Neon Night Food Tour

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A great way to discover some of Tokyo’s hidden gems is to do this small group tour. We were a group of eight plus Matt our tour guide, and we set off from a central meeting place in the bustling Shinjuku area. Matt, being a native American, had lived in Japan for the last 5…

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Visiting Hakone and Surrounds

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I had heard so much about the Hakone area, that it was a good chance to see and discover. From Tokyo, I travelled by bullet train to Odawara station; such a comfortable ride and so very fast. I then took a local bus to Ichinoyu Shinanoki, a Japanese inn where I was staying for the…

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The Japanese Alps

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

After a few days in the metropolis that is Tokyo, it was time to venture out and see the magnificent countryside, heading westwards towards the Japanese Alps. My day began taking a local train to Matsumoto for a brief stop to visit the ““Crow Castle” for its distinctive black walls, surrounded by an impressive moat….

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Tokyo & First Cherry Blossoms

Monday, December 2, 2019

On arriving into Tokyo, I was wondering how long it would be before I spotted the first cherry blossoms.  The transfer bus took about an hour from the airport to our hotel, but it seemed less than that, as I was keenly looking out the window like in a game of I spy. Not long…

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Madulkelle & Tea Plantation

Friday, September 6, 2019

As an avid Dilmah lover visiting tea plantations in Sri Lanka was very high on my list, and Madulkelle was the perfect base. A colonial planters estate house is used as the reception, dining area, and English lounge complete with a library and fireplace. As you walk out on the back veranda an English garden…

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Cooking in Udaipur

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Still my favourite place in India, I was so happy to return to Udaipur.  This gorgeous lake city is so charming. The small winding streets and alleyways are a calm reprieve after the craziness of travelling around Rajasthan. Historic white buildings line the waterfront, most with rooftop restaurants and contrasting bright pink bougainvillea. Instead of…

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The Mighty Ganges

Thursday, August 15, 2019

I was so excited to arrive in Varanasi, after hearing so much about this interesting city and our long flight I was so happy to feel the warm sun on my arms and hear the crazy noise of Indian streets I loved so much on my first visit to this incredible country. After our rooftop…

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Talalla Retreat

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

It had been a long day of driving and exploring when we arrived at Talalla Retreat. Talalla is located just over an hours drive from Galle, along the beautiful southern coastline. On an undeveloped stretch of beach, Talalla is spread out and showcases the natural beauty around you. Staying in open-air bungalows was so peaceful….

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A Week in Bali

Monday, July 22, 2019

Bali is the perfect destination for a quick beach getaway, I recently spent a week in Seminyak with some of our closest friends to celebrate my partners Birthday. We flew direct with Garuda on their morning flight and had a driver waiting to whisk us to the beautiful Hotel Indigo.  This resort is new and…

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Singapore – More Than A Stopover

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Singapore is often thought of as a 1 or 2 night stopover destination for those flying long haul, however over the last 10 – 15 years and with the development of the Marina Bay area, it has turned itself into a destination worthy of a longer break. The city is dotted with tourist attractions such…

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