Day trips from Kyoto & Tokyo: Himeji & Nikko (part 5)

26th February, Himeji.  Japan’s largest and one of the most impressive and beautiful castles, also called the White Heron because of its elegance and white colour, is the Himeji Castle. It is not only a national treasure, but also a world heritage site. Visiting this castle really did feel surreal at times.  We stepped out…

Japan: The floating torii gate and Hiroshima (part 4)

25th February, Miyajima. On one of our last days in Kyoto, we went on a day trip to the Miyajima island and Hiroshima. We got on a Shinkansen for a 2-hour journey early in the morning. Once we arrived in Hiroshima, we got on a ferry for 10 minutes to go and explore Miyajima and its famous…

Nara: Japan’s first capital city (part 3)

February 24th, Nara. If you ever go to Japan, make sure you visit Nara. It was the best and most fun and surreal out of all the day trips we did. Although it’s a popular tourist destination, it is a very calm and peaceful place and simply perfect to wander around and spend a relaxing day. When…

Japan: 6 days in Kyoto (part 2)

“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.”  – Pico Iyer February 21st, Kyoto. We were sad to leave Tokyo, but travelled on…

Japan: 5 days in Tokyo (part I)

I’ve never missed a place I have travelled to so much before. Japan, you won me over in no time.  Ich habe noch nie einen Ort, an den ich gereist bin, so sehr vermisst. Japan, du hast mich im Handumdrehen für dich gewonnen.   The last few weeks leading up to our Japan trip and…

Why I love where I’m from

Am I alone in saying that in my teenage years I was obsessed and utterly in love with any other city than my own? In my case this city was London. I suppose it was more or less because I’ve always loved the English language, specifically British English, to the extent that I now study…

the wonders of the isle of wight

I finally got to see the Isle of Wight. For people living in England it might seem redundant as it’s “just an island” but to me it was a place I’ve been craving to see. And I can only recommend anyone to go and see for themselves, even if it might seem boring to you,…

The wonders of Tallinn.

Tallinn. I’ve been to many beautiful places but I don’t think any of these can top Tallinn. It came unexpected but yes, it has now become my favourite place in Europe so far. I will write about Tallinn in a series of separate blog posts, as there is so much to say and show you…

7 places you need to see in Stockholm.

In September 2016 I ended up in beautiful Stockholm. Finally – as Scandinavia is the part of the world I need to experience, ideally multiple times.  I won’t bore you with the typical, must-see attractions you know about already anyway and instead, show you eight places you might not find on sightseeing lists or must-see attractions….

the beautiful Wachau and Melk Abbey

The Wachau is a region you should definitely not miss out on. Unbelievably, it took me  22 years until last week I finally went to see one out of my country’s ten UNESCO world heritage sites. Me, my sister and my mum hit the road one very early bank holiday morning and took the train…

die wunderschöne Wachau und Stift Melk

Die Wachau ist eindeutig ein Ort, den man nicht missen sollte. Eine 22 Jahre-alte Wienerin bin ich schon, und es hat bis letzte Woche gedauert, mir einen Ort meiner Heimat, der zum UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe gehört, anzusehen. An einem sehr frühen Morgen eines Feiertages brachen also ich, meine Schwester und meine Mama auf und fuhren nach Krems….