10 Dec, 2015 in Budapest
Fishermans Bastion Budapest Hungary (26)

Around Budapest there are several hill that offer panoramic scenic views of Budapest and the Danube river from above. One of the nicer places to catch a great view is at the Fisherman’s Bastion with lookout towers, a castle and Matthias Church. Aside from the spectacular views of the area there are all sorts of tourist traps […]

8 Dec, 2015 in Abruzzo
Castello Piccolomini Celano Italy (32)

On the way back to Rome from the gorgeous off-the-beaten track area of Abruzzo, we stopped at the Castello Piccolomini in Celano. Like in Pacentro the mountain view overlooking the valley was spectacular, and the old fort made for an especially magical feel. The castle dates back to the 14th centruy, built by a count who later joined […]

7 Dec, 2015 in Bocas del toro
Isla Carenero Bocas Del Toro Province - Panama (68)

To continue the tour of Local versus tourist life at Isla Carenero in the lovely Bocas Del Toro province of Panama here’s a photo walking tour of Isla Carenero. As opposed to local life, foreigners seem to have very comfy life at the heart of gorgeous natural scenery. The area has great isolated beaches with […]

6 Dec, 2015 in Antwerp, Visions
Visions of Antwerp Belgium (7)

My first visit to Belgium was to the lovely town of Antwerp at the northern side of Belgium, less than an hour by train from Brussels. Although it was a gloomy and cloudy day during turbulent times of a country under the threat of terrorist and a rather short stay, the little I saw of […]

25 Nov, 2015 in Mexico City
Ancient canals of Xochimilco  Mexico City (3)

If you’re looking for a funky local experience in Mexico City, then head down south to the ancient canals of Xochimilco to see what the Mexicans made of the ancient Aztec UNESCO heritage water systems. No, it’s not a museum, and you probably won’t get to see much of the history, I’d say the preservation […]

23 Nov, 2015 in Vancouver
Vancouver Lookout Tower Observatory  (8)

Vancouver is definitely a city worth visiting. A wide harbor, mountains rising in the background, it has the makings of a great tourist destination. I recently visited the city for a conference, not for the first time, and this time around I allowed myself visits to some of the local sights and attractions. …

22 Nov, 2015 in Maastricht, Visions
Maastricht Netherlands (15)

Maastricht is a small town in the southern Limburg province of the Netherlands on the border with Belgium and very close to Germany. In my previous visits to the Netherlands it was a bit far off my travel route and I honestly haven’t heard much about it as a travel destination. But, academia led me […]

21 Nov, 2015 in Champaign Urbana
Japan House UIUC Champaign Illinois (15)

Champaign, Illinois. A little town a bit off the main tourist areas, 3 hours down from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, and about 3.5 hours from Saint Louis. People who visit Champaign usually do it for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a well-known high rank mid-western university. I admit there isn’t much to […]

14 Nov, 2015 in Kansas City
Bingham-Waggoner Estate - Independence, Missouri (40)

On my way to visit my old town of Topeka Kansas from Champaign Illinois I stopped over in the Kansas City area. I was looking for something interesting to see and do in the area, and some guide on some website suggested I head over to the old town of Independence, which is probably most […]

13 Nov, 2015 in Abruzzo
Pacentro Abruzzo Italy (11)

Italy has lots of gorgeous places to visit, but most of the top familiar attractions are packed with tourists. We were looking for something not too far away from Rome but a bit off the beaten track, where there’s a chance that we’ll be the only foreign tourists. Abruzzo, east of Rome, offers many such […]

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