Kaohsiung – urban jungle in the South of Taiwan

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Impressions of Kaohsiung the metropolis of South Taiwan.

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Tale of Three Cities

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The Three Cities lie opposite of the capital of Malta, divided by the Grand Harbour, hence offering a perfect view of the city. The naming of the Three Cities can be quite confusing: The Three Cities together can also be called Cottonera, and each of the individual cities has two names it can go by: Il-Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea (L-Isla) and Cospicua (Bormla) in between.

Go there for the amazing view of Valletta, go to Senglea for the best views from La Guardiola, for balconies galore and sandstone churches, go to Birgu for Fort St. Angelo and the yacht harbour, for good traditional food and religious decorations, go to Cospicua for exploring markets and peaceful promenades.

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.

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.

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!

Ginza is silver – shopping is gold

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This seems to be the inofficial motto of Ginza (銀座), home to Western shopping, mega department stores like Ginza six and upscale boutiques. New year’s shopping starts on January 2nd and is just crazy – people line up in the cold to get to those deals. Also, lucky bags are a huge deal in Japan: a bag full of goodies that can be purchased to bring good luck.

Gaming, anime and fun at Odaiba and Akihabara

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Odaiba (お台場) is an artificial island connected to the city via Rainbow bridge – a bridge that is lit up at night in the colors of a rainbow (duh). Its offers are centered around entertainment: Gundam statue, ferris wheel, museums, parks and gaming centers are all located here.

Shinjuku in the dark

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Shinjuku (新宿区) is one of the major hubs of Tokyo – people come here for work, shopping and lots of food. For a bit more of a familial feeling, head to golden gai – six narrow alleys forming a network of bars – to cramp down in one of the tiny shops to enjoy drinks and snacks.

New Year’s Celebration at Roppongi Hills and stunning views

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Famous for wild nightlife, Roppongi is still worth a trip during the day. Roppongi Hills is a multi-use complex complete with gardens and an open-air space for events. It is also home to the Mori museum which is definitely worth a visit for any art lover. The observation deck is right next to the museum and a much better value-for-money option for a view of Tokyo and Mount Fuji compared to the Tokyo Sky Tree.