colorful boats and Peter’s Pool in Marsaxlokk – Malta

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Marsaxlokk is famous for its fish market on sundays and the many luzzu (boats) in their distinctive color. Restaurants along the promenade offer the catch of the day – a perfect spot to try the freshest fish and seafood. To burn off the calories, Peter’s pool is a short hike away, a secluded spot that offers interesting rock formations (a bit like this geopark).

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Blue Grotto and Dingli Cliffs – getting closer to nature in South Malta

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South Malta has a lot to offer – the rugged coast has a wild beauty that is hard to miss. Walking on top of Dingli Cliffs is a very rewarding pastime. The famous Blue Grotto can only be reached via boat from Wied iż-Żurrieq, a small harbour and one of the few places in South Malta suitable for sea access. The bus stop on top of the hill offers a stunning view from above overlooking the grotto.

Gozo – just a boatride away from Malta

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The Maltese Islands actually consist of multiple islands – Gozo being one of them. From Valletta, it takes quite some time to get there by public transport – the bus ride to the harbour of Ċirkewwa takes one and a half hours, the ferry then goes to Gozo every 45 minutes with another bus waiting at the Gozo harbour to take you further to the desired destination. Prepare for full busses and windy roads. So unfortunately, there is only so much that can be seen on a day trip. The Ġgantija megalithic temples are part of the Unesco World Heritage sites and the Cittadella of Victoria is also worth a visit. It is also possible to do boat rides to the Blue Lagoon or to visit the Azur Window (the GOT filming site that crashed into the sea).

megalithic temples of Malta – a postcard from 3600 BC

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The megalithic temples of Malta are some of the oldest free-standing structures on earth that survived till today and part of the Unesco World Heritage sites. Most of the artefacts found at the temples were removed to be displayed in museums.

Mdina and Rabat – inside and outside the city gates

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The Mdina Gate is famous for being used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, but more importantly, it stands between the two cities of Mdina and Rabat (arabic: suburb as it was outside the old capital Mdina). Here, it can be seen how differently life inside and outside the city gates was. The St. Paul’s Cathedral is located in Mdina while St. Paul’s Catacombs – burial grounds – are located in Rabat.

A co-cathedral and Maltese crosses

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The construction of the magnificent Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is deeply intertwined with Malta’s past and influence by the Order of St. John. Compared to an oyster because the plain exterior hides the lush interior baroque decorations, it tells the story of Malta’s religious history. Every one of the eight langues (sections) of the order is represented in a chapel, rich with its native symbolism and characteristics.

sandstone Valletta – capital of Malta in monochrome and multicolor

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So is Valletta the monochrome city? The predominant color seems to be sandstone on which the city has been built. But looking closer, splashes of color seep through the cracks and crevasses of the architecture, infiltrating the built of the city – the greyish blue of the sky, the deep blue of the water surrounding it, the aquas and greens of the balconies, the reds of crosses and cars, the multicolored boats…

Streets of Tübingen – timber frames and colorful murals

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Tübingen is a good destination for the aimless, searching for scenic strolls and promenades. Timber framework and colorful riverfronts are condensed into one small cobblestoned old town where you can find yourself going round and round in circles but still discovering more photogenic spots as you go. Don’t forget the University, a huge part of the town, and remember to sample some Swabian cuisine.

Kamakura (鎌倉市) – the giant buddha

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Kamakura is a comfortable day trip to do from Tokyo, perfect for getting out of the megacity and explore some of the many temples, there is even a beach to go to. The giant buddha is probably the city’s most famous resident – you can visit the inside, too!

Food in Tokyo – worth the wait

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For any food place that is a bit more popular and well-known in Tokyo, be prepared to stand in line. Best bet is to go at odd times in between meal times and just expect to wait for a while. Other than that, delicious food is waiting for you! Noodles are a favorite of mine, be it the more traditionally Japanese soba (buckwheat noodles) or the more Chinese inspired ramen, they are comfort in a bowl. There are lots of really good noodle places, so take your pick and enjoy.

Street food in Japan

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Tired from escaping the crowds at Senso-ji temple? The nearby street food stalls might not be less frequented but provide some much-needed fuel for a sightseeing day. Fried stuff, pancakes, the ever-so-popular seafood, there is something for everyone. Of course, each district will have plenty of takeaway food to satisfy you.

Exploring Ueno and Asakusa – beautiful spots

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Home to several national museums and major temples, there is no shortage of culture in Ueno (上野). Shinobazu pond is also one of the few flecks of water inside the city (not counting the ocean), home to beautiful Bentendo temple (see header). Ueno park is also not to be missed, the colors on a sunny day are simply stunning.