Category: Exploring

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...

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...

Royal Tombs

Petra

From Ma’in Hot Springs, we drove south towards Kerak Castle. One of the longer and more scenic drives we had on our trip (known as the King’s Highway). Built in the 12th century, Kerak Castle is one of the largest castles in the Levant by the crusaders.  Kerak is also...

Roman Theatre

Wandering around Amman

Most international visitors to Jordan are likely to fly into Amman (there is a small international airport by the Red Sea in Aqaba and another option across the border in Israel). We arrived at the lovely hour of 2am. While not ideal to start your vacation, the upside was that...

Unwinding at the Beach: Koh Lipe

From Chiang Rai we flew to Southern Thailand’s capital Hat Yai. When going to Koh Lipe you kind of have to go through Hat Yai and unless you land early, you’ll probably end up spending a night there.   We had not read too many raving reviews or reports on...

Chengdu: Gateway to the Panda

Our first stop on our trip was Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, known for its spicy food and pandas. And if it wasn’t for the pandas, we probably would not have stopped here. But once we decided to visit, we started looking into what the city has to offer...