A-Z Guidebook – Cherry Blossoms

There is much anticipation in Japan just before the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) Festival. Japanese and international travellers take part in Hanami, an annual tradition of viewing the blooming of the cherry blossom flowers. While we were in Nozawa Onsen, the sushi master of one of the local restaurants eagerly gave us a run down of the forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency one evening. The weather is an important tracker! ...

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Cycling and Canals in Amsterdam

When asked what Amsterdam was like to visit, I respond with a singular word, ‘pretty’. All stories from the red light district aside, there is something enchanting about the century old canals, the clutter of bicycles, narrow wonky houses and pot plant covered houseboats. Following a few days in Amsterdam, we traveled to Rotterdam to board the ferry bound for the UK. The guys behind passport control eagerly told us we were missing out having not spent time ...

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