Photo of the Day: Machu Picchu


Picture courtesy of Valerie Maldonado.

Noord Holland (North-Holland)

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Pictures courtesy of Valerie Maldonado.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto


Photo of the Day: Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti), Rome, Italy


Photo of the Day: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi_Inari_Taisha Fushimi Inari Taisha is an important Shinto shrine in Kyoto dedicated to Inari, the god of rice.  Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for the thousands of red torii gates leading up to the mountain, making it a must-see destination in Kyoto.

Photo of the Day: Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan


Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

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The Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, making it a major tourist destination for visitors around the world.  Inside the market you will get a close look at the hundreds of varieties of seafood being sold to professional buyers, while experiencing an unforgettable sight and smell.  The inner market is only open until 9am.  If you will like to experience the tuna auction be sure to get to the market by 5am.  Please note only a certain number of people are admitted to the tuna auction and there are certain seasons when visitors are completely forbidden from watching the auction.

The Tsukiji Market also has an outer area, where you will be able to find anything from food to Japanese kitchen tools, including handmade knifes and serving utensils.  There are also a number of sushi restaurants in the outer market where you will get to eat the freshest sushi in the world.

You can access the market by taking the Toei Oedo subway line to Tsukiji Shijo Station, or the Hibiya subway line to Tsukiji Station.

Lastly, be sure to dress appropriately if you are visiting the inner market because the floors are filled with dirty water, as the fishermen try to clean their selling stations.

For more information on the Tsukiji Market, please visit

One Day in Nara, Japan

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If you are looking for a side trip destination from Kyoto, Nara is the perfect place to go.  Nara Prefecture is a Unesco World Heritage site known for its sacred deer and breathtaking scenery.  Nara is a short train ride from Kyoto, about a 46 minutes on the JR rapid express service.  Most visitors go for a day trip from either Kyoto or Osaka to Nara.

Nara has many beautiful gardens, galleries and landmark temples and shrines to visit due to once being Japan’s capital.  Upon arriving at Nara, make sure to visit the tourist office located at the train terminal to obtain a map of the city and directions on how to get to the tourist destinations.  Most sites are within easily accessible distance by the city loop bus, which you can catch from the JR Nara Station.  [Read more…]

Photo of the Day: Budapest, Hungary

HungaryPicture courtesy of Mariela Vasquez and Tulio Maldonado.

Photo of the Day: Zurich, Switzerland

Fraumünster_Church_Lake_Zürich  Picture courtesy of Mariela Vasquez and Tulio Maldonado.