Trekking with Becky

Castles/Palaces

Photo Friday: Outside Petergof (Russia’s Versailles)

Photo Friday: Outside Petergof (Russia’s Versailles)

Petergof, which is also known as Peterhof, is a magnificent palace with expansive grounds. Petergof is Dutch for Peter’s court, and the tsar who ordered its construction was Peter I, also known as Peter the Great, who ruled from 1721-1725.…

Photo Friday: Forbidden City Favourites

Photo Friday: Forbidden City Favourites

The Forbidden City in Beijing is truly incredible.  I lost count how many times I said, “Woooooow!” I find that everyone talks about wanting to see the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors when discussing bucket list things…

Photo Friday: Two Malay Palaces

Photo Friday: Two Malay Palaces

Palaces represent the foundation, history, and culture of a nation, but the two Malay palaces I saw were a little different.  I think it’s because people generally associate the Petronas Towers as a symbol of Malaysia and in Melaka, you…

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

Photo Friday:  St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

Photo Friday: St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

You can’t go to St. Petersburg without trekking to Palace Square, which is the city’s central square, and seeing the Winter Palace, also known as The Hermitage, at night.  It was the official residence of the Russian tsars from 1732-1917,…

Photo Friday: Cardiff Castle Keep and Walls

Photo Friday: Cardiff Castle Keep and Walls

With the very first Photo Friday post having gone live on June 26th last year, I thought that I’d feature Wales’ Cardiff Castle this week to close the first full year of Photo Friday; in my very first blog post,…

The Top 5 Things to Do in Naha, Okinawa

The Top 5 Things to Do in Naha, Okinawa

I’ve wanted to go to Okinawa since I first set foot in Japan, but it was half the price to go to nearby Asia countries instead of Naha.  Upon discovery of JetSTAR’s cheap, irresistible airfares, I finally made it last…

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