFTER 4:00PM WHERE EVERYBODY RUSHING TO GO HOME .IN HE CITY CENTER THEY HAVE ART MUSEUM .THEIR CITY HALL .THEIR SHOPPING CENTER.HOTEL AND RESTAURANT .BUSINESS OFFICES .NOW I HAVE FOUND  THE ICELAND FLAG PATCHES FOR MY BACKPACL .

THE NEW CITY , MARRAKECH. , MOROCCO …

THE NEW CITY . THIS NEW CITY OUTSIDE THE HIGH WALL OF THE OLD CITY TRANSFORMED TO A METROPOLIS .THEY DEVELOPED MODERN MOERN CODOMINIUM FOR UPPER CLASS PEOPLE TO LIVE .ALL THE BIG BANKING AND OFFICES ARE DOING BUSINESS IN THIS NEW CITY .THEY HAVE BEATIFUL ECO PARK TO VISIT AND ENJOY THE FRESH AIR IN THIS PARK.YOU CAN RIDE THIS CARRIAGE TO TOUR THE NEW AND OLD CITY .AS YOU CAN SEE THERES ARE A LOT OF FLAG DISPLAYED  ON THE STREET BECAUSE THE KING OF MOROCCO VISITING THE CITY OF MARRAKECH . THE CITY AS BAD AIR QUALITY THAT I NEED TO WEAR FACE FACE .

MARRAKECH  , THE CAPITAL OF MOROCCO …

MARRAKECH THE OLD CITY AND THE CAPITAL AND BUSINESS CENTER OF MOROCCO . THIS BIG SQUARE IS THEY CALLED THE SOUK.THIS THIS SQUARE IS THE FAMOUS PLACE FOR TOURIST WHERE YOU CAN SHOP AND BARGAIN FOR THE SOUVENIR YOU WANT . AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF ENTERTAINER LIKE THIS SNAKE CHARMER.YOU CANT TAKE THIS PICTURES WITHOUT PAYING THEM . BE SURE TO ASKED THEM THE EXACT AMOUNTBEFORE YOU TAKE THE PICTURE .BBECAUSE WHEN YOU ASKED THEM THEY WILL SAYITS UP TO YOU BUT WHEN YOU ARE DONE TAKING PICTURE AND YOU GIVE ONLY TEN DIRHAM AND THEY WILL ASKED FOR MORE .ONE MAN BAND . THAT PLAY MUSIC WITH LOCALLY MADE BY HIMSELF .THE MUSIC IS DECENT . TO WATCH HIM ITS VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION .THIS PICTURE WILL SHOW YOU HOW PEOPLE BARGAIN . IF THEY SAY TEN DIRHAM THEN THE BUYER WILL BARGAIN FOR FOUR DIRHAM .AND THE SELLER WILL ASK FOR MORE UNTIL YOU GET THEIR DESIRED PRICE .DONKEY STILL THE CHEAP TRASPORTATION HERE IN THE SOUK AND NO POLLUTION .THIS IS ONE OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE SOUK .THEN INSIDE YOU WILL PASS ON THIS VERY OLD ARCH ENTRANCE TO THE HEARTH OF THE BIG MAZE OF THE SOUK . AND YOU CAN START SHOPPING . THEY HAVE LEATHER PRODUCT , SILVERWARE  , CLOTHES , SPICES  ETC .EVERY VILLAGE IN MARRAKECH HAVE THEIR  OWN MOSQUE . AND THIS IS THE BIGGEST IN THE CITY . NOW I LEARNED THE MEANING OF THE THREE BALLS ON THE TOP OF THE TOWER . MEANS THE THREE RELIGION IN THE WORLD THAT BELIEVE IN GOD . THE RELIGION OF MOSES  , CATHOLIC , AND ISLAM .

THE SECOND DAY OF DESERT TOUR …

THE DESERT TOUR IS AN WHOLE DAY TRAVELLING FROM 8 amTO 8 pm . IF YOU DO IT BY YOUR SELF IT MUST BE BORING. THE BEST IS JOIN THE GROUP TOUR . EVERY TIME I JOIN A GROUP TOUR THERE IS ALWAYS ONE BADASS IN A GROUP AND THIS TIME IS A SWISS BADASS . THIS GUY IS REALLY TERRIBLE  . THAT MAKE THE TRIP FAST AND LIVELY AND MOST OF THE TIME HE MAKE US LAUGHING .LET ME INTRODUCE YOU THE SWISSBADASS  . HIS NAME ANDREAS . ALL OF US HAVE FUN ON IS JOKES .NOW AFTER THE WHOLE DAY TRAVEVELLING WE REACHED THE MEETING POINT IN THE DESERT  CITY . AND NOW WE ARE PREPARING TO PUT OUR HEAD GEAR AND BE READY FOR CAMEL RIDE .THE FIRST GROUP IS READY NOW TO CROSS THE DESERT .THEN WE FOLLOWED THEM .THE DESERT IS GETTING COLD AND WINDY . THE HEAD GEAR IS REALLY A BIG HELP .THEN YOU CAN ENJOY THE SUNSET WHILE CROSSING THE DESERT .WE REACHED THE TENT CAMP VERY DARK ALREADY . NO WATER EXCEPT FOR WHAT I BROUGHT THAT I USED TO WASHED MY FACE . THE TOILET IS YOU CAN USE EVERYWHERE AND IF YOU WANT TO POHOO JUST DIG BEHIND THOSE SITTING CAMEL AND COVER AFTER  . AFTER THE DINNER INSIDE THE TENT . WHILE RESTING WE AGREED TO TELL A SCARY STORY . THE SWISS AND AUSTRALIAN START . THEN THE SWISS GUY TELLING US WHY EVERYBODY IS LAUGHING  . YOU SUPPOSED TO BE SCARED  . WE HAVE FUN AND HE CHANGE THE GAME . AND EVERYBODY AGREED TO PLAY CARD AND THE NAME OF THE GAME IS ASSHOLE . SURPRISINGLY MOST OF THEM KNOW THE GAME . THAT NIGHT IS REALLY FUN .THEN 5:30 Am WE START GETTING READY HAVE BREAKFAST . THEN LEAVE THE DESERT TENT AT 7:00 RIDING THE CAMEL AGAIN . THE THIRD DAY IS WHOLE DAY DRIVING MORE THAN 600 KM .

THREE DAYS TOUR AT MERZOUGA , MOROCCO …

IF YOUREALLY WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE REAL DESERT EXPERIENCE , YOU NEED TO TAKE THE THREE DAYS TOUR. WHERE YOU CAN VISIT THEIR HISTORICAL PLACES , SLEEP IN A TENT IN THE DESERT AND RIDE THE CAMEL ON THE WAY TO THE TENT IN THE DESERT.THE FIRST STOP AFTER THE FOUR HOUR OF DRIVING IS KASBAH . THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN THE VIEW DECK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNNTAIN .THIS FORTRESS IS VERY OLD AND LANDMARK FOR THE BERBER PEOPLE . THEY SHOOT A LOT OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE IN THIS SITE lIKE THE  BIBLE , JESUS OF NAZARETH , LAWRENCE OF ARABIA AND GLADIATOR .THIS FORTRESS IS MADE OF  CLAY ,WOOD , SMALL BAMBOOS AND BLOCK MADE CLAY AND STRAW .THE SITE WHERE PEOPLE IS WALKING ON THE WAY TO THE MOUNTAIN IS WHERE THE GLADIATOR MOVIE WAS BEING SHOOT .THE PASSAGE ARE VERY NARROW AND ALL MANUALLY DONE AND SOME ARE BEING REPAIR TO PRESERVE THE SITE LIKE THE ORIGINAL BUILT .WHEN YOU REACHED THE TOP OF THE FORTHRESS . YOU CAN SEE THE VILLAGE . WEATHER IS WINDY AND DUSTY . AND THE SCARY ONE IS WHEN YOU ARE ON THE TOP . THE WIND REALLY BLOWING STRONG AND PUSHING ME HARD . THE GUSTY WIND MAKE ME STOP AND BALANCE MY SELF . AFTER THAT WE HAVE OUR LUNCH IN THIS AREA  IN ONE THE RESTAURANT HERE.AFTER ONE HOUR OF DRIVING . WE VISITED A  BERBER VILLAGE  . EVERY VILLAGE HERE HAVE THEIR OWN MOSQUE . AND ON THIS TOUR I LEARNED THAT PALM HAVE GENDER . THE MALE PALM GIVE POLLEN TO THE FEMALE ITS EITHER BY THE WIND BUT VILLAGER ARE THE TRANSPORTING THE POLLEN TO FEMALE PAM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR PALM WILL PRODUCE GOOD DATES .THE STREET INSIDE THE VILLAGE ARE NARROW AND ITS LOOK LIKE A BIG MAZE .AND DUSTY .THEN WE VISITED A BERBER FAMILY WHO IS MAKING HANDMADE CARPET . THE OWNER OFFER US A VERY GOOD GREEN TEA BEFORE HE PRESENTED IS PRODUCT  . BUT THE CARPET ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE . AFTER THAT WE CONTINUE TRAVELLING THEN AFTER SEVEN IN THE EVENING WE CHECKN IN A DECENT  HOTEL AND HAVE OUR DINNER .

ARC DE TRIOMF , BARCELONA  , SPAIN …

THE ARCH WAS MADE BY ARCHITECT JOSEP VILLASERA AS THE MAIN ACCESS GATE FOR BARCELONA FAIR IN 1888 .THE ARCH WAS MADE OF BRICKS AND ON THE TOP OF THE ARCH IS SHOWING THE CROWN AND THE SEAL OF SPAIN .BUT TODAY THIS BEAUTIFUL PARK IS NICE TO STROLL AROUND , AND DO YOUR REGULAR CARDIO WORKOUT RUNNING  . THEN IF NOT JUST ENJOY WATCHING THOSE ENTERTAINER PERFORMING THEIR OWN TALENT TO MAKE MONEY ON YOUR DONATION .

THE PARK GUELL , BARCELONA , SPAIN …

THE PARK GUELL IS A PUBLIC PARK LOCATED ON MOUNT CARMELL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF LA SALUT , GRACIA DISTRICT . EUSEBI GUELL ASSIGNED THE DESIGN OF THE PARK TO ANTONI GAUDI .THE PARK BUILT BETWEEN 1900 AND 1914  AND WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED AS PUBLIC PARK IN 1926 .UNESCO DECLARED THE PARK A WORLD HERITAGE SITE UNDER “WORK OF ANTONI GAUDI .”THIS SITE IS REALLY VERY POPULAR  THAT WHEN I VISITED THIS PLACE THE ONLY AVAILABLE SLOT TO TOUR THE MUSEUM IS 5:00 PM . BUT I CANT WAIT FOUR HOURS FOR THAT TOUR , BUT ITS FREE TO WALK AROUND THE PARK .THIS IS WHAT THEY CALL NATURE TOUR  ITS FREE . YOU CAN SEE SOME UNUSUAL THING . EVERYTHING HERE IS MAN MADE WITH UNUSUAL DESIGN .WHILE WALKING ON THE NATURE TRAIL , YOU CAN SEE THE INSIDE OF MUSEUM EXCEPT FOR INDOOR .THE PRICE IS REALLY REASONABLE AT 8 EUROS .THEN WHEN YOU REACHED THE TOP OF THE HILL ,YOU CAN SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE NAME SALVE.FROM THAT POINT YOU CAN SEE THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF BARCELONA , INCLUDING THE SAGRADA DE FAMILIA CATHEDRAL .EVEN DO I WAS NOT ABLE TO SEE THE INSIDE , WALKING AROUND THE PARK IS REALLY WORTH VISITING THE PLACE .

CHRISTOPER COLUMBUS MONUMENT IN BARCELONA …

CHRISTOPER  COLUMBUS THE NAVIGATOR , EXPLORER  , AND COLONIZER . AN ITALIAN AND CITIZEN OF REPUBLIC OF GENOA . AS YOU CAN SEE IS FINGER THAT IS POINTING TO THE NEW WORLD . BUT SOME PEOPLE SAYS HE IS POINTING ON IS COUNTRY OF GENOA  .THE MONUMENT STAND ON SIXTY METER HIGH PEDESTAL . AND IT WAS CONSTRUCTED ON 1888 FOR THE UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION  IN BARCELONA . IN HONOR FOR IS FIRST TRIP IN AMERICA .AFTER IS FIRST TRIP IN AMERICA ON THIS SITE WHERE HE REPORTED TO KING FERDINAND AND QUEEN ISABELA .THE MONUMENT IS LOCATED AT THE END OF THE LA RAMBLA STREET . WHICH IT IS A VERY POPULAR PLACE FOR TOURIST TO WALK AROUND AND FOR DINING TOO. THE WOMEN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PEDESTAL DOMINATES THE SITTING POSITION  SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT .THE FOUR CORNER SHOWING THE FOUR SUCCESSFUL VOYAGE HE MADE BACK AND FORTH IN AMERICA .AND THIS ONE TOO, SHOWING THE POWER  OF SUPPORT OF THE WOMEN DURING THAT TIME . AND IT TOOK SIX YEARS TO COMPLETED THIS MONUMENT  . 

THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONTJUIC AND PLAZA ESPANA ….

THE BEST SITE TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN IS SITTING INFRONT OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CATALUNA . WHERE THEY HAVE SOME STREET PERFORMER PLAYING MUSIC AND AT THE SAME TIME ENJOYING THE SCENERY.ON THAT SITE THIS IS THE BEST VIEW YOU CAN ENJOY .THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MUSEUM YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CITY .AS YOU GO DOWN SEVERAL LEVEL YOU CAN SEE NOW MUCH CLOSER THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONTJUIC .WHEN YOU REACHED THE BOTTOM . YOU CAN SEE SEVERAL FOUNTAIN FROM THE TOP BUT BECAUSE OF THE SUN  RISING BEHIND THE MUSEUM ITS DARKEND THE BACKGROUND . THERE ARE ACTUALLY TWELVE FOUNTAIN RUNNING SIMULTANEOUSLY ALL THE WAY TO THIS BIG MAGIC FOUNTAIN .THIS IS ANOTHER ANGLE OF THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN .NOW WALKING DOWN TO PLAZA ESPANA . THE BIG CIRCLE  . THE TWO BIG TOWER ARE LOOK LIKE IN VENICE .ITS A BIG MONUMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CIRCLE . THE AMAZING THING ON THIS MONUMENT IS THE SCULTURE THAT BEING MADE IN EVERY ANGLE OF THE CIRCLE .THE DETAILED OF EVERY STATUES  ARE REALLY AMAZING IN DETAIL .THIS IS THE TOP PART OF THE MONUMENT . THE STATUES ARE MADE OF BRASSAND THE BIG DOME ON THE BACKGROUND IS THE BARCELONA STADIUM THAT IS CONVERTED TO MALL.THIS IS THE VIEW  OF PLAZA ESPANA FROM THE ROOF TOP OF BARCELONA ARENAS .

SAGRADA DE FAMILIA CATHEDRAL  , BARCELONA , SPAIN …

SAGRADA DE FAMILIA CATHEDRAL WAS DESIGN  BY ANTONI GAUDI IN A MODERN CONCEPT OF ARCHTECTURE . THEY START THE CATHEDRAL IN 1882 .IN 1926 ANTONI GAUDI WAS HIT BY RUNNING TRAM AND DIED.AS OF TODAY 65 PERCENT IS DONE AND THE NEW BUILDER IS EYEING THE CATHEDRAL WILL BE COMPLETED IN 13 YEARS.A LOT OF QUESTION IS BEING ASKED WHY ITS TOOK SO LONG TO FINISH THIS CATHEDRAL . ACCORDING TO THE BUILDER .ALL THE  WORK ARE MANUALLY  CARVED .AND THE NEW ARCHITECT INCHARGE OF THIS CATHEDRAL PREDICT THEY WILL BE FINISH BY 2026 WITH THE HELP OF THE MODERN EQUIPMENT THEY ARE USING NOW AND THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THE FUNDING . AND THAT COMPLETION WILL COINCIDE WITH THE 100 YEARS DEATH ANNIVERASARY  OF ANTONI GAUDI .