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Cherry Blossom Night Lighting at Kiyomizudera Temple

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

For sakura and fall colors seasons, Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan has special night illumination. We visited during the lighting for cherry blossom season, and thought we’d share some of our experience and tips we learned during that visit. Prior to this, we had previously ben to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in October, and we missed the fall […]

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Château de Cheverny Review & Tips

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

During our fall trip to Europe, we visited Château de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley. This one of the most popular, privately-owned châteaux of the region, and is an interesting attraction if you’re visiting France. This post offers my tips for visiting Cheverny, plus a photo tour of the chateau, and information about its history. […]

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Walking the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, Japan

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

This post offers tips for one of our absolute favorite (and free!) experiences in Kyoto: the Philosopher’s Walk. Unlike other points of interest in Japan, this one doesn’t feature a centuries-old cultural or spiritual icon. It is not a UNESCO World Site and it isn’t even marked with a clear entrance. It’s literally a path, but […]

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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Everyone knows the best time to begin a trip report is a year and a half after you started writing Part 2 of that report. In the spirit of that, today’s post is Part 1 of my trip to Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Timing-wise, this trip falls shortly after my post about […]

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Fear & Kawaiing in Harajuku, Tokyo

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  10 Comments

“Psychedelics are almost irrelevant in a town where you can wander in a casino any time in the day or night and witness the crucifixion of a gorilla.” ~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I feel like that’s as good of a quote as any to set the tone for our review of […]

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Review: Is Tokyo Skytree Worth Doing?

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  10 Comments

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Tokyo, with an observatory and restaurant at its higher levels overlooking downtown Tokyo, and a large shopping structure at lower levels. This post provides tips and a review of what the Skytree complex has to offer. First, some basics. The Skytree is a relatively new addition to the […]

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Château de Chenonceau Tips & Photos

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

During our recent trip to the Loire Valley in France, we toured Château de Chenonceau, spending the afternoon and early evening hours here. In this post, we’ll provide a photo tour of this chateau, background information, our review of this destination, and tips for best experiencing Château de Chenonceau based upon our visit. Let’s start by […]

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Studio Ghibli Museum Review & Tips

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  12 Comments

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan is a tribute to Studio Ghibli’s many creations, and the technical & creative process of animation. It’s also one of the top tourist spots in Tokyo. This review features our thoughts on Ghibli Museum, including whether it’s worth the time, money, and effort to visit. One of the first things […]

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El Tovar Hotel Review

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  9 Comments

El Tovar Hotel is the iconic Grand Canyon National Park lodge that is located directly on the South Rim. This review features room photos, thoughts on whether staying here is worth the money, and more. I won’t bury the lede: if you have the means, El Tovar is unquestionably where you should stay when visiting […]

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