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).

Luang Prabang

So peaceful and tranquil, being in Luang Prabang (Laos) is like going back in time! With lantern-lit streets, Indochinese architecture, French villas and the Mekong River – Luang Prabang is a place where you wish you can stay forever.

“Luang Prabang (ຫລວງພະບາງ) slows your pulse and awakens your imagination” – Lonely Planet

Piatra Craiului

Found some old photos, taken more than 10 years ago that can make an interesting story. It is about an inventor, a peasant we call “Nea Ion” – who lived at that time alone, somehwere in Transylvania,  “Plaiul Foii” area, next to Piatra Craiului National Park (Carpathian Mountains).

Toronto Downtown - aerial view

First Flying Lesson

Time to fly! It is that time in life when you want to do something exciting, such as celebrating a big round birthday.

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

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome

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

77 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.

Dakar, Senegal

First Day: Wrong Hotel and Still No Cash…

Revamping some old stories from West Africa, with a hint of nostalgia and wanderlust. 

Africa is expensive and now I am relying on a volunteer nurse for one week-long trip to Dakar, Senegal, after spending few days in Banjul, the Gambia. My Taiwanese friend, Joyce, had to borrow 1,000 USD to pay for the airplane tickets, hotel and pocket-money. At Christmas time the banks are closed, and the travel agency doesn’t accept credit cards…

We flew at mid-night and so the adventure began.

Singapore Fun

Excitement and Entertainment in Lion City

Check out 7 places to have fun in Singapore: Sentosa Island, Clarke Quay, the Raffles Hotel, Orchard Road, Club Street, Singapore Flyer and Geylang Red Light District.

Singapore Weird Laws

“The Fine City”

The nickname for Singapore, “The Fine City”, has double meaning. In order to maintain the “public order” and to protect the “fine state” of Singapore, the Government has imposed a multitude of strict laws and hefty fines.

Don’t risk being fined or worst, caned and jailed in Singapore. Besides the usual “No Smoking” or “No Littering” signs, and besides the unusual “No Jumping”, “No Riding”, “No Running”, “No Heel Shoes” and “No Umbrellas” signs – there are also weird laws in Singapore that you should be aware of.