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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How To Celebrate New Year 2017 In Style In London

London is famous for several attractions. Aside from being historically rich, it also offers a lot of fun and remarkable activities, especially on New Year’s. If you haven’t experienced London’s amazing New Year’s celebration yet, we have listed some posh ideas for you to jumpstart 2017:

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Watch the NYE Fireworks Display
Celebrated along the area of the River Thames, people from different parts of the world gather to witness the mesmerising display of pyrotechnics. You can try to watch the show from somewhere else, but you get the best view if you buy tickets and gain access to the Southbank area. Only limited seats are offered so make sure to get your tickets in advance to avoid the hassle.

Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
If you are unable to secure a ticket to the fireworks display, don’t fret. You can have a dazzling night with lavish food, drinks, music and a view of the fireworks display while on a cruise on River Thames.

Indulge yourself in world-class meals
London has more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants. Book a table at one of these restaurants and enjoy award-winning food prepared by celebrity chefs.

Dance your way to 2017
Celebrate in style by dancing with jitterbugs like you! The entire city will be buzzing with life and several clubs will open its doors to anybody who enjoys music and dancing. Look up clubs like Electric Brixton, Heaven, Studio 338, Cargo, and a whole lot more!

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Champagne Bars
You can simply relax in style and enjoy a glass of bubbly at one of London’s many champagne bars. Whether you want a quiet ambience or an alfresco mood, the city has so many bars to choose from!

See the lights under the ice
If you’re travelling with teens and/or kids, then partying at clubs may not be suitable. Luckily, the city of London has just about everything to offer so you can still welcome 2017 in style! You can spend your afternoon at Canary Wharf Ice Rink and marvel at the vibrant colours beneath the ice while you skate! If you want to go on a trip down the memory lane, try skating at Somerset House, Hampton Court or at the National Museum Ice Rink and enjoy skating with marvellous historical structures as your backdrop.

New Year’s Day Parade
Take your whole family to the streets of Central London and witness as 8,000 performers–dancers, marching bands, acrobats—congregate for a spectacular celebration. Your whole family will surely love the huge balloons, confetti, and festive music!

After-dark bus tour
On the first night of January 2017, enjoy a tour aboard on an open-top bus and be amazed at the panoramic view of London adorned with colourful Christmas lights. Sit back and relax for an hour and forty-five minutes and get to know London’s famous spots in a truly magical way.

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View from the top
Another unique way to get a glimpse of London is to head for heights. Whether you’re in for a romantic night at a restaurant perched on a hill or for a fun night with friends on a rooftop bar, the city’s got you covered!

January Sale
Unleash the inner shopaholic in you and take advantage of the super low prices from different department stores in London. Get great deals on apparels and gadgets for the whole family!

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do your homework and do a little research first. Book tickets in advance to avoid trouble or contact us to help you arrange your tickets in advance. Have a chat with us at askus@ladyredot.com.


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Movies to Inspire Your Next Holiday

I get stuck in the rut on where and when to plan for my next big travel adventure so one tip, I usually turn to movies to give me great ideas and of course, who wouldn’t be tempted by the beautiful sceneries shot on the wide screen.

Toyko, Japan

Lost in Translation
The romantic quirky film surrounded by neon blinding light of fascinating Tokyo, combined with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, what’s there not to love?

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Tokyo Drift
Fast cars, pretty young girls, great action with a simple story plot that is easy to follow. Story follows a teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America. As the cars speed by, you get the enchanting Tokyo in action.

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New York, America

Annie
The bubbly girl can sing! With a star performance by veteran actors like Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx (I didn’t know he can sing too!), it brings a refreshing take to the old but classic play and a new insight to New York.

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London, England

The Da Vinci Code
The modern day Indiana Jones, solving the world’s puzzle while avoiding capture by the bad and the good guys, and showcasing London’s finest at the same time.

Vienna, Austria

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
One thing I love about Mission Impossible and James Bond are the introduction of gorgeous cities all over the world. I just love how Vienna is shot beautifully over the action pack scene especially in front of the Vienna State Opera House.

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Morocco

A Hologram for the King
Although the story is based on Saudi Arabia, the background of the movie is filmed in Morocco, presenting some of the beautiful and breath-taking desert sights.

Italy

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Another action packed film but with a unique and interesting storyline, one that took me by pleasant surprise as the film spans over the romantic views of what Italy has to offer.

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Singapore

Hitman: Agent 47
This movie got all the people living in the tiny country excited because it mainly based its movie in Singapore.

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If these movies can’t set your heart pumping for the next travel, come and have a chat with us. We can bring you a different experience through our intricate and dedicated planning.


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Best Airports for layovers

If you have no choice with a direct flight and need a layover, one tip is to pick an airport of your choice for layovers. The better the airport, the less you will feel the long wait and in fact, you might even wish your layover is even longer! Trust me on this!

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Changi Airport, Singapore

There is a reason why this airport kept winning the top airport in the world award year by year. 365 days, they kept overdoing themselves, topping other countries with ease. With a butterfly garden, free movie theatres, and a 40-foot, swirling slide that’s the tallest in Singapore, Changi feels more like Alice’s modern-day Wonderland than an airport. Passengers can also take a refreshing dip in the airport’s Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool.

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Heathrow Airport, London

The terminal houses an 11,000-square-foot Harrods and 105 restaurants. It is the only airport in the world that provides passengers with onboard picnics from a host of restaurants that will pack up a meal for you to take on the next leg of your journey. I love that you actually can engage a butler or a personal shopper to help you to navigate around the huge mall in the airport.

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Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates

One of my personal favourites, the Dubai International Airport! As much as you can grab a day room at the Dubai International Hotel for a shower, a nap and a trip to the pool, gym, steam, sauna and Jacuzzi. The best part about this airport is that it never closes and the shopping never end. The longest layover I had in this airport is about 8 hours but I can’t get enough of shopping this airport. The best part of shopping here is that they accept all kinds of major currency and their exchange rates are pretty great.

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Haneda Airport, Tokyo

Haneda was rated one of the world’s most punctual airports by CNN. Grab a bowl of ramen or platter of sushi, browse the free Internet in one of the many comfortable seating areas, or take a visit to the high-tech restrooms, which have heated toilet seats.

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By Håkan Dahlström – originally posted to Flickr as SFO international terminal, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10615771

San Francisco International Airport

There is a museum in the airport itself and they host interesting art, science, and cultural exhibits, while a branch of the Steinhart Aquarium has aquatic wildlife from around the world. Now that for me 5 hours will be barely enough for me to cover the museum itself, let alone catching my tea break.

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Incheon International Airport, South Korea

With a day spa, cinema, ice skating ring and a concert hall, it would be hard to say you have nothing to do here. And they also have a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate. That’s WOW!

Anyone has great airports to share? Come share your find with us at the comments!

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Best Getaways for The Most Hardworking Man

Who am I talking about? The most important man in your life, of course. Your father. Since father’s day is coming right up in last than a month, you might be thinking what gift is the best gift to show that you have the best dad in the whole world, I thought you might like to surprise him with a quick getaway this summer.

Here are some of the coolest awesome getaway ideas to tell your dad that you love him.

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Cruise
Nothing beats creating more family time than to hang out in the open with your father. Whether it is a riverboat cruise, a ferry cruise or a luxurious cruise, it brings out the sense of adventure in him. The best benefit is that on a cruise, you don’t need to plan activities because they have planned it all for you. I know those 3 days 2 nights cruises are fantastic with yoga in the morning, free round the clock buffet for the foodie, great nightly shows for entertainment. Some cruise ships even have an in-house movie theater that shows classic reruns that bring the good ol’ memories for him.

Tip 1: Pick a cruise that lasts a few days or a week, and then consider stopping off at one of the locations for a couple of days to explore.

Tip 2: Make sure daddy is alright with the rocking of the boat or big waves in the sea otherwise, you and he will just have a horrible time with seasickness.

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Explore A Historic City
Cities are always easy for the seniors because nowadays major cities cater to seniors and the young ones. Little cafes are all around the corners whenever daddy needs a break from all the walking (and maybe shopping!). To make it interesting, choose a city that has a rich history that your father loves. Europe has full of cities that brings along rich history and both of you can go museum exploring. From the castles in England and Scotland to the warfare museums in Germany and Poland, you may even provoke a story or two from his younger days.

Tip 1: Plan only one museum or exhibition a day because it can be exhausting and overwhelming.

Tip 2: Watch the weather! Some of our dads can have arthritis and long walks even indoor can cause pain in the knees.

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Rest & Relax
If your dad is still a working man, what better way to reward him with a retreat getaway. The sand, the coconut trees, the sea breeze and not to mention the views you will be getting. Trust me on this, even it is just a short 3 days 2 nights weekend trip, you will get a much-needed rest in a beach resort just by doing nothing. You will feel energize and ready to take on next life challenge when you are ready to check out. Asia has one of the best beaches ever, you can check it out here!

Tip 1: Pick the right resort! Some resorts are family friendly and some are couple friendly. If you want to have some peace and quiet, try to book a less popular resort, preferably on an island so there will be less tourist crowd.

Tip 2: Avoid the peak seasons. Otherwise, you probably will bump into huge families dragging their crying children or frat boys getting drunk on booze and having nightly parties.

 

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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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Where should you store your luggage during a long layover in London

In London for a long layover? Take this as an opportunity to explore the city instead of being stuck in the airport.

London has five major airports, namely the London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Luton and London City. Each of the airports has world class facilities and one of it, you should take advantage of are the airport’s storage facilities to help you to keep your luggage safe and leaving you hands-free out and about enjoying what London has to offer, instead of lugging your heavy luggage around town.

Even you do not wish to get out of the Airport, some of London’s airports like Heathrow Airport are pretty huge, with plenty for travellers to explore. You can wine and dine, enjoy duty-free shopping and book yourself a good massage without having your luggage dragged along behind you.

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Heathrow Airport

At each of its terminal from 2 to 5, you will find storage facilities at the Arrivals areas. You can choose to leave your baggage or luggage with Excess Baggage Company for a few hours to a few days. The costs start from £6 for up to 2 hours to £5 for more than 72 hours for each item.

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Gatwick Airport

You can store your luggage at the South Terminal Arrivals of the airport (The North Terminal luggage storage is temporarily closed due to the upgrading of the airport). The counter is open 24 hours and £6 for per 24 hours for each item.

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Stansted Airport

Located in the International Arrivals landside concourse, Luggage Point’s baggage storage facilities charges £3 per day and £18 per week for small items, whereas bigger items are charged £10 and £60 respectively.

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Luton Airport

Beside the escalators to Departures, the baggage storage facilities are at the Check In Concourse. Each item is subjected to £5 for 2 hours or less and £10 up to 24 hours. Beyond 24 hours, it will be £5 thereafter.

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City Airport

Storage facilities are available at a charge of £10 per item per 24-hour period, can be found at Security Zone A in the Terminal concourse.

Do take note of that all baggage is required by the authorities to scan through, so the usual suspects like sharp objects come under the same guidelines. There are no lockers in all the airports and train stations due to security reasons.

There are alternatives to store your luggage at the airports. One option available is to contact your regular hotel chain if you are a member. Some hotels do allow their members to store luggage with them if it is within a few hours. Another alternative to consider is to hire a private car to take you for a tailored tour while leaving your luggage in the trunk.

Whatever your choice is, there are definitely plenty to do in London and waste not one moment away, trying to figure how to deal with your baggage!

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