My Private Koto Class at a Teak House at the gardens of Tokyo National Museum

My Private Koto Class at a Teak House at the gardens of Tokyo National Museum  |  Tokyo, Japan | This is how I spent my afternoon at a Teak House at the lovely gardens of Tokyo National Museum, taking a private class of Koto with this two lovely – and very patient – ladies. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog

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Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session

Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session  | Tokyo, Japan | During my last trip to Tokyo, other than the traditional visit to the Tuskiji Fish Market, the SAKE Tastings, and Tea Ceremonies, one of the most interesting tours I took, was an early morning up-close real SUMO Wrestling Training Session. Expect lots of sweat, tears, screams and yes… some blood. It is indeed a very intense and up-close experience. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session

Khlong touring in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya and beyond

Khlong touring in BangkokKhlong touring in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya and beyond |  Bangkok, Thailand  | On a very hot and humid day, it was quite lovely to go on for a long sail onboard a long-tailed speedboat, along the Chao Phraya River and later penetrate the life along the khlongs of Bangkok, enjoy the breeze and every so often a cold splash of water. Our tour began right at our host hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and from there we went on for approximately 3 hours. This is one of my many visits to Bangkok, but indeed the first time doing the tour of the khlongs, which gives of a totally different perspective of life in Bangkok in the banks of the river and its canals. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading Khlong touring in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya and beyond

Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel

Eiffel Tower behind the scenes tourEiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel  |  Paris, France  | Most of us, that have been to Paris before, have like other many millions, gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, there are other sides of this iconic landmark to explore, living an off the beaten track experience of the Eiffel Tower like you’ve never seen it before! and after that, enjoy a fast track access to the top of the tower, to enjoy panoramic bird eye views of Paris. This is what I planned and curated for my recent VIP Group to Paris, being that I had a mixed crow of first timers and regular Paris visitors in my company.  (Re) discover the Eiffel Tower by the hand of no other than Gustave Eiffel. Continue reading Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel

YUSUPOV Palace where Rasputin was murdered

YUSUPOV Palace where Rasputin was murdered  |  St Petersburg, Russia  |  YUSUPOV Palace is were the story of Rasputin’s murder unfolds. Located right off the channel of the Moika River, once residence of the Yusupov family. Grigory Rasputin, was a peasant whom over the years, thanks to his, so believed, healing powers, gain the sympathy and trust of the Tsar’s family. Check out and follow my Instagram Photo Album on Russia. Continue reading YUSUPOV Palace where Rasputin was murdered