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Posted at: 2019-06-18 22:49:27
“Before coming to Vietnam, I couldn’t imagine a country where so many languages, traditions and separate cultural identities could exist side by side. I’m not an ethnologist, so I can’t comment on the complicated relationships that exist within different countries. But, personally, I do believe that there’s much to be learned from the indigenous groups around the world, and that these rich and ancient cultures certainly deserve respect or, at the very least, to be allowed to live peacefully in their own way.” For the last eight years, travel photographer Réhahn has been working on an ambitious project to photograph members from all 54 of Vietnam’s recognised ethnic groups. In our story (link in bio), Réhahn presents a few of his favourite images from the Precious Heritage project, along with his memories of meeting and photographing the members of Vietnam’s ethnic groups. 📸 @rehahn_photography
Posted at: 2019-06-13 16:22:55
Located in Northern Mongolia near the Russian border, Lake Khövsgöl is the country’s largest freshwater lake by area. Once a year, Mongolians from different provinces, tribes and religious beliefs gather at Lake Khövsgöl for the Ice Festival to celebrate their shared connection to nature. The festival has been gaining popularity with tourists in recent years. Over the course of two days, attendees can observe – and participate in – traditional Mongolian pastimes. On the first day of the festival, horse-drawn sleighs scurry across the frozen lake and guests compete in traditional games such as tug-of-war and archery. The second day is reserved for large competitions like horse-sleigh races and ice-sculpture carving. 📸 by @insearchofperfect
Posted at: 2019-06-11 16:03:16
For hundreds of years, the residents of Tangier Island have maintained a unique relic of their colonial past: their accent.
Ninety miles south-east of Washington DC and 12 miles off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Tangier Island is a remote sliver of marsh grasses, tidal creeks and bird-filled wetlands that’s home to 460 people adrift in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. For the past few hundred years, the only way on and off the island has been by infrequent boat service, and a combination of geographic isolation and traditions harking back to its early British settlers make Tangier feel like it’s in a different era than the country that surrounds it. But while Tangier may feel like stepping back into the 1950s, it sounds like stepping back into the 1750s. That’s because the inhabitants have retained a unique form of speech that’s been passed down from the island’s earliest English settlers. Today, Tangier is one of the last places in the US where people still speak with traces of their colonial past. According to David Shores, a Tangierman, linguist and author of Tangier Island: Place, People and Talk, the island’s unique speech patterns likely migrated with its first settlers from Cornwall and then evolved inward. Today, most Tangier residents can trace their ancestors back to the island’s founding families in the 17th and 18th Centuries. “This island has been so geographically isolated for all these years that it’s kept relics of its earliest settlers’ speech – likely lower-class British men,” Shores said. “Then instead of absorbing linguistic patterns from the mainland, it developed its own colourful characteristics independently.” 📸 Veena Rao
Posted at: 2019-06-10 21:02:18
For more than a century, one family has helped transform the way Europe eats. @hiltl is the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Combining Indian, Asian, Mediterranean and Swiss influences, Haus Hiltl’s boundary-pushing menus have introduced generations of Swiss and Europeans to a rich ratatouille of vegetarian options. Diners line up at the 100-dish buffet to savour the homemade vegetarian and vegan dishes from around the world. #vegan#vegetarian#wholefoodplantbased#plantbased#veganrestaurant #swissfood#vegetariancuisine 📸 by Haus Hiltl
Posted at: 2019-06-06 00:13:47
Stretching more than 1,200km between the cities of Osh in Kyrgyzstan and Dushanbe in Tajikistan, the Pamir Highway is one of the wildest roads in the world – and for the intrepid traveller, possibly the planet’s most epic road trip. The road travels through breathtaking wilderness, ranging from high desert to snowy mountains and crossing passes of more than 4,000m. It is likely inhabited by more snow leopards and spiral-horned Marco Polo sheep than humans. 🤯 (Credit: @stamboulisd )
Posted at: 2019-05-10 23:30:01
#FridayFeature! The Batad Rice Terraces are one of five rice terrace clusters in the #Philippines that are inscribed on the #Unesco World Heritage list. The terraces have been maintained for around 2,000 years, with each generation passing their agricultural knowledge on to the next. Beautiful photo @_kevinwalks -- thank you for sharing it with us using #bbctravel!
Posted at: 2019-04-26 22:30:00
#FridayFeature! A popular story of the origin of the Mathematical Bridge at Cambridge University's Queens' College is that it was constructed by Sir Isaac Newton to illustrate the principles of gravity and force. The story goes that after Newton's death, his students dismantled it to learn more about its structure, but were unable to reassemble it properly without the use of iron nuts and bolts. Although the story cannot be true (the bridge was built in 1749, 22 years after Newton's death, the Mathematical Bridge is certainly a lovely piece of the campus. Thanks @lizoverseas for sharing your photo with us using #bbctravel!
The Disappointment Islands earned their moniker after Lord Byron's grandfather attempted to anchor his ship, the HMS Dolphin, and come ashore, only to be driven away by the natives. Today, Napuka and Tepoto remain two of the most isolated islands in French Polynesia, their remote location and unfortunate name sheltering them from the rest of the world.
Writer @wheresandrew made the arduous journey to Napuka and Tepoto, and his experience was anything but disappointing. Click the link in our bio to read his story.
#SouthAfrica's Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world's floral kingdoms, but it's the most diverse. It has three times as many types of plants as the Amazon rainforest, with 70% of the species growing nowhere else on Earth.
Perhaps the most important type of plant here is fynbos, which plays a crucial role in water conservation in the Western Cape. The plant variety, which is made up of around 9,000 different species (including rooibos, commonly used for tea), has evolved to rely on regular brush fires to survive.
Click the link in our bio to learn more about fynbos and the Cape Floral Kingdom. #bbctravel 📷: Thomas Lewton