One of the gates that lead to the churches in the park

Tulips and pigeon poop in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park

Kolomenskoye is one of the most beautiful places in all of Moscow. The park is only a short metro ride from the center, and situated close to one of the city’s most industrialized areas. The park and its awe-inspiring buildings are so steeped in history that it even surpasses the Kremlin itself in evoking the…

Wanhua Chamber,

Yu yuan the famous and beautiful classical garden of Shanghai

China is definitely filled with beautiful temples and fabulously manicured gardens. Walking through these tranquil gardens on these hot summer days is such a peaceful experience. We spent the morning walking through this beautiful gardens enjoying the sunny weather and the cool the shade provides. Yu yuan Garden was finished in 1577 by a government…

Here you can see the Gran Torre Santiago, the tallest building in South-America

Exploring the Botanical parks of San Cristobel Hill in Santiago

I have been working and living in Santiago for nearly 3 weeks now and have found it quite a peaceful place to be. Unfortunately I have been working late into the evening during the week so haven’t actually gotten to explore the city that much. Last weekend we had a lovely sunny Saturday, perfect for spending…

Park Balmaceda where I sat reading this afternoon

Travel theme: Pathways through Santiago, Chile

Santiago has beautiful graffiti covered streets but walking along the river and through the pathways of its many parks has also been a beautiful experience. These are some of the paths that I have traveled down during my stay in Santiago. For Ailsa’s travel theme of pathways I will share my favourite Santiago park pathways.  Park De Las Esculturas…

A pity Santiago is covered in smog during winter

Walking through the ghost town that is Santiago before 10am

The streets of Santiago are quiet and deserted before 10am on a weekend and even more so on a public holiday. It felt like I was walking through a ghost town as I walked from Bellavista to Santa Lucía Hill in the center of the city.   I walked through Parque Forestal next to the Mapocho River. The…

Memorial statue at the entrance of the park

Meeting atom bomb survivors at the Hiroshima memorial service

A visit to Japan is not complete without visiting Hiroshima the horrific site of the first nuclear bomb and when better than on the anniversary of that horrific event. The whole world knows about the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 where as many as 140 000 people were killed. Since then, thousands more have…

The tea-house in the middle of the tidal pool!!

Drinking Japanese Green Tea at Hamarikyu Gardens

I actually planned on visiting the famous Tsukiji fish market but it turned out to be closed today for some or another reason. Not wanting the trip to be a waste I went to Hamarikyu Gardens just around the corner from the market. Hamarikyu means detached palace on the coast, I guess it got this…

The whole park was covered in sweet smelling blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Geyoen Park, Japan

I was lucky enough to move to Japan just before spring so had the chance to experience cherry blossom time in Tokyo!! Shinjuku Geyoen Park is one of the most beautiful cherry blossom sites that I visited while living in Japan. The streets and especially parks were all filled with these beautiful blossoms.  I loved walking…

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Sunset at Moscow’s Gorky Park

I took a late afternoon walk through Gorky Park to watch the sunset. Its already starting to get cold here in Moscow and was -2 degrees Celsius outside. I am leaving Moscow next week so trying to fit in the last couple of places left on my list. Gorky park is definitely one of Moscow’s most famous…

My first glimpse of Kuskovo Estate across the lake

Moscow’s Koskovo Estate in autumn

I thought I would go for a nice relaxing walk all the way to Koskovo Estate at the beginning of autumn in September. I checked the route on a map and it looked like it would take me about 20 minutes at most to get there from the metro station. But the walk took a…

The Grand Palace of Catherine The Great

Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow

I think there is no better way to spend your summer mornings in Moscow than walking around and enjoying the sunshine and the many parks it has to offer. The parks were all filled with brightly coloured flowers and loads of people also out to soak up the sunshine. My first visit to Tsaritsyno Park…

Stunning

Visiting the Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

I explored the Tretyakov gallery area a couple of times during the first sunny weeks of May. It was lovely just getting out of the small flat and spending some time outside in the sunshine. One afternoon my exploring took me past the gallery and down some side streets towards the Moscow River. I walked…