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This is a collection of my blog entries related to short or long trips I, or Jennifer and I went on.
I have some master pages for some specific locations/trips:

Paris over many years | Australia over many years | Canada over many years | Japan over multiple trips | Italy in 2011 | France in 2013 | Indonesia in 2013 | Japan in 2013 | Japan in 2014 | Taiwan in 2014 | Indonesia in 2014 | New Zealand in 2015 | Japan in 2015 | Costa Rica in 2015 | Singapore in 2016 | South Korea in 2016 | Japan in 2016 | Germany in 2016 | Belgium | Tasmania 2017 | Japan in winter 2017 | Great Britain in 2017 | Australia Flying Safari 2017 | Philippines | Spain in 2018 |

Table of Content for trips:

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2018/11/27 Ohahu's Pearl Harbour Monument, Museums, and Mighty Missouri Ship
π 2018-11-27 01:01 in Museums, Trips
Visiting Pearl Harbour is a whole day affair. It opens at 07:00 but you go stand in line a bit before that to get the daily free tickets to the Arizona Memorial. You then have until 17:00 to see the multiple museums, bowfin submarine, take a bus to ford island, see the Missouri (which in itself is over 2H if you do the great 90mn engineer tour), and then hurry on to the Air Museum before it closes at 17:00. It's barely doable in a day.

a bit of early morning rain
a bit of early morning rain

ship that took us to the Arizona Memorial (currently being renovated)
ship that took us to the Arizona Memorial (currently being renovated)


Mighty Missouri
Mighty Missouri

rainbow over the location of struck ships
rainbow over the location of struck ships



Back on land, onto the museums:



suicide torpedoes, ugh...
suicide torpedoes, ugh...









it is still an active military base
it is still an active military base

The Bowfin is a nice typical submarine visit:












Then onto Ford island, by bus, onto the mighty Missouri where we took the 90mn private engineering tour

they have their own private neighborhoods there
they have their own private neighborhoods there



the guns are big
the guns are big







our private tour guide
our private tour guide



big guns
big guns







Then, we had to hurry on to the Pacific Aviation Msseum to see what we could before it closed:


More pictures of the Pearl Harbour Pacific Aviation Museum

And that was it for our Pearl Harbour visit. I now agree that it's hard to see it all in one day :)

2018/11/26 5.5 days in Oahu: Visiting the Island and Some Diving
π 2018-11-26 01:01 in Trips
Since we were going to Truk Lagoon for Diving for diving, and we had to fly through Oahu, we figured it would make sense to spend a few days in Oahu, the only main Hawaii Island we hadn't seen so far.
Not to badmouth Oahu, it's still Hawaii and it isn't terrible :) but compared to the other 3 islands, it wasn't as nice and more industrial, especially in Waikiki. On the plus side, this also means it had some kick ass restaurants, which we sure went to visit :)

  • Sushi Sho
  • Chef Mavro
  • Senia
  • Maru Zushi
  • we then did 5 dives on 2 different days (on this separate page, and the rest of the time was used to visit the Island a bit:

    The first day, we did morning dives and then stayed in the Waikiki area:




    yeah, bring your phone and selfie stick to the infinity pool, makes sense...
    yeah, bring your phone and selfie stick to the infinity pool, makes sense...

    diamonhead crater
    diamonhead crater

    I tried to surf a bit, but there were barely any waves, so I only got the chance to go up once
    I tried to surf a bit, but there were barely any waves, so I only got the chance to go up once



    On the 2nd day, we spent the entire day in Pearl Harbour|/perso/trips/post_2018-11-27_Ohahu_s-Pearl-Harbour-Monument_-Museums_-and-Mighty-Missouri-Ship.html]

    Our 3rd day, we did 3 morning dives, then checked out Oahu Sealife Park and spent the rest of the day checking out the East Coast and walked to a few viewpoints:






    Our 4th day, we started with the Diamondhead hike, which turned out to already be pretty packed. The parking lot was full, but we were able to find a parking spot just outside the crater tunnel (yes, there is a tunnel through the volcano crater):


    cars are in line waiting for parking spots to free up inside
    cars are in line waiting for parking spots to free up inside

    hike up
    hike up


    %(caption)s

    the top had stairs to where the artillery used to be
    the top had stairs to where the artillery used to be


    once at the top, nice view of course
    once at the top, nice view of course



    Waikiki where we spent monday afternoon
    Waikiki where we spent monday afternoon

    Koko crater hike, didn't have time to do it that trip. Maybe next time.
    Koko crater hike, didn't have time to do it that trip. Maybe next time.


    lava tube with access to the ocean
    lava tube with access to the ocean




    we found a rare solitary monk seal, sunbathing
    we found a rare solitary monk seal, sunbathing

    it didn't mind us too much thankfully
    it didn't mind us too much thankfully



    small arch, tall Jennifer :)
    small arch, tall Jennifer :)

    we then hiked up to Koko Arch
    we then hiked up to Koko Arch


    Once done with the blowhole, lava tube, and arch, I drove around to the other side of Koko crater and its small botanical garden




    the viewsonic bird!
    the viewsonic bird!


    Then, we went to check out another coast access with a spitting cave you can hike to:


    15mn hike around the coast
    15mn hike around the coast

    and here is the spitting cave
    and here is the spitting cave


    From there, I drove up to Lyon Arboretum, which sadly was more jungle than botanical garden in places and then the quick-ish 45mn hike to the MAnoa Falls:









    We then had enough time to drive to Tantalus Lookout for sunset:






    For our last day, we went to check out Waikiki Aquarium, and then spent 1h30 at the US Army Museum of Hawaii:





    And last was Iolani Palace, the former Royal Palace:






    With a quick drive by the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and the Japanese Garden in the airport:







    2018/10/18 Just Over 48H in Denver
    π 2018-10-18 01:01 in Trips



    I arrived Thursday afternoon with a bit of time to see the nearby History Museum which was actually quite good and needed 2 visits to finish it up (3.5-4H):





    lots of mining history in CO
    lots of mining history in CO




    Mesa Verde is a cool old city under the rocks.
    Mesa Verde is a cool old city under the rocks.

    Next, I took a city bike (using the uber app, interesting) to the Denver Aquariuum




    Then, I got lucky and the Botanical Gardens had a halloween themed night visit:














    Friday morning, I started with a 2H guided walk through town. Denver spends a set amount of money on art, so there is a lot of it:














    AFter the tour, I went to the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space, which was interesting but probably worth only 2 to 3H at most:



    Friday evening, I went to the Clyfford art museum during evening hours. Worth 30-45mn as I was not a fan:



    Next door was the Denver Art Museum:




    some guy took Japanese snow monkeys and took them to Texas to see if they would adapt. They did, but kind of questionable
    some guy took Japanese snow monkeys and took them to Texas to see if they would adapt. They did, but kind of questionable






    The buildings were nicely lit at night:


    Saturday, I thought I'd start with the Denver Museum Nature and Science, which opened at 09:00. I was there from opening time and ended up spending all day until they closed. They're located in a nice park:



    Then, giving that the museum took all day, it was time to go back to the airport.

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