Traditional Kyoto Sweets at Kagizen Yoshifusa Honten 鍵善良房 本店 (Gion)

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A best-kept secret among the locals in Gion, Kagizen Yoshifuza was established as long ago as the mid-Edo period, and and has been making traditional Kyoto sweets for hundreds of years. The shop is quaint but elegant, showcasing a ceiling-to-floor view of a well-manicured garden.

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The atmosphere is tranquil, serene and one is instantly transported to a different headspace from the crowded streets of the busy geisha district outside.

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We begin our meal with two cups of roasted tea and some sweets.

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And before we knew it, our desserts arrived. We ordered the Chilled Arrowroot Noodles (¥1000) with brown sugar and warabi mochi (¥1000).

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Let’s start with the warabi mochi. This Japanese sweet is a jelly-like confection made from bracken starch and covered in kinako or soybean powder. It’s often served with a side of brown syrup.

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Juneau, Alaska

GlobeTrotters: When Pig's Fly

When thinking about a trip to Alaska, we thought that it would be a winter wonderland, with snow twinkling from every corner of the landscape. How shocked we were when we flew into Juneau & were greeted with a horizon of luscious greens, with large oaks, adlers and various other trees. It’s astounding beauty incapsulated us instantly and we were hooked. Already planning our second trip, we were lucky enough to stay with some friends who showed us the best that this small state capital has to offer. Home to 30,000 inhabitants, Juneau’s beauty is raw and quaint and here are some of the best things to do on your stay.

Hike Mt Juneau

Any hike will do but why not start big and go for the piece de la resistance overlooking Juneau’s waterways? You may not be able to spot a whale from up here but the vast amount…

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Jump

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Inverted little planet (tiny planet) photograph of Abilash Thankan jumping with an umbrella at Cheriyanad, Chengannur, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Abilash Thankan jumping with an umbrella | Cheriyanad, Chengannur, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

Inverted little planet (tiny planet) photograph of Abilash Thankan jumping at Cheriyanad in Chengannur taluk, Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Shot on GoPro Fusion 360 degree camera.

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Repentina

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Several people recommended that we try Repentina, a humble tasca in Poiares famous for its baby goat roasted in a wood-fired oven. Its name is a twist on the word “repente” which means in a flash. We first visited the restaurant last year. When the waiter brought the menu, we said we didn’t need it, we wanted to try their famous roasted goat. Incredulous, the waiter explained that “If you want to eat baby goat, you have to call us a day ahead and reserve the order. We only roast enough meat for the people who reserved it.” Well, no wonder the locals like say that nothing is easy in the Douro valley. Disappointed, we ordered a large beef cutlet that arrived perfectly grilled accompanied by salad and a delicious tomato rice.

This year, we made sure to call ahead to secure our roasted goat servings. We were told that…

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Wedding Bells & Mosquito Bites – Bali, Indonesia

Bali. The island often referred to as paradise & the island almost everyone who watched Eat Pray Love wants to visit. The island is located in Indonesia, east of Java. The largest city & capital is Denpasar. The population at the last census was roughly 4.5 million & last year a reported 5.5 million tourists visited Bali.

Having said this, I’m fairly certain a large number of my readers have been to this island or someone in your social circle has been because this is a very popular destination. Truthfully, I was a little skeptical about going because I thought it might be overrated. I was wrong, it wasn’t overrated. I wish I had more time to spend there & I definitely will be back in the future.

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I arrived in the morning & got to the hotel about an hour later. The weather was great, not too hot &…

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9 Things You Cannot Miss in Prague

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Prague – not quite a city of love, not quite the hub of drugs and rock’n’roll, but it does belong somewhere in between. Prague has a whole lot to offer, but here are ten things you definitely need to see when visiting Prague.

1. The Old Town Square
This square is the hub of Prague. The Old Town Hall is located here, along with the Astronomical Clock. If you like street artists, the town square will definitely be your favourite place. No matter what time of day you come here, the restaurants will always be buzzing, but there are always the hundreds of little alleyways to seek shelter in. 1010716.jpg2. Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is Prague’s most famous bridge, and probably even amongst the best known bridges in Europe. Charles Bridge crosses over the river Moldau, and connects two beautiful parts of Prague. On the bridge itself you can always…

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A Day at Neuschwanstein Castle

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While staying in Munich, Germany for a few days on our amazing, cram-as-many-cities-in-as-you-can Europe trip, we decided to take a day trip to southwest Bavaria to see Neuschwanstein Castle. 

Our train ride wasn’t too long, maybe around two or three hours, but the view was breathtaking and made every moment worth the trip! When you arrive at the train station, you’ll see that you’re kiiiinda in the middle of nowhere. BUT, you’ll hop straight on a bus that will take you to the main area/street that all the lovely castles are on.

Everyone mainly focuses on Neuschwanstein (understandably), but there is actually another castle called Hohenschwangau that you can tour on the same day. Sadly we didn’t get to tour this one, but if you’re on the fence, I definitely think it would be worth a visit!

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