22 Jun, 2017 in Bonn

Around this time last year I made a quick daytrip during a very hectic month to see the nearby Bonn. During that time there was a hot-air balloon festival taking place at the Rheinaue Park, a large park at the center of Bonn, although there were only setting up when I visited. I took a stroll […]

23 May, 2017 in Vienna

Not sure why, but in my self-created memories of my visit to Vienna Austria as a kid there is a bit about us visiting Freud’s home. Whether my parents support this claim or not is almost irrelevant, if Freud has taught us anything it’s that our inner world guides much of how we think and […]

4 Jan, 2015 in Paris
Giverny Gardens Monet house (28)

Paris offers many wonderful daytrips, but if you’re a fan of French art and the impressionism movement then a daytrip out to explore Claude Monet’s house and gardens our in Giverny France is bound to excite you. Many of Monet’s famous impressionist painting drew inspirations from these gardens, and walking around the estate you can […]

21 Mar, 2014 in Austin
OHenry house Austin Texas (13)

While I was walking towards my academic conference at the Austin Convention Center in Austin Texas I noticed a plain old historical house. It was quite humble, but it was definitely out of place in the area surrounding the convention center and so I decided to get closer and have a look. To my surprise […]

28 Dec, 2013 in Kaiping
Majianglong Village - Kaiping - Guangdon (5)

The last of the Diaolou western-Chinese mix villages in my Kaiping tour was Majianglong Village. I arrived a little bit too late to really enjoy all that it has to offer, but still, I was able to appreciate the special architecture and get a taste of the local feel.   …

2 Dec, 2013 in Miami
Vizcaya Museum House Gardens - Miami (27)

If you enjoy architecture and gardens and a small glimpse into how the rich and successful live, Miami has a few terrific options for you. I previously covered the Charles Deering Estate at Cutler which is already quite impressive, but it’s nothing compared to the Vizcaya Villa belonging to a different member of the Deering […]

22 Jul, 2013 in Miami
The Deering Estate - Miami (21)

Charles Deering, a successful businessman, discovered Miami as a winter destination long before most of the other  Americans did. Back in the 1890s, he already started heading south towards Saint Augustine and Miami, when the winters in Chicago became too cold. Beginning of the 20th century he used his wealth to set a more permanent […]

18 Mar, 2013 in New Orleans
Longue Vue House & Gardens New Orleans (15).JPG

The Longue Vue House is a city mansion near New Orleans. I imagine most people probably prefer to visit plantations in that area, but on the way back from visiting the Destrehan Plantation I was looking for something quick in the area and the Longvue estate came up as a recommendation on my Google map. […]

17 Feb, 2013 in Taipei
Lin An Tai House & Museum Taipei (10).JPG

It’s quite remarkable just how many terrific specialty museums Taipei has. I recently came across MKL’s "List of Museums in Taipei" covering many of my recent discoveries and much much more and it just blows your mind. In my last visit to Taipei I made it my mission to get off the beaten …

23 Oct, 2011 in Cebu
Yap Sandiego Heritage House - Cebu (2).JPG

Not too sure what to call the Yap Sandiego Heritage House in Cebu City . When I finally found it after venturing uncomfortably on foot through Cebu City I was a bit surprised. True, it was the first “attraction” I saw in the Philippines, but I still wasn’t prepared to the scale of things. …

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