20 Sep, 2016 in East coast, Visions
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It’s been a few years since I last visited Taiwan, and it’s been even longer since I last visited the area around Keelung. My former visits were very memorable and arriving in Taiwan I was filled with nostalgia about almost everything I saw. On my last days before heading out not knowing when I’ll be […]

13 Sep, 2016 in Hokkaido, Sapporo, Visions
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I spent most of the summer in the city of Sapporo in the northern Hokkaido province of Japan. I did not expect to, but the hot and humid ~35c weather down in central Japan left me no choice. I knew absolutely nothing about Hokkaido before booking my flight and heading out, and only after I […]

11 Sep, 2016 in Nagoya, Visions
Visions of Nagoya Japan (11)

While living in Asia Japan was one of my favorite travel destinations. My few visits to Tokyo and Kyoto and the surrounding areas were very memorable and so after living Asia I wondered whether I’ll ever be able to make it back and perhaps even linger for a bit. Luckily, the last summer had a […]

9 Sep, 2016 in Penghu islands, Visions
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After two years living in Taiwan, on and off, I have come to know Taiwan very well. It’s safe to say that I’ve covered most of the major tourist spots, even making it all the way to the off-the-beaten-track places like Jinmen islands close to the mainland China coast. So, when I made it back […]

7 Sep, 2016 in Gdansk, Visions
Visions of Gdansk Poland (1)

A lovely old town with many atmospheric restaurants and cafes, maritime history and port area, nice beaches not too far away, Gdansk has charm and lots to offer. I only had a couple of days to explore the area, but managed to see quite a bit and enjoy the beauty and elegance of the old […]

19 Aug, 2016 in Visions, Warsaw
Visions of Warsaw Poland (1)

During my last visit to Poland, I started my tour in Warsaw. My previous visit to Warsaw was over 20 years before that, back in the grey days of post USSR collapse, and it was during winter time, so my memories were of a pretty bleak and tired Warsaw. That visit was also not touristy, […]

18 Aug, 2016 in HKUST, Visions
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HK Visions (15)

I recently revisited my old home of Hong Kong and stayed over as a guest on the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) campus at the new hotel next the new buildings for the business school and the Institute of Advanced Studies (Conference Lodge). Although I know this campus and the Sai Kung […]

3 Jul, 2016 in Visions, Wallonia
Visions of Namur Belgium (7)

On the way back from a roadtrip to Dinant close to the Belgium-French border I had a quick stopover at Namur to get a taste of the views. I climbed up the Citadel of Namur to see panoramic views of the Meuse and Sambre meeting point and see the city from above. Together with a short stroll through […]

30 Jun, 2016 in North Brabant, Visions
Visions of Den Bosch Netherlands (1)

On every trip I took from Maastricht up north to Utrecht or Amsterdam there was a stop called ‘s-Hertogenbosch. How to even pronounce that? I thought, but it’s pretty straightforward if you use the short Den Bosch, a little gem of a town which opened my eyes to the incredible art of 15th century Hieronymus Bosch, […]

19 Jun, 2016 in Bavaria, Frankfurt, Visions
Visions of Wurzburg Germany (4)

Würzburg is a lovely town in northern Bavaria, a quick getaway trip from Frankfurt or Munich. It has a very picturesque old town next to the wide Main River, with the imposing Fortress Marienberg, reachable by very old bridges from the old center, offering panoramic views of the town from above. A walk through the city […]

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