16 Mar, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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While I was spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, the Otaru daytrip was promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it had ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would offer a bit of European […]

15 Mar, 2017 in Malaga

Lots of great areas to explore and attractions to visit in Malaga, but to me the number one attraction – by far – was the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It’s right at the center, and quite a hike up the mountain, but the views of Malage and the bay from above are absolutely spectacular and then, ofcourse, […]

10 Mar, 2017 in HK Attractions

In 2014 I left Hong Kong after living there for a few years. Although Hong Kong and the region are generally in very fast development, the changes are not always noticeable to tourists – the last time I visited there were new MTR lines popping up (e.g., there are now one taking you to Ocean […]

9 Mar, 2017 in Visions, Yangon

For years I’ve been wanting to visit Myanmar (Burma) but somehow throughout the long time that I’ve lived in Asia I’ve failed to visit. It was only recently on a business trip to Asia that I was able to take a weekend+ to go see Yangon and Bagan, the obvious highlights, and get a taste […]

8 Mar, 2017 in Bagan, Visions

For years I’ve been wanting to visit Myanmar (Burma) but somehow throughout the long time that I’ve lived in Asia I’ve failed to visit. It was only recently on a business trip to Asia that I was able to take a weekend+ to go see Yangon and Bagan, the obvious highlights, and get a taste […]

7 Mar, 2017 in Madrid

If you want to get grand views of Madrid from above then you really only have one option, the somewhat bizarre observation deck on the Faro de Moncloa tower. You can’t miss it. Aside from the business area, Spain does not have many skyscrapers, and so the tower is very visible from almost anywhere in Madrid. It’s 92 […]

6 Mar, 2017 in Bristol

Quite a few things to see and do in Bristol, and in my short visit there I was able to cover quite a few of those. My favorite was the Clifton Suspension Bridge & Observatory area, and from there I headed south towards the waterline, so see the Underfall Yard and Spike Island, two local attractions […]

26 Feb, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

During my summer stay at the scenic Hokkaido region in the northern part of Japan, I was based in Sapporo and made occasional trips to see some of the area. In a trip to the Niseko area I made a stop at the Shinsen-numa Wetland Swamp / Marsh, a very green and picturesque wetland with paved […]

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 […]

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