China 2017

Pingyao, Shanxi, China

Initially, I had planned to spend the whole week in Beijing, but my friends suggested a short trip to Pingyao in the Shanxi province. Pingyao is a walled city that dates from the 15th century. It has preserved almost intact its traditional architecture, so it is a good option to see what Imperial China was like.… Continue reading Pingyao, Shanxi, China

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China 2017

The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City is in the center of Beijing. This palace complex was the home to the Emperors during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, from 1420 to 1912. There are 980 buildings in the complex which are a beautiful example of traditional Chinese architecture. The Forbidden City is in front of Tiananmen Square. There… Continue reading The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

China 2017

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

After spending an amazing weekend with my friends, I was on my own on Monday. They had to go to work and left me with a Lonely Planet guide as my companion. I went to the Temple of Heaven and spent most of the afternoon there. The Autumn weather was great, somewhat cold but still… Continue reading Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

India, India 2017

Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

I made a day trip Fatehpur Sikri the first weekend of October. Located 35 km from Agra, this walled city has a very interesting history. It was founded in 1569 by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It took approximately 15 years to be built, and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire since 1571 to… Continue reading Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

India, India 2017

Pondicherry, Puducherry

I traveled to Pondicherry with a friend during the fourth weekend of September. Pondy, as the town is affectionately called, sits along the Indian South coast, facing the Bay of Bengal. It was a French colony since 1674 until 1954. Today, it is the capital of the territory of Puducherry. Compared to most towns in India,… Continue reading Pondicherry, Puducherry

India, India 2017

Old Delhi, Delhi

I have been to Old Delhi on multiple occasions, usually with friends that are visiting Delhi for the first time. I always take them to Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. I know that there is a lot more to explore in Old Delhi but I usually shy away from it because the area is… Continue reading Old Delhi, Delhi

Sri Lanka 2017

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

During our third day in Sri Lanka, we visited Sigiriya Lion's Rock, located 20km away from Dambulla Cave Temple. Sigiriya is an ancient fortress built around a column of rock nearly 200 metres high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa to build a new capital in the 5th Century CE. The capital was abandoned after… Continue reading Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2017

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

After our short visit to Galle, we returned to Colombo to spend the night. The next morning, we started our ride to Dambulla in Central Sri Lanka, 150 km from Colombo. Along the way, we stopped at the Elephant Orphanage of Pinawalla. This place was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife… Continue reading Dambulla, Sri Lanka