Points of Interest

Spots you might want to visit on your travels. Includes photos, tips and tricks for making the most of each location so you know how much time to spend there and more!

Ninnaji Temple Info, Tips & Review

Ninnaji Temple (仁和寺) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northwest Kyoto, Japan. It’s one of the few high-profile with free admission to the grounds, and it’s near popular spots in Arashiyama. In this post, I’ll share photos I took at Ninnaji, info & tips for visiting, history of the temple, and thoughts on our […]

Fjellstua Viewpoint: Ålesund, Norway’s #1 Thing to Do

One of the best things to do in Ålesund, Norway is the Aksla Viewpoint, which is also known as Fjellstua Viewpoint. Not only is this fun and stunning, but it’s free and requires minimum time. That’s probably why it’s the #1 thing to do in Ålesund per TripAdvisor reviews. In this post, we’ll share photos from Aksla […]

Kurama-dera Temple Info, Tips & Review

Kurama-dera (鞍馬寺) is a mountain temple in Northern Kyoto that is one of the most beautiful places in Japan. In this post, I’ll share photos I took at Mount Kurama, info & tips for visiting Kurama-dera, and thoughts on my experience of hiking from the village of Kurama up the mountain and over to Kibune. […]

The Last Bookstore: Reading is Cool Again in Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore is an iconic location in Downtown Los Angeles, transcending its place as California’s largest seller of new, used, and rare books into a quasi art installation. The Last Bookstore is also something of a cultural touchstone connecting the Age of Literacy to the Post-Information Age. In this post, we’ll share photos from […]

Hasedera Temple Review & Tips

Hasedera (長谷寺, Hase Kannon Temple), is located south of Tokyo, Japan on Mount Kamakura with an ocean view. It’s home to a giant statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. In this post, we’ll share our photos from Hasedera, thoughts about visiting this temple, and general info about it. In terms of Hasedera Temple’s history, […]

Tips for Tian Tan: Hong Kong’s “Big Buddha”

Tian Tan Buddha is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and popular attractions. In this post, we’ll offer tips for visiting “Big Buddha,” share photos from our experiences, and offer ideas for other things to do on Lantau Island to make it worthwhile as a day or half-day trip. Tian Tan Buddha is a 34-meter […]

Château d’Amboise Review & Tips

Château d’Amboise is one of our favorite castles in France, thanks in part to a mix its location, history, and beauty. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Loire River and towering above the Centre Val de Loire region, Château d’Amboise is reminiscent of a fortress. That’s by design, as it was built on […]

Cup Noodles Instant Ramen Museum Review & Tips

Osaka, Japan’s Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (the “Cup Noodles Museum”) is a magical place dedicated to all things ramen. It’s a place that allows you to jump into the production process of instant noodles,  and learn about the history of the Cup Noodles as well as its creator, Momofuku Ando. In this post, we’ll […]

Autry Museum of the American West Review

The Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is the creation of Hollywood cowboy-legend Gene Autry, who wanted to showcase the various heritages of the West, from Native North Americans to the depiction of Westerns in pop culture. Just pause to think about that a moment: a museum showcasing everything from Native […]

Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights

If you’ve ever watched a travel show about Hong Kong, you’ve probably heard of the Symphony of Lights, a free laser light and sound show that runs nightly on both sides of Victoria Harbour at 8 p.m. You’re likely aware that more than 40 skyscrapers on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island participate, and that the […]