At the beginning of January I went on a polar expedition with a group of my friends – at least that is what a trip to swedish lappland in winter feels like. First stop on the voyage: Stockholm.
Takayama is a small town at the start of the japanese Alps. It’s a very traditional town, with a historic center and lots of ancient (or at least ancient looking) buildings.
As a nerd, Akihabara is one of the places on the must-see list when in Tokyo. Akihabara is the electric town – hundreds of shops with video games, electronics, flashing lights everywhere, maid cafés, otaku culture, manga shops, …
Since the times of D. Dinis, one of the main ingredients of the portuguese cuisine is Bacalhau, dried and salted codfish. Till the 19th century, most of the bacalhau was imported.
High above the Douro, in the centre of medieval Porto, raises the cathedral, reminescent of a castle. Approaching from the narrow streets of the old city, you fist see her towers raising above the ramp to the place in front of the cathedral.
While Lisbon is generally treated as the city of government and arts, Porto has always been a working class city, an industrial city. In many quarters you therefore won’t find represantative buildings, but the flats and houses of the working part of the citizens.
Dona Henriqᵫta Emília da Conceição startet her life in poverty. After her father had left the family alone, she became an orphan with seven, when her mother died. She was raised by an aunt of her and started working at a very young age. When turning 16, she decided to take life into her own hands.
I wanted to go there in years, but never managed to actually do it, despite it is in the city where I work: the Kaiserpfalz-Museum in Forchheim. The Museum houses the archeological collection of the region plus a section on the history of Forchheim in newer times.