Yanaka Ginza Hero

Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

For a taste of Old Tokyo, head to Yanaka. This charming neighbourhood in Northern Tokyo has largely escaped the fires, earthquakes and WWII air raids that have flattened so much of the rest of the city and has one of the sweetest shopping strips in the city. Temple Trail in Nishi-Nippori & Yanaka We started at Nishi-Nippori station and wandered the backstreets of Nishi-Nippori, passing … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

Shoe shopping in the Marais, Paris

We were eating Berthillon ice cream on Ile Saint Louis when C’s blisters made her reach breaking point. We swapped shoes and hobbled to the nearest department store, BHV on the edge of the Marais. BHV is one of Paris’ most historic department stores and is worth a look if you’re in the area. Paris is spoilt for beautiful department stores and for me, Galerie … Continue reading Shoe shopping in the Marais, Paris

50 things to do in Paris

Beautiful Paris offers endless possibilities for ways to spend your days, but if you need a little inspiration, look no further. This list of 50 things to do in Paris has ideas for first time visitors, and old hands alike. Tell me your suggestions in the comments! Taste Paris’ best ice cream at Berthillon – best enjoyed on the banks of the Seine Take a … Continue reading 50 things to do in Paris

Parisian Flower Markets

I adore markets. Then again, who doesn’t? A city’s markets are such a brilliant way of engaging with the culture.  You can talk to vendors who have knowledge of their product rather than bored shop assistants and the products themselves provide little clues about life in that town. It’s also my favourite place to pick up a beautiful memento of the trip. I also have … Continue reading Parisian Flower Markets