Alonnisos old town

Alonnisos old town is a sleepy little place that was rescued from virtual abandonment following a natural disaster. When we first arrive in the morning it is completely shut up and still sleeping! So we have a quick mooch around and then plan to come back later. Even shut up and empty, the town hasContinue reading “Alonnisos old town”

Charlestown

The next (literal) port of call on our Cornish explorer is the beautiful little town of Charlestown. The little town has a wonderful, unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh who was an entrepreneur and member of a local landowning family. It was builtContinue reading “Charlestown”

Darling Dartmouth

Dartmouth is the next seaside town we’re checking out as we dashed around Devon back in 2020. Dartmouth dates back as far as 1147 and you can still find echoes of its rich history as you explore its streets. It has a long and venerable nautical history and even today Dartmouth is of nautical strategicContinue reading “Darling Dartmouth”

Tōdaiji Temple

Located in Nara province, Tōdaiji, the “Great Eastern Temple” is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples. The temple was built in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan. It grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 to try and reduceContinue reading “Tōdaiji Temple”

Tokyo Imperial Palace

After exploring the fish based alleyways of Tsukiji market we  zip off to take a look at the Imperial Palace. It takes a while for us to get anywhere as I am obsessed with taking snaps of pretty much every cross roads I see . . . The  Imperial Palace is located on the former siteContinue reading “Tokyo Imperial Palace”

Raccoon dogs and tiny peeps

Heading on from Senso-ji we briefly admire this impressive copper statue of the 9th Danjuro Ichikawa the famous kabuki actor. He is shown in the role depicting “Shibaraku”. Then it’s onwards for more exploring of the winding streets of Asakusa, complete with colourful wall hangings and delightfully garish posters. Now  we find ourselves exploring the curiousContinue reading “Raccoon dogs and tiny peeps”

Faux food and fascinations

Finally back on the blog to carry on charting the epic trip to Japan that we took last year. Still in Tokyo’s Asakusa district we carry on exploring the fascinating back streets full of incredible sights. The man starts off his holiday task of being “stick your head in that” man and poses for aContinue reading “Faux food and fascinations”

La Vucciria

Palermo’s oldest street market is La Vucciria, which translates to ‘voices’ or ‘hubbub’. It’s based in the side streets around Piazza San Domenico and it is Palermo’s most established outdoor market. These days it is a somewhat faded and shrunken version of itself and we didn’t stay long. Just long enough to snap some of theContinue reading “La Vucciria”