11 Dec, 2014 in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Kyoto (7)

Of all the temples I visited in Kyoto, the first and possibly the most impressive of them all was Fushimi Inari. Climbing up a 4km trail from ground level on the slopes of the Inari mountain, you’ll be awed by the beautiful orange toriis, the gorgeous wooden gates below, and the 32,000 little shrines around […]

9 Dec, 2014 in Champaign Urbana

Less than an hour away from Champaign Illinois is the little town of Arthur, with a vibrant community of Amish. Though the Amish are generally considered to be quite reluctant to connect with the modern world, the Arthur Amish are generally very open and friendly and Arthur is now promoted as no less than a […]

7 Dec, 2014 in Mexico City, Visions

I wasn’t planning anything special for Thanksgiving, but two weeks of -10c average daytime temperatures in Champaign ignited the need to escape to warmer climates and so – way past last minute – I begun looking for cheap tickets and ended up booking a trip to Mexico City. To be completely frank, I had no […]

6 Dec, 2014 in Northern Israel
Around Akko Acre Old City (24)

In my last visit to Israel I took two days out to explore the north, starting from eastern Galilee, and moving west for the night to stay at Kiryat Yam so I can spend the following day exploring the north-west, starting from Acre. The old city of Acre (or Akko) is a special place in […]

3 Dec, 2014 in Kyoto
Murin An - Kyoto-003

The Kyoto temples are not just a place of worship, they are a place of beauty, contemplation, and spirituality. In almost every temple is a gorgeous Japanese garden made to calm the soul, lift the spirit and provide peace and serenity. Close to the Kyoto Art complex, are two examples of lovely small Japanese gardens […]

25 Nov, 2014 in Rome
Pantheon  Rome (4)

A forced stayover in Rome due to the conflict in my intended destination gave me a day to explore the wonders of Rome. I decided to spend the day roaming around the city by foot, walking between Piazzas aimlessly, enjoying the Italian culture, the food and the atmosphere. Tourists aside, this makes for a very […]

23 Nov, 2014 in Champaign Urbana
Robert Allerton Park - Illinois (1)

Moving to live in Urbana-Champaign I had very little expectations regarding things to see in the area. The reputation of the twin towns as being mostly corn fields is well-deserved, although my wonders around the world have taught me that there’s something to see almost anywhere. But, still, the Allerton Park 30 minutes …

21 Nov, 2014 in France
Le Touquet beach (3)

France has some great beaches. Although my recent visit to France was not beach oriented, but after an overload of castles, estates, wine/champagne, and colonial history, a break was long overdue, and so the familia decided to make a detour up north and find a nice beach to relax for a couple of hours. The […]

20 Nov, 2014 in San Francisco
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San Francisco was a very pleasant surprise. I had unpleasant memories of San Francisco when I visited around the year 2000, and so wasn’t sure what to expect, but San Francisco turned out to be a gorgeous city, and one of the many ways you can enjoy this city is by foot.   …

17 Nov, 2014 in Kyoto
Gion Kyoto (3)

Not much that’s left from the old Geisha world, atleast not for foreign tourist folks with my kind of budget, but if you’d like to see a bit of that, you’ll be able to get a glimpse at Gion – the old Geisha District in Kyoto. Nowadays, it’s a fairly upscale posh dining and entertainment […]

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