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Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka

Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka

Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka Also known as Horie Tachibana, Orange Street is a trendy street in Kitahorie that is lined with all kinds of cafes and shops. We happened to come on the Full Moon Festival Day, so the streets seemed very quiet and empty, which I enjoyed. There was a variety of shops ranging from furniture and home décor to apparel that represent different types of fashion. The cafes and bars were also interesting,…

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Fukushima-ku: A Cute Neighborhood in Osaka

Fukushima-ku: A Cute Neighborhood in Osaka

Fukushima-ku: A Cute Neighborhood in Osaka Fukushima Ward in Osaka was only one train stop away from Osaka/Umeda Station. On a rainy day, we headed over to Fukushima-ku to get to Sobakiri Karani for lunch. When you exit the train station, take a moment to check out the Seven Lucky Gods (or Seven Deities of Good Fortune) street art by Grind Pencil on the pillars of the overpass at the intersection. As it was raining and still early in the…

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Nakazakicho: A Charming Neighborhood in Osaka

Nakazakicho: A Charming Neighborhood in Osaka

Nakazakicho: A Charming Neighborhood in Osaka While searching for things to do in Osaka, rather than the main attractions, I wanted to check out smaller, cute neighborhoods with character. Nakazakicho was one of the neighborhoods that was mentioned multiple times due to its bohemian charm with old structures and narrow alleyways. It is supposed to be home to many artists and interesting cafes and shops. We visited the Nakazakicho area on a Wednesday afternoon after eating udon at Sanuki Udon….

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Things to Do and Places to Visit in Paris

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Paris

Even though we were in Paris for 10 days and covered the major tourist attractions, there still remain many places we didn’t get to visit or things we didn’t get to do. Nevertheless, I think I have created a pretty good list to keep you busy on your visit to Paris. Click on the links below for visitor information, details, my impression or experience, and pictures! Montmartre/City Free Walking Tour Sacré-Cœur (done on the same day as Montmartre, as Sacré-Cœur is…

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Le Mur des Je t’aime (Wall of I Love You)–Things to Do in Paris

Le Mur des Je t’aime (Wall of I Love You)–Things to Do in Paris

Le Mur des Je t’aime: Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abesses, 75018 Paris; http://www.lesjetaime.com/english/lemur.html Hours: Daily: 8 AM—6 PM This large mural of the words, “I love you,” in 250 languages, is found inside a garden square in Montmartre. This wall is called by different names, from I Love You: the Wall, I Love You Wall, The Wall of Love, to the Wall of I Love You, but however one may call it, it’s a large wall with deep blue…

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Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck–Things to Do in Paris

Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck–Things to Do in Paris

Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse) Panoramic Observation Deck: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris; +33 1 45 38 52 56; https://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/ Hours: Summer hours (Apr 1—Sept 30): Daily: 9:30 AM—11:30 PM Winter hours (Oct 1—Mar 31): Sun-Thurs: 9:30 AM—10:30 PM Fri-Sat & eve of public holidays: 9:30 AM—11:00 PM   Rates: Regular one-time visit: Adults: €17 Students: €15 12-18 years: €12 4-11 years: €9.50 *4 and under: Free “Day & Night Ticket” (valid for 2 visits within 48 hours): Adults: €23…

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Coulée verte René-Dumont–Things to Do in Paris

Coulée verte René-Dumont–Things to Do in Paris

Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade Plantée: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris; https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71237/Coulee-verte-Rene-Dumont-ex-Promenade-Plantee Hours: Summer: Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM—8:30 PM Sat-Sun: 8:30 AM—8:30 PM Winter: Mon-Fri: 8 AM—5:30 PM Sat-Sun: 9 AM—5:30 PM   Our concierge recommended Coulée verte René-Dumont to us when he realized that we had already crossed off a lot of the tourist attractions on our list. Well, to be clear, he couldn’t remember the name, Coulée verte René-Dumont, so he told us to go to Avenue Daumesnil….

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Cimetière du Père-Lachaise–Things to Do in Paris

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise–Things to Do in Paris

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris; +33 1 55 25 82 10; https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71470/Cimetiere-du-Pere-Lachaise Hours: Summer (Mar 16—Nov 5): Mon—Fri: 8 AM—6 PM Sat: 8:30 AM—6 PM Sun: 9 AM—6 PM Winter (Nov 6—Mar 15): Mon—Fri: 8 AM—5:30 PM Sat: 8:30 AM—5:30 PM Sun: 9 AM—6 PM Map of the cemetery: https://api-site-cdn.paris.fr/images/74643 Sprawling across 110 acres of land, the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris with about 70,000 burial plots and over a…

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Eglise Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais–Things to do in Paris

Eglise Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais–Things to do in Paris

Eglise Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais (Church of Saint Gervais et Saint Protais): 13 Rue des Barres, 75004 Paris; +33 1 48 87 32 02; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Hours: Mon—Fri: 6 AM—9PM Sat—Sun: 7 AM—9 PM Located east of the City Hall (Hotel de Ville), the Church of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais is a monument that you cannot miss when exploring the 4th arrondissement. As one of the oldest churches in Paris (4th century), the present church structure was built from 15th —17th centuries. The…

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Seine River and Sunsets on Pont de Arts–Things to do in Paris

Seine River and Sunsets on Pont de Arts–Things to do in Paris

Seine River and Sunsets on the Bridge (Pont de Arts): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine 777 kilometers long, the Seine flows through the center of Paris, and is one of the main attractions for tourists and locals alike. There are numerous bridges that cross the river, and these bridges as well as the river banks are popular spots for people to sit back, relax, drink wine, enjoy the view, and watch the sunset (or sunrise). One of the popular activities for tourists seems to…

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