Snow in Macau... Merry X'mas

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聖誕快樂! 哈哈, 不要看了標題和照片, 以為澳門真的落雪了...

其實只是跟大家開玩笑, 這些都是用手機的特別效果拍出來!

不過12月的澳門真的很冷, 加上漂亮的燈飾, 真的很有聖誕氣氛。

Merry Christmas! Haha, don't only read the title and see the photos,

and think Macau really have snow... In fact, I'm just joking with you,

these are the special effects shot by a mobile phone!

But Macau is really cold in December, with beautiful lighting,

the atmosphere is really great in Christmas.

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第58屆澳門格蘭披治大賽車 The 58th Macau Grand Prix

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每年的11月, 澳門格蘭披治大賽這個盛事對車迷和攝影迷都是一個大日子!

我今年因為工作關系, 到了葡京灣拍攝, 這裡是東望洋賽道最高速最狹窄的灣位,
也是最多意外的灣位, 是看房車和三級方程式的最佳位置!

但要拍攝我最愛的格蘭披治電單車, 位置就不太理想, 如果明年要再來這裡,

雖然照片拍得不太滿意, 但能到現場感受一下熱烈的氣氛也是不錯吧!

November of each year, the Macau Grand Prix event is a big day for racing fans and photographers!

Because of work, I need to shoot in LISBOA corner, here is the most tight and narrow corner
of Guia Circuit and most accidents were here, is the best place to watch Formula 3 and cars racing!

But to take my favorite Motorcycle Grand Prix, this location isn’t excellent,
if I need to come back here next year, may choose another type of racing!

Although the photos wasn’t satisfied, but I still can feel the amazing atmosphere!

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Congratulations and best wishes

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恭喜! 恭喜! 我的好友豬仔和Josephine終於拉埋天窗。

這是其中一輯, 我為他們拍的婚紗照。

希望他們幸福快樂, 白頭到老!

Congratulations! My friends Chu Chai and Josephine finally married.

This is one of a series, I shoot the pre-wedding photos for them.

I wish them both live a long life and happily ever after!

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Macau Car Expo 2011

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台灣高雄 Taiwan Kaohsiung Part III

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駁二藝術特區成為了南方的實驗 創作場所與工藝創意發展中心;這個藝術空間特質,




About Pier-2 Art Center:

Located within the third ship trench in Kaohsiung harbor and built in 1973,

it was originally a general purpose harbor warehouse. In 2000,

this space full of experimental possibilities was discovered when authority

was looking for a space to set up firecrackers for the Independence Day celebration.

It’s an unique open art space that is close to the ocean.

With the promotion of impassioned artists and local cultural workers,

it combines the professional resources of the deserted space renewal project

from the Council of Cultural Affairs to march into the creative epoch of

Pier-2 Art District. Propelled by the vigorous management efforts of Kaohsiung

Pier-2 Art Development Association and Shu-Te University’s Development Local Art Workshop,

Pier-2 Art District has become the experiment in southern Taiwan.

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台灣高雄 Taiwan Kaohsiung Part II

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在台灣除了美食之外, 不得不說這裡的捷運系統,

真的為遊客帶來很多方便, 特別在高雄, 早上的人流不多,


我買了一張2日卡, 下一站就是駁二藝術特區!

Besides of decilious food, have to talk about the metro system in Taiwan,

really bring a lot of convenience for tourists, especially in Kaohsiung,

it's quite empty in the morning, you can easily tour around.

I bought a 2 day pass, the next stop is the Pier-2 Art Center!

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Kaohsiung metro system

China National Day 2011

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On the 1st of October 2011 - China National Day, I went to the InterConinental Hotel in Kowloon,

for celebrated my friend's birthday. I also watched the beautiful China National Day fireworks!

I was glad that I celebrated a China National Day Dinner at the InterConinental Hotel in Kowloon.

The 1st of October was also my friend's birthday, so we decided to celebrate his birthday at

the SPOON by Alain Ducasse, a Michelin star restaurant.

After dinner we watched the China National Day fireworks display,

it was the greatest fireworks I ever seen, I hope you like these photos!

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The InterConinental Hotel in Kowloon

台灣高雄 Taiwan Kaohsiung Part I

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這個暑假除了到杜拜享旅遊外, 之後還到了台灣的高雄。

可以在一次假期裡到兩個地方旅遊, 真的十分滿意!

我住的酒店可以看到高雄港, 還可以欣賞漂亮的日落景色。

在高雄當然少不了美食, 因為實在吃了太多,

只能給大家看部分美食照片, 希望大家喜歡!

This summer holidays besides the trip of Dubai, I also went to Taiwan's Kaohsiung.

I'm really satisfied can travel two places in this vacation!

The hotel I stayed in Kaohsiung, can see the Kaohsiung harbour and beautiful sunset.

In Kaohsiung, of course, tried many nice food, because I ate too much,

only can show some of the food photos, I hope you like it!


Kaohsiung harbour

澳門國際煙花比賽匯演 Macau International Fireworks Display Competition 2011

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每年的9月澳門都會舉行國際煙花比賽匯演, 共分四星期, 於每個星期六、

中秋節及十月一日進行, 這是世界享負盛名的國際煙花比賽, 共有十支國際隊伍競逐,




一年一度的煙花比賽匯演, 不單吸引了大批遊客觀賞, 還有一班攝影發燒友,

每年都會一早到達各個最佳的拍攝地點, 為的當然是拍得心中滿意的作品。

拍攝煙花是有一定難度的, 要拍到好的作品絕不容易, 所以要多拍幾次才會成功,


到場後先快快拍攝幾張, 把光圈和快門調好後, 就不斷拍攝, 最後才從中選擇吧!

這些是我在中秋節(九月十二日)拍攝的煙花照片, 希望大家喜歡!

Every September Macau International Fireworks Display Competition will be divided

into four weeks, and during each Saturday, the Mid-Autumn Festival and 1st of October.

This is the world's most prestigious international fireworks competition.

A total of ten international teams, from the Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Thailand,

Portugal, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Switzerland will compete.

Each possessing their own unique characteristics, so many different types of fireworks will be shown.

The show held during the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, are dazzling fireworks displays.

The viewers can also share in the joy of the festive season. The annual Fireworks Display Competition

always attracts a large number of tourists. Many appreciate the shows and there is a group

of photographers who come every year to get the best location for shooting photos.

Of course, everyone wants to take their best photography shots but taking fireworks pictures

are difficult, so you need to take many pictures to get the best shots.

This is a good opportunity for me to take fireworks pictures.

My experience is to shoot fast, get the scene quickly and shoot more shots,

first eetting and tuning for the best aperture and shutter, next you keep shooting, and finally choose it!

These are my Mid-Autumn Festival (12th of September) fireworks photos, I hope you like them!

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Birthday dinner in Angelini

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今年我到了Angelini慶祝生日, 非常滿意這裡的晚餐!


這裡的食品十分出色, 值得推介。希望大家喜歡照片吧!

I went to Angelini to celebrate my birthday, I was very satisfied with this dinner!

Angelini's Italian Restaurant is in Hong Kong Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.

The food here are very high quality, it's highly recommend. I hope you like the photos!

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Angelini in the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel

Sky100 Hong Kong

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8月20日, 天氣晴朗! 不單只看到藍天白雲,

而且能見度十分之高, 是上高樓拍照的最好時機!

我就在這天到了全港最高的室內觀景台 - 天際 100!

觀景台在環球貿易廣場的第100層, 這裡360度的風景真是極之漂亮,


20th of August, the weather was so clear! Besides can see the blue sky,

also had a very high visibility, is the best time to take pictures in a high building!

I went to the highest indoor observation deck in Hong Kong - Sky100!

The observation deck is in the International Commerce Centre 100th floor,

where you can get the 360 degrees Hong Kong city panoramic beautiful scenery.

Overlooking here to the Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Peninsula is really quite spectacular!

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Dubai Summer Vacation (Part III)

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這次杜拜之旅, 遊覽了幾個世界最大的大型購物商場,

當中不少都很美很有特色, 當然還品嘗了票少中東美食!



During this Dubai trip, I visited some of the world's largest shopping malls,

many of them are quite distinctive, and of course taste many Middle Eastern food!

I had Lebanese, Indian and Iranian food in Dubai!

I like the Lebanese most, it's abosolutely delicous!

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Dubai Summer Vacation (Part II)

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這些大型購物商場不單只款式多, 價錢便宜,


在Dubai Mall下層更可以通往全世界最高之高塔 - Burj Khalifa,

除了可以在商場享受完美食和購物後, 更可以和天空接觸!

Dubai's shopping malls really make me enjoy shopping.

You can find clothes with many styles and sale at these huge shopping malls,

of course the latest collection of all brands around the world!

At the ground floor of Dubai Mall you can

access to the world's highest tower - Burj Khalifa,

Besides to enjoy dining and shopping in the mall, you can also touch the sky!

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Dubai Mall

Dubai Summer Vacation (Part I)

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今年7月份我到了杜拜過我的暑假, 雖然7月的杜拜非常炎熱,


因為我十分享受這裡的酒店設施, 大型購物商場和中東美食!


當然少不了Burj Al Arab Hotel, 這真是個非常美麗的建築!

In July this year, I went to Dubai during my summer vacation.

Dubai is very hot though July but I still had a very satisfied holiday!

Because I enjoyed the hotel facilities, shopping malls, and Middle Eastern food!

Give you a look at some famous attractions pictures.

Of course, Burj Al Arab Hotel, which is really a very beautiful building!

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Dubai Burj Al Arab Hotel

The Chen Clan Academy Guangzhou 廣州陳家祠

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The Chen Clan Academy is an academic temple in Guangzhou (Canton),
China built by the 72 Chen (It is usually romanised as Chan in Cantonese)
clans for their juniors' accommodation and preparation for the imperial
examinations in 1894 in Qing Dynasty.

Later it was changed to be the Chen Clan’s Industry College,
and then middle schools afterward. Now it houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum .

Located at Zhongshan 7th Road, the Chen Clan Academy is a symmetric complex
consist of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards.
Facing south, the complex forms around a north-south axis.
A large collection of southern China art pieces, for example,
wood carvings and pottery, can be found in the structure.

The Chen Clan Academy complex exemplifies traditional Chinese architecture and
decoration style, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments worldwide.
It was added in the list of "Cultural Relics of National Importance
under the Protection of the State" in 1988.

(Information from Wikipedia)

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The Chen Clan Academy Guangzhou 廣州陳家祠

Guangzhou Shamian Island 廣州沙面島

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有點像到了一些電影場景, 十分有趣!

In Guangzhou, there is a very special place named Shamian island.

From Huangsha metro station walk through the pedestrian bridge to arrive here!

Here was the British and French Concession,

so there still have a lots of the late 19th century Western-style ancient buildings.

A bit like the scene of some movies, very interesting!

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沙面島 Shamian island

The 11th Macau Lotus Flower Festival 第11屆澳門荷花節

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Date: 11th to 19th of June

Location: Taipa Houses-Museum, Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, Gardens and Squares in Macau

The lotus, known in Chinese as “he hua” or “lian hua” with an ancient name “fu rong”,

is one of China’s top ten flower species.

There has always been a strong kinship between Macau and the ubiquitous lotus.

To complement the Lotus Festival, a series of activities themed on lotus,

will be held exhibition of lotus species, Exhibition of Lotus Photography,

Lotus Horticultural Exhibition, Lecture and Demonstration on “Homemade Lotus Flower Artworks”,

longevity vegetarian lotus lunch and Ecological walk for lotus flower appreciation etc.

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Guangzhou Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street 廣州上下九步行街

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6月份端午節假期, 去了廣州三天,



但廣州真的非常炎熱, 而且地下鐵道真是人山人海,



I went to Guangzhou for three days during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday of June.

In Shenzhen or Zhuhai to Guangzhou by train is really the easy and convenient,

just an hour to arrive there!

But Guangzhou is really very hot and really crowded in there metro,

I suggest to go there in the cool autumn days will be appropriate.

First I want to show the pictures of Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street!

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廣洲上下九步行街 Guangzhou Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

光影大三巴 Encounters: Audiovisual Mapping of St. Paul’s Ruins

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Telenoika.Net錄像藝術團:Omar Alvarez, Miquel Arregui, Sergi Casero,
Miguel Gozalbo, Eloi Maduell, Santi Vilanova

Audiovisual Mapping by Telenoika Audiovisual Open Creative Community
( is video projection with originally composed music,
using sophisticated creative technology to design and display video
images on the contours of a building’s facade.

These projections, using cinematography and storytelling techniques,
create stories that imaginatively explore the historic depth and the
cultural heritage of a building’s specific locale.

Encounters retells stories of times past while simultaneously drawing
attention to the current remnants of an iconic facade.

Telenoika.Net: Omar Alvarez, Miquel Arregui, Sergi Casero,
Miguel Gozalbo, Eloi Maduell and Santi Vilanova


Sanya - Wonderful Night

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還有入夜後建築物的燈光非常漂亮, 我也拍了很多照片!

中餐廳, 西餐廳, 亞洲風味餐廳和沙灘酒吧, 入夜後都變格外吸引!

Night in Sanya has all kinds of tasty food. Eat and drink in the hotel was really comfortable.

There are beautiful lights at night from the buildings, I also took many pictures!

The Chinese, Western, Asia cuisine restaurants and beach bar are even more attractive at night!

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The Intercontinental Sanya Resort at night

Sanya - The Intercontinental Sanya Resort

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還有多家餐館, 包括中餐廳, 西餐廳, 亞洲風味餐廳。

當然還有酒吧, 在沙灘前的酒吧就是我最喜歡的!

The hotel I was stayed in Sanya was the Intercontinental Sanya Resort.

Besides a variety of facilities in the hotel and different size of swimming pools,

there are several restaurants, including Chinese, Western and Asia cuisine restaurants.

Of course there are bars, the bar in front of the beach is my favorite!

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Sanya - The Paradise of the East

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Sanya is the southernmost city in China and is a part of Hainan Province and be said that Asia's Hawaii.

This year's Easter holidays I had a very relaxed holiday in Sanya.

I also went to The End of The Earth and The Nanshan Temple both are famous attractions in Sanya.

The next post I will introduce more about Sanya and share more photos!

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Pray for Japan 日本のための祈り

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Japan's 311 earthquake and tsunami caused a big damage and hurt ...

I had originally intended to travel in Japan this April.

To see the Japanese cherry blossoms was a wish of many years ...

Of course, I've cancel the trip now.

I hope that Japan will recover quickly!

I believe a lot of people are still thinking to travel this beautiful country!

During my first time to traveling Japan, I bought this small Japanese Jizo.

I hope it can bring good luck to Japan! We are all blessing for Japan and Japanese!










Let's pray for Japan!


Athens Holidays - National Library of Greece

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The National Library of Greece (Greek: Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη) is situated near the center of city of Athens.
It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, as part of his famous Trilogy
of neo-classical buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University.

The original idea for establishing a National Library came from the philhellene Jacob Mayer, in an August 1824
article of his newspaper Greek Chronicles, published at Messolonghi, where Mayer had been struggling
alongside Lord Byron for Greece's independence. Mayer's idea was carried out in 1829 by the new Greek
government of John Kapodistrias, who grouped together the National Library with other intellectual institutions
such as schools, national museums, and printing houses. These were all placed in the Orphanage of Aegina,
under the supervision of Andreas Moustoksidis, who thus became president of the committee of the
Orphanage, director of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and director of the National School.

At the end of 1830, the library, which Moustokaidis called the National Library, held 1,018 volumes of
printed books, which had been collected from Greeks and philhellenes. In 1834, the Library moved to
Athens, the new capital, and was at first temporarily housed in the public bath at the Roman Market and
then later in the Church of St. Eleftherios, next to the Cathedral and other important buildings.

The collection grew rapidly. In addition to the purchase of books from private libraries, carried out under the
supervision of Dimitris Postolakas (1,995 volumes), the Library accepted many large donations of books,
like one from Christoforos and Konstantinos Sakellarios (5,400 volumes) and one from Markos Renieris (3,401 volumes).

In 1842, the Public Library merged with the Athens University library (15,000 volumes), and was housed together
with the currency collection at the new building of Otto's University. George Kozakis-Typaldos was appointed
as the first director of the newly enlarged institution, remaining in his post until 1863. At this time, the Library
was enriched with significant donations and with rare foreign language books from all over Europe.
With the royal charter of 1866, the two libraries merged, and were administered as the "National Library of Greece".

On 16 March 1888 the foundation stone for a neoclassical marble building was laid, financed by three Kefallonian-born
brothers of the Diaspora, Panagis, Marinos and Andreas Vallianos. The Library remained in the University building
until 1903, when it was moved to the new building which was designed by Theophil Hansen and supervised by Ernst Ziller.

Today, the Library is still housed at the Vallianos building, as well as at two other buildings, at Agia Paraskevi
and Nea Halkidona. The valuable collections of their combined materials represent the written Greek cultural treasure.

(Information from Wekipedia)

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The National National Library of Greece, one of Theophil Hansen's "Trilogy" in central Athens.

Athens Holidays - University of Athens

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The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greek: Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών),
usually referred to simply as the University of Athens, is the oldest university in Southeast Europe[citation needed]
and has been in continuous operation since its establishment in 1837.
Today, it is the second-largest institution of higher learning in Greece, with more than fifty
thousand undergraduate students. In 2010, according to University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP),
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the best university in Greece and 171th university in the world.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded on May 3, 1837, and was housed in the
residence of architect Stamatis Kleanthes, on the north east side of the Acropolis. It was the first University
not only in the newly established Greek State but in all the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in general.

Before it was renamed to honour Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of independent modern Greece,
the university was known as the Othonian University and consisted of four faculties; theology, law, medicine
and arts (which included applied sciences and mathematics). It had 33 professors, 52 students and 75 non-
matriculated “auditors”. In November 1841, classes began in a new building designed by the Danish architect
Christian Hansen. “The Propylaea” was designed by Hansen younger brother, Theophil Hansen in 1859 but
the building project was not completed until 1885.

A major change in the structure of the University came about in 1904, when the faculty of Arts was split into
two separate faculties: that of Arts and that of Sciences, the latter consisting of the departments of Physics
and Mathematics and the School of Pharmacy. In 1919, a department of chemistry was added, and in 1922
the School of Pharmacy was renamed a Department. A further change came about when the School of
Dentistry was added to the faculty of medicine.

In this first and “heroic” period for Greek education, the university faculty made great efforts to fill the gap
between their newly founded institution and older ones in other countries.

Between 1895 and 1911, an average of one thousand new students entered the faculties each year, a figure
which rose to two thousand at the end of World War I. This led to the decision to introduce entrance
examinations for all the faculties, beginning in the academic year 1927-28. Since 1954 the number of
students admitted each year has been fixed by the Ministry of Education and Religion, on the proposal of the faculties.

In the 1960s construction work began on the University Campus in the suburb of Ilissia.
The Ilissia campus now houses the Schools of Philosophy, Theology and Sciences.

(Information from Wekipedia)

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The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, one of Theophil Hansen's "Trilogy" in central Athens.

Athens Holidays - Modern Academy of Athens

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The Academy of Athens (Greek: Ακαδημία Αθηνών) is Greece's national academy,

and the highest research establishment in the country. It was established in 1926,

and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.

The Academy's main building is one of the major landmarks of Athens.

The organization of the Academy of Athens, whose title hearkens back to the ancient Academy of Plato,

was first established on 18 March 1926, and its charter was ratified by the law.

This charter, with subsequent amendments, is still valid and governs the Academy's affairs.

According to it, the Academy is divided into three Orders:

Natural Sciences, Letters and Arts, Moral and Political Sciences.

The main building of the Academy is a neoclassical building between Panepistimiou Street and Akadimias Street

in the centre of Athens. The building was designed as part of an architectural "trilogy" in 1859 by the Danish

architect Theophil Hansen, along with the University and the National Library.

Funds had been provided by the magnate Simon Sinas specifically for the purpose, and the foundation stone was

laid on 2 August 1859. Construction proceeded rapidly, after 1861 under the supervision of Ernst Ziller,

but the internal tumults during the latter years of King Otto's reign, which resulted in his ousting in 1862,

hampered construction until it was stopped in 1864. Works resumed in 1868, but the building was not completed

until 1885, at a total cost of 2,843,319 gold drachmas, most of it provided by Sinas, and, after his death,

by his wife Ifigeneia. The sculptures were undertaken by the Greek Leonidas Drosis, while the murals

and paintings by the Austrian Christian Griepenkerl.

On 20 March 1887, the building of the "Sinaean Academy", as it was called, was delivered by Ziller to the Greek

Prime Minister, Charilaos Trikoupis. In the absence of a national Academy, the building was used for housing

the Numismatic Museum in 1890, and in 1914 the Byzantine Museum and the State Archives. Finally, on 24 March 1926,

the building was handed over to the newly-established Academy of Athens.

(Information from Wekipedia)
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The main building of the Academy of Athens, one of Theophil Hansen's "Trilogy" in central Athens.

Happy CNY & Valentine's Day

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Happy Chinese New Year & Valentine's Day!

Athens Holidays - The Acropolis (Part IV)

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I took many photos at the Acropoli in Athens.
I am very pleased to be able to share this mythical place with you.

Archaeological remains

The entrance to the Acropolis was a monumental gateway called the Propylaea.

To the south of the entrance is the tiny Temple of Athena Nike.
A bronze statue of Athena, sculpted by Phidias,

originally stood at its centre. At the centre of the Acropolis is the Parthenon or Temple of Athena Parthenos
(Athena the Virgin). East of the entrance and north of the Parthenon is the temple known as the Erechtheum.

South of the platform that forms the top of the Acropolis there are also the remains of an outdoor theatre called
Theatre of Dionysus. A few hundred metres away, there is the now partially reconstructed Theatre of Herodes Atticus.

All the valuable ancient artifacts are situated in the Acropolis Museum, which resides on the southern
slope of the same rock, 280 metres from the Parthenon. (Information from Wekipedia)

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The Acropolis


Athens Holidays - The Acropolis (Part III)

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When I was in the Acropolis the first feeling is like Pompeii,

both have a long history and here even have more stories and legends.

The Dark Ages

There is no conclusive evidence for the existence of a Mycenean palace on top of the Athenian Acropolis.

However, if there was such a palace, it seems to have been transplanted by later building activity on the Acropolis.

Not much is known as to the architectural appearance of the Acropolis until the archaic era.

In the 7th and the 6th centuries BC the site was taken over by Kylon during the failed Kylonian revolt,

and twice by Pisistratus: all attempts directed at seizing political power by coups d' etat. Nevertheless it seems that

a nine-gate wall, the Enneapylon, had been built around the biggest water spring, the "Clepsydra", at the northwestern foot.

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The Parthenon

New Home

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I finally have moved into my new home. After nearly two months of renovation works and a very hard removal process ...

But now I can rest comfortably in my new home, all the renovations have been worth it!

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Living room

Athens Holidays - The Acropolis (Part II)

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我在雅典衛城(Acropolis)參觀了很久, 一方面欣賞這些難得一見的古建築, 另一方面希望拍到理想的照片。
早上和下午的光源變化可以令照片截言不同, 要拍到一些有氣氛的照片, 有時需要到同一地點來回拍攝幾次,
當陽光照射在建築物上所發出的金光, 會令本來藍色的天空變成深藍色。
所以鏡頭下的影像會比眼晴看到的更多更漂亮, 這就是攝影的樂趣!



I stayed at the Acropolis for a very long time.  On the one hand, I wanted to appreciate these
rare ancient buildings but on the other hand, I wanted to shoot some good pictures.
The differences of light in the morning and afternoon can produce totally different results.
To get the right mood, sometimes requires you to go back and forth several times in the same location.
This allows you to get the right amount of light to produce the picture that you want,
as the suns golden rays reflect off the buildings. They will also turn a blue sky into a darker richer blue.
That's why the images created under the watchful eye of the lens are more beautiful than
the images we see through our eyes. This is the fun of photography!

While the earliest artifacts date to the Middle Neolithic era, there have been documented habitations in Attica from
the Early Neolithic (6th millennium BC). There is little doubt that a Mycenaean megaron stood upon the hill during
the late Bronze Age.[citation needed] Nothing of this megaron survives except, probably, a single limestone column-base
and pieces of several sandstone steps. Soon after the palace was built a Cyclopean massive circuit wall was built,
760 meters long, up to 10 meters high, and ranging from 3.5 to 6 meters thick. This wall would serve as the main defense
for the acropolis until the 5th century. The wall consisted of two parapets built with large stone blocks and cemented
with an earth mortar called emplekton (Greek: ἔμπλεκτον). The wall follows typical Mycenaean convention in that
it followed the natural contour of the terrain and its gate was arranged obliquely, with a parapet and tower overhanging
the incomers' right-hand side, thus facilitating defense. There were two lesser approaches up the hill on its north side,
consisting of steep, narrow flights of steps cut in the rock. Homer is assumed to refer to this fortification when he
mentions the "strong-built House of Erechtheus" (Odyssey 7.81). At some point before the 13th century an earthquake caused
a fissure near the northeastern edge of the acropolis. This fissure extended some thirty five meters to a bed of soft marl
in which a well was dug. An elaborate set of stairs was built and the well was used as a protected source of drinking
water during some portion of the Mycenaean period, as it was invaluable in times of siege. (Information from Wekipedia)

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The temple in the Acropolis

Athens Holidays - The Acropolis (Part I)

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去年的聖誕假期我又去了一個期待已久的旅遊目的地 - 希臘雅典

我住的酒店就在雅典的明勝雅典衛城(Acropolis)附近, 所以就成為我第一個參觀的地方。



衛城是由平頂岩構成,位於海拔150米(512 英呎)。其亦被命名為西哥羅佩(Cecropia),


雅典衛城上築有巴特農神殿(Parthenon), 請大家先欣賞部份照片, 往後我會慢慢介紹這個歷史衛城。

I went to a long-awaited destination - Athens, Greece in last year's Christmas holiday.

I live in the hotel nearby the Acropolis, so it was my first place to visit in Athens.

The Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world.

The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European

Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.

The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens,

with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man,

Cecrops, the first Athenian king. (Information from Wekipedia)

On the top of Acropolis is the Parthenon, please enjoy the first part of the photos,

next I will slowly introduce the history of the Acropolis.

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The Parthenon

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