Japan: a culture I hadn’t expected

October 14, 2016

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Neither my husband nor I had ever been to Japan and with it’s hyper tech and wise zen reputation, it seemed the perfect pick for a honeymoon. During those two weeks we only scratched the surface with Tokyo, a remote ryokan, Kyoto and Nara but I feel that I learnt so much about Japanese culture. […]

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Ryoken: Beniya Mukayu

October 14, 2016

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One of my friends who used to live in Tokyo told me that to stay in a ryokan is almost essential when visit Japan for the first time, but that the ten course Kaiseki menu can be a bit too much after a night or two. If not for your belly, for your wallet. We […]

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Magical Nara

October 10, 2016

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An easy day trip from Kyoto, Nara was the capital of Japan before Kyoto (which was the capital before Tokyo). Some good itineraries and reasons to go to Nara can be found on blogs Inside Kyoto and 2 Aussie Travellers. We opted for a day trip, which realistically turned into just a few hours by the time we got up […]

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Kyoto: Temples, Shrines, Forests, Monkeys and more

October 9, 2016

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Every blog and guidebook I have read about Kyoto tells of traditional quaint Japanese town. As I got off the train I expected a small picturesque station where you immediately fall into winding streets of wooden houses with geisha disappearing down alleys en route to appointments. I was mistaken. None of that came to view. […]

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Tasting Tokyo

October 3, 2016

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I’m just back from a two week extravaganza in Japan and have so much to share. It’s hard to know where to start. Actually, no it’s not: as soon as those plane tickets are booked, read Rice, Noodle, Fish. Such a good intro to the country. Honestly, it’s the best travel/food book I’ve ever read. Bravo […]

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Salt Lake City, Utah: The home of the Mormons

September 10, 2016

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Salt Lake City is simply stunning. I’ve been dying to visit since I read the book The 19th Wife, and then had endless questions for one of my colleagues from there when we were on a long train ride in Paris. I felt like a semi expert and when the opportunity to visit came up, […]

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Park City, Utah

September 9, 2016

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When my husband asked if iI wanted to join him for a weekend away as he was speaking at a conference, I did a quick google of Park City: Sundance film festival, mountains, ski resort, near Salt Lake City.  I hadn’t been to Utah before, so why not. As I’d be spending some time on […]

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