Author: Gondolfpress

The Panamerican Highway

Travelling, filming, blogging for 6 month – 35.000 American kilometers – from top to bottom.     The “Carretera Panamericana” connects Alaska with Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. It runs from the extreme north of America to the most southerly tip of the inhabitable world. Beyond Ushuaia, there’s only water and ice. With a length of 35,000 kilometres, the Carretera Panamericana is a highway of superlatives. The world’s longest road leads through the history and culture of the American continent, passing along political crisis regions and natural landscapes of indescribable beauty. The “Pan-American Highway” is the north-south axis of the American continent. It passes through 17 countries and winds its way through four climate zones and almost all the vegetation zones of the planet. A highway system of extremes “right from the top to the very bottom”. It is the synonym of freedom and adventure – Vamos!

2001 Lhasa in Kodak Color

Lhasa, prefecture level city – Capital of Tibet – around 4000 meters above sea level and north of the Himalayan Range.Most of the monasteries in Lhasa suffered damage, and many were destroyed, before and during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). Jokhang, the main temple in Lhasa, was used as a military barrack and slaughterhouse during the Cultural Revolution, and then as a hotel for Chinese officials. Jokhang is now the main pilgrimage sides for Buddhist. In the year 2000 it became a World Heritage Side. The Potala Palace was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959, has been a museum since then, and has been a World Heritage Site since 1994. To see more of rural Tibet, click here.