Tokyo teaches the rest of the world eccentric style on the runway and the street.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital home to skyscrapers, anime shops, cherry trees, and temples. Tokyo is known for the Meiji Shinto Shrine and the Imperial Palace, but Tokyo is also a lively fashionable place filled with innovator in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts. The fashion scene is fast and it is hard to keep up if you are not one of the trend setters. The rest of the world looks on to Tokyo as Japan’s capital of style.
Just a few things to look out for on the runways and street in Tokyo are:
-Black and greys
-Perfection of layers
-Punk inspired graphic tees
Some of the cool street fashion trend setters are:
- Francis Lola & Ellen V Lora in Harajuku
- Room Boy Pony & Daisuke with Comme des Garcons & Junya Watanabe in Harajuku
- Kobinai Punk Bomber, Spiked Sneakers & Smiley Face Purse in Harajuku
Tokyo Fashion juggles the balance of costume and outfit; reality and fantasy; joyful and serious; by stretching to the extremes and creating original looks.
Wonders in Dracula Land – Romania
Romania is the largest country in South-eastern Europe. Its terrain is distributed almost
Romania is the largest country in South-eastern Europe. Its terrain is distributed almost equally amongst mountains, hills and plains with 14 mountain ranges of the Carpathian Mountains dominating the centre of the country.
This beautiful country is perhaps best known for being the home turf of one of history’s greatest villains, Vlad Dracula. However, above the draw of Count Dracula, the world is now waking up to its many other wonders. There are multi-coloured medieval cities, the forest-clad Carpathian Mountains, beautiful wilderness, countless historic towns and mystical castles. With Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture, fascinating history, and the opportunity to see bears and wolves in the wild, it is no wonder why people are talking about Romania these days.
The Lure of Count Dracula
Besides his house in Transylvania, the Snagov Monastery, his burial place and the 1453 Poienari Fortress, said to be the real Vlad the Dracula’s Castle, places such as the Princely Court at Targoviste and the Bran Castle are also linked to the Dracula legend. However, the Bran Castle is said to have had only housed Dracula for a few nights. Nonetheless, these sites are definitely worth checking out.
The Bran Castle is a magnificent example of medieval eastern European castle architecture and still houses authentic folk Romanian furniture.
Bucharest, The Capital
The surroundings of Bucharest are packed with interesting sights which witnessed some defining moments in the history of Bucharest, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
This is an ethnographic museum depicting village life and culture. Here, to charm and delight its visitors are wooden windmills and thatched roofs.
The Stavropoleos Monastery
This Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest, built in Brâncovenes style, is dedicated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The name Stavropoleos means ‘The city of the Cross’ and one of the monastery’s constant interests is Byzantine music, expressed through its choir and the largest collection of Byzantine music books in Romania.
The Sinaia Monastery
This was designed to serve as a monastery as well as a fortified stronghold on the route from Brasov to Bucharest. The initial plan was for the monastery to hold 12 monks, to imitate the Twelve Apostles, but in time the number of monks grew.
Sibiu is about baroque architecture, about beautiful houses, nice squares, Saxon legends, but also about great events. One of the best theatre festivals in the world is organised here; it’s named very simple: Sibiu International Theatre Festival.
Brasov: The heart of Romania
The historic charming city of Brasov, is tucked majestically beneath the verdant hills of the Southern Carpathian Mountains in Central Romania. Awash with gothic, barque and renaissance architecture, this once walled city is one of the loveliest cities in the whole of Transylvania.
The Peleș Castle is nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, near the town of Sinaia. It is charming to see the spires of Peleș pricking the clouds. Allegorical hand-painted murals adorn the interior courtyard facades, and ornate timber framing, giving the castle a pleasant old-world feel.
Built in the 13th century, the Bran Castle represents a unique blend of medieval and modern history, legends and tradition. Not only has it been the inspiration behind Dracula, Bran Castle is also considered a national monument in Romania, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Get Lost in London
Ah, London. The capital city of England. A city of grey skies and tea drinkers. Home to the famous clock tower we all
Ah, London. The capital city of England. A city of grey skies and tea drinkers. Home to the famous clock tower we all know as ‘Big Ben’. This city is a daydream in itself and a beautiful place to travel to. People come from all over the world to experience the wonders of this historical city, from wandering through some of the best museums to strolling through London’s beautiful parks and gardens. There’s so much classical beauty in this city that you’d never find yourself feeling bored, rather you’d find yourself getting lost in it. There are some streets in London where you could literally get lost, so heads up for that one.
The last thing you want is to arrive in a place and have absolutely no idea what to do or where to go. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
Sightseeing in London
Schedule a day for yourself to wander through the British Museum. Located on Great Russel Street, it’s a popular tourist spot where millions of people come to see it and everything inside it every year. There’s a reason for its popularity. It’s so big that you might not even be able to see everything in a day. It was founded and opened in the 1700s and has stood tall through many historical events such as WW1 and WW2. Entry is free and the museum offers many guided tours for no cost at all, so your visit here won’t cost you a fortune – money which you’ll want to spend on much more important things such as food. If you want to avoid the crowds that come to visit this place daily, get here bright and early to take a relaxing wander through the halls.
Find yourself in Westminster Abbey to of course, drink in the view of the infamous Big Ben clock tower with a warm cup of coffee in your hands. The clock was and still is the largest clock tower in the whole of England. And don’t forget to enjoy the crowd! Take in the lives of the fellow Londoners around you and experience a new culture. Also in Westminster is the home of the Queen of England. It’s one of the only active royal palaces left in a world and you wouldn’t want to miss a vacation to London without exploring this place. There are availabilities to tour the state rooms, royal gifts and the gardens during July to October.
The London Eye is only a walk away from Westminster, over the Thames which is the river that runs through London. As you cross over the Thames onto South Bank, you can enjoy the view of London from the huge Ferris wheel which is also known as the Millennium Wheel. From here, you can walk to the popular art gallery of London known as Tate Modern. It holds many pieces of modern art from all over the world and it’s free. If you’re not into art, you can stop by at one of the surrounding restaurants or cafes for a light snack or a nice lunch.
There are many historical landmarks in London which is especially shown through the city’s architecture. If you love the old-style architecture of parts of London, you’ve got to see the St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s over a thousand years old and was around since the rule of Henry VIII. This place, with its high ceilings and ancient castle-type look will leave you completely in awe.
Notting Hill is a vibrant town in West London, not far from Westminster. It’s got a unique and charming vibe, and if you’re here around August, you get to catch a glimpse of the Notting Hill Carnival which happens every year. At this time of year, parades, marching bands, street performers and more fill the streets with bright colour and great music. Not to mention, the food. However, if you’re here on an average day when the carnival isn’t on, have no fear because there is still much to see. You can head over to the Portobello Market on Portobello Road. The best time to go is on a Friday or a Saturday when the main markets are open. They sell everything from antiques, to clothes and fresh fruit and vegetables. There is a high chance you’ll walk away from this market with an interesting souvenir in your hand. Did you also know that Notting Hill is one of the top places in London to film movies? It’s true! So if you’re a movie enthusiast, you can take the Notting Hill Film Tour to learn some history and see prime movie locations! Notting Hill is also the home to many art galleries, so don’t miss out on those if you are an art lover.
Last but not least, if you’re on holiday in London, Covent Gardens is a must-visit. Just knowing that you’re standing in what used to be the biggest slums in England is enough of an amazing experience but of course there’s so much more to see. In the Covent Garden Piazza, you can find street performers and an array of stalls selling food and other items. I know there are some Opera fans out there so here is where Covent Garden benefits you! The Royal Opera House is located here and you can see amazing performances and can even take tours through the front or backstage of the Opera House and see what goes on behind the scenes before a performance.
A trip to London is bound to leave you dizzy. Beautiful, classical architecture etched with centuries worth of history and a rich artistic culture. You definitely won’t get bored in this city!
Experiencing Hanoi in 48 Hours
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital is a must-visit destination.
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital is a must-visit destination. The city that is in fact a hidden gem in a breathtaking natural setting packed with fascinating lakes and mesmerizing valleys. The wooden boulevards of this rustic city make it ever so amazing to explore.
When you walk around the city, you will witness scooters all around, making it feel like it’s been in the hideout from the much modern world around. From shopping centers to local markets, there is plenty to explore in the city. If you have a thing for nature, Hanoi is the place to be. Its gorgeous waters, lush green grasslands, and the breathtaking cliffs all make for a destination that you might not want to miss out on.
If you are planning a short-but-sweet trip to Hanoi, it pays to check out the Award-winning Vietjet Airline for their regular exciting promotions and to enjoy a rewarding 48 hours in this magnificent city, below is the information you’ll need:
Places to Visit
Hanoi is a perfect blend of East and West. It is a city that has a lot on offer. From its busy city life to its majestic natural spaces, there are numerous places to visit in Hanoi. But if you are on a time crunch with only two days to explore this beautiful land, you must visit the following places to leave with a complete experience:
The Old Quarter is a place that is easily accessible from the Hoan Kiem Lake and is also the center of the city. This market area boasts rugged streets lined up with all types of shops. In this market you will get a glimpse of French Colonial architecture. What’s more is that you can easily head to the nearest temples from this market.
In the middle of the lake is a small island with a small stone Pagoda which cannot be reached since there are no bridges or boats to the island, but then there are those turtles for entertainment. The name of the lake translates to ‘Lake of the Returned Sword,’ and is so named because of the legend of a turtle reclaiming a magical sword that was given to Emperor Le Loi by the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui). The sword was given to smite the Chinese Ming Dynasty. After successfully fending off the invaders, the emperor was boating on Hoan Kiem Lake when a giant turtle rose up and snatched the sword from him and disappeared into the depths, never to be found again.
The West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi, also known as Tay Ho by the locals. When you reach the lake, you will be able to witness a panoramic view of the skyline of Hanoi. The Tay Ho Pagoda and the Trấn Quốc Pagoda are both located in the same vicinity as the lake. If you are in the mood to try some local Vietnamese seafood, the West Lake is the ideal place to be.
Temple of Literature
Hanoi is famous for its history. Therefore, make sure you pay a visit to the Temple of Literature. This temple of Confucius is also the first ever university of Hanoi. This temple offers a peak into the life of the most honorable Hanoi scholars. It consists of five courtyards and many temples within the same location.
Things to do
There’s plenty to do in Hanoi, but with little time in your hands, you must only pick out the best things to do including the following:
Drink Beer at Hoan Kiem Bia Hoi
Your trip to Hanoi would be incomplete without a visit to Hoan Kiem Bia Hoi. Get seated on plastic stools and order the cheapest beer you will ever have.
Learn about Vietnam’s History
Hanoi has an elaborate history and a trip to this city will be incomplete without learning about it. Therefore, make sure you visit the temples and museums in the city to learn about the war and the Ming Dynasty. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison, and the Museum of Ethnology are amongst the best places to visit to learn about Vietnam history.
Buy Souvenirs’ at Dong Xuan Market
It would be a waste to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, and not get any souvenirs to remember your trip for a lifetime. Head to the Dong Xuan Market and grab some interesting memorabilia while also experiencing the chaos of the market.
Places to Eat
One cannot judge a place until she has tasted its food. Below is a list of restaurants you must visit during your short stay to get a taste of Hanoi:
If you are in search of good cup of coffee to open up your mind, visit Au Lac café in Ly Thai. This upbeat café arranged live jazz on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Maison De Tet Décor
Maison De Tet Décor is a stylish restaurant located in West Lake district of Hanoi. This restaurant will make you feel at home. You can enjoy breakfast and coffee at Maison De Tet Décor and Vietnamese cuisine at night.
Getting Around in Hanoi – Commuting Tips
There are plenty of ways to get around Hanoi without any trouble. if you want your stay in Hanoi to be hassle free, below are a few transportation options that you can choose to commute within the city with ease:
Cab rides are cheap in Hanoi, and you have a few to choose from – Hanoi Taxi, Mai Linh Taxi, and Taxi CP.
If you want to go cheaper, commute in shuttle buses.
If you really want to experience Hanoi at its best, book a scooter taxi. Scooter taxis don’t have meters so do your research before you get on one.
The best attitude when travelling is to simply let yourself go and enjoy your holiday. If time permits, you may also expand your visit by exploring other destinations around Hanoi. Check out the other convenient domestic connections Vietjet has to offer and enjoy a truly jetaway holiday with Vietjet Airline.
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