Dongguan in China where the world’s safest trampoline is manufactured. I met the suppliers of packaging and various large printing companies. I have fond memories of some delicious spicy food, great colleagues and workers from the factory, traveling with a driver with a sense of humor, along with some donkey meat also for the first time. After this tour, I’m really tempted to see the rest of the country.
Some of these images include Press moulds for S113 Large Square Trampoline model packaging, Robot welding machine welding centre post sockets, Process Quality Control area where frames are checked for tolerance, Grinding frames after welding, Welding leg sockets onto the frame, Using a welding jig to weld enclosure sockets onto the frames, Static-charged powder coat booth, Fabrication group leader with robot welding machine operator.
Luigi Barzini described Venice as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man". Venice is perhaps Europe’s most romantic city for tourists. The highlight of my adventure includes evenings of aperitivi, exploring the St Mark’s basilica (Basilica di San Marco), Palazzo Ducale, Doge’s Palace, Torre dell’Orologio, San Giorgio Maggiore, roaming around grand canal by foot and gondola, hang out by the Rialto Bridge in the evening, exhibit of Peggy Guggenheim Collection of 20th-century masters, Venetian Vino, Casino Venezia, a show in teatro la fenice and Interpreti Veneziani, a Walk in James Bond's footsteps and trip to the Torcello, Murano & Burano Islands.
Once capital of recently established Kingdom of Italy, Florence is filled with Renaissance Art, culture and architecture. The highlight of my visit includes tracking down Artisans, eating boho pizza, gawping at architectural masterpieces, jazz shows, walk up on Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza del Duomo, Basilica di Santa Croce, Accademia Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Garden, Uffizi Gallery, Santa Maria Novella, Fountain in Neptune, enjoy sunset and sunrise from bridges, specially the famous Ponte Vecchio.
Spain’s 2nd largest city Barcelona, and the capital city of Catalonia, besieged several times during its history from the Middle Ages to the kingdom of Aragon; Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination. The highlight of my adventure includes Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Mila, exploring Gothic quarter and Las Ramblas street, Catching the season opener at the Camp Nou and an escape to the Montserrat Mountains & Monastery.
I visited Arles mainly to follow the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and his new discovery of a vibrant color palette in South of France. A glorious sunny and festive atmosphere with a sense of nostalgic feeling, it was easy to relate to Van Gogh paintings from Arles. I will never forget the memory of the hours observing the evening sunset from the exact spot of the famous painting “Starry nights over the Rhône”. Long before the Dutch artist painted that piece, the Romans had been won over by the charms of the region and the city. The highlight of my adventure includes Elysian Fields, La Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Musée Réattu, Place de la République, Roman Theater and Amphithéâtre d'Arles. Still impressively intact, the 12,000-seat theatre and 20,000-seat amphitheatre now stage events including Arles' famous férias, with their controversial lethal bullfights, Camarguaises and three-day street parties.
The genius Mozart’s hometown Salzburg, standing beside the fast-flowing Salzach River with mountains surrounding the city, the old town’s mosaic of graceful domes and spires, the formidable cliff-top fortress, I found Salzburg as described in any storybook or movie like the Sound of Music. It’s a special city that grows into you slowly and lasts in your memory forever. The highlight of my adventure includes Mozart's Birthplace, The Residenzplatz, The Salzburg Residenz and the Residenzgalerie, Makartsteg, Hohensalzburg Castle, Neugebäude, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Abbey, The Franciscan Church, Altstadt (Old Town Salzburg), Schloss Mirabell and Gardens, Hallein, Salzburg Marionette Theater, day trip to Werfen and the World's Largest Ice Caves and Wolfgangsee.
When it comes to creativity, the sky’s the limit in Berlin. Forget about New York, Berlin is the city that truly never sleeps. I simply enjoyed exploring its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties and tangible history. It was a time travel with all its history and I cycled through a city like never before. Enjoyed breakfast at Restaurant Bastard, then exploring through Hasenheide, Flughafen tempelhof Klunkerkranich at neukölln arcaden, Berliner Mauer (Wall), Klunkerkranich, Berliner Fernsehturm, Berliner Dom, Brandenburger tor (Gate), Straße des 17. Juni, Holocaust denkmal, Homosexual denkmal, Die kupel, Reichstag building, Hauptbahnhof Kadewe, window shopping at Kaufhaus des Westens, grabbing drink at the Bikini haus, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin and monkey bar, photowalk at Gleisdreieck park, Sony center at potsdamer platz and enjoying Wiener schnitzel at Mundvoll.
Prague as a city and it’s beauty is no less in stature than Rome, Amsterdam, Paris or London. As an aimless wanderer, I found walking around Prague during hot summer days quite challenging but worth it. Prague's maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise and the scenic beauty keeps evolving from dusk until dawn. Known for its beer, excellent restaurants, fashionable bars and cafes, the taste of Goulash in some of the restaurants is to die for. The weird and witty sculpture of David Černý punctuates Prague's public spaces. The city itself is filled with stunning architecture, from the soaring verticals of Gothic and the exuberance of baroque to the sensual elegance of art nouveau and cubist facades. Also enjoyed the luscious art nouveau of Alfons Mucha, and the magnificent collection of 20th-century surrealists, cubists and constructivists in the Veletržní Palác.
A photo walk in famous Cannes, located on the French Riviera and the host of the annual Cannes Film Festival.
The legacy and hub of the Roman Empire with the artistic heritage dating back to Etruscan times, Rome is one of my favorite art cities. Art is all around us in Rome with breathtaking baroque churches, amazing classical statues and stunning Renaissance frescoes. It’s a special feeling when you walk around town across masterpieces and sculptures by Michelangelo, frescoes by Raphael, paintings by Caravaggio and fountains by Bernini. While enjoying tasty delicious wood-fired pizza, when in Rome, one must try the dish “Saltimboca alla romana” in Trastevere.
I visited a friend Anthony Michele, an artist & talented sculptor in Nice. Nice was also the beginning of my Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region adventure. I was taken by surprise after a great time Italy to come across Promenade du Paillon the first evening I arrived. Gorgeous clean environment with its trees and plants were quite different than in Italy. I ran into tourists, backpackers to romance-seeking couples on cours Saleya in Vieux Nice or a bench on the legendary Promenade des Anglais for amazing sunset. Musée Matisse along with walk to Parc des Arènes de Cimiez and visiting Musée Marc Chagall gallery was an inspiring beginning of the best Art gallery visits in Europe.
I explored Granada on an electric bicycle on my very first afternoon to get a glimpse from the hills. Beside the Alhambra’s majestic presence, I can think of one thing with fond memories, ‘Free Tapas’. The food in Granada for its price is probably the my favorite I experienced in all of Europe. Andalucía’s most youthful city, innovative bars and intimate flamenco shows, I can’t wait to go back there few more times.