Author: Flo

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Last Stop: Ishigaki

We visited Japan in March when it was still cold and grey back in Europe. Weather in Japan could have been better, could have been worse but I knew I wanted to play it safe an include a stop with guaranteed shorts and t-shirt weather. While looking for possible destinations,...

Near the Imperial Palace

Tokyo

Hardly any first time (or second or third) time visitor skips Tokyo in their Japan itinerary. Not only because it is the main gateway to the county, the capital and a fascinating city of some 14 million people. But also because the city is so rich in history, culture and...

This is what we came for!

Mount Fuji

I guess no guide book to Japan is complete without a photo of Mount Fuji somewhere. The 3’776m high dormant volcano (last eruption was in the early 18th century) is often used as a symbol for Japan. Reason for us to add a stop to our itinerary. Not primarily for...

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Kyoto and Nara

I guess no trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Kyoto, the former capital of Imperial Japan. I had been with some friends back in 2014 and did not necessarily have the urge to go back. But that view was not shared by everyone in the travel group,...

Shinsekai

Osaka via Himeji

Hiroshima was a great first stop in Japan; accessible and not too touristy. We stayed very conveniently next to the railway station and were off on the Shinkansen bound for Himeji in the morning. Himeji is mostly known for being on the tourist trail for its prominent castle. Easily accessible...

Atomic Bomb Dome

Hiroshima and Miyajima

For some reason I wanted to avoid one of Japan’s megacities as an entry point. I guess I thought it could be overwhelming. So instead we flew into Hiroshima. Our itinerary had us connect in Beijing/China onto an Air China flight to Hiroshima. What I only realized after booking was...

This is what we came for!

Introduction: Japan Spring Vacation

When going through our travel bucket list, we settled on Japan for a two week trip. It has been on our mind for quite some time and so far my Japan experience had been limited to two eight hour layovers (don’t ask) and a weekend in Kyoto. Late March seemed...

Sveti Stefan

A weekend on the coast in Montenegro

A long overdue write up of a long weekend along Montenegro’s coast, visiting Budva and Kotor while staying at the fabulous Sveti Stefan Hotel. If you’ve been following this blog, you fortunately are not going to ask “why Montenegro” after reading my accounts of visiting places like Kuwait or Tajikistan....

Red Sea

Wrapping up in Aqaba

We had already spent a great week around Jordan and were looking forward to spending a couple of relaxing days at the Red Sea in Aqaba. Nested in between Saudi Arabia (not sure how much fun a beach vacation would be there) and a narrow stretch of Israel, Aqaba is...

Wadi Rum

In the Desert at Wadi Rum

After soaking in lots of history in Petra, we drove south along the Desert Highway towards Wadi Rum. Wadi is Arabic for valley or ravine. This particular Wadi is know for its Mars-like landscape, which is why for example the move The Martian was filmed here. After showing your ticket...