Koh Samui by scooter and the mystery of Koh Tan

Petit village de pêcheurs à Koh Samui On this day of August, 20, 2013, we have a 9:00 am meeting! We are to meet in our hotel lobby with Pascal, our guide for the day, to go on a discovery tour around the island on scooters. Our girls will stay at…

Koh Samui, charming yet still authentic

Mer, cocotiers et soleil … Of course, Thailand has many beautiful islands. White-sand beaches with a perfect half-circle lay out, splendid palm trees, crystal-clear water, the perfect ocean scenery. This must be what paradise looks like.…

A stop in Bangkok: touring the countryside in a long-tail boat

Orchidées For our 2nd day in Bangkok, on August 3rd 2013, we have decided to get away from the hurly-burly of the big city and go visit the countryside and its inhabitants to the west of Bangkok, in the direction of Nakhon Pathom. To that end, we…

A stop in Bangkok: the khlongs and Wat Arun

Les khlongs à Bangkok The plan for our 2nd day in Bangkok is to get out of the city to go visit Nakom Phathom and from there to go sightseeing aboard a long-tail boat. But before we set out to narrate this day, we want to tell our dear readers…

A stop in Bangkok: the Royal Palace and Wat Pho

Ramayana August 2, 2013. It is very early in the morning as our plane touches down the runway at the Bangkok airport. Traffic to reach the city center should not be too bad at this time of the day, we hope. Check-in at our hotel, a short nap to…

12 intense days in Japan: last day in Osaka

Osaka by night ! It is the end of our visit in Koya-San. What goes around, comes around; as we came up, we must go down, first the bus to the Koya-San station, then the cable car down the mountain, then a train to the Namba station for the last…

12 intense days in Japan: Koya-San

Magnifiques poissons devant l’entrée de notre temple … To get to Mount Koya from Kyoto, we take the Shinkansen to Osaka. From there, we will take another train, then a cable car up the mountain, and finally a bus….We look forward to…

12 intense days in Japan: Nara

être cerf à Nara … The JR train ride from Kyoto to Nara takes less than one hour, and so it is convenient from Kyoto to go to Nara for a full day of sightseeing and be back in Kyoto for the evening. In the Kyoto subway heading for the JR…

12 intense days in Japan: 3rd day in Kyoto

Lanterne à Gion For our 3rd and last day in Kyoto, we have planned to visit 3 must-see places: the Kinkaku-ji temple, the Nishiki market, and the Gion district. We start our day of visits with the world-renowned ‘Golden pavilion’. The Kinkaku-ji…

12 intense days in Japan: 2nd day in Kyoto

Tellement de temples à voir à Kyoto ! We wake up for our 2nd day in Kyoto. Again we choose a western-style breakfast, taking advantage of a buffet offering both Japanese and Western food. We have travelled quite a bit throughout exotic places, but…

12 intense days in Japan: 1st day in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari This morning we will skip on the traditional Japanese breakfast at the minshuku. We have a hard time with the miso soup and rice bowl in the early morning….The omelets are good, yes, but flavored with seaweeds….So last night we made…

12 intense days in Japan: Tsumago

Maions de daimyô à tsumago After a fully-Japanese breakfast (sorry, girls, no orange juice, no croissant) at the minshuku, on the agenda for today is a hike from Magome to Tsumago. It is an 8-km hike and, at a leisurely pace under the 35°…