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Michele  * Love travel, texture & colour ❤ * Sydney, Australia Thanks for your likes, comments & follows 🙏😊

Friends I know it's been a long time since I've posted on IG but I wanted to share an exciting project that @peacelion is working on.

Benjamin Gilmour is a very talented filmmaker, author and paramedic from Sydney, Australia. His book Warrior Poets is about his journey to Pakistan and the making of his film Son of a Lion. Brilliant book & film!

Benjamin has two critically acclaimed films under his belt and he is now seeking funding for his third feature film, this time set in Afghanistan.

Return to Kandahar (working title) is a war film but it won't be your typical war film. The film will explore the impacts of war on both Afghan and foreign soldiers and is sure to be essential viewing.

To read more about the project or provide financial support please visit @peacelion here on IG or the project page on crowd funding site Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/return-to-kandahar#/story

Thanks all & best of luck with your next adventure Benjamin!

On a foggy day in Sapa, Vietnam, hill tribe women gathered at the dusty square to sell their lovely handwoven textiles. At times the fog was so thick you could barely see any of the handicrafts on display but as the fog started to lift, vibrant bursts of colour appeared; both on the women, and the beautiful lengths of material decorating the dirt field.

Such an honour to have the talented @onurertugrul edit & publish this photo of mine in his gallery. If you haven't already, head on over & check out his gallery of fantastic street photography from Istanbul. Thanks Onur!

The amazing light & colours along the ghats of Varanasi make even the most everyday moments eyecatching.

Children always capture my heart when I travel & this little boy was no exception. His grandmother was quite boisterous, animated & very funny as she tried to persuade tourists to stop by her textiles stall in the village of Cat Cat. This little fellow was happy to sit quietly & watch grandma roll out her beautiful bedspreads & wall hangings in the hope of making a few sales for the family.

Locals love to gather around the stunning Si-o-se Pol bridge in Esfahan in the late afternoon. Groups of family & friends can be found enjoying tea at the fantastic tea house that floats on pontoons at the side of the bridge while others sit quietly listening to the soothing sounds of the fast flowing river as the sun sets over this beautiful Iranian city.

I came across this sweet lady taking time out for a nap at the entrance to Ngoc Son Temple in Hanoi. Most days she would be in this spot hoping to sell her incense & candles to tourists on their way to visit the small but very beautiful temple housed on an island in the lake.

An early morning boat ride along the Ganges River in Benares (Varanasi) offers so many eye-catching moments with local residents & pilgrims bathing in the beautiful morning light, making offerings to Mother Ganga & gathering for a gossip. Others take the opportunity to wash & dry clothes before the hot sun starts beating down on the ghats.

On the way to the salt plains of the Little Rann of Kutch desert in Gujarat we come across another typical daily life scene with this group crammed into the truck. It never ceases to amaze me how relaxed everyone looks even though some are perched in precarious positions!

The lovely town of Bundi in the desert state of Rajasthan is well known for its blue houses. Wandering around the charming streets is heaps of fun as everyone is so friendly & everywhere you look you are struck by the beauty of the deep blue textures of painted walls & intricately decorated windows & doors.

Wandering around the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi I came across this policeman enjoying the peaceful environment perhaps a little too much!

Taking one last look at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi from this angle, I was delighted to see the rich colours of the stone arches as this family passed through. Completed in 1656 the mosque is the largest in India & the courtyard alone can hold up to 25000 people. Pilgrims inside pray while tourists wander around wide eyed & in awe of the spectacular architecture & serene surroundings.

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