A new dessert taste testing area was just added to London’s Sweet Tooth Tours roster. This new tasty tour leads guests around the British capital’s Soho district to test five of the area’s latest and greatest cafés and bakeries.
Groups of no more than six get instant access to some of Soho’s superb shops offering sugary treats. In addition to enjoying delicious desserts, guests get to learn about the people and history behind these exquisite confections.
In addition to the five pastries, guests also get a hot beverage and one bottle of water on their tour. All tours are designed and led by professional pastry chef Lynne Staartjes, to ensure high-quality.
Staartjes, how was trained at the Cordon Bleu, initially started the Sweet Tooth Tours in 2017. In interviews with the press, Staartjes says she created these tours to combine her three greatest passions: London, meeting new people, and, of course, desserts.
Besides the Soho tour, interested visitors could choose to book tours like signature Belgravia tour, sugar & spice, vegan-friendly, and a bespoke tour. There’s also a private tour for those who are willing to spend a bit extra.
Most taste testing sessions last about 2.5 hours. All of the available tour days are listed on the Sweet Tooth Tours’ website. Prices range from £58 to £400 per person.
Today, Sweet Tooth Tours is gaining more mainstream attention in the UK thanks to positive reviews in major newspapers. Just two major publications to feature stories on Sweet Tooth Tours include The Guardian and Town & Country.
People can learn more about Sweet Tooth Tours and book a tour of their own at https://www.sweettoothtours.com/. Sweet Tooth Tours also has a big social media presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Japan is quickly becoming the main stopping point for tourists looking for a safe country to visit. The rich cultural landscape and beautiful mountain ranges make it an ideal location for anyone seeking something different. One location that tourists go to is the major city of Osaka, which is located on the western side of the main island of Honshu. Osaka has a rich cultural landscape, which is deeply seeded into the past. While other cities in Japan have embraced western ideas and are focused on westernizing generally through the adoption of English as a second language, Osaka remains true to Japanese traditional values which makes it an incredible destination for those interested in seeing how the real Japan is. One of the main things to look at in Osaka is lodging as the city has its fair share of luxury hotels, as outlined on Forbes (https://www.forbestravelguide.com/destinations/osaka-japan).
These hotels offer an interesting combination of familiar Western amenities with traditional Japanese settings. Not only are you able to sit back and enjoy a good night of watching movies on a TV but also have the ability to enjoy the experience of an authentic tea ceremony in action. This combination of East and West means that tourists can experience the ultimate of traveling trip. The experiences witnessed on such a trip can be told to family members for years to come. This is a big deal for trip enthusiasts and those interested in Asia alike. Osaka is the ultimate location to visit.
Japan probably does not strike you as being a very interesting place to travel to as a tourist. The modern industrial complex of the country and the fact that much of the traditional rural areas are devoid of life makes the cost of the trip not especially appealing to those not accustomed to what is available. Surprisingly, as mentioned in an article from Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/anismuslimin/2018/04/04/japans-richest-2018-tourism-takeover/#e4a95f8554a1), Japan is actually seeing a massive increase in tourism lately, to a degree that it may be able to significantly boost the economy of the country and move it into a new period of national prosperity.
The main sights of Japan to see are the traditional architecture and culture that the country still provides. Japan itself is a vibrant combination of new and old, which is unique to the country as it was forced to modernize from a feudal society of sword wielding warriors into one that used railroads and muskets within a time span of roughly twenty years. This unique perspective makes the cultural landscape, mannerisms of the Japanese people, and tourist locations especially interesting to tourists from the West.
One of the most popular sights to visit in Japan is the old capital city of Kyoto. Kyoto at one point in time was the seat of the Emperor and had been for hundreds of years. The city to this day represents this rich historical background with its elaborate Buddhist and Shinto temples. Japan is quickly becoming the place to go for Western tourists.
Anyone who’s dreamed of traveling to Japan has probably run across YouTuber Kim Dao’s videos online. Over the past few years, this Australian vlogger has produced some of the most viewed vlogs dealing with Japanese travel, culture, and fashion.
In one of her latest videos, Kim takes viewers on a three-day trip around the popular city Osaka. She also spends some time in this vlog touring the nearby historic city Nara. First-time travelers to Japan can’t afford to miss the travel information Kim shares in this recent vlog.
First off, Kim gives her viewers details on visiting one of Osaka’s major sites: Osaka Castle. It costs Kim ¥600 to get inside this majestic castle built way back in 1583 AD. When she reaches the top of the castle, Kim Dao shows us incredible panoramic views of Downtown Osaka.
After taking in the views, Kim Dao walks inside to learn more about the castle’s long history. Originally built for the leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle faced many challenges throughout its long life including lightning storms and invasions. The version of the castle standing today was completed in 1997.
Once she’s done learning her Japanese history, Kim takes a train to the Namba region of Osaka. She then takes us to Shinsaibashi, one of the most popular shopping streets in the city.
When she reaches Dōtombori, Kim Dao takes a picture by the famous Glico man advertisement and encourages all tourists to do the same. Since there’s so much to do in Dōtombori, Kim recommends every traveler schedule at least a few hours to check out all the nightlife, restaurants, and shops in the area.
To find out more about Kim’s tips for traveling to Osaka or Nara, be sure to check out her official YouTube page.
With Tokyo’s cherry blossom season in full bloom, beauty & travel vlogger Kim Dao decided to record a helpful video for any first-time travelers to Japan’s capital city. In her video “100 Things to do in TOKYO, JAPAN | Japan Travel Guide,” Kim recommends 100 of her all-time favorite attractions in Tokyo every visitor should add to his/her bucket list. Below, we’ll go through Kim’s top three suggestions for anyone traveling to Tokyo.
First on Kim Dao’s itinerary is to explore Shinjuku Station. Not only is Shinjuku Station the busiest train station in Tokyo, it’s one of the busiest and largest in the world. Kim Dao advises everyone to just “get lost” in this massive station and enjoy all the world-class shops and restaurants.
The second suggestion in Kim’s guide video is to take a trip up to the top of Tokyo’s Government Building for a superb panoramic view of the city. Since it’s free to take a ride to the top of these towers, it’s recommended you visit the Government Building as early as possible to avoid long lines.
Third, Kim Dao recommends taking a stroll through the alleyways of Omoide Yokocho to get a feel for “olden times” in Japan. She also says this is an exceptional place to order authentic Japanese cuisine at tiny food stands.
Anyone interested in hearing Kim Dao’s other 97 things to do in Tokyo can see this full video on her main YouTube page right here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kimdao.
By the way, Tokyo’s cherry blossoms officially opened on March 17th and reached full bloom around March 25th. While the petals have started to fall in Tokyo, there are still many other cities either at peak or close to full bloom across the Land of the Rising Sun. People visiting Japan in mid to late April should head to cities like Sendai, Fukushima, and the Sapporo to see cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Irish air carrier Ryanair announced this week that it is teaming up with the new Austrian airline LaudaMotion to offer low-cost airfares to travelers flying within Europe. LaudaMotion is an upstart budget airline founded by former Formula One driver Niki Lauda.
The new airline will be based out of Vienna and will serve much of Europe. Ryanair will initially offer a 24.9% stake in the LaudaMotion. Upon approval by the European Union regulatory officials, this stake could rise to as much as 75% of the company.
This move is meant to increase competition in the market space currently dominated by European and international airline giant Lufthansa. LaudaMotion will offer flights from originating points in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and will travel to popular short-haul vacation destinations. Germany flights will begin this week, with flights from Switzerland launching in April, and Austria beginning in June. Tickets are on sale already with a starting price point of 59 euros (approximately $74).
To promote growth, Ryanair has agreed to lease six of its Boeing 737s to LaudaMotion and an additional 30 more aircraft within the next three years. Ryanair has also committed to providing LaudaMotion with 50 million euros (approximately $61 million) in operational funding. Aviation experts predict that LaudaMotion will grow quickly now that it has access to Ryanair’s established financial resources and aircraft. The big winners in this partnership will be European travelers who will now be provided with greater travel options and lower fares.
According to a survey that took into account a multitude of factors, such as the cost of bread, gas and wine, Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world. Also, due to the tumbling U.S. dollar, the cities of Los Angeles and New York did not rank as highly as they did last year. Finishing in the 14th and 13th spots respectively, these American hotspots were far from the top.
Although some other Asian cities did make the most expensive list, many European cities also cracked the top 10. With Zurich and Paris in a dead heat for the second spot, Oslo, Copenhagen and Geneva also popped up. Although Tokyo has been making these kinds of lists for a very long time now—and even headlining most of them—the Japanese city actually finished in the eleventh spot this year. Directly above Tokyo was the Australian city of Sydney, which shot up a whopping four positions since last year.
As far as the Middle East goes, Tel Aviv was the only city to crack the list. But with geopolitics swirling and churning up quite a storm lately, it seems as if anything could happen with the economies of all cities making this list in 2018. Regardless, it should be interesting to see if Singapore manages to snag the top spot again in 2019!
Australia’s Qantas Airways is getting ready to test a new in-flight menu designed to help travelers naturally overcome jet lag. These healthy food options, which were designed by Australian nutritionists, will be served for the first time on March 24th to people taking Qantas’s non-stop flight from Perth to London.
Researchers at the Charles Perkins Center at the University of Sydney developed all of these menu items with the goal of promoting a natural circadian rhythm and preventing dehydration. They also hope these innovative choices will improve passengers’ immunity while they’re up in the air.
Qantas has released three of the main courses that will be made available on this special flight. The first is seared sea bass drenched in a lemon garlic sauce with sides of broccoli and an almond salad. If that doesn’t sound appetizing, perhaps you’d prefer a beef salad with a lemony sauce, corn, and zucchini. Lastly, one breakfast option will be eggs served on a bed of quinoa with plenty of green kale and pistachios.
To help with hydration, doctors included fruits like strawberries and veggies like cucumbers in many of their dishes. For a snack, researchers encourage guests to dig into a raw Hawaiian poke bowl.
As for drinks, doctors have come up with their own unique herbal tea blend to promote relaxation. In-flight attendants will also offer guests a warm chocolate milk concoction to help them fall asleep and a probiotic-dense kombucha to help them wake up.
On this first test flight, doctors will simply collect data from guest surveys to gauge the success of their menu. In the near future, researchers hope to get more objective measures of their menu’s success by tracking passengers with interactive apps.
Travel company TripAdvisor just revealed the top ten specialty tours of 2017. While the most popular tours of last year were focused on bringing guests to iconic monuments, TripAdvisor also saw a huge growth in new industries like culinary tours.
The top spot for 2017’s list of TripAdvisor sponsored tours went to a walking tour of Rome and the Vatican. People who book this one-day tour get to skip lines into major monuments including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums. This walking tour costs about $140 per person.
Second place went to TripAdvisor’s exclusive cruise down the Chicago River. This particular river cruise takes guests by some of the Windy City’s most recognizable buildings like the John Hancock tower and the Aon Center. This tour lasts about 75 minutes and costs only $40 per person.
La Città Eterna comes in yet again at the number three on this list. The major differences with this tour and the first is that it includes a walk through the Roman Forum and lasts only half a day. This special tour also costs $140 per person.
Amazingly, Rome won the fourth spot on this list as well. This tour is significantly cheaper at only $33 per person, but guests get no privileged access to attractions. Instead, guests get to ride in a big tour bus for either one or two days to some of the hottest sites around Rome.
Rounding out the top five is a special tour of the massive Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain. Guests on this $45 tour will get to cut to the front of the line and experience this masterpiece by artist Antoni Gaudí in relative peace.
From number six to number ten, here are the remaining tours on TripAdvisor’s list: priority access to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, London’s Harry Potter experience at Warner Bros. Studio, a tour of NYC’s Empire State Building, a half-day tour of islands on the Venetian lagoon, and a one day tour of Tuscany. All of these tours on this list are still available on TripAdvisor’s website.
The Thailand-based tourism group Backyard Travel just released a new tour package tailored to help foreigners experience the best of China and Vietnam like locals. To help guests get a more authentic experience of these Asian nations, everyone who books this tour will ride exclusively on public trains.
In total, this tour package lasts 12 days and 11 nights and costs a little less than $3,000 per person. The tour starts in China’s capital Beijing where guests get to visit historic sites the Forbidden City and, of course, the Great Wall.
The second stop on this tour is the central city of Luoyang in China’s Henan Province. A former capital in ancient times, Luoyang is full of impressive temples and is well known for the Buddhist statues in the Longmen Grottoes.
Once tourists have had their fill of Ancient Chinese history they’ll get to experience some of the Middle Kingdom’s natural wonders in the popular tourist city Guilin. This southern city is one of the most visited destinations in all of Asia due to its impressive limestone mountains and beautiful views of the Lijiang River.
After two days basking in Guilin’s wonders, it’s finally time to cross China’s southern border. The first stop on the Vietnam leg of the tour is at Ban Gioc – Detian Falls. Guests will then board a ship and take a voyage through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hạ Long Bay. Lastly, travelers will get to learn more about Vietnam’s fascinating culture and history in the capital city of Hanoi.
Executives at Backyard Travel say the unique feature about this new planned trip is that travelers will get to ride the same trains as Chinese and Vietnamese citizens. While everything on the tour is carefully planned out, visitors will still experience the thrill of traveling with locals and snapping pictures of the remarkable Asian countryside from their windows.