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Top 5 destinations for flower lovers

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Flowers tickle not only the imagination, the heart, but touches one soul. A bouquet is nice but fields of flowers are just overwhelming. These flower farms are not travel destinations on their own but the colors of tulips, lavender, roses, daisies and other flowers will just make anyone take the turn. Here are some of the best places to see the loveliest flowers in the world:

The Netherlands

Going to the Netherlands during spring time makes it a capital sin not to see the tulips and daffodils. After all, after the good life in Amsterdam, they are most famous for their flowers. They grow it and export it all over the globe. The fields of flowers in the Netherlands resemble the colors of the rainbow. If you are going between April thru September, you might just be in time for the fabulous flower parades. Visit Alkmaar in the northern portion of Holland where aside from the flowers you will learn a lot about the history and try their best samples of cheese. . Another great flower destination will be Keukenhoff known to be the biggest garden of flowers.


Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

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Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when you’re feeling quite hungry, and there’s no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isn’t all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at what’s being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.


7 of the Most hazardous foods around the world

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How far will you go to experiment on things your taste buds can take? Some people travel to explore the gastronomic wonders of different cultures on different lands. But did you know that there are foods that might just be too deadly for your appetite?

We have listed some of these foods. Read on to explore what dangers some foods can bring.

Fugu (Japan)

You might be more familiar to the terms blowfish or puffer fish. Though this creature looks so cute in the ocean, it can kill you when it gets to your plate and it was not properly prepared. In Japan, it takes about three years of training before one can serve this dish. If you are in Japan, you can checkout the stores in Shimonoseki but just make sure you see the papers that the fish is safe to eat. In Mumbai, they have a fugu-trained chef at the Four Seasons.


Taking a Trip with Hello Kitty to Japan and Taiwan

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Warning: this article is strictly for Sanrio Hello Kitty fans. If you’re not a fan of the pink kitty, then you’ll probably feel a bit alienated. However, if you are, get out of that closet, put on your pink stilettos, and wear that cute Lady Gaga bow. We’re going to Taiwan and Japan.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo, Japan


Whether you’re taking your little girl for a treat, or you’re trying to relive your childhood, Sanrio Puroland is the place to go for the ultimate Hello Kitty experience. This is one of the biggest theme parks in Japan, and is visited by kids, teenagers, parents, and even people just enjoying their retirement money. The Sanrio Puroland tapped into a pretty big market in Japan.


The Weirdest Shopping Malls in the World

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Who doesn’t enjoy shopping? Even if one doesn’t derive complete enjoyment from this activity, it is still a necessary and unavoidable part of life. Perhaps catering to these kinds of people, several places in the world have created weird shopping centers that will not only entice you to purchase items, but also entertain you as you gaze upon the strangeness of their architecture.

Because shopping centers have existed for a long time, architects are now more challenged to create a different style that will appeal to buyers, or simply to those who just want a change of style.

Khan Shatyr in Astana, Kazakhstan


8 Top destinations for food lovers

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Travel destinations and great food come together like how we need air to breathe. When you go to different places, there will be a culinary experience that will make a mark in your soul and make that holiday memorable. Here are some of the best food destinations across the globe:

India

If you will be crossing states and towns in India, expect a burst of different flavors to be served on the dining table. The main staple when your in the north is roti and rice when you are in the south. They usually come with chutney, vegetables, and dhal. The meal may come with some meat or fish. Your taste buds will love the range of exotic spices that come with every dish in India.

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Travel Tips: How to behave in saunas, spas, and public baths

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Whether you do it to pamper yourself or for wellness, spa treatments, public baths, and saunas are  essential parts of some cultures. It is something which can be enjoyed by the heads of states as much as it is soothing to manual workers. There are certain norms when we go to these places, and knowing the proper etiquette is a must if you do not want to be smirked at, frowned at, or kicked out. Not knowing how to act properly in these public baths may upset the locals, and in a foreign land, we do not want to do that.

One rule of thumb when you enter a communal pool is to make sure you soap and scrub properly. Some bathhouses will even have instructions and teach you how to properly wash with focus on your armpits, feet, head, and genitalia. If you are not used to it, there are also cultures which have no problem at all with nudity.


Narita Airport resumes operations; Japan dealing with more nuclear plant problems

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Amid all the bad news after the big earthquake and monstrous tsunami that hit Japan recently, the country is slowly trying to get up from the biggest tragedy it has faced since World War II.

Narita Airport now resumes its operations with flights going as scheduled after being affected by the tsunami that hit parts of the country half an hour after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake last Friday.

A number of countries though have advised their peoples to avoid going to parts of Japan at the moment especially when aftershocks are still being felt and are still expected. Experts in Japan have announced that there is a probability of an aftershock as strong as magnitude 7.0 to occur in the next few days. An earthquake as strong as this may trigger another tsunami and more aftershocks. Authorities have also warned everyone to stay away from coastal areas.