For the longest time, both Ella and I have dreamt about travelling to Japan. So when we finally saw a gap appear in both of our respective writing calendars, we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity any longer. Arriving in Tokyo at the end of April, the sakura were just beginning to retreat for another season. The sun got stronger and cut through the big city haze as we wandered the many gardens, galleries and dining spots near our hotel in Shinjuku. Yet, part of the appeal of coming to Japan for us was to experience what life was like outside the major metropolises.
They say good things come in small packages and Tasmania is definitely proof of that. The island state might be little, but it’s filled with amazing art galleries and museums, unbelievably delicious food and wineries, and some of the best national parks and hikes in the world. On our short road trip along Tasmania’s east coast we experienced all these things and more, and though we’ve got a full Tassie road trip guide coming soon we thought we’d put together a small list of our favourite things to see and do as a little taste tester.
From rustic shipping containers and plant-filled warehouses to colourful open-air spots and minimalist fit-outs, Melbourne cafes are constantly outdoing themselves when it comes to design. So, if you’re a design lover like us and can’t resist a side of gorgeous decor with your caffeine, read on for our guide to some of the most beautifully designed cafes in Melbourne.
There's no denying the beauty of the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Arriving just before sunrise, the air was still crisp and there was almost nobody else around as we began our descent into the lush green fields.
Naoshima might not be the same hidden destination that it once was in years gone by, but when we visited in late 2017 it quickly became obvious that its creative heart is beating stronger than ever. For the uninitiated, Naoshima is a hilly island set amid the Seto Inland Sea.
During the 1950s and 60s, it was home to some large-scale manufacturing plants, but now it’s renowned amongst locals and tourists for its world-class galleries and public art installations – which are dotted all over the island.
When we first started planning our trip to Naoshima we had absolutely no idea how we were going to get there. Everything online seemed overly complex or convoluted; we simply couldn’t find a straight answer. Now that we’ve made the trip ourselves, we know how easy it actually is.
So we decided to create a how-to guide so any future visitors won’t be discouraged from going – because it’s definitely worth the trip!