The Nine Creeks are fairly close to the Longjing Tea Village that we visited. The Nine Creeks are rated as one of the Ten New Scenes of West Lake in Hangzhou which has a few names in Chinese – 九溪烟树 (jiu xi yan shu) meaning Nine Creeks by Misty Trees or 九溪十八涧 (jiu xi shi ba jian) meaning Nine Creeks & Eighteen Streams. We walked about 1 hour from the Longjin Tea Village as transportation wasn’t readily accessible (unless you hire a cab for the day). Continue reading
Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) is a gorgeous lake with Mount Fuji as a backdrop. When the weather is right, the snow-capped Mount Fuji, bright red torii gate, glowing pirate ships on glistening waters make it absolutely bewitching.
It is smoking at Owakudani, Hakone. Owakudani (大涌谷) literally means “boiling valley”and there’s no other name more suitable than that because the whole place is indeed an active volcanic zone with bubbling hot onsen and overwhelming pungent sulfuric fumes. Continue reading
Enoshima (江の島) is a little island in the Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県), 40 minutes by train from Tokyo, and just 24 minutes away from Kamakura. You will see that there are dragon statues on the island because legend has it that Kamakura was once tormented by a 5-headed dragon. Continue reading
For an ultimate “ryokan” experience, we stayed at Ryokan Funamisou (舟見莊旅館) at the Kinugawa area (鬼怒川) of Nikko (日光) . Ryokans are inns that originated from the Edo period. Traditional Japanese tatami floors and sliding doors are typical features of a ryokan. Meals are often inclusive in the stay. Continue reading
Pangkor Island, a tranquil little island that I have not visited in the longest time, almost forgetting how it really is. It ‘s still a little old-fashioned, basic; but I like it because it has not been taken over by commercialization. Continue reading
Flamingos! Flamingos!!! We were so excited to see our very first flamboyance of flamingos at the Camargue.
Roussillon is a gorgeous colorful village in Provence. Roussillon is surrounded by ochre cliffs which were once mined in the 19th century for the ochre pigmentation. The villagers made use of this gift of nature and painted the village in splendor. On the village look out point, the village presents an overall ash-pinkish hue, but as you wander through the streets, you’ll discover brilliant shades of red, orange, brown and yellow. Continue reading
This 9 Days Self-Drive New Zealand itinerary covers attractions, places to eat and accommodation in the glacier regions of West Coast, Wanaka, Mount Cook and Mackenzie. A lot of driving was involved in our fantastic road trip but we didn’t mind one bit because the sceneries were so stunning along the way. Continue reading
We drove up the winding path to Mount John to visit the observatory during the day. The path is open to the public during the day but has controlled access at night. The panoramic view of the southern alps, the lakes and the Mackenzie basin is spectacular. Continue reading