Midsummer night in the Netherlands

I took these photos (with my iPhone) around midnight in Rotterdam- close to the Holland America Line Hotel in Rotterdam.


Climbing the mountain of Daigo Kami near Kyoto

Daigo is the main Buddhist temple close to Kyoto, with the oldest building in town, dating back to the 9th century.

Quiet, off the beaten track, we wandered up the hills through an impressive subtropical forest, surrounded by exotic birds and tall trees. Very humid and exhausting, a drop of occasional rain. We only met two lonely monks on our way.


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You will NEVER guess what we saw in Japan

With the Shinkansen we transferred to Kyoto, where we found a perfect capsule hotel; always adventurous, but a very clean and original way to spend a night. Kyoto’s shopping streets are covered with roofs, I once visited during the monsoon and they do have benefits.

A sunbathing cat received a lot of attention from the passerby, she accepted it willingly. Look at the sheer size of the temple! One of the biggest wooden buildings in the world.  The final photo I snuck in; do you know this fateful dog, and where the statue is located?