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Chichicastenango Market

This picture was taken in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Chichicastenango, also referred to as ChiChi, is one of my favorite places to visit in Guatemala. On Thursdays and Sundays they have market days, which are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never been to the town on a not market day, though i’m sure it’s still really interesting, but the market itself is just a great experience. The streets are lined with stalls selling all sorts of hand made things, ranging from tapestries to wooden statues, to purses to jewelry. Some of the stalls sell things that aren’t handmade too, Machetes and knives can be found here, as well as some antiques. ChiChi is just a great place to walk around, but it’s also a really fun place to shop, a place where you can find really unique Guatemalan souvenirs. The vendors are friendly and are usually totally willing to haggle on prices. ChiChi also has numerous stalls for food, and, if you aren’t feeling adventurous enough for street food (or if you want a place to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage for a bit) there are also a few restaurants around. Aside from the market itself, ChiChi is also home to a really unique church. The church, which is sort of in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the market, has a large set of stairs leading up to it’s doors, on market days these stairs are covered with people hawking flowers. The church is also worth a visit, and, at least when I was there last (June 2011) the church was opened to visitors. If you are visiting Guatemala definitely try to swing by ChiChi on a market day, it’s a fantastic experience!

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This is a series of pictures taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is really REALLY cool. It’s considered to be a ‘creepy’ tourist attraction, but I don’t really think of it that way at all, it just seems interesting. The Ossuary is decorated entirely with skeletons, and every bone found in the human body can be found somewhere in this church. It’s just outside Prague, trains run to the town where its located fairly often, and it’s an easy walk from the station to the church. Seriously though, if you have the chance, go! It’s super cool 🙂

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This is a compilation of photos of the beautiful Chora Church (if you’re trying to find it Lonely Planet lists this as its address: Kariye Camii Sokak Edirnekapı) in Istanbul, Turkey. The church is decorated all over with beautiful and intricate mosaics that depict the lives of Mary and Jesus. The church was a little hard for us to find, we took a taxi and we tried multiple times with different drivers, but many didn’t know where we were talking about (which is why I included the address) HOWEVER, it is an incredible little church with fantastic mosaics, and some paintings as well, both of which are fairly well preserved. I recommend a visit to this church, it is definitely one of the more hidden treasures that Istanbul has to offer.

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This is a close up of a painting in a beautiful little church on the European side of Istanbul, in Turkey. The church also had an amazing amount of beautiful mosaics, most of which were incredibly well preserved. This painting struck me particularly, because it looks like the area surrounding the eyes may have been removed deliberately for some reason. This church is called Chora Church, and this little hidden gem is absolutely worth a visit, another one of Istanbul’s beautifully artistic pieces of architecture. More pictures of the Mosaics will follow 🙂

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Skeleton Chandelier

Taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the bone church, is located in the small town of Kutna Hora, about a 45 minute train ride outside of Prague. The inside of this amazing church is decorated with thousands of human bones. This is a picture of the chandelier, the design of which incorporates every bone in the body. The inside of the church is decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. It’s an absolutely amazing site. I’m interested in physical anthropology, so I thought this was absolutely amazing, but even without knowing anything about the human skeleton I think anyone can appreciate the uniqueness of this place. It is absolutely worth the visit, and the train ride over there is beautiful.

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Letters on the doors of La Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Taken in Barcelona, Spain

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