Fort Langley is the birth place of British Columbia but also the reason British Columbia is Canadian and not belongs to United States. Since I was staying in Langley I had only a couple of km to the fantastic Fort Langley National historic site. This National historic site is well worth a visit even if you are staying in Vancouver downtown area about 50 km away.
I stayed for three nights in Vancouver area in Canada Best Value Inn in Langley! The hotel was very good but it was a long driving time with car into Vancouver downtown area! Most hotels in central Vancouver was booked up several weeks before my visit in Vancouver due to Canada day celebration and other important holidays in Canada the same week.
Shuswap Lake is fantastic water system on the Kamloops Plateau before the start of the Canadian desert. I was travelling from Jasper towards Vancouver and needed a couple of stops on the way! One stop was Shuswap Lake and the other more unusual forced stop was Cache creek in the middle of the Canadian desert.
It was time to leave Banff and travel north to Jasper National Park. After Lake Louise Highway of Heroes (Trans Canada 1) turns west and continues up in the mountains to the famous railway spiral tunnels at Kicking Horse pass. I travelled north on Highway 93 Icefields Parkway of many considered the most beautiful Highway of the world.
My second day in Banff was spent walking around Lake Louise and up to Lake Agnes Tea house on the right hand side of the lake. The elevation gain is 385 meter; expected walking time is 2.5 to 3 hours for the 3.4 km to Lake Agnes Tea house. But first i few more view from Moraine Lake!
Visited Canada during the summer 2017 during their 150 year celebration! I arrived in Calgary and after a couple of days in Calgary drove out to HI Kananaskis hostel just north of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. This hostel was my base for my visits in Peter Loghheed Provincial Park and Banff National Park.
There is a really spectacular cycling road connection the islands of Honshu and Shikoku in Japan. It is possible to rent a bike in either Onomichi (Honshu) or Imabara (Shikoku) and leave it in the other town. The distance between these towns are 80 kilometer (it is 70 km if you can rent or leave the bike at the bridge outside Imabara). In my case I left the bike in Imabara city near the railway station. There are seven bridges and six islands to pass on this wonderful journey across the Japanese Inland Sea.
I believe Panama City is underrated as a tourist destination! Tocumen airport is probably one of the best in the whole Latin America with many direct connections to Europe, North and South America. If arriving from Europe is it worth spending four days in Panama City and continue to Cartagena or Quito in South America?
If so there should one stay in Panama City? Ancon hill there American staff lived during the time the Panama Canal was run by Americans? In old well maintained Casco Viejo with the 1600 century old houses? Stay in centrally located El Cangrejo with wonderful restaurants and affordable hotels? Calzada de Amador the causeway with great restaurants and easy access to Panama Canal? Punta Paitilla the smartest parts of the city there most of the American lives in Panama City?
Sumo wrestling might be the world’s oldest sport still performed today! The sport has a history spanning many centuries’ ancient traditions have been preserved even today! There are many ritual elements such as salt purifications to get rid of evil spirits in the circular ring (dohyõ) before the match begins. The wrestlers themselves have to live according old traditions following strict rules for the clothes they use, the food they eat. This is a very demanding life and certainly not a life for everyone. Sumo wrestling has been through a severe decline but know is more popular than ever before since there are two grand champions (yokozuna).
I stayed in Tokyo for six days, first stop Shinjuku. One stop by subway with the Yamanote line is Shibuya. My goal for the evening was Starbucks Café and the view of the world famous zebra crossings. As usual with the big subway stations or train station in Tokyo you turn up in a shopping Centre. At last back on the street again heading towards the Shibuya zebras a man asked. What cameras are you carrying?