Coba Maya City
Quintana Roo, Mexico
Located between Tulum and Chichen Itza, Coba is a very large archeological complex that spans over 80 km². Luckily, there are bicycle carriages easily hirable to scoot your around the vast area.
Built around two lagoons connect with series of elevated stone roads that reach up to 100 km (62 mi)! Coba was a teaming city that was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the peninsula – around 1550. Although some knowledge of the site remained, it was not until the 1920s that scholoraly exploration really began . The ongoing investigation of several large temple pyramids is active and viewable.
While it was never really a ‘lost’ city , Coba carries that feeling as it rises and dips through the jungle mists.
one of two ballgame courts
view from the top of the Ixmoja pyramid. Ixmoja is the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán peninsula
Conjunto Las Pinturas
Kanazawa Train Station 金沢駅.
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Our first experience on the fabled Shinkansen “bullet” train had us hurtling across the island of Japan from Tokyo to Kanazawa. This experience just drove home, again, how far ahead of the world the Japanese really are with their relation to technology.
It was not so much the train itself – though it was impeccable, as fast as you think it was, and quieter then you think it can be. It is the will to create the tracks. So straight, so flat – they cut through rather then go around.
Disembarking in Kanazawa you are greeted by the wooden Tsuzumimon; the 2005 interpretation of a traditional gate to Shinto shrine. It is inspired by a Japanese traditional drum called tsuzumi.
The interior of the station has a lofty dome named the ‘Motenashi Dome’ translated as “Welcome Dome”.
Exploring around the station finds a few shopping malls, plenty of restaurants, and clean, affordable, practical hotels.