Halong Bay

Halong Bay Photo Cruise

No trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit to Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I think you can measure the level of excitement by the number of photos you take. And in the two days Halong Bay cruise I took a lot of photos.

2,000 limestone islands rise like towers from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and the views are stunning. Old wooden ships called “junk boats” (that look more like pirate ships!) are sailing between these incredible karsts formations, passing by beautiful caves and grottoes that are waiting to be explored, slowly moving fisherman boats and sleepy floating villages.

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Havana, Cuba

The Best of ‘100 Travel Stories’

Three years of blogging and 100 stories! Memories of travel and adventure from hundreds of destinations. It is difficult to select the top 10 travel posts. Analytics are helpful, but subjective. A post may have better keywords than other. Or it may have been promoted. Some destinations are more in demand than others.

The top posts are the most original ones, with unusual and striking content – informational and visual.

“You have very short travel blogs, and I think there’s a split among travel writers: the service-oriented writers will say, ‘Well, the reader wants to read about his trip, not yours.’ Whereas I say, the reader just wants to read a good story and to maybe learn something.” – Tim Cahill

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Koh Lipe

Welcome to Koh Lipe island, in the Andaman Sea, Thailand!

White sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters are an invitation for exploring and relaxing.

Take a photographic tour of this beautiful small island once inhabited by sea gypsies. Read More

Travelling to Japan, you cannot stop noticing the difference between Japanese and Western signage. The signs in Japan can be cartoonish, funny, blunt and creative. But they do attract the attention of the intended target, both children and adults.

Here are the funniest 20 signs spotted throughout Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto to Okinawa.  Read More

Pokhara Phewa Lake

The Place

Pokhara is a beautiful, quiet, lakeside town in Nepal, where – if you are adventurous – you can try to live the hippie life as in the past, even if for few ephemeral moments.

The town is the starting point for trekking in the Annapurna Mountains. From Kathmandu I fly to Pokhara in a small Yeti Airlines plane. The view of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and Annapurna range from the plane is striking.

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Canada fall colours

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

The best time to visit Canada is in the fall. Warm weather and beautiful autumn foliage, with gold and red coloured leaves.

Get a glimpse of a Canadian fall through photos and quotes.

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Bakery addiction

Photography by Xue Feng

“Bread are sexy and seductive to me.” – Xue

Xue embarked on a bakery tasting adventure in Asia, following the aroma of fresh bread and pastries from Canada to China and Japan. From bakery to bakery, Xue discovered, tasted and documented a wide variety of delicacies. Her “Bread Freak in Kobe” is an introduction to ten bakeries from Kobe, Japan.

“Bakery Addiction: A Visual Poetry” is a series of close-up photos of Asian bakery and not only.

See the texture, feel the shape, imagine the aroma and guess the taste! Read More

Toronto Downtown - aerial view

First Flying Lesson

Time to fly! It is that time in life when you want to do something exciting, something dangerous.

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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Longsheng Rice Terraces

Photography by Xue Feng

The most amazing rice terraces in China – Longsheng or Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) – are located in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Read More

Hanoi, Vietnam

From Luang Prabang to Hanoi

When the tuk-tuk driver dropped me at the airport in Luang Prabang, Laos, for a flight to Hanoi, I thought he brought me somewhere else. I asked him “Where is the airport?”. “Here”, he said pointing to the small building we stopped in front of. And from here, a new adventure started in Vietnam! Read More

Yubu Jima Island

Yubu Jima (由布島) Island

With a circumference of only 2.15 kilometers, Yubu Jima is the smallest island in the Yaeyama Archipelago, Okinawa. The entire island is a subtropical garden, with more than 100 varieties of trees!

On the island are 43 water buffaloes, 23 carts, 23 people and 17 households (2010, yubujima.com).

The island is accessible by water buffalo cart from Iriomote Jima.

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Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

“When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man-made devastation.” – Wilfred Burchett

72 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.

8:15 AM

The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground. Read More

Iriomote Jima

“I like to be grounded by nature, go hiking… go to an isolated island that’s not glamorous and touristy at all.” – Cote de Pablo

Iriomote Jima (西表島) Island

Covered by dense jungles and mangrove forests, and surrounded by beautiful coral reefs – Iriomote Jima is one of the best destinations in Japan for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Read More

Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto is an annual event held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in June each year. A celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community in the Greater Toronto Area. It is one of the largest organized gay pride festivals in the world, featuring several stages with live performers and DJs, several licensed venues, a large Dyke March, a Trans March and the Pride Parade. (Wikipedia) Read More

Okinawa coral islands

Okinawa

From 40 millions to almost none, crowded to deserted, bustling to peaceful. From Tokyo to Iriomote. Welcome to Okinawa!

Sometime in October, after enjoying the craziness of Tokyo, I took the bullet train (shinkansen) from Tokyo to Nagoya, and the airplane from Nagoya to Ishigaki city. Final destination: Iriomote Jima island, the southernmost island of Japan. This is part 1 of three series posts about three beautiful islands from Okinawa. Read More