Lords of the Arctic – Day 2

Day two of our Lords of the Arctic program started with dog sledding.

This was the first time we spent extended time outside and the temperature was -23°C.

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I took off my gloves to snap a photo of this gray jay Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic – Day 2”

Lords of the Arctic

After a productive morning with ample bear sightings, we stopped by the bay for a quick picnic lunch.

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Outside, the temperature was -17°C .

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and we didn’t have to go far to see more bears… Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic”

Churchill, Canada

When our Saab 340 turboprop landed in Churchill, the captain switched off cabin lights, and the world around us turned pitch black.

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Churchill is a remote town in northern Manitoba, on the west shore of Hudson Bay – the second-largest bay in the world. Continue reading “Churchill, Canada”

Sushi Kashiba

Sushi Kashiba is an upscale sushi restaurant in Seattle. It’s conveniently located by the Pike Place Market and is owned by the Seattle legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, who trained with Jiro Ono back in the 1960s. Sushi Kashiba is often regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle. Tourists and locals alike queue up outside its door before the 5 o’clock opening time waiting to get a seat at the sushi bar.

But, does it live up to the hype? Continue reading “Sushi Kashiba”

Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle

Elliott Bay Trail is a short walking/biking trail, twenty-minute walk from the touristy Pike Place Market. It is ideal for visitors of the Seattle area who wish to enjoy a great view without the crowd.

The trail starts from the Olympic Sculpture Park, goes through Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Park. There are interesting Pacific Northwest artifacts along the trail , such as a totem pole Continue reading “Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle”

That’s a Wrap – 2016

2016 isn’t a big travel year for me. I’ve only been to three countries: Japan, Iceland and Greenland. Both Japan and Iceland were re-visits.

My top 3 most memorable moments in Japan are all related to snow:

#1 seeing the elegant red-crowned cranes in the snow in Hokkaido:

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#2 snapping tons of photos of the Japanese snow monkeys:

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#3 staying at a farmhouse in the village of Shirakawa-go and waking up to snowfall: Continue reading “That’s a Wrap – 2016”

Fête des Lumières – Cont’d

The best show of festival 2013 was at Place des Terreaux, where lights were projected on two historical buildings around the square – namely Lyon City Hall

And Saint-Pierre Palace, a former Benedictine convent turned Museum of Fine Arts.

The award-winning show transformed the square into a remote planet where the “Prince of Lights” was the only inhabitant, who plunged into darkness by swallowing the light. The facades of the buildings swung and swayed as he explored exotic regions on the back of a giant insect, amidst sprawling plants, and under the starry sky. Continue reading “Fête des Lumières – Cont’d”

Fête des Lumières – Lyon, France

At night fall, the festival begins.

According to the program, there are 78 performances, displays and light shows around the city of Lyon. It is daunting, if not impossible, to see all in one night. So we decided to focus on one area and see as much as possible in that area.

Since we were already in Vieux Lyon, we started the walk from there…

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Encounters @Saint-Jean Cathedral As you arrive to the square lighted at 360° from a mysterious monolith, you will enter into a flood of light and discover the architecture of the cathedral and the buildings around the square in a new way. Variations in colors, intensity and patterns trace pathways across the city to the accompaniment of interweaving musical compositions.

Then we moved across the Bonaparte bridge, following the opening theme of Lawrence of Arabia (see video recording below), to this grand symphony show on the banks of the Saône river. Continue reading “Fête des Lumières – Lyon, France”