13 Feb, 2014 in Hakone
Old Tokaido and Hakone Checkpoint Ashi (16)

The Hakone area with Lake Ashi is absolutely gorgeous and filled with historic tourist attractions. Two of those on the southern side of Lake Ashi are the old Tokaido Hakone Checkpoint and the imperial detached palace and gardens.       Japan guide has the background to the …

13 Jun, 2013 in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is my home museum. Located only ~15 minutes walk from my parents’ house in Rehavia, down Ramban street and across the Monastery valley, it has always been part of the very familiar view I’ve come across many times while walking my dog or wondering around the neighborhood. Perhaps since it […]

17 Feb, 2013 in Taipei
Lin An Tai House & Museum Taipei (10).JPG

It’s quite remarkable just how many terrific specialty museums Taipei has. I recently came across MKL’s "List of Museums in Taipei" covering many of my recent discoveries and much much more and it just blows your mind. In my last visit to Taipei I made it my mission to get off the beaten …

1 Jun, 2012 in Washington DC
National Gallery of Art Garden (14).JPG

Art has a way of transforming public space into something special. If you ask me, I’d love to see a lot more art in public spaces, but somehow we don’t really see it that often – especially not in Asia. The national gallery of art in Washington, one of the world’s most visited …

31 Jan, 2012 in Siquijor
Siquijor - Butterfly Sanctuary (27).JPG

While roaming around Siquijor island crossing back north through the mountains from a trip to the southern side of the island something caught my attention. At the highest point just before the decline down a few locals waved their hands and pointed me in some vague direction indicating that I should go check it out. […]

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