Overview Japan

After 10 days in Japan, we left Asia for Hawaii and Latin America. But right now it’s time for the overview of Japan! A country best done on a separate trip What about the Japanese? Japanese are welcoming and super friendly. Very polite, they tried every possible way to help us along our trip. The […] Continue Reading…

Nara

While in Kyoto, we took an afternoon trip to Nara. Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 for 74 years, before being moved to Kyoto by emperor Kammu in 784. Before Nara, capitals were changed every time the emperor died, the city being then considered as impure. We arrived […] Continue Reading…

Kyoto

Kyoto is the historic and cultural capital of Japan. Until Tokugawa started the Edo era by moving the capital from Kyoto to Tokyo, Kyoto was the center Japan’s power. Even after 1600, it remained an important city as the emperor and its samurais where still living in the imperial […] Continue Reading…

Nikko

Nikko is a small town in the north of Japan, well-known for its ancient temples and Nikko National Park, offering hikes around the lake in summer and skiing in winter. We spent 2 days in this peaceful area… Shinkyō’s bridge, linking the city and the Shrines Nikko’s temples Nikkos’s temple are parts […] Continue Reading…

Tokyo

Tokyo is probably the place we stayed the longest after Sydney, thanks to our friend Amelie who generously offered us to stay at her awesome place (with a gym!). We’ve been impressed by Amelie’s Japanese level and she was a great guide to discover Tokyo and the Japanese culture. Discovering […] Continue Reading…

Shanghai

On our way to Tokyo, we decided to stop by Shanghai: thanks to the free 3-days transfer visa only available in Shanghai, we could swing by China without having to pay for a Touristic Visa. However, a 3-days visa means a very short stay!  First time for me, second for […] Continue Reading…

Hong Kong

We’re out of Vietnam! Hong Kong started well: we were greeted by Ho Fai’s father – Ho Fai is a friend of mine from NYC – and he took us to their spare apartment in Tsuen Wan, a very authentic Hong Kong neighborhood not very used to see foreigners. […] Continue Reading…

Overview of Vietnam: country and people

1 month in Vietnam = a lot of fun and great memories! But we had many problems with the vietnamese that sometimes killed the vibe… The Vietnamese Let start with the main issue: the local population. We had quite a hard time with them, and it seems like we’re not the only […] Continue Reading…

Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is one of the most interesting big cities of South-East Asia we went to. The Old Hanoi architecture is still very similar to what it was like when its construction started in the 15th century. Unlike Saigon, which has been quite Americanized during the war, […] Continue Reading…

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay… one of the most famous landscape of Asia! Located in the North of Vietnam, the bay regroups more than 2000 limestone islands. The legend says that dragons were sent by the gods to protect de Vietnamese against enemies. The dragons brought jewels and turned them into […] Continue Reading…