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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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If you follow the blog you’ll soon realize that I love cable cars and take every chance I get to ride them. When it comes to traveling around and exploring new places cable cars up going up mountain tops and overlooking cities are often the highlight of my trips, especially in terms of views. Gorgeous […]

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Sapporo has a number of public parks all over the city, but the one I liked the most, by far, was the Moerenuma Park. It’s a bit off the beaten track in already rural Sapporo, but it’s well worth it. Aside from the wide greens there are very interesting sculptures, fountains, and buildings by some of Japan’s […]

Lisbon was a very pleasant surprise with an amazing diversity of attractions all over the city and fairly comfy warm weather during my visit in February. On the one day that was gloomy and rainy, I explored a bit of the western side of Lisbon and tried some indoor attractions to see some terrific contemporary […]

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Houtong in Ruifang an hour from Taipei close to Jiufen and Keelung offers funky attractions. The former mining colony now mainly attracts the Taiwanese tourists for its “cat village”, where cats basically roam around in large numbers as if they’re part of the community. With all due respect to cats, I think the bigger story […]

Quite a few things to see and do in Bristol, but there’s one spot that I liked the most – the Clifton Suspension Bridge from the mid 19th century connecting the two hill separated by the Avon river. It is a gorgeous area, and the views from the bridge down towards the valley and river […]

Europe has an interesting way to offer grand panoramic views of a city. Netherlands and parts of Belgium also have the challenge of being flat, so hills and mountains are usually ruled out. Not that many skyscrapers, especially in the the more historical towns. What usually stands out in the background? churches and cathedrals, and […]

I spent most of the last summer in Japan, and most of that was spent in Sapporo of the northern region of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for its natural scenery, skiing in the winter, and the relatively cooler chilled out pace during the hot Japan summers.  Sapporo, the Hokkaido capital and biggest city, is also […]

To get your bearings in a new place or just to get a feel for a city’s beautiy, it’s best to find a good spot to see the city from above. Tall skyscrapers, mountain tops, observation decks, and, ferris wheels. On my visit to Malaga I went up the Noria Mirador Princess ferris wheel to see beautiful […]

Had a chance to revisit Paris again recently during gloomy cold weather before Christmas. The des Champs-Elysees street features a lively Christmas market and despite the gloomy weather there were lots of locals and tourists everywhere. At the end of the long avenue is a park that leads to the Louvre, and at the center next to […]

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