Kanazawa is located in central Honshu in Japan’s Isikawa prefecture. With its unique location between mountains and sea, it provided a stronghold for the Maeda feuadal lords and the town developed its own cultural identity. Kanazawa focussed more on culture than industry and it was spared from the World War II bombings. There were many reasons I included Kanazawa in my itinerary (it’s like a little Kyoto) but the main reason was to see the beautiful Kenrokouen Garden.
Pula is one of the largest cities on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. I was pleasantly surprised by the fast amount of Roman ruins and landmarks that I found during my stroll through the city. Pula has been known for its shipping industry and served as a Roman military outpost. The Roman arena has been preserved through the centuries and spectacular find in the heart of the city.
Madrid is one of those cities I constantly long to go back to. I can see myself living, working and eating here. I’m in love with the Spanish way of life, the ‘duende’ you’ll hear many of them speak of. Madrid’s city center is a great place to get an idea of what Madrid is about and it can easily be explored on foot. After you’ve explored the city center, you can head out into the other areas like El Rastro La Latina, Lavapiés etc. Here’s my best 10 things to see and do in the center.
The Alhambra, Granada, Spain. One of my favorite places on earth.
Harajuku is colourful and crazy. It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street. I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando to Shibuya and this was one of my favourite excursions in Tokyo. There are so many side streets and small boutique shops to discover.
The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) in Tokyo was built as a dedication to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan and his wife, Empress Shoken. I found this shinto shrine situated next to Harajuku station, a busy shopping area, with its 100000 trees and huge torii gates, oozing with tranquility. This was just what I was looking for before starting off my shopping extravaganza in Harajuku, Omotesando down Cat Street straight to Shibuya.
Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera (temple), observation deck, Kyoto, Japan 🙂
Rovinj is a picturesque town in the North of Croatia on the Istrian peninsula. Rovinj made quite an impression on me with its beautiful colorful old town and the huge stone tower looming over the city from a top the hill. It reminds me strongly of Venice but with a flavor of its own. I had the best time walking round this ancient port city and would recommend it for anyone traveling to Croatia.
A walk around the old town and the Grisia neighborhood
Tokyo is a big city with many layers to it. It’s impossible to try to reveal all the layers during a five-day stay, but I certainly tried my best. Asakusa falls under Eastern Tokyo in the Taito ward and it is separated from the more industrial Oshiage area, where you find the Tokyo Skytree, by the Sumida River. So what is there to see in this old entertainment district?
Kanazawa Castle, Japan 🙂