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Archive for 'Travels'

New Years greeting

On the occasion of the New Year I received a message that made me happy: Dear Varvara, It was very interesting and inspiring to read your book “earth building”. To a point that since, each time I travel around the country I keep looking around for old “earthen” houses. Most of them are abandoned and […]

Australian eartn building

Terres crues australes or Australian raw earth is the blog of two young French architects, who for several months roam the four corners of Australia and hunt interesting earthen projects. Unlike Europe, where strong construction norms and traditions make difficult the emergence of new ideas, Australian modern earth building has developed with full force. Here […]

Once upon a time…

“Once upon a time there was a village in the Eastern Rhodopi built entirely from earth…” I don’t remember when exactly I heard about it but as the thematic is my favorit, I diceded to visit it at the earliest possibility.  The possibility arrose last summer in June. I put the three children in the […]

Eco hotel in Morocco

Earthen architecture is still alive in Morocco and is used for building houses but also luxorious hotels. Kasbah Timdaf is a wanderfull eco hotel proposing all the extras or the modern comfort in an architecture created with an ancestral technique, rammed earth.  http://www.kasbah-timdaf.com/accueil.php

Visit in London

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to London. I had long wished to visit the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) so I found the address, rang the door and introduced myself. I was warmly welcomed by Mr. Matthew Slocombe, director of the association and the conversation was very interesting. The […]

Earth building in Portugal

In Portugal earth building is traditionally present. There are whole regions with earthen buildings. The most widespread building technique is the rammed earth. For more information you can follow the blog: www.arquitecturasdeterra.blogspot.com


Sikkim is a state in northern India, situated at the foot of the Himalayas. It was an independent kingdom until 1975 and benefits, even today, from specific political rights. The inhabitants are particularly friendly, joyful and welcoming mountain people. In Sikkim the roads are scarce and some places are to be reached only by narrow […]

Visit Roussillon – France

The village of Rousillon is located in the heart of the French region Provence. There you can visit an old, non-functioning quarry for the extraction of colored earth. For two hundred years (up until World War II) the colored earth was sieved, burnt, packaged and shipped throughout the World. These highly prized natural colors are […]