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Exploring Ghost City where the souls of the dead go to enter the underworld.

Our cruise ship docked close to Fengdu where the famous “Ghost City” is found. This is where the Chinese believe the souls of the dead go. It is situated about 170 kilometers downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River. Walking up those steps from the boat to the road I thought I might actually pass out from the heat. Already the sweat … Continue reading Exploring Ghost City where the souls of the dead go to enter the underworld.

Such an amazing view!

Floating down the Shennong Stream through the Gorges of the Yangtze River.

One of the highlights of our month long China Odyssey was definitely the 3 night cruise on the spectacular Yangtze River. The first morning our ship anchored and we boarded a small ferry that took us deep into the Lesser Gorges.  It was a very hot and humid day out but the breeze on the ferry made it bearable, unfortunately the haziness in the air … Continue reading Floating down the Shennong Stream through the Gorges of the Yangtze River.

The gangplank leading up to our Cruise ship

Cruising down the Magnificent Yangtze River of China

Cruising down the beautiful Yangtze River of China for 3 nights was definitely the most relaxing part of our China Odyssey. Arriving at the Ferry terminal early in the morning it was packed with people waiting to board the cruise boat. The sun was already beating down on us and sweat was pouring down my back by the time we got to the docks with … Continue reading Cruising down the Magnificent Yangtze River of China

Lake Ashi

Pirate ships and hot springs at Lake Ashi in Japan

My friend Yvonne and I left on the Romance train from Tokyo to Hakone. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji across Lake Ashi. It was a lovely hot sunny day and we could make out the tip of the mountain in the distance. We took a bus … Continue reading Pirate ships and hot springs at Lake Ashi in Japan

Yachts, Amarula and Sunshine in Richards Bay, South Africa!!

I spent the week visiting my friends Corli and Frikkie in the coastal town of Richards Bay in South Africa.  I used to live just outside Richards Bay which has a subtropical climate so it’s quite warm all year round. It was hot and sunny all week, perfect weather for a yacht trip! We made ourselves comfortable on the yacht with a glass of South … Continue reading Yachts, Amarula and Sunshine in Richards Bay, South Africa!!

Seeing the city from a different perspective on a Moscow River cruise

A Moscow river boat trip is definitely a great choice when it’s hot, sunny, and you’ve seen a lot of the city on foot already! Just imagine how cool it is to slowly drift across the beautiful Moscow River, enjoying Moscow from a totally different perspective! Yve, Judith, Raphael and I planned to meet at Kievskiy metro station one sunny Saturday afternoon in May to do … Continue reading Seeing the city from a different perspective on a Moscow River cruise