Berlin, Germany, Travel

A Knight’s Tale| Lyrisches Intermezzo| Berlin

“ I must have answered in affirmative for there we were, hands clasped, moving in slow paced circles, holding our breaths each time the voice hit the high notes with much ease and perfection. The reflection of the two figures, barely distinguishable, danced the same dance on the jubilant waters of Spree. He was no stranger to the words and closed his eyes every time the voice produced one of its impassioned and heart-wrenching vibrattos.  ”

Arashiyama, Bamboo Forest, Japan, Kyoto, Travel

The call of the forest| Arashiyama| Japan

“ Arashiyama, a good distance from the city centre is a place of retreat for lovers of  Buddhist-Shinto shrines, arching  bridges, hand-made soba noodles, and of course, the much renowned bamboo grove. A place of scenic beauty, the undulating terrain of Arashiyama is surrounded by low lying mountain ranges and forest reserves. ”

Poland, Travel, Warsaw

Old Town, World War and Chopin| Warsaw|Poland

“ Walking my way towards the old town square, I crossed the presidential palace and stopped for lunch at a Polish dumpling joint. The faint notes of Chopin's Fantasie impromptu could be heard all around the place and the entire town square was drowned in the prowess of his melancholic and passionate composition. ”

Britain, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Travel

If Stones Could Speak| The Stonehenge| Salisbury

“ Combining my visit to the Stonehenge with the Salisbury town proved to be a good idea. The town itself is not very big and is still very 'English' in terms of its Elizabethan buildings, charming pubs and cobbled streets. Clock towers, medieval arches and colourful flags add a certain charm to the old town centre that is more than often bustling with locals and tourists alike.  ”

Dotonbori, Japan, Osaka, Travel

Summer Nights and Neon Lights|Dōtonbori| Osaka

“ I have had a strange fascination with city lights for as long as I can remember. If you share any such oddities, the mere sight of the remarkable outbursts of Neon lights from the Dotonbori bridge is sure to keep you enthralled and in awe of the Osaka nightlife.  ”

City, Japan, Travel, Yokohama

Summer festival at Yokohama, Japan

“ Robed in traditional kimonos and carrying a paper cut umbrella with flat wooden slippers, the cheerful faces gather around the harbour with their enormous picnic baskets and highly equipped cameras. This half an hour event of continuous fireworks is greeted with thunderous claps and spontaneous cheers from locals and visitors alike. The fireworks were a much needed respite from the most recent flooding that took away so many lives in Southern Japan. ”

Hiking, Japan, Japanese Alps, Travel

The Japanese Alps|Norikura|Part 2

“ The Norikura valley is particularly lovely in July because of the wild daisies that grow for miles under the shadow of the majestic mountain. The fleeting clouds bring scattered showers which in turn, keeps the air mild, crisp and pleasant. On a clear day, one can see the towering peaks of Mount Yari and Mount Hotaka - two of the most sacred mountains. ”

Japan, Japanese Alps, Travel

The Japanese Alps|Kamikochi|Part 1

“ The area in and around the Kamikochi valley was formed as a result of the eruption of Mount Yake in 1915. It is a popular hiking destination and sees visitors from all over the world. The Japanese are very good hikers and greet you a friendly 'Kunichiwa' along with a polite nodding of the head. By mid-afternoon, it had started to drizzle and the Azusa river looked greener than ever. ”

Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, Japan, Torii gates, Travel

The Gods love Orange

“ During my time in Japan, I was fortunate enough to visit one of the holiest religious sites in Japan-  famous for over ten thousand vermillion gates that lead up to the summit of Mount Inari. Dating back to 711 AD, the Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto city. ”