under the coconut tree

Thursday, November 25, 2004

In Hot Water

Iceland is a hot bed of volcanic activities and unsurprisingly the main source of energy comes from its geo-thermal plants.

The Blue Lagoon is a natural lake heated by the geo-thermal activities and is well-known for its healing properties. The place does need a little getting used to as the stench of sulphur is pretty strong. As we arrived, the temperature outside was a cool -2 degrees celcius so it was a really strange feeling running out to the lake in our swimming costumes! Posted by Hello

The water temperate was just under 40 degrees Celcius. The place comes with sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi pools which KL's gleefully took advantage of!Posted by Hello

Among the trips we made in Iceland was a delightful drive to the Geysir hot springs area. The Geysir, and it's smaller brother Stokur regularly blasts tons of hot water to a height of nearly 20m - quite a sight to behold. KL just about managed to capture the blast just as Stokur was about to empty its bowels! Posted by Hello

Here I am warming myself up next to a less active hot spring. The blue hue of the water is a result of the high silica content. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Icy Iceland

A surprise birthday getaway to the beautiful island of fire and ice - Iceland. For once, KL managed to keep the destination a secret until we reached the check-in counter! =) Posted by Hello

The majority of Icelandic landscapes around the capital city of Reykjavik consists of lava fields. We were greeted by this stunning sunrise (albeit at 10am!!) with the Northern Atlantic ocean in the horizon.

The view from the rim of the volcano Kerio. Posted by Hello

Friday, November 12, 2004

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury, in Kent, has been the seat of the spiritual head of the Church of England
for many centuries. It is also well known for its medieval tombs of royal parsonages, such as King Henry IV and Edward the Black Prince.

KL and I decided to spend a day here. Posted by Hello

The interiors of the cathedral, with St.Augustine's Chair dimly lit in the background was where the archbishops were enthroned in the 13th Century.

The stained window within Jesus Chapel, depicts the cruxification. The crowned letter 'M' and 'I' on the on ceiling are the initials of Jesus and Mary in Latin. Posted by Hello

View of the cathedral ceiling where the church bell tower is located. (KL took this picture lying down, much to my - and other visiting tourists' - amusement!) Posted by Hello