Sunday, December 27, 2009

Udachnaya Pipe. Amazing Photos

The Udachnaya pipe is the largest diamond deposit in Russia and one of the largest in the world.
According to Wikipedia, it is an open-pit mine and it is almost 600 meters (1 968 ft.) deep.
When you are standing on the top, the huge Caterpillars look tiny.
And when you are at the bottom of the pipe, it looks... well, it looks just amazing (the 2nd photo).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

The pirate ships from Hakone

As a child, I was fascinated by adventure books with explorers and pirates and I was dreaming of sailing away… I know, it’s unusual for a girl, but I even learned some sailing and navigation terms.
So, when I visited Hakone, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the pirate ships from the Lake Ashi.

The pirate ships from Hakone belong to the Odakyu company and are connecting Togendai, the terminal for the Hakone Ropeway, to Motohakone-ko or Hakone-machi. Small travel tip, if you buy a Hakone FreePass, the boat ride is included in the price.

The 4 ships are replicas of real historical ships (but not actual pirate ships). I traveled with The Royal, inspired by a 17th-century French sailing warship named Soleil-Royal, colored in red, with a double-decker promenade and observation deck:

During our sail we also encountered the three other ships:
The Vasa, painted emerald green and decorated with ornately sculpted woodwork, built after a ship from the 17th century that belonged to the Swedish King Gustav Adolph…