The Dutch city of Haarlem comes alive during Christmas, with the arrival of markets, parades, and of course, the arrival of Sinterklaas. It’s a time to explore the lights and decorations in the old town, eating gourmetten with family, going crazy with sweets such marzipan and pepernoten, For visitors and locals alike, spending Christmas in … More Dutch Christmas In Haarlem – What To Do, Eat And See In The Spaarnestad
When it comes to expensive and exclusive Japanese fruit, the Yūbari melon is the king. Grown in the small city of Yūbari in Hokkaidō, these extraordinary fruits have sold for as much as ¥5 million ($46,000USD) for a pair. But why exactly are these melons so special? How are Yubari King Melons grown? The Yūbari … More The World’s Most Expensive Fruit – Meet Japan’s $45,000 Yūbari King Melon
In the quiet backstreets near Musée Georges Pompidou is one of Paris’ most unusual clocks – the Defender of Time (Défenseur du Temps). The clock is a mechanical scene of a brass warrior swinging a sword at a crab, a bird, and a dragon. Every hour from 9am to 10pn, the clock would initiate a … More Le Défenseur Du Temps – The One-Ton Automated Clock in Paris
One of Japan’s most curious fruits is the dekopon, a hybrid cross between the citrus fruits kiyomi and ponkan. Dekopon are sought after for their sweet flavour, large size, and characteristic bump on the top of the fruit, giving them a ‘sumo’ shape. Dekopons, known in American markets as Sumo Citrus, have become increasingly popular … More Dekopon, The Sumo Citrus Taking Instagram By Storm
Japan is known for producing some interesting and expensive fruit. But none is as iconic as the square watermelon, a simple yet beautiful specially grown fruit. Perfect for decorating and gift-giving, the square watermelon is prized as a status symbol (though its taste is not so great). How are Square Watermelons Produced? Square watermelons come … More Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?
One of the most iconic sights on the streets of Melbourne are its trams, with their recognisable green and yellow designs. Melbourne is also a city of art, bursting with art galleries large and small, art exhibitions, and celebrated graffiti down every alleyway. In 2013, the city of Melbourne decided to put these two cultural … More Melbourne Art Trams – Are These The World’s Artiest Trams?
Japan has earned a reputation for creative and unusual dining establishments. Cat cafes, themed restaurants, and stand-up sushi bars all cater to people looking for a new dining experience. But what about using a fishing line to catch your dinner, in the restaurant? In the heart of Osaka’s nightlife district Dotonbori is Zauo, a restaurant … More Zauo: The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Fish
Paris is a city with endless secrets to discover. Visitors to the city naturally start their trip by exploring the Louvre, photographing the Eiffel Tower, and shopping in the Marais. But, for those looking for some more interesting, quirky, and lesser-known things to see, Paris has much more on offer. From one-ton mechanical clocks hiding … More Unusual Things To Do In Paris – A Closer Look At Paris’ Lesser-Known Sights
These days, people around the world know and adore bubble tea. Also called boba tea, the classic recipe is made of black tea, milk, ice and tapioca pearls, shaken and served frothy and cold, with an extra large straw to enjoy the pearls. Sweet, refreshing, fun and with different kinds of bubbles to chew on, … More The Rise of Taiwanese Bubble Tea
You may have heard of the Big Five – the leopard, rhino, elephant, lion, and Cape buffalo, originally named for being the hardest animals to hunt on foot. Today, with hunting largely prohibited, they’re five of most coveted safari sightings by wildlife spotters. But did you know, there’s a complimentary Small Five? They are the … More The Small Five of Africa