Continue reading Our Stories from Kyushu, Japan Author: naim Date: 20 Nov 2017 Filed under: Japan, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Our Stories from Kyushu, Japan

Being an avid fan of belching, erupting active volcanoes, the Kyushu volcano of Sakurajima has been on my to-visit list for a while. Being Japan’s most active and one of the world’s most active, I just have to see it. Soon I find myself making my way from Tokyo, via Kyoto, all the way to Kagoshima, the city at the western end of Japan’s main islands, right in the shadow of Sakurajima itself. Then we backtrack to visit beautiful Nagasaki and industrious Fukuoka.

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Continue reading The Ruins of Persepolis and a Desert Crossing Author: naim Date: 19 Nov 2017 Filed under: Iran, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Ruins of Persepolis and a Desert Crossing

We leave Shiraz for Yazd, with stops at the spectacular ancient ruins of Persepolis, Naqsh-i Rustam and Pasargad. Then a long desert crossing before reaching our caravanserai lodge south of Yazd at sundown.

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Continue reading The Splendour of Shiraz in Southern Iran Author: naim Date: 13 Nov 2017 Filed under: Iran, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Splendour of Shiraz in Southern Iran

We explore Shiraz in southern Iran, the capital of Persian art, culture and literature. Highlights are Nasir-ol-Molk or Pink Mosque, Eram Garden, the epitome of Persian gardens, and Vakil Bazaar.

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Continue reading Pangong Lake, the Jewel of Ladakh Author: naim Date: 10 Nov 2017 Filed under: India

Pangong Lake, the Jewel of Ladakh

A most wonderful trip to the scenic Pangong Lake, through spectacular mountains and valleys full of fascinating flora and fauna.

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Continue reading The Nubra Valley of Ladakh Author: naim Date: 10 Nov 2017 Filed under: India

The Nubra Valley of Ladakh

We travel to Nubra Valley, to experience the beauty of Ladakh wilderness, a part of the former Silk Road, which now borders Pakistan and China.

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Continue reading The Indus River Way Author: naim Date: 05 Nov 2017 Filed under: India

The Indus River Way

Today we decide to visit interesting spots along the Leh – Srinagar Highway while gawking at the spectacular Indus River and avoiding rockfalls along its gorges.

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Continue reading The Indus Valley of Leh Author: naim Date: 05 Nov 2017 Filed under: India

The Indus Valley of Leh

Still acclimatising to the high altitude, we spend the day exploring spots in the beautiful Leh valley.

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Continue reading The City of Leh in Northern India Author: naim Date: 05 Nov 2017 Filed under: India

The City of Leh in Northern India

Arrival at Leh in northern India and getting our altitude acclimatisation and orientation done. The place is almost 11,000 feet above sea level, and at the risk of altitude sickness.

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Continue reading Fukuoka, Largest City in Kyushu Author: naim Date: 15 Oct 2017 Filed under: Japan, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fukuoka, Largest City in Kyushu

We end our Kyushu adventure by spending the final nights in Kitakyushu at the top end of the island, staying just next door to the Kokura Station, a major point on the Sanyo Shinkansen line. The plan is to explore this northern tip of Kyushu before returning to Tokyo with the shinkansen.

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Continue reading Nagasaki, Pleasant City with Tragic History Author: naim Date: 09 Feb 2017 Filed under: Japan

Nagasaki, Pleasant City with Tragic History

I have always wanted to visit Nagasaki ever since I learnt in school about the horrific twin atomic bombings of 1945. After visiting Hiroshima, my desire to visit Nagasaki reached an all-time high. Now as I step out of the train at Nagasaki Station, my ambition is almost fulfilled.

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Continue reading Sakurajima, Former Volcano-Island Author: naim Date: 05 Feb 2017 Filed under: Japan

Sakurajima, Former Volcano-Island

Today we are visiting the famous active volcano – Sakurajima – or the ‘Cherry Blossom Island’. Well it used to be an island in the Kagoshima Bay until 1914, when a huge eruption spilled lava down its eastern flank thus joining it to the mainland of Kyushu. Henceforth it become a peninsula in the bay, but the name ‘island’ remains.

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Continue reading Kagoshima, First Stop in Kyushu Author: naim Date: 31 Jan 2017 Filed under: Japan

Kagoshima, First Stop in Kyushu

Being an avid fan of belching, erupting active volcanoes, the Kyushu volcano of Sakurajima has been on my to-visit list for a while. Being Japan’s most active and one of the world’s most active, I just have to see it. On my recent trip to Japan, I soon found myself making my way from Tokyo, via Kyoto, then all the way to Kagoshima, the city at the western end of Japan’s main islands, right in the shadow of Sakurajima itself.

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Continue reading MENU Author: naim Date: 12 Jan 2016 Filed under: MISC

MENU

PLEASE READ THIS ENTRY FIRST. IT’S MY “TABLE OF CONTENTS”. THANKS!

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Continue reading Nenana and the Alaskan North Pole Author: naim Date: 30 Oct 2015 Filed under: USA

Nenana and the Alaskan North Pole

After the unforgettable Denali experience, we drive from Healy to Nenana, enroute to North Pole, via the George Parks Highway. A stop in Nenana to spot the legendary Alaska Railroad train fails, but the log cabin and Santa Claus House in North Pole delight us! (September 2015)

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Continue reading Visiting Denali but the ‘Tall One’ Hides Author: naim Date: 29 Oct 2015 Filed under: USA

Visiting Denali but the ‘Tall One’ Hides

We are at Denali village, the gateway to the world famous Denali National Park, an American icon. The morning starts with less-than-stellar weather as we make our way to the township at the entrance to this great national park. We are heading deep into the park, and snow is forecast. This should be fun. (September 2015)

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Continue reading Leaving Anchorage and into the Alaskan Wilderness Author: naim Date: 28 Oct 2015 Filed under: USA

Leaving Anchorage and into the Alaskan Wilderness

Autumn of 2015, and we embark on another epic journey — a self-drive tour of Alaska, doing the Anchorage-Denali-Fairbanks-Glenallen-Seward-Anchorage loop, via Routes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9 (not necessarily in that order) for a total distance of 1700km. This story is the first part of the journey — the very scenic 400km leg from Anchorage to Denali National Park. (September 2015)

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Continue reading Discovering Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France Author: naim Date: 18 Jun 2015 Filed under: France

Discovering Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France

A collection of three stories on our visit to Arles in Provence, France, to track locations Vincent van Gogh used for his famous paintings of 1888-1889. (September 2013)

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Continue reading The Old Quarter of Porto, Northern Portugal Author: naim Date: 25 Nov 2014 Filed under: Portugal, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Old Quarter of Porto, Northern Portugal

In this short visit to Porto, I take a stroll from the modern port-wine Gaia area of Porto and cross the Douro river, via the Luis I Bridge. This brings me to Ribeira, the old quarter of Porto, with buildings from the 15th century, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here facades covered with azulejos tiles (introduced by the Moors in the 8th century) look spectacular in late afternoon light. Looking a bit decrepit, but notable nevertheless. (May 2014)

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Continue reading Labuanbajo in Flores, and Denpasar Airport Author: naim Date: 20 Nov 2014 Filed under: Indonesia

Labuanbajo in Flores, and Denpasar Airport

Labuanbajo is a small town located at the western tip of Flores island at the centre of the huge Indonesian archipelago. Its claim to fame is being the gateway to the islands of Komodo and Rinca, where the famous Komodo National Park is located, home of the Komodo Dragons. Anyway, the area around Labuanbajo also boasts of pristine islands and beaches, plus spectacular snorkeling and diving sites. (September 2014)

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Continue reading The Home of the Komodo Dragons Author: naim Date: 18 Nov 2014 Filed under: Indonesia, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Home of the Komodo Dragons

We finally make it to the home of the awesome Komodo Dragons. We fly from Denpasar DPS to Labuanbajo LBJ, located at the western tip of Flores island in central Indonesia. The 90-min flight from Bali is memorable with the sights of menacing, but enchanting, active volcanoes along the way. (September 2014)

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