Sharing my discoveries as I take one foot in front of the other... through woods, over bridges. ^^
Mostly in Japan, but may involve something (or somewhere) else every now and then.

 

A tiny opening is enough to see the light, despite all obstructions. Aim for that opening. Good morning Japan and good afternoon and good evening to the rest of the world. 😊 And happy Postdoc week! (at Izumo-taisha)

A tiny opening is enough to see the light, despite all obstructions. Aim for that opening. Good morning Japan and good afternoon and good evening to the rest of the world. 😊 And happy Postdoc week! (at Izumo-taisha)

Another old train to Izumo Taisha. The interior of this train has been refurbished. The seats are now made of wood with soft cushions and are arranged face-to-face with a table in between, like in Europe. There are also divisions to simulate a compartment-like feel. #eshimane2014 #trains  (at 川跡駅)

Another old train to Izumo Taisha. The interior of this train has been refurbished. The seats are now made of wood with soft cushions and are arranged face-to-face with a table in between, like in Europe. There are also divisions to simulate a compartment-like feel. #eshimane2014 #trains (at 川跡駅)

The old yellow train. #shimane #japan  (at 松江しんじ湖温泉駅)

The old yellow train. #shimane #japan (at 松江しんじ湖温泉駅)

The most classic train I’ve been on here in Japan. It’s a ‘One Man’ (driver) train that made a stop in the middle of the trip to change the driver’s seat from front to back (like a U-turn without making the U. This is in #Shimane - the least populated prefecture in The country. #japan #trains #eshimane2014 (at 松江しんじ湖温泉駅)

The most classic train I’ve been on here in Japan. It’s a ‘One Man’ (driver) train that made a stop in the middle of the trip to change the driver’s seat from front to back (like a U-turn without making the U. This is in #Shimane - the least populated prefecture in The country. #japan #trains #eshimane2014 (at 松江しんじ湖温泉駅)

[Inside Notre Dame de Paris] Known to be among the largest and most well-known church structures in the world, this cathedral is indeed majestic. One of my favorite spots is this altar near a huge stained glass window.  This cathedral was the venue of the coronation of Napoleon I, the beatification and canonization of Joan of Arc, and the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, among others. #paris #notredame #neeurotrip2014

[Inside Notre Dame de Paris] Known to be among the largest and most well-known church structures in the world, this cathedral is indeed majestic. One of my favorite spots is this altar near a huge stained glass window. This cathedral was the venue of the coronation of Napoleon I, the beatification and canonization of Joan of Arc, and the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, among others. #paris #notredame #neeurotrip2014

[Posing at La Pyramide Inversée] Located at the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall, the Inverted Pyramid brightens the underground entrance to the Louvre Museum with sunlight during daytime and spotlights at night. The pyramidal stone structure under the glass inverted one calls for different interpretations (like in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code). But I thought, it was put there so people won’t hit the tip of the glass pyramid when they sit under it for pictures. 😜 #louvre #invertedpyramid #b&w #paris #neeurotrip2014

[Posing at La Pyramide Inversée] Located at the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall, the Inverted Pyramid brightens the underground entrance to the Louvre Museum with sunlight during daytime and spotlights at night. The pyramidal stone structure under the glass inverted one calls for different interpretations (like in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code). But I thought, it was put there so people won’t hit the tip of the glass pyramid when they sit under it for pictures. 😜 #louvre #invertedpyramid #b&w #paris #neeurotrip2014

[Appreciating Mona Lisa] At The Louvre, we visited the most viewed work of art in the museum, Leonardo Da Vinci’s La Joconde (La Gioconda, Mona Lisa). Interestingly, meeting her is an entire experience separate of the museum itself. People crowd around her to take ‘selfies’ and the best photos possible. So it’s a war of elbowing and slowly moving inch by inch to get nearer. Until alas, that mysterious smile framed in a small piece of painting either disappoints you or touches you, depending on how long you manage to stay close. For me, it was both a feeling of accomplishment to finally meet her and a reminder about legacy. No matter how small, as long as it reaches many people, it will surely be remembered. #louvre #paris #monalisa #neeurotrip2014 #art

[Appreciating Mona Lisa] At The Louvre, we visited the most viewed work of art in the museum, Leonardo Da Vinci’s La Joconde (La Gioconda, Mona Lisa). Interestingly, meeting her is an entire experience separate of the museum itself. People crowd around her to take ‘selfies’ and the best photos possible. So it’s a war of elbowing and slowly moving inch by inch to get nearer. Until alas, that mysterious smile framed in a small piece of painting either disappoints you or touches you, depending on how long you manage to stay close. For me, it was both a feeling of accomplishment to finally meet her and a reminder about legacy. No matter how small, as long as it reaches many people, it will surely be remembered. #louvre #paris #monalisa #neeurotrip2014 #art

[A peak at the Louvre Pyramid] This is the largest museum in the world that could take weeks to explore. The pyramid outside is surely a landmark. An inverted pyramid can be seen from the underground lobby, which we first thought to be right under the upright one (but nope!). One of the most famous paintings inside is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or La Joconde. #art #louvre #paris #n&eeurotrip2014

[A peak at the Louvre Pyramid] This is the largest museum in the world that could take weeks to explore. The pyramid outside is surely a landmark. An inverted pyramid can be seen from the underground lobby, which we first thought to be right under the upright one (but nope!). One of the most famous paintings inside is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or La Joconde. #art #louvre #paris #n&eeurotrip2014

We only had 1.5 days in Paris and it was raining. Still, we were able to go to the “essential spots to visit”. Here’s the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. #paris #eiffel #topoftheworld

We only had 1.5 days in Paris and it was raining. Still, we were able to go to the “essential spots to visit”. Here’s the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. #paris #eiffel #topoftheworld