Fushimi Inarir Taisha Shrine is perhaps Japan’s most famous and photographed shrine. This beautiful collection of thousands of red torii gates, which wind up and around Kyoto’s Mt. Inari, leads visitors through breathtaking views of the city of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital city, and offers incredible insight into Japanese culture and traditions. Read on to see how to reach the shrine, what to do at the shrine, where to eat near the shrine, and much more.
2019 has been an incredible year. As the best decade of my life draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on the wonderful places I’ve traveled this past year. Like last year, I’m sharing my favorite image from each place I visited this year, to share the beautiful places I’ve been, and to hopefully inspire you to take a journey on your own as well in the new year! As always, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support. It means the world to me!
Disneyland in Anaheim, California is often called “The Happiest Place on Earth”, and for good reason! Every aspect of the park is carefully designed to be an incredible experience from the moment you set foot inside the park, until long after you leave. The staff, or cast members as they’re called, are exceptional and will do whatever it takes to help guests have a great time, and with endless dining, lodging, and experience options, there’s something for everyone at Disneyland!
The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is one of Michigan’s best public gardens. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in biodiversity, community engagement, and involvement in the promotion of the arts and nature to all who visit. The conservatory, which is a greenhouse and botanical garden, is free and open to the public daily Wednesday through Sundays.
Visiting temples and shrines across Japan is one of the best ways to learn about Japanese culture, history, and customs. Shintoism and Buddhism, the two primary systems of beliefs in Japan have heavily influenced Japan more than perhaps any other influencing force. Understanding how these two belief sets work will help visitors make sense of Japanese culture, food, history, and even art and architecture.
The Isle of Skye is, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of Scotland, which is saying a lot, because Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This list of 10 of the most incredible things to see and do on the Isle of Skye will help visitors plan their own incredible Highland adventure and enjoy all that Skye has to offer. From magical Fairy Pools and spectacular seaside views of dolphins and whales jumping out of the water to breathtaking mountains and foggy, fern covered glens, Scotland has so much to offer every adventurer and outdoor enthusiast willing to seek out its beauty.
S2S Sugar 2 Salt is my absolute favorite brunch spot in Northern Michigan, because they serve locally and ethically sourced seasonal ingredients, which supports local farmers and fishers. It’s wonderful to know exactly where each ingredient on the menu comes from, and knowing that each item on my plate was harvested as recently as that same morning means I can feel great about eating there and supporting small scale, low-impact farmers and growers. This restaurant offers so many plant based options and substations, you’ll be addicted to it like I am in no time.
This is arguably the best time of year to shop, as nearly all online retailers are offering excellent sales, from deep discounts or free to gifts to overnight shipping, complementary gift wrapping, and more. It can be time consuming to sort through all of the constant email offers flooding our inboxes, so I’ve complied a…
London is full of fun, fanciful cafés that are perfect for a light afternoon meal or the perfect instagram photo. Here are 5 of my favorite London Cafés, along with my recommendations on what to order at each. What’re your favorite London cafés?
Much like its gorgeous counterpart in London’s Chelsea neighborhood that I wrote about here, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh carries on the elegant yet relaxed tradition of elevated café dining made accessible to all. Located within walking distance from Edinburgh’s chicest hotel, The Scotsman, The Ivy Edinburgh is sophisticated fine dining with a cozy café feel, making it the perfect choice for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch any time of year.
Arguably Scotland’s most famous castle, Eilean Donan is one of the world’s most photographed castles. It appears in numerous films and TV shows like Highlander, James Bond – The World is Not Enough, and many others, also making it one of the most filmed castles in Scotland. Built sometime in the early 1200s, the castle was destroyed in 1719, and rebuilt by 1932, and is now one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks.