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Top 5 Airbnb Lofts in Tokyo

Best design lofts for your next trip to Asia There are thousands of hidden gems on Airbnb, and while I was doing my research for my Tokyo trip, I've found these ones. Although they are all booked up for the dates I wanted, I have decided to keep my journal public for myself to refer to, when I need them for my next trip. If any of you have tried these, please do let me know your experiences! Below US$150 1. Kyodo House in Setagaya (2 guests) Japanese studios Sandwich and Team Low-Energy used three truckloads of timber to create the sculptural facade of this house that also boasts a two-storey-high library and an indoor swing (see above photo slide). It might look...

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Gaudi's Crazy Project This is probably the most famous architectural works of the great Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí on the planet. Sagrada Familia is one of the top 3 must-see spots of Barcelona, as mentioned in my previous post. Located in the city centre, this church has been in construction since 1892, and it’s not expected to be finished until 2026.  The architect showcased the epitome of the relationship between man, nature, and religion through its architecture and façade sculptures. Climbing one of its towers will give you a unique view of Barcelona, if you are not afraid of heights.  I would highly recommend taking the audio tour as it is very informative, allowing you to understand the design details and...

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Barcelona - Top 3 Gaudi Sights

We went to Barcelona for Antoni Gaudi Park Güell If it's your first time stepping onto the land of Barcelona, beware - you might get heavily drugged by Gaudi, the ingenious architect active in the industry since his graduation in 1878, until his end of life in 1926. He once said "Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator." He is definitely one who had achieved the highest level of such collaborations. I was personally so amazed that I immediately dived into his living works around the city and filled my entire trip with Gaudi. Below are a few top sights from my list, and more details of each will follow...

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Marseille

Marseille is safe Dangerous or Not? When we told our French friends (all pretty big guys who grew up in South of France) we decided to go to Marseille for a day trip, the guys were like "Marseille? Better watch out for the pick-pockets! Don't bring too much cash...". The city has been a trading port for over 2000 years, along with the history of immigrants, it might be a relatively complex mix of people and wealth level. It is understandable that it is regarded as a dangerous place due to these reasons, but you will definitely miss out a big deal if you skip this city while you are close by. I flew to Marseille just a few months before...

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Marrakech

Summer in this magical place in Morocco We are happy to have our guest explorer, London-based interior designer Tule Park, to share her colorful travel experiences with a few tips from her point of view. Hope you enjoy! Here is a story of an exotic getaway that could potentially prolong that summer feeling a little bit longer… My family spent the last part of our summer holidays in Marrakech to catch some extra gamma rays to help us through the English winter! As we drove through the winding roads of La Palmeraie under the scorching Moroccan sun, we spotted mini sand tornadoes in the distance. It has been a very dry season and some rain could have alleviated the palm trees of La Palmeraie. But that was unlikely in...

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