Places to see (Sakura) cherry blossom in 2017

 

If you have not seen Cherry Blossom at least once in your life, you are actually missing out on its beauty. I’m going to show you that Japan isn’t the only choice though that is obviously the most popular choice among all.

Japan
The cherry blossom season in Japan starting from late March to early May, depend on the locations. Some of the best spots to watch the show are:

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Takayama city, Gifu
A beautiful spring festival framed in white and pink colour, an enchanting sight that allows your eyes to feast on its beauty.

Kinosaki Onsen town, Hyogo
A romantic movie-like scene when Spring season arrives, where the pink glows along the street, it is an irresistible beauty.

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Fukuoka Castle Ruins at Maizuru Park, Fukuoka
The vintage classic atmosphere of the ruined castle blends perfectly with the fascinating blooming of more than 1000 cherry trees.

Japan Mint, Osaka
Passed down centuries of tradition since the end of the 19th, every year this place held the seasonal festival for the public to enjoy the gorgeous, iconic flowers blossom.

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Mt. Yoshino, Nara
The best among the best. Just vision the whole mountain covered in pink and white, the most romantic picture-perfect setting I believed.

Hirosaki Castle Park, Hirosaki city, Aomori
Another favourite spot where cherry blossom addicts flock to while in Japan.

Korea
Lesser known than Japan doesn’t mean Korea has less to offer in this springtime. Check out the hot spots for your magnificent cherry blossom backdrops:

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Busan
There are many sites in this touristic town, where your craving for cherry blossom is satisfied: Haeundae Dalmaji Road, colour Stream Park, Igidae Coastal Promenade, Mt. Hwangnyeong Ring Road are among the best to enjoy the springtime performance.

Seoul
Book your ticket to come here in early April and participate in festivals like Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. The splendid sightings of the pink and white fallen petal carpet ensure plenty picture perfect moments.

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Jeju Island
The idyllic island is famous for their legendary cherry trees, which only blossom for 2 – 3 days each year. A well worthy rare sight that should not be missed.

Europe
After a long cold, snowy winter, Spring time is widely welcomed around Europe. In some countries, this comes with the glorious blooming of cherry trees. Let check them out together:

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yes, not only tulip fields but also Sakura, get yourself to the English park and being rewarded with the romantic walkway here.

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Stockholm, Sweden
The classic fairy tale sightings blend with the silky pink color from million cherry petals entirely a princess dream comes true.

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London, UK
Despite numerous flowers unfold their beauty during spring time, it is undeniable, cherry tree holding the crown.

Other Countries
Vancouver, Canada
The spring celebrations here has always included the beauty of cherry blossom. If you already used to the incredible yellow Falls, try to visit Vancouver during Spring for a change, which is equally impressive.

Washington DC, US
Cheering your US spring with cherry blossoming isn’t a bad idea at all, especially when it has such irresistible natural beauty.

Dalat, Vietnam
If you happen to be in South East Asia yet still love to have a glimpse of Sakura blooming, you are at the right place. Starting from Feb, the little city change to its pink dress to celebrate Tet, the Vietnam New Year.

Chiang Mai, Northen Thailand
Another budget-friendly spot to enjoy the shower of cherry flower or Tiger Queen as how the local like to refer to. Unlike the professional festivals in Japan or Korean, or the entirely different fairy tale look in Europe, cherry blossom here mixes with the rural breath, giving another unique experience.

As one of the most famous iconic flowers signalise Springtime, Cherry Blossom is not only a show of nature beauty but also a remind of how fragile and quick beautiful moments flash. Enjoy the short yet elegant beauty as much as you treasure the little joys in life.

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Cycling around Holland

Holland is the perfect place to explore by bike. The country has many cycle paths and sign posted cycle routes, the landscape is flat, distances are short and there are lots to see and do along the way. So come visit the Netherlands and get on a bike!

Nearly every road has a cycle path called a ‘Fietspad’ which links most villages and towns. These ‘Fietspads’ are mostly separate and away from the road itself (unlike most of our cycle paths in Britain which are a miserly bit of the road marked off with a white line, if we’re lucky!). One of the curious facts of the Holland: nearly 85 percent of the population own at least one bicycle. They use it regularly, often daily. There are about 16 million bicycles in Holland, slightly more than one for every inhabitant. About 1.3 million new bicycles are sold every year.

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To make cycling safer and more inviting the Dutch have built a vast network of cycle paths. These are clearly marked, have smooth surfaces, separate signs and lights for those on two wheels, and wide enough to allow side-by-side cycling and overtaking. In many cities the paths are completely segregated from motorised traffic. Sometimes, where space is scant and both must share, you can see signs showing an image of a cyclist with a car behind accompanied by the words ‘Bike Street: Cars are guests’.

A good overview map is the Sterkste Fietskaart Van Nederland. It’s made of a laminated paper that holds up in the rain and 2 maps cover the entire country, one for the north of the Holland and one for the south of the Holland. Countless regional maps are also available, many produced by Falk.

Below routes represent the different types of cycle experiences you can have in Holland.

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Amsterdam Forest

With paths either dedicated to walking, cycling or horse riding, the Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos) is probably the best park for cycling in the world. The routes take you through a mosaic of wooded areas, grassland, reed lands and open water. With a high density of things to see and do, it is the perfect playground for youngsters getting used to explore by bike!

 

North Sea

More cycling pleasure awaits along the North Sea, where the LF1 bike route traces the coastline for nearly 300km. The paved bike paths in this part of the Netherlands take you on a rolling ride, over the crests of the endless sand dunes. None of the hills are particularly big but this is a good ride to challenge the notion that Holland is entirely flat.

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Zeeland

The photogenic flatness of the Dutch landscape comes alive in Zeeland, the most south-westerly province where the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt rivers meet the sea. Its 400-mile coastline has cycle paths through towns such as Cadzand, Oostkapelle and Westkapelle.

 

Dutch Railway

When you want to cycle just for a day or a couple of days the routes of the Dutch Railways are excellent. Main advantages: it is easy to hire a bicycle at the railway station. These routes make a nice day of cycling. An overview of these 18 routes you’ll find on the Dutch Railway website, where you can download the route description.


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2016 Hottest International Marathons

Running a marathon is self-empowering. While you can get an amazing high from tackling any race distance, conquering the mother of all races gives you a high, which is hard to duplicate. Today, I am going to list down some of the upcoming Hottest International Marathons for this year.

June 4 – Stockholm Marathon
Very well organised and well thought after is remarkably like the Swedish. Many runners have described this run as their most memorable due to the sights they encounter during the run. The course ran past many of the beautiful sights, along the waterfront and across many of the islands.

http://www.stockholmmarathon.se/Start/index.cfm?Lan_ID=3

June 5 – Phuket International Marathon
Describe as small. Great if you are a first-time marathon runner so you can pace yourself in the course.

http://www.phuketmarathon.com

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June 25 – Big Five Marathon
Not many have run this marathon, however, those who did complete it has only raving comments on the breath-taking scenery and adventures they had throughout the preparation of the marathon there.

http://www.big-five-marathon.com

July 30 – Australian Outback Marathon
Not an easy trail to run on but there is a chance of seeing dingos and wild camels. Organization is great and they make sure you are well taken care of during the course. Water stops are only 3 miles apart.

http://www.australianoutbackmarathon.com

August 7 – Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon
Well organised with sufficient drink stations, km markers and aid stations. The course is hard and hilly, with a lot of running up and down ramps on the freeway. Do take considerations of the temperature and humidity as well.

http://www.kl-marathon.com

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August 28 – Hokkaido Marathon
Mostly flat with a limited number of rolling hills. They were obviously not prepared for non-Japanese speaking foreigners so you need to make sure you have someone who speaks Japanese to register you.

http://www.hokkaido-marathon.com

September 20 – Beijing Int’l Marathon
Scenery sighting is pretty low on the trail and you will have to put up with the constant tight security screening. The most scenic part of the course is at the beginning – Tiananmen Square and along Chang An Avenue. Not many female runners.

http://www.beijing-marathon.com/en/index.html

September 25 – BMW Berlin Marathon
This is a great way to do a big city event and one of the World Marathon Majors. The course is very easy on the knees and legs as it is flat and fast. Finishing under the Brandenburg Gate was really cool! There were people from all over the world cheering along the entire course.

October 9 – Buenos Aires Marathon
It is a flat course passing by much main touristic sightseeing Obelisco, Casa Rosada, Recoleta, Palermo, la Cacha de Boca Juniors, Puerto Madero. Race kit picks up was a bit complicated because there was a lot of paperwork involved.

http://www.maratondebuenosaires.com

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October 16 – TCS Amsterdam Marathon
The Dutch seem to pride themselves on their organisation and this is one slick event. Entries in the marathon distance vary between 12,000 and 15,000 runners. The course tends to take place very much in the city suburbs and along the River Amstel, which feeds the city.

http://www.amsterdammarathon.nl

November 8 – Shanghai International Marathon
A nice city course, modest entry fee, complaint-less organisation (both pre- and post-race), quality race shirt, several invigorating drum/cheer groups along the course.

http://www.shmarathon.com/home.dhtml

November 21 – Antarctic Ice Marathon
The Ice Marathon is the only race where you get a true Antarctic marathon experience, running on the ice in one of the most isolated places on the globe.

http://www.icemarathon.com

December 3 – Standard Chartered Singapore International Marathon
Singapore all year long is very humid and hot (at the start at 5am 25 C and 95 % humidity) so you are soaked with sweat before even having started. Depending on how you deal with heat, you may be an hour slower than your normal marathon time.

http://www.marathonsingapore.com


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2016-17 Top Destination in Europe

Each continent has its flavor and uniqueness. If you have not been to Europe, you should visit one of these places. Time and time again, guidebooks and friends will tell you what spots are must-sees for different destination, but everyone has their own idea of where their ideal vacation will take them.

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Rome, Italy
Eternal City – the nickname given by the locals. Rome is a wonderful destination for the holidays. From gorgeous gardens to hidden rooftops, there are the plenty of best spots in the city to find a little Rome romance. Whatever in life you are looking for you will find it. Wander into any church and be amazed by the sheer beauty of it.

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Paris, France
Typically known for the city of love, it is well known for its art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Alongside the world-famous museums and monuments, there are also some gloriously eccentric ones. They know how to make a decent pastry, with a good cup of coffee, you can sit in their café and watch the world goes by.

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Nice, France

Although it is France’s fifth-largest city, Nice is just like its name, nice. It has the most enchanting skyline paired with a beautiful sea. However, there is no white sand between your toes, it is a pebble beach. Away from the bustling city center with its flower markets and street performers, and far from the central hub, Nice has a number of fantastic sites that often go overlooked.

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Berlin, Germany
Berlin is a place where East meets West full of historical content. It has plenty of rich history and unique culture. You will immerse into the vast choice of museums, restaurants and art galleries. Like some other European capitals, Berlin has pronounced differences among its many neighborhoods.

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has a great location and is has mild climate throughout the year and is located on the coast and there are miles of beaches all along the north. It’s packed full of creative people and offers amazing food and architectural masterpieces that you don’t often come across in Europe.

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Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland offers a surprising amount of cultural variety. Zurich is also abuzz with sleek eateries, cool shops, and a full of history. With the most important highlights ranging from historical spots and natural escapes to food and shopping havens, you will have loads to do even as a solo traveler.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The city is small enough that visitors can get a real feel for its people, neighborhoods, sights, and secrets. With more than 6,800 houses and buildings protected as monuments and dating from the 16th to the 20th century, Amsterdam boasts the largest historical inner city in Europe.

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Vienna, Austria
A city that charms and seduces from scratch, Vienna may just steal your heart away. Spend a few days getting to know Vienna and you’ll discover its vivid World War II history, radical art movements, and nonstop street life. If Vienna doesn’t steal your heart, it definitely steals your stomach with its variety of desserts.

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London, England

Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye… The list goes on and on. There’s nothing quite like the experience of hopping on a red double-decker bus and seeing some of the most recognizable sights in the world from its top deck.

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Brussels, Belgium
Some of the world’s best chocolate and home to more beer varieties than any other city in the world, that is our Brussels. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city at the heart of Europe. Although it is known more for being a political hub, it also has a surprisingly young vibe that makes it one of the more cutting-edge cities in Europe.

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Kotor, Montenegro

Located where the Balkans meet the Adriatic, Kotor sits on a deep bay surrounded by soaring cliffs. Kotor has all the features of a typical Mediterranean town: narrow streets, small shops, antique monuments and picturesque buildings.

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