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.
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