Reviving Cambodia’s pride: Khmer golden silk

Born and raised in Paris, I am familiar with the haute couture stores of Avenue Montaigne or Rue Saint Honoré where the highest end luxury shops in the world can be found. The finest silk pieces I have ever seen are sliding through my fingers and I feel their soft and delicate textures. The shiny fabrics reflect the light delicately. The relief of the silk gives it an unexpected depth. However, I am not in the upscale heart of Paris, I am in rural Cambodia a stone’s throw from the temples of Angkor where this rare Khmer silk was made just for the king: “It took more than 10 years of research, and trial and error to revive the century-old forgotten techniques of silk weaving of the Khmers!” says Sophea Peach, the founder of Golden Silk, and it all started with the devata‘s sculpture of Angkor… Let me show you…” Keep travelling

Photo of the day: Cambodia’s moving circus act

In this amazing shot, the contortionist has just fired her arrow with her feet while standing on her hands. It is about to pierce a balloon filled with paint that has been fixed to the artwork that has just been realised live on stage. The dripping paint symbolises the blood that was shed during the secret bombings of Cambodia by the US in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Keep reading

Photo of the day: The stunning ceiling of the Opéra Garnier, Paris

The Opéra Garnier is one of the two opera houses in Paris. Named after its young architect, it was inaugurated in 1875. Its Second Empire Keep reading

Photo of the day: Life Underground in Manhattan

If you are going through the L line subway station at 14th street & 8th Avenue, plan on a bit of extra time to play hide and seek with funny cartoon-like metal sculptures! Keep reading

Photo of the day: The Red Cube of lower Manhattan

Passing by the dark HSBC building, a bright red painted cube of steel balancing on one corner, draws our attention. It is the Keep reading

A craft turned into art: ceramics of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua

San Juan de Oriente, close to the Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua seems like a small sleepy village. Turning a street corner by the church, we see a display of pots by a house prompting us to give it a closer look. Keep reading

Stories on the walls of Ataco, El Salvador

A surreal scene of black cat on the roof of a house with windows shaped as coffee beans attracts my attention. Overlooking it in the garden, a pink owl is resting in a tree. Cherry blossoms flower and villagers are cheerfully at work, from drying coffee beans, to washing clothes in the river. The bright yellow sky shines fiercely above the cute houses. A street dog is sound asleep…. Keep reading

Exploring the cradle of the Maya civilization, El Mirador, Guatemala

From the 77 meters of the massive pyramid of La Danta, the huge city sprawls at my feet. From the wide plaza on which La Danta stands,  Keep reading

Photo of the day: A big red lipstick kiss from the Stravinsky fountain, Paris

In the 4th quarter of Paris, between the modern Centre Pompidou and the Saint Merri church, 16 remarkable sculptures move around and play with water; the Stravinsky Fountain. This controversial Keep reading

Photo of the day: Wallace fountains, Paris

The Wallace fountains are associated with Paris as they were first installed there, but Keep reading