A Visit to Kanazawa’s Omicho Market

The city of Kanazawa is probably not on everyone’s Japan itinerary list.  Most people just use the city as a transportation hub heading to Takayama or Shirakawa-go.  Some include is as a day trip to visit Japan’s third most beautiful garden Kenrokouen.  If you spend more than a day here, you’ll realize the town is full of surprises and perfectly preserved because it escaped the air raids during World War II.  Kanazawa is close to the ocean and located in the Ishikawa prefecture.  It boasts with a wonderful fresh food market, Omicho.

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10 Things to do in Madrid’s city center

Madrid is one of those cities I constantly long to go back to.  I can see myself living, working and eating here.  I’m in love with the Spanish way of life, the ‘duende’ you’ll hear many of them speak of.  Madrid’s city center is a great place to get an idea of what Madrid is about and it can easily be explored on foot.  After you’ve explored the city center, you can head out into the other areas like El Rastro La Latina, Lavapiés etc.  Here’s my best 10 things to see and do in the center.

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Exploring Tokyo: Asakusa Guide

Tokyo is a big city with many layers to it.  It’s impossible to try to reveal all the layers during a five-day stay, but I certainly tried my best.  Asakusa falls under Eastern Tokyo in the Taito ward and it is separated from the more industrial Oshiage area, where you find the Tokyo Skytree, by the Sumida River.  So what is there to see in this old entertainment district?

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A walk through Avignon

Sometimes I wish the South of France was less crowded with tourists.  Which is not the best thing to say, as I am one myself.  Okay, not really.  There must be some difference between a traveller and a tourist, as I see myself as a traveller wanting to experience the essence of my destination rather than snapping pictures of big sights only to say that I was there.  This is why I love walking, wandering and exploring my destination on foot.  Avignon’s old town, in Provence, makes for a lovely walk to see the city’s rustic beauty at a slow pace.
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Travel at a slow pace in the border town of Perpignan

Have you ever heard of the French town of Perpignan?  Well, I haven’t.  When the lady I took French conversation from mentioned it in one of our Friday afternoon sessions I was intrigued.  She even suggested that I go there if I’m in the area.  So that I did.  En route from Barcelona to Provence, I spent a day and two nights in Perpignan.

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Croatian Adventure: Picnic at sundown on the island of Rab

When you think about Croatia, you think about islands, sunshine, old red-roofed towns and vividly blue beaches.  A visit to one of Croatia’s smaller islands in the Northern Gulf of Kvarner, Rab, surprised me with its pine forest inlets and light spring drizzle.  What better way to celebrate the reappearance of the sun (just in time for sunset) with a quick improvised picnic?

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What about Nice? A city on its own

The first thing you’ll hear about Nice, the fifth biggest city in France, is its blue waters and famous pebble beaches.  The capital of the Côte d’Azur is unlike any of the other big French cities.  It’s glitzy but not quite like Paris, it’s a port city but not quite like Marseille, a resort town but not quite like St. Tropez…

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5 Tips to make planning your first solo trip less scary

So you’ve decided it’s finally time to visit that exotic destination you’ve always dreamed of.  You’ve managed to save up enough money to buy your plane ticket, you know where you want to go and the places you want to see…but here’s the catch: you’ve decided to do this journey alone, all by yourself, just me-me-me.  For whatever reason you’ve decided to go traveling alone, it will probably be the best investment you’ll ever make for your future.  So when all the excitement of your decision wears off, it can be replaced by a feeling of fear.  It’s okay to be scared, don’t worry, it’s completely normal.  I’ve complied five of my best practical tips to help take scariness out of your solo trip planning!

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Relaxing at a rooftop bar with a view of Barcelona

Barcelona has many things on offer for every type of visitor that pranced through its city streets.  It can take more than a few visits to this diverse city to truly get the most out of all it has to offer.  On my third visit here, my friend suggested that we go look for the rooftop bar in La Rambla that someone had told her about.  I found myself thinking: In La Rambla?  Where all the gazillion tour groups wander through and immigrant hawkers hound you around every corner?  Boy was I surprised at what we found!

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