Explore Tokyo: Harajuku and Omotesando Shopping Areas

Harajuku is colourful and crazy.  It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.  Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street.  I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando to Shibuya and this was one of my favourite excursions in Tokyo.  There are so many side streets and small boutique shops to discover.

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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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One day travel: Rome, the Eternal City

So Rome is on your list of big famous cities to see?  You’ve seen the classic Russel Crowe flick Gladiator and now all you dream of is old ruined buildings (or eroded stones) with the odd slice of pizza, a glass of Chianti wine or a bowl of pasta thrown in?  With so much on offer for any type of traveler, what can be done when you realize you only have one day?  Read on to find out how me and two fellow travel companions did it.

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