The Gorge to swim ! Alcantara, Italy


I had been to Taiwan's Taroko Gorge, Japan's Takachiho Gorge , Grand Samaria Gorge( longest gorge in Europe, and this would be my first time Swimming in the Gorge  here in Sicilia, Italy !
The other Gorge around were too dangerous to swim but this one wasn't and it was such a beautiful Gorge!

Staying in Giardini Naxos, we took a public bus that would take us to Alcantara Gorge.
The ride was not that long about less than an hour and the view on the way were wine yards and the Mt Etna the volcano view.

The bus dropped us at the entrance or parking area and our first impression of this gorge was that it looked liked a theme park ! It was full of kids and families with picnic bags etc, and all we came with was just our towel and swimming stuffs. There was a ticket entrance and we were sure shocked to know the price was 30euro ! But then they explained that this area is an ecological or garden park and if you want access and tour to all plus lift , the package is 30 Euro. 
Whereas the ticket to enter without the lift, just hiking down and walking up urself is only 3 Euro. 
Well fair enough ~!!
Here's how it looks like from above.


and when reaching below, you can see the lift.
It was a hot day and a cold swim !
The water in the gorge is much colder than in the sea.
About 15-16degrees!


Just like in Norway~

But well, it's still much warmer climate in Italy compared to Norway.
And then we walk further to the narrow parts of the gorge where the waterfall is.

Its so cool to touch the rock formations of this gorge !

They were very unique 
Like horizontal arranged french fries

After some cold swim and purchasing some berries by the gorge,
we hiked back up to take a tour around the ecological park. They have maps of view spots to see different parts of the gorge which are more "dangerous" and even the source of it. Along there are also some lemon trees and it was lemon fruiting time ! Lots of lemons were on the ground !

Here's the dangerous rapid water zone


But, here, wher the source is...... looks peaceful.


Ps> They also got some fake animals around there with sensors and just making noise or walking by these fake animals would freak you out with some noise and movement ! Thankfull this dino wasnt working !
My hands would be wounded for sure ! The fake T-Rex teeth were sharp!!



And then, we were finished exploring the park area and went back !

It was sure a worth place visiting in Sicilia, Italy especially on  HOTTTT Weather cause the water here is cold ! At times I was even shivering !!

XOXO
FeliciaZoe.


Abandon hotspring in Japan,Hachimantai

Everytime when it comes to winter,
most hotpsprings in some parts of Japan would close especially those outdoor ones as it gets complicated in maintaining them as well as less Japanese would travel during this period to places where it isn't popular for skiing.

For instance, here in North part of Honshu Japan, Hachimantai located in Iwate Perfecture. 
This area is especially famous in autumn for their colours as well as the scenic view from this high mountain range. 

Introduced by our local Japanese friend, we were brought to his favourite outdoor Hotspring which turned out to be closed.

Well, we of course decided to check it out !
Everything looks perfectly fine but there are some fallen leaves in the hotpspring water and it sure smells sulfuric.
The view was surely Amazing !!! 

Out of curiousity, we walked further in seeing thick smoke coming from the inner side of the Mt area.


And there we found the source of it !!
OUCHHHHHHHHh it was sure Hot but nice to warm me hands up a lil !!
I sure did not prepare for winter and snow here !



The vapors from the hotsprings just gives a lovely look to this area.

Well, we sure did not took a hotspring bath in here but nevertheless,

  It was sure a nice walk and place to check out !!
As how to get here? By car would be the best solution as there are no public transport to get here.

XOXO
FeliciaZoe


Komachi Shinkansen experience in Japan

From Morioka, there are not that much local trains around to get us to nearby destinations.
However, they have the Shinkansen instead !
This is by far the most surprising station we had been with all Shinkansens only parked here. 
And our ride to wait was the Red, Komachi Shinkansen.
As usual, the train arrive on time !!


Ps, You can pay Shinkansen ticket with Credit card at the counter if ur up for some points !
The Seats are comfy and 
Big glass windows to look out !
Here, there are stewardess trolling food or snacks around to supply your need.
And honestly, its not overpriced at all!
The guy standing beside was very drunk and had been drinking bottle of red wine.
Ps, you can purchase alchohol on board. Most around us looked like business men/ women but those drinking ones and talking happily are usually the retired people on their holiday. 

Here's d Menu price lists
and more choices from 100+yen only

PLus, they got a magazine selling super cool japanese inventions. I LOL so hard at it and the price is sure shocking !! Oh well, probably one day Daiso would copy and make it for only 100Yen.


It was such a lovely weather and we got to see very nice view, yet, it was kind fast for sight seeing,

Nevertheless ! We got to our destination real quick ! The Tawaguchiko Lake !




Ps. Every stations around have some decorations and here I sure did not Miss having a selfie with their dragon statue ! 

Don't miss out to experience the Shinkansen especially being here in Japan! 
It's definitely different than the other kinds of local train~.

XOXO
FeliciaZoe.


Stay near the Airport in Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Ever seen aurora colours on a lake before ! Well, here's my first time seeing such beautiful colours and reflection on a lovely Morning by the lake of Negombo before we depart for our flight.
Negombo in Sri Lanka sure surprised us with such serenity eventhough it's quite of a city.
Transportation here is super convenient as well as food variety and plus, it's closest to the Airport.
Staying by the lake, our room faced this lake and the sun woke us up to show mothers nature.
Look how calm the lake is and reflecting the sky !


Ps. these photos weren't edited at all !



A[part from chillin by the lake, we also had spent some time with some cute furry pets around !



But then, soon around 9ish, the wind came and it sure felt good to have some breeze but the calmness of this lake disappear. Well, early birds like me got to see the good view at least !

So if ever u just wana chill or rest nearby the airport before departing or after a long flight.
Rest n relax by this area then !

XOXO.
FeliciaZoe

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