Cau Dai Temple

Asia’s most Colourful and Gaudy Temple ever

I quite enjoyed my visit to this very colourful and very kitch temple. It doesn’t look so inviting from outside but once you are inside the colours and dragons and pink is definitely eye catching. I wonder who chose the colour scheme and decided that gaudy dragons is the perfect adornment for a collective religion.…

The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in style

After spending the morning exploring the famous XianCity wall we all headed to the Muslim quarter of this beautiful city. Here we got to explore the huge market and shop filled streets. As the starting point of the famous Silk Road, Xi’an attracted traders from the West since the 1st century BC. During the 8th…

Plaza De Armaz metro station

Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

The city of Santiago has a couple of very old churches that are absolutely lovely to explore. Walking down Merced Street I stopped at the Basilica of Mercy a Catholic church located just before I reached Plaza de Armas. This Basilica was built in 1566 and established by the Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy, who…

Kiyomizudera ("Pure Water Temple")

Healing water and Lucky love rocks in shrine filled KYOTO

Kyoto is a city filled with countless temples, shrines and other historically significant buildings. It was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. Over the centuries, many wars and fires destroyed Kyoto, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb…

Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Jizo Statues

Finding the phantom ghost jizo protector statue in Nikko

Kanmangafuchi Abyss in Nikko was formed by an eruption of nearby Mount Nantai. This small gorge near central Nikko has a pleasant riverside walking trail which I followed to get to the protector statues of Jizo on the side of the hill. Kanmangafuchi is famous for its row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a…

The 5 level pagoda at entrance to Tōshō-gū.

Mist shrouded Nikko, shrines and hot springs.

Nikko is a small city situated about 135km North of Tokyo between picturesque mountains and waterfalls surrounded by lakes, wild monkeys, hot springs and hiking trails. It’s a 3-4 hour journey by train from Shinjuku station on the Tobu-Nikko line and cost me about ¥1320 one-way, ideal for a long weekend get away from the…

Maruyama Inari Shrine with its lane of red torii.

Shrines, good fortune and happiness in Kamakura!

Kamakura is a great destination for a day-trip from Tokyo.  It was less than one hour south of where I lived. The most attractive feature of Kamakura is that there are numerous temples and shrines which gives it an atmosphere of old Japan. Kamakura was Japan’s capital for more than 100 years beginning in 1192…

The Bell Tower of the Domica Cathedral

Morning spent Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem

It was Tuesday 27 December, day 4 of my Israel Adventure and so far it had been stunning, filled with great people and extraordinary places to see.  I started my day early and walked from New Gate down to Zion’s Gate where I exited the old city to go to David’s Tomb and the room of…

A priest standing in front of his small church

Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.

Monday 26 December 2011 The rain finally let up so this morning I took the hostels free city tour, it is a 3hour walking tour that was very informative and we had a great guide that made it a lot of fun! We walked through little alleyways and past so many old buildings it was…

Yad Vashem

Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Day 2: Sunday 25 December 2011  It rained all day long and was about 15 degrees and very foggy. The city was covered in a white mist. I took the tram to the Holocaust museum, it is a stunning building and everything was so well presented. It was a stunning yet very depressing experience. Yad…

Inside the Church of the Nativity

The night before Christmas spent in Bethlehem, Israel!!

 Saturday 24 December 2011 At 3o’clock the afternoon on my first day in Israel I joined the Abraham hostel tour to Bethlehem. Unfortunately the guide was absolutely useless, he didn’t give us any extra information about the area or even tell us where we were going or what we were going to see.  He took…

The church has amazing lanterns hanging all over!!

Christmas in Jerusalem, Israel starts!!

This was going to be my very first Christmas all alone so I wanted to make it really special, and what better place is there to spend Christmas than in Israel?! As I started my Israel adventure I put my I-pod on random. I stepped out of the flat with my backpack and the theme…