We spent the morning hanging out with deer at two World Heritage status sites — Tōdai-ji and Kasuga-taisha. Then the afternoon was filled with delicious food and leisurely strolls in cute souvenir shops and charming neighborhoods.
After visiting Tōdai-ji, the superfluous Buddhist temple that made a mark in the political system from the 8th century, we strolled through the Nara Park and walked along a forest path lined with stone lanterns to get to the main hall of Kasuga-taisha.
The history of Nara is full of fascinating power struggle that started in the 8th century. Tōdai-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple which marks that period of Japan, and the temple was awarded one of the eight World Heritage historical sites in Nara. To make visiting this landmark even more interesting, the way to Tōdai-ji through Nara Park is packed with deer that will chill with you as long as you are being non-intrusive and respectful.
Coba is an ancient Mayan city that dominated a vast region of Yucatan around 200-600 AD. The ruins of Coba is a wanderlust destination because you can climb to the top of an ancient Mayan pyramid and overlook the jungle of the Yucatán Peninsula.
I say Cancun, but this is really about a small part of Yucatan. It started with planning a trip to Cancun, but during our five-day trip we were in fact never in Cancun except for the Cancun International Airport. I’ve only traveled to the Yucatan this one time, so read this for what it’s worth.
A couple of factors played into our trip planning. Number one: difficult teenagers! We traveled with a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old. It seems that an all-inclusive resort would give everyone the most freedom and the least headache. We couldn’t do anything longer than a day trip. We had to cram a bunch of activities in one day so that Aaron still had some time to hang out with the kids. Secondly, the trip was short. Minus travel time, it was only 3.5 days actually in Yucatan.
說是說坎昆，但其實這篇是關於猶加敦半島(Yucatán Peninsula)靠近坎昆的那塊，不過當初計劃行程是打算要去坎昆的，做做功課之後決定要玩要住的地方其實是在海龜灣(Akumal)和土倫(Tulum)一帶，整整五天除了機場之外都沒有在坎昆。我只去過這麼一次，不是什麼太厲害的攻略，大家參考看看就好。行程安排受到很多限制，我們帶了兩個沒耐心的青少年，所以選了all-inclusive飯店，這樣大家都有自由沒煩惱，但也因此只能排當天來回的行程，還有就是時間很短 (因為沒有假可以請了)，扣掉飛來飛去其實只有三天半。
Shipping all of the arts and artifacts from the Forbidden City in Beijing to Taipei is probably one of the smartest decisions that Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party ever made. Anthony Bourdain visited this museum and said he found the pork of his dreams — a meat-shaped stone that looks like a piece of marinated pork belly. The meat- shaped stone is as famous as the Jadeite Cabbage — a piece of jade carved into a cabbage with a camouflaged grasshopper on top.
Situated in northern Taipei, Beitou is famous for hot springs. Under Japanese rule, the Japanese built public bathhouses and fancy retreats for the emperor in this area. During the time when the U.S. military was stationed in Taiwan, this area turned into a red-light district.