Using Hi, hi Guide in London - A Custom, Private Tour With a Local

Using Hi, hi Guide in London - A Custom, Private Tour With a Local

On our recent trip to London, we were introduced to a tour agency website called Hi, hi Guide. The name “Hi, hi” is quite catchy and the concept of the company is to book a private tour with a local in the destination you are traveling to. As soon as we saw the words “local” and “private”, we knew this was an experience we couldn’t pass up. We are all about finding hidden gems and it’s usually the locals that know where they are.

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Norwegian Air's Premium Cabin Experience - Direct Flight from Tampa to London

Norwegian Air's Premium Cabin Experience - Direct Flight from Tampa to London

We had never been to England so when we heard that Norwegian Air was going to start offering direct flights from Tampa, Florida to London, we were thrilled! When we booked our flights to London, we decided to try their Premium Cabin.

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The Mysterious Yanaka Cat Town in Nippori, Japan with Cat Tail Donuts

The Mysterious Yanaka Cat Town in Nippori, Japan with Cat Tail Donuts

We were looking for places in Tokyo that was more low-key and not bombarded by tourists and stumbled upon a city called Yanaka, also known as Yanaka Cat Town, which is located in Nippori. It was a breathe of fresh air stopping by here after being surrounded by an immense crowd at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.

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8 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Asakusa Sensoji Temple During Cherry Blossom Season

8 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Asakusa Sensoji Temple During Cherry Blossom Season

We feel lucky that we grew up in Narita as it is home to a gorgeous Shinshoji Temple, so we rarely ventured out to other temples in Japan. This year, Crystal wanted to visit the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, which is about an hour and a half away from our hometown.

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Enjoy Green Tea and Desserts At This Beautiful Hidden Japanese Garden in Japan

Enjoy Green Tea and Desserts At This Beautiful Hidden Japanese Garden in Japan

Miyoshiya is quiet hidden gem and it can easily be missed as it’s nestled in a small alleyway along Omotesando (表参道), a road that approaches a temple. The alleyway opens up to an intricate Japanese garden which instantly takes you back in time as it’s a stark contrast to the bustling streets.

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Experience A Fascinating Digital Art Museum with teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Japan

Experience A Fascinating Digital Art Museum with teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Japan

When we think of museums, we picture large white spaces with artwork hanging on the walls or sculptures in the middle of an open space. You stare at the piece, perhaps read the description, and then move on to the next piece of artwork. At teamLab Borderless, it is a completely different experience. It’s a group of digital artworks that creates a borderless world where you find yourself roaming around exploring for hours in awe.

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Our Cherry Blossom Experience At The Famous Meguro River in Tokyo

Our Cherry Blossom Experience At The Famous Meguro River in Tokyo

We usually visit our family in Japan during the holidays but this year we made it a point to visit during the cherry blossom season so that we could see these special trees blooming in Tokyo at Meguro River. We haven’t seen the cherry blossoms in a very long time and to be honest, I don’t think we really appreciated it as much as we should have while we were living in Japan. We weren’t going to take it for granted this time!

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Dine With Locals in Japan at a Beautiful Countryside Cafe: Eagle 137

Dine With Locals in Japan at a Beautiful Countryside Cafe: Eagle 137

This year when I returned home to Japan, I was looking forward to visiting my best friend’s cafe Eagle 137. It’s located in Kashiwa and it’s not your average tourist spot. Actually, it’s not touristy at all as it’s where the locals go to unwind, relax, and eat delicious local ingredients.

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Celebrating the 113th Annual Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Celebrating the 113th Annual Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Florida

My friend recently moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida and invited me over for brunch followed by the Epiphany celebration. It is held on January 6th every year and is highlighted by local teenage boys diving into Spring Bayou to retrieve a cross thrown into the water by an archbishop. Sounded like an interesting event, so I drove to Tarpon Springs from Tampa to see what it was all about!

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What to Wear in Japan During Spring's Cherry Blossom Season

What to Wear in Japan During Spring's Cherry Blossom Season

This time of year in Japan can be tricky to pack for. It’s a transitional season where some days you’ll be fine wearing just a sweater, but other days you’ll find yourself needing a coat. Here are some of our suggestions on what to wear during the early spring cherry blossom season in Japan.

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Why Everyone Comes to Shop and Hang Out at The Grove in Los Angeles

Why Everyone Comes to Shop and Hang Out at The Grove in Los Angeles

The Grove has been in LA since 2002 and it’s one of those places that all the locals know about. I can’t count how many times I’ve been to the Grove for birthday parties, store events, dining, movie premieres, and more.

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The Best Catamaran Excursion in Martinique Swimming with Sea Turtles!

The Best Catamaran Excursion in Martinique Swimming with Sea Turtles!

One thing I definitely wanted to do in Martinique was go on a boat tour and swim with sea turtles. There were a few boat tours to choose from but what stood out to me most was the catamaran excursion with Calypso Croisieres. Their subheading stated “Explore the reefs of the south coast of the Caribbean and meet sea turtles” and that’s exactly what I was looking for!

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Salzburg, Austria Tour - Home of The Sound of Music and So Much More

Salzburg, Austria Tour - Home of The Sound of Music and So Much More

I have watched The Sound of Music a million times with my mom growing up and it’s one of those movies that has had a special place in my heart because my mom loved it so much. We would always sing the songs together with my siblings and I have such fond memories from that time. Although I watched this movie countless number of times, I never realized it was based in Salzburg until I was visiting Vienna. 

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The Most Beautiful Color Burst Latte at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker

The Most Beautiful Color Burst Latte at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker

Once again, Instagram photos lured us into another awesome restaurant. This time we spotted a colorfully decorated latte all over The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker’s Instagram feed and immediately made reservations.

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