25 Feb, 2017 in Cardiff

While visiting Bristol, I decided to try and visit a region in the UK I’ve never explored before – Wales. The capital of Wales, Cardiff, was only an hour or so away from Bristol making for an easy daytrip. Various attractions to explore in Cardiff, but perhaps the top attraction is the Cardiff Castle, right at the […]

24 Feb, 2017 in Southern Spain

Seville took me a bit by surprise. It was much larger and much more impressive than I envisioned. Lots of attractions to visit, and the busy old town area was terrific. One of the famous attractions in Seville is the Royal Alcazar, a UNESCO heritage site palace built by the Moorish kings and used by various royalty […]

21 Feb, 2017 in Maastricht

Maastricht is pretty flat and there aren’t any tall buildings, so to see Maastricht from above you’ll either need to head to Saint Pieter hill fort or go up a church tower. At the center of Maastricht is Sint Janskerk and you can climb up a very narrow flight of stairs all the way to the top […]

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 […]

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