20 Feb, 2017 in Barcelona
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While visiting Barcelona I met with a local and we roamed around in Barcelona for a whole day on foot. I was taken to all sorts of places that are a bit off the beaten tourist track, but are very much part of Barcelona.  Agbar Tower, for example, is a tower Barcelonians love to hate, […]

18 Feb, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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While spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkadio, at the northern region of Japan, I made a number of daytrips to explore a bit of the mountainous region of Furano. I started off with the blue pond and Biei and then made my way to the hotsprings and cable car area in the city of Furano, […]

17 Feb, 2017 in Cologne

Since I’m already covering last year’s Christmas markets (e.g., Paris, and Brussels), might as well mention one more that I visited while my sister came up to my area. She flew in to Cologne, and we took this opportunity to explore the city’s holiday markets in the Alter Market central area in the old town. It was […]

8 Feb, 2017 in Brussels

Since I already started covering Christmas markets of last year in Paris and their nearby Ferris wheel, might as well mention one more. My little sister came to visit me around Christmas time and I had the pleasure of exploring Brussels with her for the first time. Luckily for us, the Christmas market was in full […]

7 Feb, 2017 in Paris

Late last year I had a quick visit to Paris in gloomy cold weather. My previous visits to Paris were more pleasant in terms of weather, but the one perk of visiting Paris during the winter cold is the Christmas market, stretching out through the Champs-Élysées street all the way to the Jardin des Tuileries […]

6 Feb, 2017 in Poznan
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Poznan was the first city I visited in modern post-communist Poland, and it definitely left a very positive impression on me that left me wanting to see more, resulting in another visit later on that year. At the heart of Poznan and major contribution to the Poznan charm is the town hall market square, with […]

5 Feb, 2017 in Cardiff

Visiting Cardiff in Wales on a daytrip from Bristol, I only had plans to visit the Cardiff castle, but ofcourse it turned out that Cardiff has a few more gems to offer. The central pedestrian area of the old town leading to the castle is quite pleasant, but an even nicer surprise was my quick […]

2 Feb, 2017 in Eindhoven

Last November I went to Eindhoven to attend a workshop with the local university, and when I came out after night fall I was surprised to find that campus was filled with the events of Eindhoven Glow 2016. Lights and sounds everywhere, crowds wondering around campus between the different attractions, with lots of fun glowing exhibits […]

1 Feb, 2017 in Luxembourg, Visions
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Being based in Maastricht Netherlands has its perks. One of those, is that it’s basically at the heart of Europe, with the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, and… Luxembourg all within easy reach a few hours drive or train ride. On one gloomy weekend I took a car drive down south to explore a bit of […]

31 Jan, 2017 in Florence
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For grand panoramic views of gorgeous Florence from above, there’s one hidden gem that should be on your TODO list – The Giardino Bardini. It’s still fairly lesser-known in the many attractions that Florence has to offer, and the elevator going up from street level to the gardens is a bit hard to spot, but once […]

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