Top 10 Experiences for Beyond 50 Couples When Traveling to a City for the 1st Time

What do we, quinquagenarians or midlife travelers 50 years old and above, prefer to see when traveling? For Dutchie and I, we prefer the word ‘experience,’ rather than just ‘see.’ As much as possible, we avoid the tourist traps as they tend to be more commercialized and are therefore, more expensive. On first day, we usually take free tours (check […]

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SAIGŪ GYŌRETSU in Kyoto: Proof That Women Were Rockstars Since Time Immemorial in Japan.

Journal entry. October 20, 2019, Arayashiyama, in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan— #SecondWindTravelers witnessed the historic Saigū Gyōretsu|斎宮行列 here today, a reenactment of a ritual in honor of the high priestess Saigū, who during the Heian Period of Japan, was the royal family’s emissary to the sun goddess Amaterasu. This procession started from the Nonomiya Shrine, and ended by the […]

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Shopping for Kitchen & Dining Wares is a Must-Do When in Osaka.

SHOPPING FOR KITCHEN AND DINING WARES. This is also one of #SecondWindTravelers | our many favorite things do when in Japan! In Osaka, our airbnb apartment was 10-minute walk to the Nankai-Namba Station and in another 10 minutes you’ll reach the center, where you can barbecue-explore (tuhog-tuhog) the areas from Kurumon Ichiba Market, Dotonburi, Shinsibaishi, etc. (Thanks again to our crazy kids […]

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Must-go anywhere in the world: THE FRESH MARKETS. THIS IS KURUMON OF OSAKA, JAPAN.

In any city we visit, you’ll always find us #SecondWindTravelers trying local cuisine at the public market! It doesn’t get any fresher than this, and more authentic, too! LET US WARN YOU ABOUT OSAKA’S KURUMON MARKET, HOWEVER. Last time we visited Osaka in 2014, we lived in a hotel close by so we kinda ate our early lunches there before we set […]

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Orange is Our Favorite Color: Wowed by Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.

Thanks to the expert airbnb hunting of our daughter Denise— we found a perfect location where we could just walk 15 minutes to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha), 15 minutes to the JR Station that could bring you anywhere in Japan, and 10 minutes to Keihan Railways Fushimi-Inari Station, a short train ride to Gion District, where our […]

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Must-Try When Visiting The Netherlands: EAT A SILVERY BLUE FISH, THE ‘HARING!’ (Or herring fish.)

They are everywhere, you can see Dutch national flaglets of red, white and blue at their entrances: Fish stores selling fresh and pickled all kinds of fishes, but the best of them all is the herring! Our favorite shop (because they prepare it well) is Hollandse Nieuwe (Dutch new herring). Fresh from being hauled out of the ocean, herrings are […]

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