Seville: Heart of Traditional Spain

After our bad experience with our Sahara desert tour, I was happy to leave chaotic Marrakesh for the much calmer Seville. Our flight arrived in Seville early evening. We took one look at the long line at the bus station and hop on a 25 Euro Taxi. Before we knew it we were outside our…

Marrakesh in a Day : Mosque, Snails, and Sheep Head

In Marrakesh, we walked to all the main sights. Here is our itinerary for the day. Kasbah Mosque -> Saadian Tombs -> El Bahia Palace -> Marrakesh Museum -> Ben Youssef Madrasa -> Koutoubia Mosque One important thing to note for independent travelers is that at Marrakesh sights, there are no English leaflets/display signs available.…

Barcelona and half day trip to Montserrat

Our Spain and Morocco trip got off at a rocky start when our flight to Paris was delayed for 45 mins and we narrowly missed our flight into Barcelona. The next flight wouldn’t take off until three hours later and it meant that by the time we arrived at our studio, it would pass sunset time.…

Hoi An: Picturesque Ancient Town

In the late afternoon and evening, Hoi An’s ancient town is pedestrian and bike only. It was nice to finally be able get away from all the crazy traffics.  We borrowed bikes (for free) from our hotel and had a relaxing ride around the town. The town is also very walkable if biking is not…

Historical Sites in Hue

Hue is dotted with tombs, palace, and other historical sites in the rural area inaccessible to public transportation. We can either rent a motorbike, book a private tour, or join a group tour. Since neither of us can ride a motorbike, we decided to join a group tour to save money. Below is our itinerary…

Citylights in Tokyo

Before our trip, a few friends had told me that Tokyo is a typical Asian city very much like Hong Kong, and as a result I didn’t have high expectation and had planned only 24 hours for this city. I ended up falling in love with the city and wishing that we spend an extra…

Hakone – Hot Spring, Ryokan, and Non-sighting of Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji and Hot Spring Ryokan were the two reasons Hakone was on our itinerary.  Unfortunately for us, the volcano area was closed due to possible minor eruption so Hakone ropeway was out of the question, which makes the famous (and touristy) Hakone course less than worthwhile for us. At the suggestion of a very…