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Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka

Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka

Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka Located in the Namba district of Chuo ward along the canal, Dotonbori is one the most popular and touristy destinations in Osaka. You’ll know when you get there by the huge neon signs, throngs of people, many shops, and restaurants with comical signs and displays on top. Tourists flock over here for the famous street food (takoyaki, okonomiyaki, oden, etc.), shopping, and of course, posing in front of the Glico Man sign. We visited…

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Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka

Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka

Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka Located in Kita Ward, Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai is supposed to be the longest covered shopping arcade in Japan. We walked over after exploring Nakazakicho on a Wednesday afternoon, before continuing on to Toyo Sushi for our third meal out of five that day. The shopping street lived up to its fame of being the longest shopping arcade in Japan, as we could not see the end of the street lined with shops and restaurants,…

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Food in Osaka: Where You Should and Should Not Eat

Food in Osaka: Where You Should and Should Not Eat

Food in Osaka: Did you know that as of December 2016, out of the top 18 cities with the most Michelin stars, 4 of them belong to Japan (Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo), with Tokyo taking first place (you can see the full list here)?  On top of that, Osaka is known as a huge gastronomic city, especially for street foods and cheap eats. As you can imagine, I had a long list of places I wanted to try in…

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Paris: The Plan (How I Planned for a 10-Day Trip to Paris)

Paris: The Plan (How I Planned for a 10-Day Trip to Paris)

Paris—The Plan: Due to the last minute nature of the trip, I didn’t get to plan as thoroughly as I would have liked to for the Paris trip. My husband was going to London area for work (Richmond Hills to be exact), so we decided for me to tag along so that we can take a mini-vacation in Paris for 9.5 days. The trip wasn’t finalized until about a week or two before departure due to my husband’s work schedule,…

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Food in Paris–Review of What and Where I Ate

Food in Paris–Review of What and Where I Ate

Food in Paris: Dear Paris, I fell in love with you the moment I got into my Uber driver’s Audi from Gare du Nord, and that love continued to grow exponentially after tasting all the culinary magic you have spoiled me with. Since I’ve returned home, I’ve been pining away for the glorious food that only you could give. Everything here tastes boring and sub par. Nothing has been able to lift my gastronomical spirits and relight the flame that…

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

Vacation in Isla Mujeres Situated about 13 kilometers away from Cancun in the Caribbean Sea, Isla Mujeres is a small, charming island with beautiful waters. Read on to see how I planned my vacation and what I saw, experienced, and ate! The Plan Reality Flight Arrival/Immigration Process Airport Transfer Ultramar Ferry from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres Transportation in Isla Mujeres Lodging Things to Do Food Weather

Planning for the Isla Mujeres Trip

Planning for the Isla Mujeres Trip

The Plan: My husband and I wanted to go on a short trip before the year ended, and having returned from the cold mountain area of Washington not too long ago, we longed for a tropical destination. Initially, we planned to go to Cancun, but scrapped that idea and settled on Isla Mujeres after doing a lot of research. Isla Mujeres seemed to tick off all the things on our wish list: not too far, no visa requirement for a…

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Vacationing in Isla Mujeres

Vacationing in Isla Mujeres

Reality: As it is usually the case, things didn’t pan out the way we had planned 100% of the time. It’s important to keep in mind that there are many things that are out of our control (i.e. weather, flight cancellations, etc.), and to try to make the best out of the situation. The weather was less than amicable on one of the days, but that was one of the most memorable and fun moments of our trip. Click on…

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Lodging in Isla Mujeres

Lodging in Isla Mujeres

Lodging: We stayed at the Privilege Aluxes, which gets great reviews on many sites. It is on the western part of Playa Norte with minimalistic and modern décor. Reception: The reception was not unfriendly, but not as warm and welcoming as other hotels we’ve been to. There was only one staff member at reception who was helping another person check-in. When we arrived, no one acknowledged us or told us that he or she will be with us shortly. Also,…

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Food in Isla Mujeres

Food in Isla Mujeres

Food: One of the many perks of living in Southern California is having easy access to great, authentic Mexican food. Even though the reviews raved about restaurants on the island, I wasn’t sure what to expect since the bar has been set pretty high for good Mexican food. Without exaggerating, however, almost all of the restaurants we tried in Isla Mujeres exceeded our expectations (there certainly were exceptions, unfortunately). The dishes showcased fresh ingredients and flavor profiles that were well-balanced…

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