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Tokyo is a big city, quite the definition of urban sprawl, so talking about the best places to eat in Tokyo could take a while! In this guest article Agness from eTramping shares the Tokyo restaurants that served the best meals during her stay, and a few others that came highly recommended even though she didn’t get the chance to experience them all. To start us off, here’s a list of the foods you must try in Tokyo.
With Medieval walled towns that featured as Game of Thrones locations, well preserved Roman remains and a long association with the 16th century explorers of the New World, Extremadura is a perfect destination for lovers of culture and history. This unspoiled region of Spain is little known by overseas visitors, and to help you discover the area I’ve put together a driving tour that can be made in a few days as a long weekend break, or extended to spend a week or more in Extremadura. Taking in historic towns and cities like Trujillo, Mérida, Cáceres and Badajoz, come along as we discover all the things to do in Extremadura on a short road trip.
With sparkling turquoise water, white sand beaches, luxurious hotels and a cosmopolitan food scene, Grand Cayman offers a sophisticated Caribbean holiday experience. The Cayman Islands have come a long way since the days when they survived on turtle farming, named Las Tortugas by Christopher Columbus who sighted the islands in 1503. The turtles are still the symbol of this trio of islands, which make up the autonomous British overseas territory, yet the vibe here feels more American than English, with Miami just a short flight away.
What a delightful suntrap the Algarve was when I visited this spring, the early season sunshine most welcome to escape the grey UK for a few days. The fine white sand of the Algarve beaches stretched for miles, the sea not quite warm enough to swim, but certainly perfect weather to walk on the seashore and unwind to the soothing rhythm of the waves. We went on boat trips – not one but two.
Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. Famous throughout Europe for its hospitality, Tbilisi is a hip and picturesque city offering fascinating architectural contrasts. Buildings from hundreds of years ago share spaces with modern crystal constructions for a fascinating ambiance.
The history of the Cayman Islands has been shaped by the sea for centuries, with generations of turtle fishermen and sailors who worked on merchant ships around the world, their maritime skills in high demand. The charms of this Caribbean island seem bound up with the ocean, with the endless white sand of Seven Mile Beach, surrounded by reefs that attract divers and snorkeling, and sandbars where you can swim with the rays at “Stingray city”, that most iconic of things to do in the Cayman Islands. During my week on Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands archipelago, I was struck by how the island seems to look outward, pulled towards the sea.
The wines of this island in the Atlantic ocean were drunk by Shakespeare and it features in Greek legend as the island of Atlantis, governed by the god Poseidon. We’re talking of course, about Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, which is part of Spain, even though it’s situated off the coast of North Africa. Tenerife is well known for beaches and sunshine, but you’ll also find UNESCO World Heritage Sites, surreal volcanic landscapes and ancient forests.
Imagine yourself following a winding, woodland path in the Forest of Dean, the rocks dripping with moss, the branches tangled overhead. Or coming across a sculpture on the forest path, making you wonder about its connection with this ancient tree-scape. Or delving underground into caves that have been mined for thousands of years, an unexpected industrial twist to this natural environment.
Walking along the hillside, I drank in the landscape that gave little clue of the coal mines that once covered The Valleys of South Wales. The countryside is green and covered with forest, the air fresh, the streams bubbling clear and rich in wildlife, providing a playground for walkers and mountain bikers. But you don’t need to scratch far below the surface before the stories of The Valleys start to come out, of the mining communities that lived in the terraced houses and the pits that provided employment from the “Black Gold”.
Antwerp is a city that harmoniously combines the old and the new, the narrow streets of the medieval centre contrasting with the sheets of water and stunning modern architecture of the harbour basins. The city owes its prosperity to being the second largest port in Europe, having controlled the route along the River Scheldt for centuries, growing rich on the taxes and international trade. Belgium’s largest city is a melting pot of cultures and ideas, known for its vibrant fashion scene and as the centre of Europe’s diamond trade.