Interesting Places

Shopping in Japan

A great deal of Japan’s Millennial generation now displays a more conservative spending pattern due to the GFC of 2008, and the tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011.They exercise greater frugality in their major purchasing discussions compared to previous generations, and are now favouring the wonderful flea markets, especially in Tokyo such as the International Forum Weekend Markets, for that fantastic bargin or unique find. And although the younger generation of Japan are more sensible with their purcahsing habits, the great department stores of Tokyo still rise out of the urban landscape as temples of delight and will never fade.Long live shopping in Japan…it is the BEST!!!

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The chance finding of this beyond quirky basement cafe was driven by the desire to have a coffee that was not a tourist nightmare.  Through our prescription sunglasses, our eagle eye gaze scanned the landscape of Waseda Dori in great detail. And there it was, the most unlikely doorway promised a once in a life-time experience. Down we went, dipping our heads so as not to bang them on the low ceiling. End result was a memorable, unique location, with a coffee that was not so bad, while the Sumo wrestling was playing on an old TV in the background. I was right. Did I mention I LOVE Tokyo?

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Japan and France, Tokyo and Paris, who knew that there was such a connection between these two dynamic, sophisticated cultures. There is a famous landmark in Tokyo called
the Tokyo Tower. It looks like the Eiffel Tower of Paris. There are lots of French clothing brands like Chanel and Dior in the Ginza and if you go to the Sunday flea market at
the International Forum, you will find beautiful, hand painted La morgue plates among
the many other French delights and antiques for sale.
                    
And then there is ‘branch’ in Yutenji, (not far from Meguro)  Tokyo. It is perfect, with its delicious French food and the person who creates this beautiful experience, Naomi.
 
Freshly made pork pate that was out of this world with texture. Baby corn and fresh broad beans char-grilled. Pickled vegetables, such a perfect foil for the rich pork pate. Shredded carrot and red cabbage just made, and full of sweetness all go to create
Naomi’s The Deli Plate. All home made, fresh every day: Soup of the day; Pate; Sandwiches; Deli plate; Tart; Fresh pie; Lemon cake.
By herself, this dynamo produces food from the gods.
Mochlos, Mirenbello Bay, Crete, Greece

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Tables of driftwood. Made by hand for a wonderful bar that is perched on ancient lava flows which spill into the Moclos Bay. The same bay and view enjoyed by Anthony and Cleopatra who stopped in enroute to battle with the Roman legions he had deserted for the love of a great beauty. These tables hold great beauty too. Not just rubbish adrift on the waves but are the separate pieces that make delightful furniture.

Hip Bars of Athens: No. 3: Juan Rodrigues
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This is a surprising bar, hidden in the up and coming funky part of Athens, Psyri. It is a great place to hide from the noon-day sun with a cool beer. It is an equally fun place in the night as one of the places to bar hop to.
Pallados 3, Athina 105 54, Greece

Coming up for air in Brisbane

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Saturday morning, first thing, off to the ‘The Old BoatHouse’, to see what we can buy. This place is full of objects and furniture that are just waiting to be given a second chance to be loved. Then to James Street for a drink in the foyer bar of the new Calile Hotel. Later that night, live music at ‘The Milk Factory around the corner from The GOMA in the West End. Sunday morning recovery with breakfast at the Stables in Albion just next to Fox Street. And finally to finish off the weekend with great wine, music and old style dancing at Hot Sunday Club, now at the Wandering Chefs, also in the West End. Brisbane, the world city where you find fun, joy and a car park with not much traffic or hassle anytime of the weekend.

The Beach, East Kretzberg, Berlin, Germany

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THE BEACH IN EAST KREZBERG. Where boats burn and wine flagons glow. Everything has a second life. A ‘tinnie’ becomes a BBQ. A wine or olive oil flagon becomes an outdoor light.

Seasonal Concepts, Redfern, Sydney, Australia
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Pony Fish, Melbourne, Australia
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PonyFish is a truly unique bar which nestles under the Yarra Pedestrian Footbridge (connecting Southbank to Flinders Street station). A set of stairs, found at the road level, on the Southbank side, takes you down to this watery wonderland. As the City of Melbourne website descibes it “The vibe is eccentric, and the city perspective is very different”.

Regent Street, Redfern, Sydney, Australia
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Roller Door Cafe, Hamilton North, Newcastle, Australia
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City Circus, Athens, Greece
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City Circus is a wonderful hostel, literally in the heart of Athens. 
It is a ‘ball of style’. CITY CIRCUS ATHENS 16 Sarri str. Athens 105 53, Greece  tel. +30 2130 237244 fax. +30 2130 237244 email. info[at]citycircus[dot]gr skype. city circus

Old school, Spring Hills Baths, Brisbane, Australia
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A market is the heart beat of a community, Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne
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Suspenion Cafe, Newcastle, Australia
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Mochlos, Mirenbello Bay, Crete, Greece
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Madame Brussles, Melbourne, Australia
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Carriage Works, Sydney, Australia
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Good Brother, Newcastle, Australia
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Coffee, Tea and Me, Redfern, Sydney, Australia
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Growing together, inner city Sydney, Australia
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Inner city Athens, Greece
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Hit the road Jack
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The Modern World
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Branch, Tokyo, Japan
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Where boats are burning
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Land of the Rugged individual

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Berlin

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Coffe, Tea, and Me
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Began in Redfern, Sydney about five years ago. It has grown in numbers and now can be found throughout the inner city suburbs of Marrickville, Zetland and others.

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Arcadia.3Arcadia Liquors, yet another great bar in Redfern, Sydney, Australia.

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BeardedTit.2The Bearded Tit: A great bar in Redfern, Sydney, Australia

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