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30/11/14
The Golden Pavilion

After hanging around indoors for a day, it was time to get back in the temple business -- starting with a visit to the Golden Pavilion or Kinkaku-ji.

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16/11/14
Kodaiji temple

Finally, to wrap up the day, I stopped by Kodaiji temple.

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11/11/14
Remembrance Day

Ryozen Kannon is a "war memorial commemorating the War dead of the Pacific war located in Eastern Kyoto". When you pay the small entrance fee, you get an incense stick which you burn in front of the statue, taking a moment to reflect on the madness of it all.

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10/11/14
Around Kiyomizu-dera

Like I mentioned yesterday, the streets around the temple are a great area to wander aimlessly, and get a little lost.

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09/11/14
Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera is a Unesco world heritage site, so it's serious business. It's a 1200 year old temple, which unfortunately needed a bit of touch up when I was there. With the thousands of tourists passing through daily, I can see why. Here are some impressions :)

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02/11/14
A few more impressions

Still on the same walk, I think most of these were taken at Nanzen-ji. This site, and Kyoto in general, very much looks like what you imagine Japan to be like when you're ten years old.

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01/11/14
Impressions from Kyoto

After one night in Tokyo, I moved on to Kyoto and stayed there for almost a week. On the first day, I checked out "The Philosopher's Path"; this turned out to be a charming little path along a creek, dotted with temples and shrines where a traveler might pause and contemplate for a bit. If you do it right, you come back all enlightened. Here are some impressions from walking to, from, and in the general vicinity of "eastern Kyoto minus the World Heritage bits which I'll do later".

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26/10/14
Japan 2014 -- Hello Tokyo!

So, I went back to Japan!

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27/01/14
Hawaii -- Addendum

Hm, I'm actually done with Hawaii, but there's a couple more random things.

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10/01/14
Milky Way above glowing Mauna Loa volcano

Title says it all... that's no smoke plume, that's the bloody Milky Way! The only spot I can think of where such a crazy amount of stars was visible, was on a boat in the middle of the Nile, a long long time ago.

Special thanks to Kris for lending me his tripod, and for the tips to get this shot! Hm, 2013 was going to be the year I bought a tripod, and then I didn't... but I have to admit, with results like this, it's a compelling case to finally get one :) Cheers mate :)

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07/01/14
Atlantis X Submarine

I'm in a submarine! A real one! That dives and everything! Watertight too! WINSAUCE!!!

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03/01/14
Back to Hawaii -- Hilo and other stuff

Hilo is a city on the northern side of Big Island, where we were staying. It reminded me of the sleepy villages we would visit in Italy, in the very early days of mass tourism (think early eighties).

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08/12/13
Hawaiian Nature

Natuur diversen en allerleiheden.

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20/10/13
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

... is the name of a national park on Big Island, Hawaii. Formerly a residence for kings and royalty, it now seems to primarily be the go-to-place for picture perfect views of what everybody thinks Hawaii should look like :)

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12/10/13
Big Island Parish of Father Damien

Before going to Molokai to help the lepers, Father Damien spent about ten years on Big Island, working at this parish.

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06/10/13
Sunset in Hawaii

Hey, I went to Hawaii :)

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25/07/13
Fort Langley

Keeping with the (semi) military theme, here are a few photos from Fort Langley, the initial trading outpost of the Hudson's Bay Company -- and nothing less than the birthplace of British Columbia itself.

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30/06/13
The Kemmel Command Bunker

When I was in Belgium back in December, we visited one of Belgium's best kept military secrets: an honest to God, top secret, worst-case-scenario-backup-plan NATO bunker hidden in the Kemmelberg.

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26/04/13
Rome Day 3 - Colosseum

Well, yes, can't go to Rome and skip this!

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21/04/13
Rome Day 3 - Forum Romanum Bis

Leaving the central area behind, here's a few more pictures from the ruins up the hill, and the arena "at the back".
Even more than usual these are really just "hey look at my snapshots from my trip" kinda shots, with not much in the way of fancy photographic quality to them, well, what else is new :)

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