Sometimes a place or a building makes a big impact on you and lingers in your thoughts long afterwards. The Domica Cathedral and my experiences inside a couple of years ago is still with me even today. The Cathedral is a grand structure surrounded by narow alley ways. The church is very impressive and looms over the alley that leads around the building. There were no clear markers to where you … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Domica Cathedral of Jerusalem
Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with great people and extraordinary places to see. You can pick any street to wonder down and you will be surrounded by the most amazing architecture ever. Millions and millions of feet have walked across these same cobbled streets. Some in search of adventure and others on a pilgrimage through this historical city. Early in the mornings the streets are quite … Continue reading The cobbled streets of Jerusalem
I dont always plan out all my holidays in detail in advance and my Israel trip was one of these. I didn’t have any specific plan of action once I arrived in Nazareth so when two strangers at the hostel mentioned a road trip to the North of Israel all around the Sea of Galilee I couldn’t think of one reason not to go. Going on a road trip with two … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Sea of Galilee in Nazareth
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 us to the Shepherd’s Field first. “And there were shepherds … Continue reading Christmas night in Bethlehem, Israel!!
Another treasure to be found at Ephesus is the remains of the Temple of Hadrian. It is quite spectacular that any of this beautiful temple has survived through the destructive history of what once was a magnificent city. An inscription shows that the Temple of Hadrian was erected around 118 AD but underwent repairs in the 4th century and has been re-erected from surviving fragments. The facade of … Continue reading The remains of the Temple of Hadrian
The best way to start your adventure in Ephesus is with a little history on the area and by visiting the Church or House of the Virgin Mary. It is not just a religious site but also a big part of the history of the area and a very interesting and beautiful place to visit. The House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of Mt. Koressos, “Mount … Continue reading Visiting the House of the Virgin Mary
Turkey is one of those countries which has changed identity and cultures so many times that it has turned into a unique country with a unique culture. Exploring this culture rich country has been one of my most amazing adventures. The beautiful Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque served as the principal mosque of Istanbul, then Constantinople, for almost 500 years. If you ever get to visit … Continue reading Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque
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 colourful Cau Dai Temple is in Tay Ninh City, … Continue reading Asia’s most Colourful and Gaudy Temple ever
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 century AD, Xi’an was the largest city in the world … Continue reading The Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in style
Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with great people and extraordinary places to see. You can pick any street to wonder down and you will be surrounded by the most amazing architecture ever. Millions and millions of feet have walked across these same cobbled streets. Some in search of adventure and others on a pilgrimage through this historical city. Early in the mornings the streets are quite … Continue reading The Old City of Jerusalem
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 arrived with the first expedition to Chile. During its early … Continue reading Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago
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 and spared from air raids during World War II. I … Continue reading Healing water and Lucky love rocks in shrine filled KYOTO
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 Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased. Each of these Jizou … Continue reading Finding the phantom ghost jizo protector statue in Nikko
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 hustle and bustle of the city. I packed my bags … Continue reading Mist shrouded Nikko, shrines and hot springs.
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 when the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo established Bakufu Samurai government. Kamakura … Continue reading Shrines, good fortune and happiness in Kamakura!
In Nazareth I stayed at Fauzi Azar Inn and there I met Pia a German girl looking for someone to rent a car with and drive up north in to the Golan Heights. I haven’t actually made any solid plans on what I wanted to do yet and a road trip in Israel sounded like loads of fun. We also met a polish guy at … Continue reading Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1
After lunch on Tuesday 27 December, I walked down to a small cemetery just outside the Old City. It was one of the most peaceful cemeteries that I have ever been in, it overlooks a valley and is filled with shady trees. There after walking around a bit I found Oskar Schindler’s Tomb. It was totally covered in stones as the Jews don’t put leave … Continue reading Oskar Schindler, Mary Magdalene and hot Sahlab in Jerusalem
This weeks photo challenge is Illumination and what better form of light is there than candlelight!?!? I went on a road trip to the North of Israel with 2 other travelers that I had met the night before we left. The three of us headed towards Tiberias and from there up north all along the coast of the sea of Galilee up to Nimrod Castle and back … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination from the Sea of Galilee
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 a bit overwhelming. We went to the Western Wall … Continue reading Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.
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 Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of … Continue reading Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
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 song to mission impossible started. Let the adventure start was … Continue reading Christmas in Jerusalem, Israel starts!!