The Strasbourg Cathedral, officially the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, is a gothic cathedral that is just as wonderful as its sister in Paris. With its tower that is 466 feet tall, it was once the tallest building in the world until 1874 and it is still one of the top ten tallest churches in the world. As with many cathedrals, the main entrance is stunning with all of the figures surrounding the doors. Also, the Rose stained glass window is quite impressive as the light streams in from the outside.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral Tower in Strasbourg
Christmas Market at the Cathedral
Rose Window from the Inside of the Cathedral
Not only can the cathedral tower be seen throughout Strasbourg, it can be seen from across the countryside. In a city that still maintains much of its medieval charm, the Notre-Dame cathedral is certainly a highlight of any…
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I decided to visit Halong Bay, and spend a night on a boat, the previous night I was sleeping in Hanoi so I had to take the bus, the distance was 183 kms, once in Halong Bay you could see the shape of the mountains, and the sea was completely calm, in fact not much more to say…you just have to see the pictures..to see the incredible landscape and the calm of the sea.
Our plan for the day was to explore places in Hong Kong that we hadn’t previously visited. We started off the day with a journey on the MRT to Hong Kong University station (HKU) Exit A.
Eliot Hall, University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong was established in 1911 and is the city’s oldest university. It is located on hillsides above the western edge of Hong Kong Island near to Kennedy Town. The campus includes the university museum and art gallery which is the oldest museum in Hong Kong.
Main Library, University of Hong Kong
We toured the historic buildings of the campus, admiring its main building. Constructed in 1913 in colonial style, it is supported by granite colonnades and features a magnificent tall clock tower. The campus is beautifully landscaped featuring four internal courtyards with palm trees providing shade from the sun. Along the main thoroughfare, University…
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Colorado weather being what it is, we had 70 degrees (21C) and sun that January, despite the fact that it was the middle of winter. Suffering from the usual post-travel depression, I met up with my friends for a day of sport climbing in Boulder Canyon as quickly as I could. My friend Ben, a Buddhist scholar at Naropa University, told me “I’m inviting a few classmates along. You’ll like them.”
Ironically, neither climbed at all. One was a monk; his order didn’t permit him. The other was Meg, who let us all know, loudly: “I’m going ice climbing tomorrow and I need to save my strength.”
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Francisco Magalhães, one of our favorite chefs, recommended the lunches that Adolfo Henriques prepares in Maçussa, a small town lost in the middle of Ribatejo. We called Adolfo to see if he could accommodate us and we were told to come the following Saturday at 1:30 pm to Rua do Moinho, number three.
We arrived late because we got lost. Maçussa is ignored by most GPS maps, so we had to resort to the ancient art of asking for directions. We parked underneath an oak tree and walked to a small green door marked with the number there. Inside, next to an old grandfather’s clock, there was a table set with plates of mouthwatering artisanal chèvre, camembert, and prosciutto.
Adolfo came to greet us. He looks like Ernest Hemmingway and speaks in short, crisp sentences much like the characters in Hemmingway’s novels. We asked many questions and this flood of…
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View from our 15th floor restaurant table Our final day in KL, why does the time pass so quickly when on holiday! A window table once again at breakfastand the final opportunity to savour one of the Berjaya’s delicious omelettes cooked to order.
Breakfast selection at the Berjaya, Kuala Lumpur
We then packed our suitcases and checked out of our hotel. The Berjaya Times Square hotel was an excellent choice, obliging staff always with a smile, doing their utmost to please and a huge suite (57 sq m). Our only criticism was the television. It is unbelievable that the Berjaya has not upgraded its televisions. The CRT model resembled a museum piece! The pool area was delightful, kept clean and tidy, plenty of sunbeds and parasols and a large swimming pool with fountains. Adjoining the pool are two spas, one of which we booked treatments in earlier in the week…
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We thought we had set our phone alarm for 7.30 a.m. but for some reason we didn’t wake until just after 9.00 a.m. Fortunately, our lie in didn’t affect our schedule and we still had time for breakfast in the hotel before going out.
Riding the Mid-Levels Escalators, Hong Kong
Our plan for the morning was to take the MRT to Central and then ride on the mid-levels escalators as far as Tai Kwun, the former Central Police Station. The buildings have now been transformed into a centre for heritage and arts, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Admission is free of charge but numbers are strictly limited to 3,500 at any one time, so before leaving home we had pre-booked a visiting time of 11.30 a.m. It was actually quiet when we arrived and a sign by the…
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On our first morning in Hong Kong we were awake quite early and were eating breakfast in the hotel’s 2nd floor restaurant soon after it opened. The selection wasn’t as extensive as at the Manila Sofitel but it was quite adequate for our needs.
View from our 30th floor room at the IBIS Hotel North Point, Hong Kong
Our first task on leaving the hotel was to purchase two Octopus Cards at HK$50 each from the nearby North Point MTR station. We then loaded them with a further HK$100 each. Please note that these transactions can only be carried out using cash. Fully equipped with our travel cards, we took the escalators down to the platform level and caught an Island Line train along to Central station. From there, it was just a short walk across to the adjacent Exchange Bus Station where we caught a No.15 bus up to
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If you’re have been reading my website at endlessroaming.com you would be aware that I have been blogging about previous adventures across the USA, specifically 2012. I’ll also write further about further experiences in the USA and other countries I have visited, at this point the count is 71. I am now sitting in an airport in Kuala Lumpur waiting for an airline flight to Borneo, so figure it’s a perfect time to blog about this city and maybe offer a few TravelTips, so here goes…
Tip 1 – Upon arrival at the Kuala Lumper airport first of all I did what any global traveller should do, I swapped out my sim card at a shop for a local card, if you are not in the in the habit of doing this I suggest it strongly as the Telco’s at the airport almost always understand English and will…
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Venue: Matera, Basilicata
Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Music: Now we are free (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9zxany7e10)
Our next stop after Alberobello was Matera, one of the main cities in the region of Basilicata where we decided to spend two nights. As already stated, Matera is not really in Puglia but is fairly nearby so that it makes sense to combine the trip. And it truly is worth the small detour as it is probably the most memorable and out-of-this-world place that I’ve visited in Italy. The history of Matera is really unique: it used to be an extremely poor place where people actually lived in cave-like houses called “sassi” up until the 50es of 20th century. The medieval conditions were considered inhumane even by the government of Italy so by a state law the people were actually moved out to completely new neighborhoods. So the old town with the sassi was…
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