Kristin Jackson writes about worldwide travel in Destinations. The column runs in Pacific Northwest Magazine on Sundays.
From dawn to dusk during each year’s monthlong Ramadan period, devout Muslims abstain from eating, drinking or smoking. It’s one of the holiest times in the Islamic calendar, commemorating the revelation of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text.
Yathae Pyan cave has been turned into a Buddhist place of worship.
The highly stylized Kabuki dance-drama, often focused on tragic love, is more than 400 years old. Men and boys, in ornate costumes and makeup, usually play both the female and male characters.
Properly called “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World,” the copper figure was a gift from France in 1886.
This entertaining window washer is dangling outside a hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city with more than 3 million people.
The Tour de France is both epic and inspirational for cyclists of all sorts.
But artificial waves sweep across the pool, causing the thousands of people to bob and shriek with glee in their brightly colored inner tubes.
Mouraria, whose tangled web of narrow streets dates to medieval times, was a cradle of Fado, the traditional melancholy Portuguese singing. Maria Severa was one of the first famous Fado singers.
Nature’s light show trumps the work of mere men high above the Italian city of Catania.
Buenos Aires welcomes the murals, an outgrowth of graffiti art. Local authorities sometimes offer subsidies; building owners are open to having their properties painted.