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. …

Mer de Glace, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France

Mer de Glace, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is a glacier located near Chamonix, on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, in the French Alps. It is the longest glacier in France, with 7km long and 200m deep (average). Fed by the confluence of Glacier de Lechaud, Glacier du Tacul, and the Cascade du Talèfre, the Mer de Glace starts from an elevation of 2,140m, and descends to 1,400m, flowing between the Aiguille du Moine and the TrĂ©laporte, and …

Travel To Japan, Part 3 Nara

Travel To Japan, Part 3 Nara
Travel to Japan, and discover the city of Nara, as part 3 of my amazing trip to Japan. Nara is located less than an hour from Kyoto and Osaka. The city remains full of historic treasures, including some of the oldest and largest temples in Japan. Japan’s first permanent capital was established at Heijo (former name of Nara), in the year 710. The Buddhist temples of Nara became a serious threat to the government, as their influence and political ambitions …

Annecy Noctibules, France

Annecy Noctibules, France
The Noctibules of Annecy (France) are held every summer in July. A party whose program combines street art and theater, air show, circus and fanfare. In the heart of the city of Annecy, on the lakeshore, or along the canals, the artists of the Noctibules enliven the streets under the gaze of thousands of visitors. Each year, the festival of Noctibules sees his subject and his troop of artists to change. Light, sound, smoke, it’s a magical show and another …

Travel To Japan, Part 2 Kamakura

Travel To Japan, Part 2 Kamakura
Kamakura, Japan, is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, about an hour south of Tokyo. Kamakura became the political center of Japan in 1192, when Minamoto no Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government (the Kamakura Shogunate), which ruled Japan for over a century. After the decline of the Kamakura government in 1333, and the establishment of its successor in Kyoto, Kamakura remained for some time the political center of Eastern Japan. Kamakura was designated …