2017 in Review

Time flies really fast. A few more days and the year 2017 will come to an end. Before we step into 2018, I would love to present the five most memorable shots of this year. It isn’t necessarily the photos that earned the most views or likes. But the thoughts and the stories behind-the-scenes is what I want to share.

1. The Bremen Musicians (+1)

If you follow my blog, you will notice that I seldom capture humans in my photo. It has never been my strength because I rarely have the feeling for my subject. But this photo is an exception. I notice her determination to stay with the Bremen Musicians, in a very cute way. Neither her parents nor I were able to convince her to leave the position. Her eyes tell: “Back off, adults! They are mine.”

Bremen 2
Bremen Musicians. The little girl is just a fan of the band.

2. The Road to Mont Saint Michel

Le Mont Saint Michel has never failed to impress me, regardless of time. This photo was taken at around 22:30 during summer as I walked there to watch the sunset. During the day, this road is filled with people, mostly day-tourists from Paris. But at night, peace returns to this small town on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Although it was the end of May, the weather was still icy cold due to the ocean wind. Two wind jackets are needed to keep me warm, plus a self-illuminated safety jacket.


3. Your Eyes Can Deceive You

“They look small. One portion pro person would be no problem”. That was my first thought when I saw the photo of the Salzburger Norckel. Made of egg yolk, flour and vanilla, Salzburger Norckel is a special sweet treat originating from Salzburg. What I did not know is that they come in huge portions, perhaps enough for two to three persons. You might guess the result: we were fully stuffed and unable to move at the end of the meal. My eyes deceived me and my stomach (as well as my body) had to suffer.

Salzburger Norckel
Salzburger Norckel

4. Through The Rose-Tinted Glass

Things always look rosy through the glass of “Your Rainbow Panorama”. It was the first idea that came to my mind when standing in the pink part of the rainbow walkway – a work of modern art locating atop the ARoS Museum in Aarhus. Despite the summer storm, the city still looks extraordinary through the coloured glass.

Through the rose-tinted glasses

5. The Gem in Your Backyard

Speaking of German tourism, most people will think of the Oktoberfest, Munich or Bavaria. They are indeed Germany’s most prominent features, but they are not everything that the country can offer. If you are interested in picturesque and tranquil villages, towns like Bacharach won’t disappoint you. I didn’t know that such a beautiful place exists until I found it on the Internet just a few months ago. Sometimes you don’t have to look elsewhere to find treasures, they are already in your backyard.

Church of St. Peters
Church of St. Peters

I would also like to take this opportunity to send my sincere thanks to all of you, my dear readers and fellow bloggers, for your support and encouragement. Like the German said “Guten Rutsch!”, I hope you will enjoy the rest of 2017 and wish you all a happy new year! See you again in 2018.


  1. Pooja @lostinprettyeurope

    Wow incredible choices, Len! I think the first one is the most adorable, such a fun story behind it. Really cute 🙂
    I love the village on the last photo too – looks incredibly tranquil, picturesque and exactly the kind of place I’d enjoy. I hope you’ll discover some more of these beautiful villages/towns in Germany next year! Best wishes.

  2. Jolene

    Very cute haha, I missed the child in the first picture, very well camouflaged she blended right into the picture! I like your explanation- having no feelings for your subject is probably my reason too. Happy new year!

  3. Bà Tám

    Cám ơn Len, với những bài báo đầy hình ảnh đẹp, rất công phu. Mong năm 2018 Len sẽ có nhiều người đọc hơn gấp trăm lần hay ngàn lần. Và đến một lúc nào đó Magazine du lịch thế giới của Len sẽ là the best of all magazines.

  4. Bama

    I’ve been enjoying your posts, Len. Thanks for sharing with us some of Europe’s most fascinating places, including those lesser known by people who live halfway across the globe like me. Wishing you health and more travels in 2018!

    1. Len Kagami

      Many thanks, Bama! I am glad that I have a frequent readers like you 🙂 Perhaps there will be less European destinations in the future as I will move back to Asia soon. I realized that I know too little about the continent, as well as about my home country. That’s why I want to spend more time to explore the place where I grew up. Our (travel) paths might cross in the next few years!

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