ultramarinus – beyond the sea


Welcome to the Blue Lapis Road.  Through this blog, we want to document and share our recent travel experiences.

We are Angela and Calvin, architects with passion for travel, photography, hiking, art and culture.  In 2008, a weekend hiking trip to the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland opened up our love for the mountains and nature.  Since then, hiking has become an important aspect of our life.  As architects, we are drawn to architecture and urban design.  Traveling provides us good opportunities to see exciting projects and design exhibitions worldwide.  A deep interest in history and art also motivates us to visit ancient ruins, historic sites, museums and galleries.  These cultural activities form a crucial part of our travel experiences.  Nature, architecture and culture are the basis of this travel blog.

Why Blue Lapis Road?

Lapis lazuli, a semi precious stone deep blue in colour, was originally found in Afghanistan.  Smaller deposits have been discovered and mined throughout the years, including a major lapis mine in the Chilean Andes.  Lapis lazuli was highly valued by many civilizations since Egyptian times, especially along the Silk Road.  During the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, lapis lazuli was imported to Europe through Venice, and highly prized by painters as the primary mineral for making ultramarinus, a precious blue paint used mainly as highlights to signify something of importance and sacredness.

If life is like a painting, our different journeys will be the ultramarinus on the canvas of our life.


Photos on this blog: © Blue Lapis Road. All rights reserved.


14 responses

  1. Ivy Lui

    Thank you for sharing your dream trip with us. We totally enjoy the photography and the illustration. Brought back memories of our visit to places from our SA cruise/tour. We got stranded in BA when the airport was on strike, but our guide offered to take us to visit the Theatre & tracking the airport situation, & with a lot of pushing & shoving, he got us all on our flight to Iguazu Falls. I had the thrill of my life, going through the Devil’s Throat on a motor boat.
    Well, we’ll be waiting for your next report. Till then, take care.
    Love, Auntie Ivy

    October 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

  2. Agnes Lui

    Your journey is a dream for many people, including me. What separate the extraordinary and the ordinary people is that the former makes a dream become reality and the latter keeps on dreaming without action! Bravo for both of you.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences and passions in art and cultures through your photography and commentaries. Looking forward to see the world from a profound architectural and artistic perspectives from your blog.
    Aunt Agnes

    October 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  3. Iris

    Hi Calvin and Angela! I am so excited for you guys as you embark on this EPIC JOURNEY! Thank you so much for sharing with us through your blog and photos. I really look forward to travelling vicariously through your blog! Stay safe and enjoy every minute!

    October 17, 2013 at 2:47 am

  4. Hi. Calvin and Angela, I am proud to be your first follower. I am looking forward to your update everyday. I have learnt a lot about the art and architecture and also the natural beauty of South America from your blog. Be careful always and bring us more beautiful photos.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:23 am

  5. Grant

    Hi! Wonderful, wonderful photos. The long exposure night shots are fantastic. Glad you are living a dream. Thanks for sharing. Grant.

    November 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

  6. Mary-Ann

    Angela, Calvin – great blog, excellent photography – thanks for sharing your travels !!!!

    November 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  7. Lee

    I have read your website while searching information about Paranal Observatory in Chile. Would like to go there, but as I will be visiting there solo, I am a bit worried about driving in the Atacama desert. Do you know if there is anyway that I can hire a car with driver from Antofagasta to the Paranal Observatory?

    September 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    • Hi Lee: We suggest you to contact a few local tour operators that specialize in the Atacama desert to find out information about transport service to the Paranal Observatory from Antofagasta.

      September 30, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  8. Claire

    Hi Angela and Calvin, I work for a travel magazine and we would love to use one of your images of the food at Chan Chan restaurant in Buenos Aires. Please can you email me back. Best wishes, Claire

    October 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

  9. Very thankful to have found your account of hiking the Kumano Kodo. Using much of it as a basis + inspiration as I plan my hike next Spring. Thank you so much.

    October 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

  10. FrankieS

    beautiful !
    good luck to both of you!

    September 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm

  11. Frank Scherff

    Beautiful and just GREAT.
    Thank You!
    best wishes,

    December 11, 2018 at 10:16 pm

  12. sonya jensen

    Hi Calvin,
    Just ran into your site looking for images of Kengo Kuma’s Nezu museum in Japan.
    Thanks for beautiful pictures!
    I hope you are well,
    Sonya Jensen

    March 29, 2019 at 8:28 am

    • Hi Sonya, long time no see. Hope all is well to you too!

      March 29, 2019 at 1:37 pm

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