The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is one of the top advertised thermal baths in Budapest and I easily see why. The combination of gorgeous blue waters against an opulent neo-baroque yellow architecture is enchanting and one should plan at least half a day if not a full day at the thermal bath.
The Zeppelin Field is an iconic landmark in Nuremburg at a massive size of 312 m x 285 m that’s bigger than 12 football fields. The smaller podium that’s protruding from the main grand stand was where Hitler stood, conducting Nazi party rallies, speaking to hundreds of thousands of his soldiers. Continue reading
The Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremburg, or Documentation Center for short, is housed in the North Wing of the unfinished congress hall built by the National Socialist Party. Nuremburg being the home-base for the party, the unfinished congress hall is the largest architectural remains built by them and no other place would be more suitable to hold a permanent exhibit of “Fascination and Terror”, which showcases the rise and fall of Adolf Hilter, the progression of National Socialist movement and the crimes committed. Special attention were given to events, things, people, architecture related to Nazi-ruled Nuremburg, with the Nuremburg trials being the closing chapter for this tormented piece of history.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a little medieval town that is almost too beautiful to be true. Known for its exhilarating Christmas Markets, it also served as an inspiration for Disney’s Pinocchio and parts of the movie Harry Porter and the Deathly Hallows were filmed there. It’s 1.5 hours away from Nuremburg and easily reached by train. Continue reading
The most prominent feature of Wat Phu Khao Thong, or Temple of Golden Mountain, is the marvelous square-based stupa. The temple is thought to be established by King Ramesuan in 1387, built to commemorate victory over the Burmese army. The temple grounds also consist of an active monastery in the vicinity. Continue reading
Duolun Cultural Street (多伦路名人街) is lined with rows of beautifully manicured trees that has exquisite fusion of architectural styles combining Chinese, South East Asian, European and Islamic influences all in one street. It is quiet and does not have the busy vibe nor the crowd like the rest of Shanghai and it’s the ideal place for those that like to go off the beaten path. Statues of famous writers and activists such as Lu Xun and Mao Dun, are erected on this road not by coincidence as these were the people that resided on this street, or in the vicinity of Hongkou district where Duolun Street is situated. Each statue has a placard that gives a brief explanation about the person. Continue reading
Basked in sunlight by day, moonlight by night, the reclining Buddha, “Phra Buddhasaiyart”, draped in yellow cloth at 37 m long sleeps peacefully on a lotus pillow. While Wat Lokayasutharam is categorized as a temple, the temple grounds are barely visible. Continue reading
Ernest Zaracharevic and Old Town White Coffee teamed up to add an artsy vibe to Ipoh’s old town. The murals and wall arts are reflections of Ipoh’s past and present, drawn on perfect canvases of tattered and worn walls. Total of seven murals are drawn and they are simply brilliant. Continue reading
Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit is a fully restored temple since 1957 with history that dates back to the 1600’s. It enshrines one of the largest Buddha statue in Thailand- Phra Mongkhlon Bophit, with a total height of 16.95 meters tall. It is located right next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet so the two places can be visited together in one go. Continue reading
Yu Yuan Garden (豫园) was constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1559. The Chinese garden took 16 years to complete and it is a typical Ming garden with pavilions, lakes and rockeries. Continue reading