Tag - Art & Culture

Blue Mosque view in Istanbul

How to explore Istanbul’s Old City, Sultanahmet

If you’re new to Istanbul, chances are you are going to be spending time in the Old City, a.k.a. the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Sultanahmet is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul, on the southeast coast of the European side.  Sultanahmet is the oldest part of Istanbul, and was historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium.  Sightseeing in Istanbul...

Red torii gates at the Fushimi Inari shrine

Visiting the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto

Thousands of bright orange torii gates winding up the mountain, contrasted and framed with the neon green of the mountain forest. You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of this striking Japanese Shinto shrine, Fushimi Inari. History of the shrine Inari Okami is the Shinto god of rice and business, and Inariyama is the sacred mountain dedicated to this god. There are about...

Plaza in Madrid

The legendary art museums of Madrid

There’s no shortage of art museums in Madrid. Madrid (one of my favorite cities) is globally renowned for its numerous art museums and collections ranging from modern to the Middle Ages to ancient. The Spanish capital houses one of the most extensive aggregations of famous artwork worldwide, with no shortage of museums to showcase them. The Prado Arguably...

Acropolis Museum front door entrance

How to see the New Acropolis Museum in Athens

In light of the recent Labour Party candidate’s Jeremy Corbyn’s promise to return the “Elgin Marbles” to Athens, I figured I should highlight one of the best museums I’ve been to in a long time: The Acropolis Museum. It’s a bit of a strange museum in a sense. It’s built entirely to show off the fact that Greece is ready to take care of its stolen historical...

Outside of Windsor Castle Walls | How to Visit Windsor Castle

A guide to visiting Windsor Castle

I guess I’m in a castle kind of mood, between the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and last week’s post about Himeji Castle. This week we’ll cover one of my favorite British castles: Windsor Castle! The quaint cobblestone paths and immense stone fortifications make this a very unique and memorable day trip. If you’re a Britophile of any degree, you...

How to take a day trip to visit Himeji Castle

First off, I’m very sorry about the unannounced 3 month hiatus. I just got married and it completely took over my world! I will get back to regularly scheduled posts here shortly. But first off, a post about Himeji castle! Fortunately for my readers, my latest trip (my honeymoon!) was to Japan, and I’m here to share all the tidbits I picked up on my way to this...