Dolomites, Italy, Val Di Funes

Dolomites, Italy, Val Di Funes
Continuing to explore the Dolomites in Italy, my road trip brought me to the Val Di Funes, where a small baroque church stands. Visible on many pictures of the Dolomites, the Ranuiā€™s Church of St Johann was built in 1744 (Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui). It was really impressive to discover it with my own eyes, after seeing it through photographs on the web. Nearby is the church of Santa Maddalena (or St Magdalena) which saw its first building …

Lago Di Braies, Italy

Lago Di Braies, Italy
Lago di Braies in Italian, or Pragser Wildsee in German is a small alpine lake in the north-east of Italy. Known as the pearl of the lakes of the Dolomites, it is at 1,495 meters above sea level, at the feet of the Croda del Becco mountain (The Seekofel). It is possible to rent a boat to sail the turquoise waters of the lake. Hiking trails start from Lago Di Braies and allow you to explore the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park …

Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko

Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko
Located at the entrance of Nikko National Park, Nikko is a little town in Japan, known for Toshogo Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Kanmangafuchi Abyss with its Jizo statues, and many other great places . Before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, are well known for their beautiful nature, especially for their autumn colors (Koyo). Nikko National …

Travel To Japan, Part 4 Kyoto

Travel To Japan, Part 4 Kyoto
Travel to Japan, and discover the city of Kyoto, as part 4 of my amazing trip to Japan. Located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Kyoto was formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years (from 794 till 1868) Also known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines, Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region. So there is a lot of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines to …

Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine – Japan

Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine – Japan
Located in Fushimi-ku, in southern Kyoto, Japan, Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine. The place is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, straddling the 4km of trails, leading up to the top of the sacred Mount Inari (233m). Inari (Inari Okami, also Oinari), the Shinto god of rice, is also the patron of swordsmiths, merchants and manufacturers. Each of the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine is donated by a Japanese business company. …