Sake barrels

October 1st is the World Sake Day and we are celebrating!

Made from fermented rice, sake is the national beverage of Japan. Sake can be served at the room temperature, hot or cold – depending on the type of sake. With 18% – 20% alcohol, sake is not a strong drink. Easy to drink, but so easy to get drunk!

Follow my “sake” story from wonderful Japan.

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Lisbon Praça do Comércio

Can you see Lisbon in one day?

It depends of your travel style and if you travel alone or in a group. My travel philosophy consists in not relying entirely on maps, but rather getting lost  – and using a combination of transportation vehicles and walking – a lot of walking, on average 40 km per day.

Spending my first afternoon in Lisbon, the time came for a full day of sightseeing. “Lisbon in one day” is a two part series photographic journey starting with Alfama and ending with Chiado and Bairro Alto neighborhoods of Lisbon.

“Get lost for a while, and find your target later”

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First touch Portugal and what a pleasant surprise!

Olá Lisbon! is an introduction to my trip to Lisbon (Lisboa), followed by “Lisbon in One Day”, “Modern Lisbon – Parque das Nações” and “Sintra – Palaces and Mysteries”.

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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

74 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.

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Ao Nang sunset

Close to Krabi airport in Thailand and just a short boat ride to Railay Beach, Ao Nang is a lovely beach town with modern hotels, very good sea food restaurants and a vibrant night market.

We were lucky to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets here and also being spared by the tropical storm Pabuk who created havoc on the east coast of Thailand.

This is the last post from a series of four about our vacation in the Krabi province – starting with Koh Phi Phi Island, followed by the Bamboo Island and Railay Beach, and ending in Ao Nang.

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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)

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Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m), Mont Blanc

One day trip from Geneva, Switzerland, to Chamonix in France. Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and the site where the first Winter Olympics took place in 1924.

One of the main attractions is the spectacular cable car trip from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi 3,842 m (12,605 ft) – the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world. There is a change of cabin at 2,317 m.  From here, the ascent is steep and directly, without any support pillar for a length of 2,867 m. (data from Wikipedia).

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Railay

Railay Beach is a small peninsula in the Andaman Sea accessible only by boat from Ao Nang. With stunning limestone cliffs, Railway is one of the most famous destinations for rock climbing in Thailand. Covered by jungle, with beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere – Railway attracts a younger and adventurous crowd. It even has a Rastafarian vibe!

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