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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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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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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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Canal St. Martin–Things to do in Paris

Canal St. Martin–Things to do in Paris

Canal St. Martin: Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, 10th arrondissement This 4.5 km canal was completed in 1825 and connects Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine. There are many trees, restaurants, and shops that line the canal, and from what I read online, many locals enjoy picnicking or just enjoying a bottle of wine by the canal when the weather is nice. We took a short walk from our hotel to the canal, and the walk itself was actually very…

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Tips for Paris

Tips for Paris

Tips for Paris: Here are some things that I had learned, experienced, and observed in Paris that could make your trip a better experience. Hope they help! People are very polite in France. Always greet everyone with a bonjour (hello, good morning, good day), bonsoir (good night), sa va (how are you?), and au revoir (good-bye). Always say si vous plait (please), merci (thank you), désolée, pardon (sorry, pardon), and excusez moi (excuse me). When operating hours say they close…

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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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Arrival/Immigration Process in Isla Mujeres

Arrival/Immigration Process in Isla Mujeres

Arrival/Immigration Process: Visa was not required for our short vacation in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (visa not required for stays shorter than 180 days for US citizens, please refer to the US Passports and International Travel website for more info). We flew into Cancun International Airport and went through immigration and customs process there, as there is no airport on the island. We had to fill out 2 forms: one form is per individual, which is the document needed to enter Mexico,…

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Weather in Isla Mujeres in December

Weather in Isla Mujeres in December

Weather in Isla Mujeres in December: Since our traveling time was limited to the first two weeks of December, we had to accept whatever weather was awaiting us. As I’ve mentioned in the planning section, I had succumbed to the ultra-anal voice in my head telling me to check the weather every chance I got prior to our departure. It’s my own fault for subjecting myself to such torture, but at least I was able to prepare myself somewhat for the…

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