25 Jan, 2017 in Lisbon

Lisbon was a very pleasant surprise with an amazing diversity of attractions all over the city and fairly comfy warm weather during my visit in February. On the one day that was gloomy and rainy, I explored a bit of the western side of Lisbon and tried some indoor attractions to see some terrific contemporary […]

19 Jan, 2017 in Taipei
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Houtong in Ruifang an hour from Taipei close to Jiufen and Keelung offers funky attractions. The former mining colony now mainly attracts the Taiwanese tourists for its “cat village”, where cats basically roam around in large numbers as if they’re part of the community. With all due respect to cats, I think the bigger story […]

18 Jan, 2017 in Bristol

Quite a few things to see and do in Bristol, but there’s one spot that I liked the most – the Clifton Suspension Bridge from the mid 19th century connecting the two hill separated by the Avon river. It is a gorgeous area, and the views from the bridge down towards the valley and river […]

15 Jan, 2017 in Ghent

Europe has an interesting way to offer grand panoramic views of a city. Netherlands and parts of Belgium also have the challenge of being flat, so hills and mountains are usually ruled out. Not that many skyscrapers, especially in the the more historical towns. What usually stands out in the background? churches and cathedrals, and […]

14 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo

I spent most of the last summer in Japan, and most of that was spent in Sapporo of the northern region of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for its natural scenery, skiing in the winter, and the relatively cooler chilled out pace during the hot Japan summers.  Sapporo, the Hokkaido capital and biggest city, is also […]

13 Jan, 2017 in Malaga

To get your bearings in a new place or just to get a feel for a city’s beautiy, it’s best to find a good spot to see the city from above. Tall skyscrapers, mountain tops, observation decks, and, ferris wheels. On my visit to Malaga I went up the Noria Mirador Princess ferris wheel to see beautiful […]

12 Jan, 2017 in Paris

Had a chance to revisit Paris again recently during gloomy cold weather before Christmas. The des Champs-Elysees street features a lively Christmas market and despite the gloomy weather there were lots of locals and tourists everywhere. At the end of the long avenue is a park that leads to the Louvre, and at the center next to […]

11 Jan, 2017 in Southern Spain

Following my visit to Malaga, I rented a car and decided to go up to Seville through the white villages up in the mountains, first visiting Ronda, and then making a quick stop in Zahara. The highlight of Zahara is the mountain top Castillo de Zahara de la Sierra with panoramic breathtaking views of the whole […]

10 Jan, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

More cable cars in Hokkaido? you got it. A quick daytrip from Sapporo, where I spent most of the last summer, is the lovely Niseko area, well known as a great ski resort. Since I love cable cars and just can’t get enough of them, when given the choice between going up the mountain for grand […]

9 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo

I spent most of the last summer in the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, the northern region of Japan. Aside from the wonderful cultural adventure of visiting Japan and the lovely scenic beauty of the region there was one thing that made Sapporo especially cool – it had a lot of cable cars. I think […]

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