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Umeda Sky Building—Floating Garden Observatory: Things to Do in Osaka

Umeda Sky Building—Floating Garden Observatory: Things to Do in Osaka

Floating Garden Observatory (Kuchu Teien) at Umeda Sky Building Contact Information: 〒531-0076 1-1-88 Oyodo-naka,Kita-ku,OsakaCity Phone: 06-6440-3899 http://www.kuchu-teien.com/index.php http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat10/post_294.html   Hours*: 9:30 AM–10:30 PM daily (last admission at 10:00 PM) *Please check the website for holiday hours. Admission Rates**: Adults ¥1000 Middle–High School Students ¥700 Elementary School Students ¥500 Children (4 Years and older) ¥200 Seniors ¥800 People with Disability ¥500 **Please check the website for group rates for each category. Umeda Sky Building is supposed to offer an unobstructed, spectacular…

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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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Things to Do and Places to Visit in Osaka in 2 Days

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Osaka in 2 Days

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Osaka, Japan: I only had two full days to explore Osaka, and as I was more interested in all the yummy food that Osaka has to offer than her attractions, I passed over some of the main attractions, i.e. the Osaka Castle and temples. Also, I wanted to explore the small neighborhoods and their charm rather than the crowded, touristy places. Here is a list of places to visit and things to…

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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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Using Uber to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using Uber to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using Uber to Get Around Paris: Although we walked and took the metro most of the time, we utilized Uber whenever we had to travel with our luggage and once due to my husband’s allergies acting up. While the fares were not as cheap as in Cape Town, they were not exorbitantly high either. For example, the ride from Gare du Nord to our Airbnb in Les Marais cost $12.04 and the 35 minute ride from Renaissance Paris République to…

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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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Château de Versailles–Things to do in France

Château de Versailles–Things to do in France

Visiting Château de Versailles: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles; +33 1 30 83 78 00; http://en.chateauversailles.fr/ Hours:  Peak Season (Apr 1—Oct 31): The Palace: Monday: Closed Tues-Sun: 9 AM—6:30 PM Last admission at 6 PM   The Estate of Trianon: Monday: Closed Tues-Sun: 12 PM—6:30 PM Last admission at 6 PM   The Coach Gallery: Monday: Closed Tues-Sun: 12:30—6:30 PM Last admission at 5:45 PM   The Gardens: Open daily: 8 AM—8 PM* Last admission at 7 PM *On Saturdays with…

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Deli-Cieux (Rooftop Café at Printemps Haussmann)–Things to do in Paris

Deli-Cieux (Rooftop Café at Printemps Haussmann)–Things to do in Paris

Deli-Cieux, Rooftop Café at Printemps Haussmann: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, 9th Arrondissement; https://www.printemps.com/paris-haussmann There are multiple places in Paris where you can get a nice view of the city, such as the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and rooftop bars and cafés of different buildings. I was determined to go to the rooftop café at Printemps Haussmann after reading about it online. Not only is it free to enjoy the view, but also refreshments are available at…

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The Louvre–Things to do in Paris

The Louvre–Things to do in Paris

The Louvre: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, 1st arrondissement; +33 1 40 20 50 50; http://www.louvre.fr/en Hours: Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 9 AM—6 PM Tues: Closed Wed & Fri: 9 AM—9: 45 PM *Remember, rooms start closing 30 minutes prior to closing time. **Check the website for holiday openings and hours, room closures, etc.   Admission Rates: €15 at the museum for same day entrance for permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Free for visitors under 18 years old (ID or…

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