Pantheon  Rome (4)

A forced stayover in Rome due to the conflict in my intended destination gave me a day to explore the wonders of Rome. I decided to spend the day roaming around the city by foot, walking between Piazzas aimlessly, enjoying the Italian culture, the food and the atmosphere. Tourists aside, this makes for a very […]

Robert Allerton Park - Illinois (1)

Moving to live in Urbana-Champaign I had very little expectations regarding things to see in the area. The reputation of the twin towns as being mostly corn fields is well-deserved, although my wonders around the world have taught me that there’s something to see almost anywhere. But, still, the Allerton Park 30 minutes …

21 Nov, 2014 in France
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Le Touquet beach (3)

France has some great beaches. Although my recent visit to France was not beach oriented, but after an overload of castles, estates, wine/champagne, and colonial history, a break was long overdue, and so the familia decided to make a detour up north and find a nice beach to relax for a couple of hours. The […]

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San Francisco was a very pleasant surprise. I had unpleasant memories of San Francisco when I visited around the year 2000, and so wasn’t sure what to expect, but San Francisco turned out to be a gorgeous city, and one of the many ways you can enjoy this city is by foot.   …

17 Nov, 2014 in Kyoto
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Gion Kyoto (3)

Not much that’s left from the old Geisha world, atleast not for foreign tourist folks with my kind of budget, but if you’d like to see a bit of that, you’ll be able to get a glimpse at Gion – the old Geisha District in Kyoto. Nowadays, it’s a fairly upscale posh dining and entertainment […]

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I’ve been around the world, I’ve seen some impressive artificial garden constructions, but nothing prepared me for what awaited me in Singapore – Gardens by the Bay. Honestly, I thought these are just going to be gardens just like any other gardens I’ve visited. But the second you come out from the metro station (MRT) […]

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One of the nicest things about Singapore is the diversity of cultures. More so that any other city in eastern Asia, Singapore offers a combination of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and British cultures, each with its own district, people and cuisine, somehow living together in harmony and mixing in together. There are also hints of other […]

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Want to learn more about how Amsterdam came to be and how the history of the unique Amsterdam canal life? Het Grachtenhuis, or the Canal House Museum, is a small private museum that aims to answer these questions with a wonderful interactive tour back in time and through the history of how Amsterdam came to […]

Pantheon Paris (21)

Want to visit all the great French thinkers of all time in person? The Pantheon is the resting place for big names, like Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, and many others. If you’re thinking this is going to be one of those gigantic, dull and unexciting tribute buildings, you’re very mistaken. Sure, it’s big […]

Les Faux de Verzy Champagne (8)

This year my travels had an unexpected treat. After wrapping up the PhD in Hong Kong, I planned to a make a stop for a couple of weeks in France on the way west to my new life in the states. Rather than roaming through France on my own, I was joined by my father […]

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