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Cherry trees in a line surrounds Himeji Castle

Ultimate 1 day guide to the best of Himeji

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Hiroshima Bay

Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary on The Best Of Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

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View from the Aioi Bridge-Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Ultimate 1-Day Guide to the best of Hiroshima City Travel

Hiroshima is a vibrant modern city, having risen from its ashes of the past. It is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the southwest of Japan’s Honshu Island. Every year, thousands of tourists make their way to Hiroshima mainly for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which is a grim reminder of war and a focus for prayers for world peace. Whilst this should be a “must do” itinerary for any tourists, one should also make time to take in the natural beauty of its impressive Chugoku Mountains to the north, the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea in the south and the beauty of historical Miyajima Island.

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View from the Aioi Bridge-Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The Best Ways to Get to Hiroshima City

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Miyajima Island – 10 Ultimate Experiences not to be missed

Miyajima Island Miyajima Island is a short ferry ride from Hiroshima. The journey takes ten-minutes from Miyajimaguchi Pier (see below for information on How to…

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Boating along the Katsura River. Absolutely scenic. Sit here for a moment and absorb the tranquillity of the mountains.

Ultimate guide to the Best 5 in Kyoto

Kyoto was the former capital of Japan until 1869 and was the residence of the Japanese emperor between AD 794 and 1868. Kyoto has so much culture, food, vibrancy and history to indulge in, that one cannot have too many days in that cultural city. Strolling through Gion or Pontocho to steal a glimpse of the geisha, visiting the many iconic temples or experiencing a traditional ryokan stay will leave you with lasting memories. No matter how much time you spend in Kyoto, saying ‘goodbye’ will always be hard. For me, these were my Top 5:...

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Sunset at Lake Biwa, Kyoto, Japan

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Mount Hiei – A fascinating Japan experience not to be missed

Mount Hiei makes a nice little escape from the maddening crowds of other Kyoto’s main attraction. It is a quiet place and somehow walking in the dense forest of towering cedar trees made me feel good. It was peaceful. There were not many tourists around on a weekday when I visited. I would recommend that you visit this sacred mountain for its natural beauty and it is one of the many places in Japan where tradition meets history and you might be pleasantly surprised 😊...

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Tokyo-Mount Fuji - View from Mount KachiKachi

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Top 5 reasons that makes Leadenhall Market Special

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What is Next to St Paul’s that has its origins in Medieval times? – Paternoster Square

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Sunset at St Paul's Cathedral, London

#1 in My City & My Town – Appreciating London Series: What makes St Paul’s Cathedral in London a Special Place to Visit?

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5 Reasons Why You Will Enjoy A Visit to the Sky Garden in London

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Great Smoky Mountains: Rare sightings of Elks in Cherokee

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Kensington Palace Gardens – an idyllic getaway from chaos of the City

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The Routemaster Heritage Route 15

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#2 in My City & My Town – Appreciating London Series: Greenwich – 45 Experiences and More in 1 Day

Greenwich is a nice little town in the south-east of London which sits on the banks of River Thames, accessible with a 20-minute journey from London (Bank Station) and is a popular destination for tourists because of its maritime and astronomy history. The area, Royal Greenwich Park is host to the Royal Museum Greenwich, which is

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3. The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

I am sure that you will not be bored with a visit to the National Maritime Museum here 😊 as it features popular artworks and space-photography that will capture your interest from the time you walk-in as it did mine, on this visit. This maritime museum is the largest in the UK and is possibly also the largest of its kind in the world.  This iconic building is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. I was particularly

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Queen's House, Greenwich

2. Queen’s House, Greenwich

The Queen’s House is a historic royal house which served as a former royal residence, Greenwich Palace, where Elizabeth I was born. It was built between 1616 and 1636 and was designed by the famous architect, Inigo Jones, who was inspired by his travels in Italy and the Queen’s House was the first Classical building

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4. The Cutty Sark, Greenwich

My kids had a ball here! And what a delight it was to re-visit this legendary 19th century sailing ship that was the fastest ship in her time. This is the only surviving tea clipper in the world today. The Cutty Sark is suitable for a family fun-day out and for children from three-years upwards. I am certain that your kids will have a splendid

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1. The Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

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Isle of Wight: "It would be impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - Queen Victoria

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Stonehenge – A Sophisticated Architecture that should not be missed.

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A moment to reflect and admire the beautiful mountains that surrounds this valley. Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama, Kyoto

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Follow your Heart: Torii Gate at Miyajima Island, Hiroshima

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Daisy - Innocent and bright

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Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park

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Amsterdam in a Nutshell – 18 Experiences in 48 Hours

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What went wrong with the Sky Garden AKA the Walkie-talkie building?

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The Monument Tube Station

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Victoria-An intimate look at the Woman behind the Crown and her childhood

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Why the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) Annual Membership is good for me

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Niagara Falls: Horseshoe Falls

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Sunset over the skyscrapers in Chicago

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This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream!

Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream

No matter where you go in Japan, you will find something that they call “soft cream”, described as silky and smooth. In English, we call it simply as “soft serve ice cream,” the soft ice-cream served on a wafer-cone which ..

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“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk, pressed into solid white blocks. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks. It was the luxury food of the Shoguns in the early Edo period (1603-1868), and farmers were only allowed to eat on special days. Today, you can enjoy an exquisite meal of tofu, from starter to main course and dessert in a traditional Japanese setting at Yodofu Sagano.

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Nara Park, Nara

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Etiquette at a Shinto shrine: Cleansing station at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

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Okonomiyaki and oysters in Hiroshima

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Exploring the left bank of Lake Geneva, on Day 1 of a Perfect Romantic 3-day itinerary in Geneva

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Discover the 300 year-old history behind a 2-storey Jacobean mansion in the village of Kensington turned into a Palace fit for a King and Queen.

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Regent's Park, London

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The mini waterfall in the Japanese Garden, Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park

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Before you take-off, have you checked off the Pre-travel planning list?

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Eiffel Tower, one of the Top 5 on a lazy romantic getaway to Paris.

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Southwark Cathedral – Why you should visit this Oldest Gothic Cathedral in London

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My City & My Town – Appreciating London Series

Don’t know about you guys, but as the year draws to a close, and in any case, since Thanksgiving, I have been reflecting on what the year has been so far and my journey in life. For the most part 2018 has been a rewarding year - I travelled a lot more, achieved academia success and admire the success of my hard-work unfold, my kids who are My Pride and Joy! There has also been crossroads where I had to make tough calls, decisions and embark on choices which only time will tell if it was the correct one. I am thankful for all its blessings and challenges. This exercise has made me more analytical, helped me to remove emotions, step