Wishlisted by Dave
You won’t find too many Doric or Ionian columns here
Archea Korinthos, Greece
3 days ago
Sohoton Cove is perfectly covered with valleys, hilltops, soft-sandy white beaches, beautiful forests and mountains. The best way to explore and discover every nook and corner of the enigmatic and charming island is on a pump boat.❤️😍
6 days ago
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hikone Castle, also known as Golden Turtle Castle, shares much in common with Inuyama Castle. Both rank among the most famous castles in Japan, and are part of the only 12 castles retaining their original keep and 5 to be listed as National Treasures. Their proximity also makes it easy to combine them into a day trip. The inner palace was rebuilt in the 80's, but most the other structures date back to the 17th century. The Emperor himself requested that Hikone be spared from the castle-dismantling-policy of the Meiji era. The 4 gate structure it employs was said to be the strongest layout among feudal castles, and you will see the grid replicated on shopfronts and posters around town. The again, for a happy coincidence, the name of the local feudal lord contains 井, which also resembles a grid, so. I thought the castle was beautiful, teardrop shaped, perched upon its hill surrounded by moats and connected to a beautiful Japanese garden. Together with Himeji, Okayama and Goryokaku, it ranks among my favourite Japanese castles.
16 days ago
This is where my itinerary went a little astray, but on a long trip such things are bound to happen. Being flexible and a bit spontaneous are also fun parts of the journey (if I keep telling myself that, maybe I'll eventually start believing it 🙈). While my original plan saw me head out to Shirakawa, I was unable to secure a bus ticket, so I boarded the train bound for Takayama. It so happened that this train passed through Takaoka, which so happens to have a castle listed in the 100 famous Japanese castles. I wasn't expecting much (not after Yamagata), but oh well, it was 8am and I thought, why not. Takaoka was a total ghost town. Apart from a crew of adorable kindergarten students touring the castle and a couple of grandpas, I never met anyone along the way. 🍁🏯 ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ Takaoka Castle was bigger than I thought, though of course nothing remains except the moats and a forlorn well. Artwork dots the grounds within a forest of hundreds of maple trees (once the colors peak, the view must be stunning). I wouldn't expressly travel to Takaoka to see this, though. But I give it an extra star because the carps in the pond were the biggest I've ever seen and I couldn't stop looking at them. Falling into the pond = instant death. In one of the corners of the castle there is a little museum (free admission). No English, but apart from the history of the town they have an exhibit of everyday items from the olden days. Including a rotary phone. Which I imagine may be an oddity for kids these days, but made someone like me who used it well into her teen years feel incredibly old 🤣. ⛩️ ⭐⭐★★★ Takaoka is also home to one of Japan's three Daibutsu (tr. giant Buddha statues). Honestly, after the humongous Kannon floating in the sky over Sendai, this hardly qualifies as "giant". Beneath the Buddha a circular room holds various religious images and writings. Walk into the alcove at the back to be startled by a giant Buddha head. You can pray by ringing bells corresponding to your Chinese zodiac animal.
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