places to visit in paris

Paris is one of the top places to visit in the world. The City of Lights is not only a major European capital but it’s the global center for arts, fashion, culture and food. It’s also rich in history and architecture, perfect for luxury France vacations. With its size and the thousands of things to see and do, it can be difficult to decide for the first-time traveler. I’ve visited Paris once, and being a culture and history guy with a bent on architecture, I…Continue Reading “5 Top places to visit in Paris for first time travelers”

Osaka Castle in Autumn

It was my first, a visit to Osaka Castle in Autumn proved to be a resplendent experience. Yellow, orange and red colors painted the castle grounds as trees were in autumn foliage. It was beautiful to look at. So much beautiful than seeing it in photos or videos. The colors were alive, the wind is cool and I was there under the trees, awestruck at what I was seeing. This was a much better experience when I was touring the Aichi region two weeks earlier,…Continue Reading “Resplendent colors at Osaka Castle in Autumn”

mexican fiesta

Fiestas are globally known as lively celebrations of all major national holidays. All over the world, there are many different types of fiestas. For example, you can have a family fiesta in your own home without the need to honour a special occasion; just because you feel like having one! Or you can keep in line with Mexican culture and keep it traditional by commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for refuge in Bethlehem. However you choose to celebrate or if you’re just simply fascinated by…Continue Reading “9 Fun-filled Facts about Mexican Fiestas”

Things to do in Bali

My first visit to Bali was just limited to a transit stopover from Lombok’s Gili as we were enroute to Surabaya. My second visit last October was a prize after winning an online contest sponsored by Tourism Indonesia. It is a culinary tour in this wonderful island by the Ministry of Tourism with the centerpiece of the visit a cooking class and a fine dining experience. Although not as exhaustive, here are eight things to do in Bali, listed here based on our tour for…Continue Reading “8 things to do in Bali for two days”

The highland city of Bandung reminds me of Baguio. But better and more interesting. For the first time traveler, it is such a beautiful city filled with geologic wonders, cheap shopping, great food, and of course, it’s Indonesia’s art deco capital. Life here is a bit slow but the cool weather make it the perfect weekend getaway for the people of Jakarta that it can get crowded and traffic becomes terrible. But on weekdays? It’s bliss. Here is a list of some things to do…Continue Reading “Things to do in Bandung for a memorable visit”