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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 |

Table of Content for trips:

More pages: February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 October 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012 June 2012 April 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 May 2010 January 2010 September 2009 August 2009 June 2009 January 2009 December 2008 August 2008 February 2008 January 2008 October 2007 July 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 October 2006 August 2006 July 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 April 2005 December 2004 October 2004 July 2004 June 2004 January 2004 January 2003 January 2001 August 1997



2017/02/19 Visiting Banff and Lake Louise, Canada
π 2017-02-19 00:00 in Canada, Trips
After Revelstoke, we went to Lake Louise and Banff:


The first day, we went to snowboard at Lake Louise and after that we went to see the castle by Lake Louise. It was fun to visit, especially walking on the frozen lake, which became a hockey field for the local canadians:






The next day, pafter snowboarding at sunshine village|/perso/snow/post_2017-02-20_Mountain-Collective-Tour_-Banff_s-Sunshine-Valley_-Canada.html], we went to see the Banff castle and downtown:










The castle had a few stores/art galleries worth visiting:




Then we visited a few of those in Banff:


this looked yummy, but it was full
this looked yummy, but it was full





And after all the fun, it was time to go back to Calgary and get a flight back:




2017/02/17 Visiting Revelstoke in British Columbia, Canada
π 2017-02-17 00:00 in Canada, Trips
Arturo and I flew to Calgary, picked up a wretched Jeep Wrangler, one of the worst cars ever made on this god forsaken earth (and it still costs over $30,000). I owe Arturo again for driving us to Revelstoke (almost 5 hours). Despite the weather not being great for sightseeing, it was still a nice drive:





frozen lake
frozen lake


After skiing, we spent a bit of time in downtown and went to the city museum before doing dinner:






The next day since the snow was not great, we ended by noon and went to the rail museum:







the train cars were huge
the train cars were huge



and the steam engine was also gigantic
and the steam engine was also gigantic



And that was it for Revelstoke, nice little place to stop if you're driving the trans canadian highway 1, or you're there for skiing.

Of course, we were there to snowboard, more pictures here

2017/02/09 A Quick Day Through Sapporo
π 2017-02-09 00:00 in Japan, Japan2017, Trips

Since we were going to Sapporo for the snow and ice festival, we left early to visit what we could during the day. We started with Shiroi Koibito Park, a chocolate cookie factory that pretends to be the charlie chocolate factory with oompa loompas, and while it is touristic, it's funy and pretty :)










Next, we went to historic village of hokkaido, which was a mix of old and new buildings, which felt a bit weird to me. I'd say it's not an essential visit, but it was nice to see with the snow:






Next door was the historical museum of hokkaido, which I found much more interesting:


interesting that Hokkaido lies more south than Paris and gets so much more snow
interesting that Hokkaido lies more south than Paris and gets so much more snow


the Ainu people lived in Hokkaido for a long time before the Japanese came
the Ainu people lived in Hokkaido for a long time before the Japanese came





And eventually we got to our hotel in Sapporo and stored the car in the car elevator :)


many spots for many cars
many spots for many cars

We then headed to Odori Park and the TV tower for some views:





we then took the stairs down
we then took the stairs down

In the evening, we walked around town a little bit and went for more tower views:






and for fun we took the subway back to the hotel
and for fun we took the subway back to the hotel

Of course, the main reason for going to Sapporo was the Sapporo Snow Festival, which is on its own page

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2017/02/09 Sapporo Snow Festival
π 2017-02-09 00:00 in Japan, Japan2017, Trips

Of course, we went to Sapporo for the snow and ice festival, so here are the pictures:











awesome lighting effects
awesome lighting effects












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2017/02/08 Otaru Snow Light Path
π 2017-02-08 00:00 in Japan, Japan2017, Trips
After Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, we still had to visit Otaru Snow Light Path, which was a short drive from Kiroro Snow World where we had a great day snowboarding.

We had a very quick look at Otaru while we still had a bit of daylight left, including the local (small) museum, mostly centered around trains:




cool to see snow all the way to the ocean
cool to see snow all the way to the ocean

We then went to see the Snow Light Path festival:





I love you too Arturo :)
I love you too Arturo :)












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2017/02/04 Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
π 2017-02-04 00:00 in Japan, Japan2017, Trips
After our first day skiing in Niseko, I figured it would be a great idea for us to go to the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival since in weekends they would shoot fireworks in the evening. While the festival was fun and worth going to, going on a saturday night was a very dumb idea because many people did the same, and cars backed up in the only street to get there until there was an ever growing traffic jam for the last few miles of driving, which I guess was due to the parking lot having fully filled up.
Thankfully I was able to use openstreemap to see a side street getting into the town (google maps failed to show it) and talk a traffic guard into letting us take it. From there, we got to the festival within minutes when the normal road was not moving and probably backed up for another 30mn or more. Advise to others: don't go on weekends, the fireworkds were not exactly special and not worth the traffic jam at all. A weekday without traffic is likely a better idea.

The festival, though was fun and pretty, too bad it was almost a 4H drive (return) from Niseko, and the bad traffic jam...
















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2017/02/03 Jigokudani Yaen Koen: Yamanouchi's Monkey Park
π 2017-02-03 00:00 in Japan, Japan2017, Trips
Most people who go to Yudanaka/Yamanouchi do so only to see the moneky park. In our case we were there to go snowboarding, but it would have been a mistake not to go to the monkey park of course.

Our last morning in Yudanaka, after a nice breakfast at Ryokan Hakura, Onozawa-San nicely drove us to the park entrance and we got up there bright an early before everyone else, which is good considering how packed with tourists it got by 10:00 when we were about to leave. Thankfully it also opened 10mn early (08;50), giving us a bit of extra time. This also includes a 20-30mn hike on a snowy path from the winter entrance.

The monkeys are of course incredibly cute, and we found plenty of then in the natural onsen in the morning, as a way for them to warm up:



hot vent in the snow
hot vent in the snow



the onsen was full
the onsen was full






amazing it can stay in a branch like that
amazing it can stay in a branch like that

2017/02/03 Winter and Snow in Japan: Hokkaido's Niseko, Lake Shikotsu, Otaru, and Sapporo
π 2017-02-03 00:00 in Japan, Japan2017, Trips
After a good time in Yudanaka/Shiga-Kogen and seeing the monkey park, it was time for another longish trip: a small train to Nagano, Shinkansen to Tokyo Station, JR train to Kanazawa, airport train to Haneda, plane to New Chitose Airport not too far from Sapporo, shuttle to rental car, and then longish drive at night (thanks Arturo) to Niseko, with some roads closed on the way (no thanks to Google Maps for sending us on them):


Good Bye Nagano
Good Bye Nagano

Haneda
Haneda

Fuji-San, at sunset, lucky shot from the plane
Fuji-San, at sunset, lucky shot from the plane

Lots of driving in Sapporo to get some remote resorts (Rusutsu, Kiroro)
Lots of driving in Sapporo to get some remote resorts (Rusutsu, Kiroro)

Many deer walking on the road, our rental car had a deer anti collision device for night driving
Many deer walking on the road, our rental car had a deer anti collision device for night driving

Mt Yotei was a nice volcano visible from all around. Some people hike it up for back country skiing
Mt Yotei was a nice volcano visible from all around. Some people hike it up for back country skiing


We ended up driving a fair amount, the car came it quite handy:

Outside of Niseko, we went to:

  • Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
  • Otaru Snow Light Path
  • A Quick Day Through Sapporo
  • Sapporo Snow Festival

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