28 Jan, 2015 in Mexico City
Chapultepec Castle Mexico City (46)

Chapultepec Castle at the Chapultepec Park is a great way to kick off Mexico City. It combines a castle, a national museum, a huge park with lots of activities, and most importantly – a grand view of Mexico City from above. Although most of the exhibitions are not in English, and you’ll need a guide […]

26 Jan, 2015 in Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch  Saint Louis Missouri

When people think of Saint Louis they usually picture the iconic Gateway Arch. The first and last time I saw the arch was during my time in the US as a kid during the late 1980s, and so I was eager to have another chance to visit. The arch was far more spectacular than I […]

25 Jan, 2015 in Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden - Saint Louis (14)

Dating back to 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. There are quite a few things to see and do in Saint Louis, and together with the world famous arch this was definitely one of the highlights in my very short visit in the […]

23 Jan, 2015 in Phoenix
Ro Ho En - Japanese Friendship Garden  Phoenix (4)

Part of the Phoenix charm is with its desert scenery. Not much green, very distinct vegetation, so when you tour around Phoenix you become used to the yellowish flavor of it all. Which is why the Ro Ho En – the Japanese Friendship Garden – near the heart of Phoenix is very surprising. Somehow, I’m […]

19 Jan, 2015 in Champagne
Musée Fort de la Pompelle (1)

Roaming around Champagne there are a few things to see that go beyond wineries, although it is mainly limited to two categories – religion and war. In terms of war, there’s plenty left from the world wars that had a strong impact on France. In Champagne you have the Musée Fort de la Pompelle a […]

18 Jan, 2015 in Champagne
Around Reims (6)

We only spent a day around the lovely town of Reims. We visited the grand cathedral, said hi to the folks at a nearby international psychology conference, and wondered around the old town. But, most importantly for Champagne province, we did the mandatory Champagne tour to hear more about the history of this highly popular […]

17 Jan, 2015 in Paris
Notre Dame de Paris-027

The French catherdals are world famous, but of all of those the Notre Dame is perhaps the most famous of them all. Among the largest in the world, and with the finest French gothic architecture, this is as good as it gets when it comes to catherdals. Though I’ve seen my fair share of catherdals […]

15 Jan, 2015 in Paris
Château of Vincennes - Paris-004

Château of Vincennes on the eastern outskirts of Paris is different than most other Châteaus I visited in France. It’s more a castle than an estate, instead of gardens you’ll find a grand cathedral, and unlike any of the others it has a 52 meters high tower meant to keep the royal family safe in […]

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