15 Sep, 2018 in Seoul, Visions

A quick trip from Seoul in South Korea towards the south east is the wonderful  Namhansanseong National Park. A historical old city on top of mountain with dense forest, surrounded by fortified walls, used as the emergency backup castle for the Korean kings. It offers vast panoramic views of Seoul city, where you can get […]

3 Sep, 2018 in Tampere, Turku, Visions

With a few days to see Finland, we decide to do the classic triangle road trip, heading north from Helsinki towards Tampere, then heading south west to Turku, and then heading back east to Helsinki. We had great adventures in both. Tampere offered a variety of funky museums, a great observation deck overlooking the gorgeous […]

26 Aug, 2018 in Genoa, Visions

This summer I spent some time in Europe, and after a visit to France and Denmark and before a visit to Finland, I had a few days to explore new regions of Italy I haven’t explored before. I first did Turin and the nearby mountains, and then made it down to the coastline for a […]

22 Aug, 2018 in Gyeongju, Visions

On my recent visit to Busan in southern South Korea I wasn’t expecting to go far from the city, but somehow made it all the way up to Gyeongju, a small town with great historical attractions and some wonderful scenic views. I started off with the royal tombs – Daereungwon, Cheonmachong, and Gyelim – with a very […]

6 Aug, 2018 in Around Paris, Visions

This summer I was invited for a few weeks to Paris, and was looking for new things to explore in the area. A local I met who grow up in Chantilly strongly recommended I check it out, a quick daytrip from Paris, so I decided to rent a car and combine Chantilly with exploring the […]

3 Aug, 2018 in Turin, Visions

This summer I got to spend some time in Europe, and after a visit to France and Denmark and before a visit to Finland, I had a few days to explore new regions of Italy I haven’t explored before. The chosen base was Turin, up on the north west near the mountains, and so I […]

2 Aug, 2018 in Helsinki, Visions

Was hoping to take my sister to cool down a bit from the hot summer down in southern Europe and when I mentioned Finland she was immediately into it. We’ve both been wanting to visit, and this seemed like a good opportunity. Helsinki was our first stop, a pretty laid back capital city with a […]

5 Jul, 2018 in Copenhagen, Visions

Made it to Denmark, finally, after so many years of making plans for it. I guess it took getting away from the Netherlands and moving to Asia to be able to make a plan to make that happen. So, when visiting back in Europe, decided to make a short detour from a visit to France […]

5 Jul, 2018 in Nanjing, Visions

It’s been 6 years since I last visited Nanjing with my father, and I recently had a chance to go back and visit for a work-related trip. I had a day or so to also wonder around the university area and explore Nanjing on foot, which led me to see Nanjing in a new light […]

4 Jul, 2018 in Ulsan, Visions

Following my quick getaway from Hong Kong to Busan, I headed up north for a quick visit to Ulsan. It’s a rather industrial town without too many well-known tourist attractions, but I made the most of it, by going to the beach side and hiking one of the small islands overlooking the coast line. I […]

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