Japan. Day 7: Hiroshima & Miyajima: Museums & Shrines

On our second day in Hiroshima my boyfriend and I left our hotel to get some breakfast. We found lovely Danish bakery Andersen. We bought some pastries and sandwiches and took them with to the Peace Memorial Park. We found a bench with a view to the A-bomb Dome and ate our breakfast there. With our bellies full, we moved towards the Peace Memorial Museum. On our way there two Japanese students approached us and asked us to help them fulfil their English class assignment. They had to approach the tourists and ask them some questions in order to practice their English skills. We agreed to help them. We answered their questions and took photos with the them, then we bid goodbye and continue our walk towards the Peace Memorial Museum.

The flame of peace, cenotaph and Peace Memorial Museum

The Peace Memorial Museum is a museum dedicated to the WW2 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. After paying the symbolic admission fee of 50 JPY per person, we’ve entered the exhibition area. Continue reading

Blast from the Past: Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

I haven’t posted on Slovenian Girl Abroad for a while. My excuse is, I’ve been busy and I couldn’t find neither time nor motivation to write. So, to get back on track, I’m reminiscing my past travels. This post from Blast from the Past series is taking you to spectacular wonder of nature – the Iguazu Falls I’ve visited back in November 2009.

Iguazu Falls are located at the border between Brazil and Argentina. The right bank of the falls is the Brazilian territory, the left is Argentinian. I’ve visited both sides. This set of photos was taken at the Argentinian side where you can get closer to the waterfalls. It was amazing experience. Continue reading

Day 6: From Hakone to Hiroshima

As you might read one of my previous posts, my boyfriend and I spent a night at the Japanese inn in Hakone region. After the morning soak in the onsen, we’ve attended the Japanese breakfast. They served us fish, egg boiled in onsen, rice, miso soup and a bunch of different vegetable in tiny bowls. We tried the dishes, but we didn’t ate much. For our stomachs adapted to western diet was this Japanese breakfast just too heavy .

At shikansen to Hiroshima

We returned to our room, packed our things and checked out. The kind receptionist ordered us a lift to the train station and in half an hour, we were sitting on the train to Odawara. There we caught the shikansen to Hiroshima. The time at this super-fast train flew by and soon we arrived to our destination. Upon arrival, we stopped at the tourist office and grab some maps. Kind lady at the information desk who spoke perfect English also explained us hot to get to our hotel. With her instructions and a map, we found it without any problems. This time, the we didn’t have to wait for our room, it was already prepared for us. We left our luggage there and went out exploring. Continue reading

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites I’ve visited (up to date)

Every year UNESCO World Heritage Committee gather to discuss the world heritage. One of their tasks is to discuss cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value submitted by the state parties. If those sites meet one or more of 10 criteria they can be included on the World Heritage List. This year UNESCO World Heritage met for its 39th session in Bonn, Germany. Out of the 36 sites that were examined this year, 24 sites from Mexico, Italy, Korea, Jordan, France, Denmark, Iran, Turkey, Uruguay, Mongolia, Israel, Norway, Saudi Arabia, USA, Singapore, Japan, Germany, UK, China and Jamaica were granted world heritage status, increasing the total number of world heritage sites to 1,031. Up to date, I had a chance to visit 41 of them. Here is my pick of 10 sites (in random order) I liked the best:   Continue reading

Blast from the Past: Kroměříž

In today’s Blast from the Past post I’m taking you to Moravia in Czech Republic. My destination there was picturesque historical city of Kroměříž. Town’s gardens and castle were inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage List for their significant role in the development of Baroque garden and palace design in central Europe. They are truly unique place worth visiting.

Here are some snaps from my trip previous autumn:

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