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
75 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.
The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground.
Peles Castle (Peleş) is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe located in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, Romania.
Peles Castle won the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor.
Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the Romanian royal family until 1947.
In a previous life, perhaps I was living in Asia since the connection to this continent is so strong.
After the “shock of arrival” to Asia via Hong Kong in 2003, I started exploring this amazing land – starting with China and ending in Thailand: Macau, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.
Each country brings memories of adventure and discovery, friendship and love.
In Cambodia is Angkor Wat – truly impressive, a masterpiece from the past.
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.
“Pokhara is so beautiful that you will experience a myriad of unforgettable moments. You will never be able to get enough of Pokhara.” –
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.
One of the harshest and coldest winters in Canada was the winter of 2013/14 – with a Christmas ice storm that downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to half million people – and a series of polar vortexes. The polar vortex from the beginning of January froze the Niagara River and the two smaller waterfalls, creating an unusual winter landscape.
“Tokyo’s hidden erotic wonderland is open for business.” – National Geographic
When I arrived first time at the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, I was lost. 3.64 million passengers pass through the world’s busiest transport hub each day, more than the population of Toronto! Once you find your way out (from over 200 exits), you may head to the famous red light district of Tokyo, Kabukichō – the “Sleepless Town”.
Your first clue that you are in the area is when you are seeing well dressed young Japanese men with very long hair. You will find them at the main entrances to the Kabukichō red light district, every day and night.