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Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Drugstore Shopping in Osaka and My Purchase Similar to Paris, the drugstore or pharmacy in Japan sells so much more than just medications and medical supplies. It’s home to many Japanese skin care and makeup products, and women (and men) from different countries go all out shopping at the drugstore. I, too, dragged my poor husband along to a random drugstore nearby our hotel at the recommendation of his younger female cousins, and shopped for well over an hour until…

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Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where to Shop and What I Bought Since I only had two days in Osaka and most of my time was spent on getting to eateries, I couldn’t shop nearly as much as I wanted to and walked past many shops and department stores. There are hundreds of opportunities to shop in and around Osaka, including the infamously crowded Dotonbori/Shinsaibashi area, but if you’re not into the mayhem and chaos of the crowd like I, then I…

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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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Lodging in Osaka: Review of Hotel Hankyu International

Lodging in Osaka: Review of Hotel Hankyu International

Lodging in Osaka: Review of Hotel Hankyu International 19-19 Chayamachi, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0013, Japan Phone: +81 6-6377-2100 http://www-a.global.hankyu-hotel.com/hankyu-international/accommodation.html As this trip was a family reunion trip for the in-laws, I had to stay at the same hotel as the rest of the group. The family from Korea had already booked the Hankyu International Hotel (4.5 star hotel according to TripAdvisor), so my husband and I followed suit. Even though we could have looked for lodging that might have…

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Lodging in Paris–Hotel Renaissance Paris République

Lodging in Paris–Hotel Renaissance Paris République

Renaissance Paris République: 40 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, France; +33 1 71 18 20 95; http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/parpr-renaissance-paris-republique-hotel/ Located in République (10th arrondissement), Renaissance Paris République is a 5-star modern hotel with excellent amenities and service. The neighborhood of the hotel is not the fanciest, but I was never concerned about safety even while walking back to the hotel at night. It’s steps away from the République Metro, and walking distance to the République, Canal St. Martin, and Le Marais. Reception/Lobby: We were…

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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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