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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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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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Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte: A beautiful stretch of beach on the northern side of the island. Unlike the choppy waters of Cancun, Playa Norte is characterized by calm, turquoise waters and white sand. To the right of the beach in front of our resort had two abandoned boardwalks that were perfect for taking amazing pictures.   Walk eastward from Privilege Aluxes to find more gorgeous and charming scenery and waters. Some of the spots along the beach are reminiscent of Corona commercials…

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Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

Turtle Farm (Tortugranja): Situated on the western coast of the island, this center aims to protect and preserve different sea turtle species. The farm oversees the turtle eggs from being hatched to being released back to nature between May and October. The admission fee is MXN 30 or USD 3, and we spent about 30 minutes at the farm. They also sell turtle food, which we did not purchase. The turtle farm consisted of a building with multiple pools in…

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Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil: Although we were a bit bummed that the visit to Ik Kil had to be pushed back due to the “5,000 school kids at Chichen Itza (read my post on Chichen Itza for background story),” plunging into a cool natural water formation was a welcoming and refreshing idea, as we were feeling grimy and sweaty after getting beaten up by the sun and humidity at Chichen Itza. This was one of the activities I was really looking…

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