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The Naked Architect

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A humorous take on the daily life of an architectural designer. Architecture, Green Building, Design and Sustainability are all laid bare. And no I won't be taking my clothes off!
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  1. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    13/11/2016
    The Zahir Mosque is Kedah’s state mosque. It is located in the heart of Alor Star, the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. It is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia. The mosque was built in 1912, funded by Tunku Mahmud, son of the Sultan Tajuddin Mukarram Shah. The architecture from the mosque inspired by AZIZI Mosque in the city of Langkat in north Sumatra, Indonesia. The mosque was founded with five large domes symbolizing the five main principles of Islam. The state’s Quran reading competition is held annually within the premises of the mosque. This mosque has been voted the top 10 most beautiful mosques in the world. http://www.wonderslist.com/10-most-beautiful-mosques-in-the-world/ Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell
    13/11/2016 #1 Claire Cardwell
    #Soulfulsundays @Ken Boddie
  2. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    12/11/2016
    Am v. excited one of the houses I worked on has been featured on Homify - it's no 5 on the list :- https://www.homify.co.za/ideabooks/1715287/14-south-african-homes-that-are-too-good-to-be-true

    http://www.bluedesigns.org/eagle-canyon-house.php
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  3. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    11/11/2016
    Walking the Plank - 2014 November on an unusually cold day. #throwbackthursdays Claire Cardwell
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  4. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    09/11/2016
    #Wackywednesdays #Thegoodthebadandtheugly Claire Cardwell
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  5. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    08/11/2016
    #thegoodthebadandtheugly - The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Height: 319 m, Floors: 77, Opened: 1930
    Architecture firm: Reinhard, Hofmeister & Walquist
    Architect: William Van Alen

    I think it is one of the most spectacularly beautiful buildings I have ever seen
    Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #11 Claire Cardwell
    #9 Hi @Javier Rojas García, not for a long time, I do remember it in Ghost Busters and another movie. It's an iconic building and I've always loved it.
    Claire Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #10 Claire Cardwell
    #8 Years ago my parents won a trip to NYC and also went to New England to see some friends. It was during the fall and the colours were spectacular...
    Javier Rojas García
    08/11/2016 #9 Javier Rojas García
    Great photo!! Have you seen Will Smith´s movie, Men in black III? He has to jump from the top of the building and you can see many details of it.
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/11/2016 #8 Lisa Gallagher
    #7 I dont blame you, I'm sure its beautiful in the fall. Much of NY State is gorgeous during fall!
    Claire Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #7 Claire Cardwell
    #6 Sounds a bit chilly for me! Would like to go in the autumn and admire the leaves. We don't get much of an autumn here in SA.
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/11/2016 #6 Lisa Gallagher
    #5 Great zoom and some photo editing (enhancement of colors and structure) is possible :)) Well maybe one day we will both fullfill our dreams. I'd love to go in December after the Rockefeller plaza tree is lit!
    Claire Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #5 Claire Cardwell
    #4 I would have loved to! It must have been taken from a helicopter. I've also never been to NYC.....
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/11/2016 #4 Lisa Gallagher
    #3 I've never been to NYC @Claire Cardwell, would love to go one day soon. I'm only 7 hrs or less from there. Did you take this photo?
    Claire Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #3 Claire Cardwell
    #1 It's a really stunning building! One of my favourites and yet another on my bucket list....
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/11/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Stunning photo @Claire Cardwell!
  6. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    08/11/2016
    #thegoodthebadandtheugly - Aldar headquarters building in Abu Dhabi. Designed by MZ Architects and opened in 2010. This coin-shaped building is the world's first circular skyscraper.
    I think it's v ugly - what do you think?
    Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell
    08/11/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    #1 It is, quite the engineering feat as well.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    08/11/2016 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Claire wow..it is unique though isn't it?
  7. ProducerClaire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    06/11/2016
    @Soulfulsundays - Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay Jones
    @Soulfulsundays - Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay JonesThorncrown Chapel was designed by world renowned architect E. Fay Jones. Fay was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1921. He studied at the University of Arkansas, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, and finally under his mentor Frank Lloyd...
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    Sara Jacobovici
    07/11/2016 #14 Sara Jacobovici
    #7 I've been told @CityVP Manjit that "intense" is my favorite word and "it's all connected" is my favorite expression.
    CityVP Manjit
    06/11/2016 #13 CityVP Manjit
    #11 There is another discipline that is akin to "school by doing" which is "action learning" - the important thing here is that doing is not a past tense, it is in the here and now, and Claire Cardwell can engage this right here or anywhere.

    For sure getting to know how the Lloyds translated this to architecture is something you won't know unless we engaged in that school, but even me just discovering this as a reality has somewhat imperceptibly changed me. It is the appreciation of this awareness that matters.

    Whether it is this discovery I had today about Taliesen philosophy courtesy of your buzz or visiting those who think about "action learning" http://www.wial.org/action-learning - the actual reality of this discovery is that both you and I can then operating in the school which we to belong even when it is a self-created school of our own online learning journeys.

    This is why I especially really loved the affinity that I dug out of your buzz because it is kindred with how I personally want to relate to the WWW a.k.a. http://myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=T_BernersLee_MMUN_CA_07 and so I frame it as a "learning journey".
    Claire Cardwell
    06/11/2016 #12 Claire Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg!
    Claire Cardwell
    06/11/2016 #11 Claire Cardwell
    #7 Thanks for the links @CityVP Manjit - very interesting reading - I am particularly intrigued by the 'school by doing' approach taken by Frank Lloyd Wright and his aunts. I would have loved to have gone to a school that followed the Taliesen philosophy.
    Claire Cardwell
    06/11/2016 #10 Claire Cardwell
    #9 Thanks @CityVP Manjit - I am glad you enjoyed it! It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever come across and it must be an amazing place to meditate by. The history, synchronicity and respect for the forest really resonated with me too.
    CityVP Manjit
    06/11/2016 #9 CityVP Manjit
    What was personally relevant to me in this buzz was that I encountered the intellect of E.Fay Jones which informs my yellow hive, it contained the emergent and design aspects of architecture which informs my violet hive and it told the story of an educational institution for the Lloyd-Wright's vision of an architectural fellowship which informs my gray hive. When it comes to my own learning journey this buzz actually contained far more elements than simply directly appreciating the design thinking of the Thorncrown Chapel. Thank You for this buzz.
    Lada Prkic
    06/11/2016 #8 Lada Prkic
    Wonderful! I am also amazed by the fact that no structural element was heavier than two men could carry through the woods. Repeating patterns are stunning.
    CityVP Manjit
    06/11/2016 #7 CityVP Manjit
    Did not about Fay Jones. The one thing obituaries create is a doorway into a life, so I first accessed the NY Times page for his obit http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/01/arts/design/fay-jones-83-architect-influenced-by-wright-dies.html?_r=0 There I also learned about http://taliesinfellows.org/i/taliesin-fellows/ so again something new for me but now I see the connection even more with Lloyd-Wright as an educator. That in itself is worth buzzing to my Gray HIve https://www.bebee.com/group/gray noting here that my hives are for my own learning journey, rather than a singular interest in the field of architecture. An obit of an accomplished person describes the key moments of a life and a person's work, .In Fay Jones it's describes a "chance encounter with Lloyd-Wright". Again another evidence point what @Sara Jacobovici and Reena Saxena on LinkedIn have been talking about regards the subject of synchronicity. I also note Olgivanna Lloyd Wright's contribution in enlightening Frank Lloyd Wright towards this vision that I learned today was Taliesian. What we attribute to greatness is a web of relationships that I am beginning more and more to recognize in my own learning journey.
    Claire Cardwell
    06/11/2016 #6 Claire Cardwell
    It's on my bucket list of places to go along with Falling Waters by Frank Lloyd Wright who was E Fay Jones's Mentor. I particularly love the fact about how E Fay Jones insisted that the chapel only be built with materials that could be carried by two men through the forest.
    Dean Owen
    06/11/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    Not to be confused with F.A. Jones, the great American who founded one of Switzerland's most famous watch companies, IWC. This chapel is gorgeous!
    Ken Boddie
    06/11/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    This is absolutely amazing, Claire. Furthermore, this is one chapel they'll never be able to replicate in Vegas! I can't stop looking in awe at the photos of this building on various websites. 🙄
    Mamen Delgado
    06/11/2016 #3 Mamen Delgado
    Woww...
    Claire Cardwell
    06/11/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    @Ken Boddie - thought you would like this one - it's quite the engineering feat!
    Claire Cardwell
    06/11/2016 #1 Claire Cardwell
    #Soulfulsundays
  8. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    28/10/2016
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    Ken Boddie
    28/10/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    Many a true word was spoken in jest, Claire. 😊
  9. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    27/10/2016
    Villa Wa by Laurent Guillaud-Lozanne, Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’Or, France. To read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/villa-wa-by-laurent-guillaud-lozanne/Claire Cardwell
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    Cepee Tabibian
    27/10/2016 #1 Cepee Tabibian
    Beautiful!
  10. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    24/10/2016
    The sounds of space are touching down on Earth in the form of a haunting symphony at Los Angeles County’s The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens. Brooklyn-based StudioKCA is in the midst of installing their brilliant NASA Orbit Pavilion on The Huntington’s Celebration Lawn, where it will open to the public starting October 29, 2016. The installation is a “soundscape” that transforms the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth satellites into music. To read more go to :- http://inhabitat.com/hear-the-sounds-of-space-in-studiokcas-nasa-orbit-pavilion-in-los-angeles/Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell
    24/10/2016 #4 Claire Cardwell
    #3 I think it looks like a nautilus shell. Then again it is evocative of the spiral shapes of nature, from the smallest plants/creatures right up to galaxies and the spin of planets around their suns..
    Aurorasa Sima
    24/10/2016 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    #2 True. My association was ocean too, not space.
    Claire Cardwell
    24/10/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    #1 I love it, it reminds me of a shell. When I first saw it I wondered if it amplified the sounds of the ocean all by itself....
    Aurorasa Sima
    24/10/2016 #1 Aurorasa Sima
    Wow, that´s a truly unique building.
  11. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    24/10/2016
    Home set high up on a precipice overlooks the inner Stockholm archipelago to the south. Architects Petra Gipp Arkitektur, Sweden. To read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/home-set-high-precipice-overlooks-inner-stockholm-archipelago-south/ Claire Cardwell
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  12. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    23/10/2016
    Are algae-powered oxygen bars on the horizon? Take a deep breath... are you ready for this? Algae-powered oxygen bars could be headed your way in the near future. Sometimes when you’re tired or stressed, what you really need is a breath of clean, fresh air. That was the inspiration for designer Adam Miklosi when he created his Chlorella Pavilion, a futuristic, basket-shaped oxygen bar that uses the purifying power of algae to suck CO2 out of the air and rejuvenate it with oxygen. The structure is built with molded beech wood, and contains living algae pumped through the core and exterior of the pod in a swirling “algae fountain.” Temporary visitors would get the chance to experience symbiosis with the algae, sharing with it their exhaled CO2, which the algae needs to survive, and breathing in the oxygen respired by the algae. To read more go to :- http://inhabitat.com/are-algae-powered-oxygen-bars-on-the-horizon/ Claire Cardwell
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  13. ProducerClaire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    20/10/2016
    How I got started in Architecture
    How I got started in ArchitectureMany people over the years have asked me how I got started in Architecture and how I managed to run a business in the Construction industry with very little experience.  About a 100 years ago I worked for the Financial Times in London.  I was a...
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    Claire Cardwell
    20/10/2016 #6 Claire Cardwell
    #5 Let me know how you get on!
    Javier Rojas García
    20/10/2016 #5 Javier Rojas García
    #2 Business of architecture?? Architects Marketing Academy?? It sounds good, I´ll study them...
    Claire Cardwell
    20/10/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    #1 Thanks Javier - a while back I was told that Architecture was not a job but a lifestyle! I've been getting some good tips re running an architecture firm from the Business of Architecture website and the Architects Marketing Academy.
    Javier Rojas García
    20/10/2016 #1 Javier Rojas García
    Your story is amazing. Good for you, you seem to be a hard worker. I am an architect here in Spain and I´ve been running my own company for 15 years but I would have liked to study business.
  14. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    26/09/2016
    Claire Cardwell
    3 Awesome Tiny House Plans Design Strategies - TinyHouseBuild.com
    tinyhousebuild.com Having tiny house plans design strategies is a must. Here are 3 design strategies for creating awesome tiny house...
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  15. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    25/09/2016
    #Soulfulsundays The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Like all Bahá'í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with height of slightly over 40 metres and a capacity of 2,500 people. A 2001 CNN report referred to it as the most visited building in the world. Architect - Fariborz Sahba. Claire Cardwell
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #17 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #15 It is not meditation the pilgrums seek in temples here dear Jim, it is to give thanks mostly and seek the blessings of the presiding deity. There is a daily prayer practice and regular rituals that impart serenity and peace of mind for most seekers even otherwise.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    25/09/2016 #16 Anonymous
    'I would hazard a guess it would be Kaaba in Mecca'
    @Dean Owen, they might have a problem with the counting in Kaaba 'cause people often arrive amass in there ;)
    Phil Friedman
    25/09/2016 #15 Phil Friedman
    #13 Praveen and Claire, I am not sure how to feel about the traffic at this temple. I have been many times to the Baha'i temple in Wilmette, IL, USA -- which is very beautiful and generally always serene. To sit without speaking in silent contemplation for an hour or two inside the still temple, then to spend a few minutes speaking with the Baha'is who man the adjacent visitor's center is a mini pilgrimage to renew one's soul. Indeed, I have often thought that if I were to become religious, I would become a Baha'i. But my sense of the quiet strength of Baha'i is jarred by the mental images conjured up by thought of thousands of visitors daily at the Indian temple. And to read Praveen's words that it is chaos as you near the central core is unsettling to my mind. Interesting to know, though. Thank you for sharing this.
    Pamela L. Williams
    25/09/2016 #14 Pamela L. Williams
    This is amazing architecture! thanks for sharing @Claire Cardwell
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #13 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #12 That's the most amazing i have ever heard said about Tirupati (it is near to Madras/Chennai and on the southern border of Andhra Pradesh)! How long ago was this visit of yours Dean? These days, the throngs start real early. Special poojas / ceremonies start at 4am. If you want to participate in one, the online waiting list itself is for a minimum of a couple of months atleast. Nearly 20 million footfalls a year in recent times is what is officially stated and the collections could be equally unbelievable. Do share a pic or two some time.
    Dean Owen
    25/09/2016 #12 Dean Owen
    #10 completely empty. I have pictures. It felt kind of weird. Maybe it's empty on weekdays.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #11 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #8 It is chaos once you are close to the sanctum sanctorium inside the vast temple precinct, but there is some method in all that madness so you will make it back in one piece Ken ;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #10 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #9 Dean, Lord Balaji temple empty? That is unheard of! :) I was there last month and that day alone registered more than a 100000 visitors. Kaaba could be the most visited holy place in the world per day sure.
    Dean Owen
    25/09/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    #4 it was empty when I went. Most visited? I would hazard a guess it would be Kaaba in Mecca
    Ken Boddie
    25/09/2016 #8 Ken Boddie
    #7 Wow, that's over 50,000 visitors a day, Praveen. Who'd be a cloakroom attendant at that gig?
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #4 Ken i made a comment that seems to have been deleted...I did not do it mmyself...and there wasn't anything controversial in it. I say it again - the Lotus Temple is indeed a modern architectural marvel. And am not sure if the Taj attracts more visitors than the Lord Balaji temple i spoke about earlier...it attracts on an average nearly 20 million visitors every year!
    Claire Cardwell
    25/09/2016 #6 Claire Cardwell
    #1 Thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, am googling it now! Now you mention it @Ken Boddie I do see similarities between the sail shapes of the Sydney Opera House (which I had the fortune to visit when I was 13). I did find it staggering that it attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal.....
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #4 Not sure if even the Taj Mahal notches nearly 20 million visitors on an average every year like the Lord Balaji temple does dear Ken. The opera house is much older than the Lotus Temple, another modern architectural marvel.
    Ken Boddie
    25/09/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    Beautiful building, Claire. It appears to have similarities to the Sydney Opera House, based on review of photographs only, as I have visited the Opera house but not the Lotus Temple. Do you know if the Lotus Temple architect was actually inspired by the Opera House? And as I write this I notice that @Praveen Raj Gullepalli has also similarly commented (great minds or is it fools again, Praveen?) As for the CNN claim to being the most visited building in the world, I would have thought that the Taj Mahal would be closer? What say you Praveen?
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #3 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #2 It is a unique architectural build Nick no doubt about it. Reminds me every time of the Sydney Opera House by association. A lot of western musicians were influenced by elements Indian, including the Beatles.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    25/09/2016 #2 Anonymous
    #1 Very interesting! It seems John McLaughlin was more aware of the spiritual aspect of India when he formed his band Shakti in '75 than the creators of Lotus Temple! ;)

    Notwithstanding the Architectural qualities of the Temple.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    25/09/2016 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Dear Claire, it is mostly a media-hyped tourist attraction. There is some ancient science, wisdom and legend that goes into building temples which is absent in the Lotus Temple. Calling it the Mother Temple would also be misleading. There are 51 Shakthi Peethas (Goddess/Mother sanctums) that deserve that nomenclature. The temple of Lord Balaji in Tirupati (known as the Indian Vatican but much older) is probably the one temple with the highest footfalls everyday. He is also considered one if the richest Gods ever, as even today devotees offer gold, jewels, large amounts by the minute, so that he can repay the loan he took from Lord Kubera, the God of Wealth. He owns seven hills in South India along with huge properties through his temple trust. Google Tirupati and you would know all the awe-inspiring metrics. :)
  16. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    23/09/2016
    Tea House by David Jameson - to read more go to :- http://www.dezeen.com/2011/08/25/tea-house-by-david-jameson/Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    23/09/2016
    Modern Clifton Residence by SAOTA - to read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/modern-clifton-2a-residence-by-saota/ Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    21/09/2016
    Bionic Tower - #thenakedarchitect, #wackywednesdays, #weirdandwonderful Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    21/09/2016
    #thenakedarchitect Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    20/09/2016
    #thegoodthebadandtheugly - classic here - Falling Waters by Frank Lloyd Wright, a timeless favourite of mine! Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    20/09/2016
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    Claire Cardwell

    19/09/2016
    #MagnificentMondays - House in LA by SAOTA Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    19/09/2016
    Am off to Council today, Roads Department, Planning, Archives and Building Control..... Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell

    18/09/2016
    Buddha - #Soulful Sundays Claire Cardwell
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    Claire Cardwell
    18/09/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    #1 It's on my bucket list of places to go! Been to Hong Kong with my folks 100 years ago, but not to Lantau Island unfortunately.....
    Ken Boddie
    18/09/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    Ahhhh...... Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island. I vividly remember this unique setting on my first trip to Hong Kong many years ago. Thanks for the memories, Claire.
  25. Claire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    18/09/2016
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