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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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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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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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Transportation from Kansai International Airport: Airport Shuttle to Hotel in Osaka

Transportation from Kansai International Airport: Airport Shuttle to Hotel in Osaka

Airport Transportation: There are two modes of transportation from the Kansai International Airport into Osaka city center: airport shuttle (called airport limousine bus) or the train. There are signs on the ceiling at the airport that direct you to the train station when you come out of customs.  The airport shuttle bus from KIX takes about 50-70 minutes depending on traffic and the one-way ticket costs 1,550 yen. Click here for information on KIX airport shuttle bus fare and timetables….

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Vélib/Bike Rentals–Transportation in Paris

Vélib/Bike Rentals–Transportation in Paris

Vélib is a bike sharing system that is very popular among tourists and locals alike. It’s available 24-hours a day, as long as there is a bike available in the station near you. You can purchase a 1-day ticket online or at any Vélib station for €1.70 or a 7-day ticket for €8.00. This system is self-serviced and all you need to do is just follow the instructions on the screen at the terminal. After payment, you choose a bike…

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Lodging in Paris–Airbnb in Le Marais

Lodging in Paris–Airbnb in Le Marais

*Please note that the photo above is not in Le Marais and that it is NOT the Airbnb we stayed at. Photo credit: stock image by Margerretta* Airbnb: $262 for two nights in a studio in Le Marais As mentioned in the planning section, we were fortunate to have a 7-night stay at a Marriott, but we still needed to find lodging for the first two nights in Paris. We opted for Airbnb as I needed a washer to do…

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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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