Ignored by the vast majority of international tourists, recognized by the Japanese, the largest island to the west of the country has enough attractions for us to consider an exclusive trip to the area. Its temples can not be compared at all to those in central Honshu, but its nature is described as poetic, original and sometimes sensational: Continue reading “Kyushu (九州)”
Makati is certainly not the most attractive place in the country, although it may be the least unpleasant spot in Manila, and since it is very likely that at some point we will have to go through the city, we will have to do something during the hours or days we spend here. Continue reading “MAKATI: DANGERS, WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO SLEEP, EAT, PARTY AND GO SHOPPING”
- Al was here: April 22, 2010.
- Time needed for a visit: 1 day should be enough.
- My score: 2/5 if you have been to Las Vegas, 3/5 if not.
With a historic Portuguese colonial center, some of the most luxurious casinos on the globe and thousands of traditional and ugly Chinese houses, Macau is a very curious and barely graceful mix. Continue reading “MACAU”
I know this province very well, or should, because it is where I live. What better way to honor Andalusian day than to introduce one of the most interesting provinces of such an interesting country as Spain, where, in turn, there are not many who know what it offers apart from its coast: Continue reading “MALAGA PROVINCE”
- Al was here: 5 days in April 2010 and 2 days in March 2016.
- Number of days needed: between 2 and 3.
- My score: I’m rating it 4/5 because almost everyone I know say it’s a 3, but for some reason I do like it and I’d even rate it 5.
Visited by many as it is a frequent destination of aerial stopovers and appreciated by few, Hong Kong is the oldest of the modern Asian mega-cities. Continue reading “HONG KONG”
- I was here: 1 day in February 1995, 1 day in May 2008, 1 day in April 2010 and 2 half days in May 2016.
- Number of days needed: although lovely, the city is kind of small, in one day you can see the most important places, but ideally you should spend at least 2, or go back as many times as you can, as I do.
- My score: 5/5.
There are always those who are outstanding to highlight the negative aspects first. They will tell us that it looks old, canals are green and stinky, humidity in winter is unbearable and that there are so many tourists that it is impossible to enjoy it. And if you immediately ask that person if it is nice, she will tell you that it is incredibly beautiful. Continue reading “VENICE”
In those gigantic countries where the main points of interest are hundreds, if not thousands of kilometers away from each other, knowing how to choose when to go can mean the difference between a magnificent experience or a hellish journey. Continue reading “WHEN TO GO, AND WHEN NOT TO GO TO CHINA”
- We were here: October 17, 2018.
- Number of days needed: 2. We would gladly have stayed a second day having had more time.
- My score: 5/5.
It is not that this place is more or less beautiful than Guilin mountains, it is different but equally impressive; if I rate it a bit higher is because there are not as many rice terraces as karst mountains in China. This is simply a lovely site. Continue reading “LONGJI RICE TERRACES (龙脊梯田)”
- We were here: half a day in October 2018.
- Number of days recommended: it is not recommended.
- My score: 1/5.
Almost every place I score as 1/5, which in my scale comes to mean “avoid it if you can”, usually receive that score not because they are horrible and / or dangerous, but because they have no point of tourist interest noteworthy, but this is not the case about Chongqing, which is undoubtedly the ugliest and most chaotic city we have visited in China. Continue reading “CHONGQING CITY”