Monthly Archives: June 2019

Welcome back to Nihon(Japan), Merani-san!:-)

@ Merani-san = Mélanie; the Japanese can’t pronounce the letter “L” and they turn it into “R” in all the foreign words, “san” being the respectful form they address both one to another and to foreigners; between January and June, we’ve hiked across 2 Canary islands, New Zealand, Southern Italy and the nearby Pyrénées;

we’re in Japan for the 6th time, far-away from the current torrid heatwave in France; after visiting with close relatives in Yokohama, we’ve just spent 5 days in the quaint Japanese Alps, and well, we’re never “lost in translation”… 🙂

photos taken @ Chubu Mountains National Park, Nagano Prefecture(region), Japan; more @

N.B. Walter Weston (1861-1940) was an English missionary who introduced Western-style mountain climbing to Japan and popularized the term “Japanese Alps.” Oh, you may notice tiny bamboo groves where cute macaques hide to take naps, ignoring hikers… 🙂

Japanese friendly greetings and have a fine weekend! stay healthy and optimistic, guys! see you asap! Mélanie aka メラニー

il Vesuvio – Naples’ active guardian…

This Italian volcano overlooks Naples and it has been “immortalized” by a name of pizza (sic!), but the population still recalls that its lava and ashes covered up Pompei and Herculaneum in 79 BC! The latest eruption took place in 1944, while the American troops were there, and the locals reckoned it as a sign of victory! 🙂 Nowadays, it rises to 1280m, a diameter of 400m and a crater of 300m deep; monitored by vulcanologists 24h, one can predict a future eruption about a week in advance, allowing to evacuate some 3 000 000 people – directly threatened by a tidal wave or another “burial”…

After an organic simple lunch at the foot of the volcano, we did climb it, which was quite easy; the weather was fine, so we had a super-panorama over the Bay of Naples – admired by many romantic authors, including 2 famous French writers: Dumas and Chateaubriand. Last but not least: I highly recommend “Cantina del Vesuvio” – its local food, olive oil, country bread and wine are famous all over Italy… 🙂

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