When in Uzbekistan: Museum of Wine-Making Named After Khovrenko @ Samarkand – Sample 10 Soviet Wines for US $10 In A Room With Wes Anderson Vibes

Mention Samarkand, and the first image that springs to mind is the iconic Registan and Street of Masoleums. But did you know this city is also home to her own Museum of Wine-Making?

Thanks to Uzbekistan’s strategic location along the historic Silk Road, wine has evolved from an item of trade, to a fixture in her local gastronomic offerings, passed down from generation to generation in vineyards scattered across the country. Today, visitors to the Museum of Wine-Making Named After Khovrenko.

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While wine connoisseurs typically flock to the likes of France and Australia, this historic building with a turquoise exterior is worth checking out if you’re killing time before boarding your next inter-city train… which is exactly what we did!

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When in Uzbekistan: 6 Tips for Travelling to Uzbekistan

It seems like only yesterday that I embarked on my virgin trip to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Yet, looking back on the dates of my backlog of unedited travel photos has served as a stark reminder of how much time has passed since my first (yes, first!) backpacking trip and the quagmire of work and distractions got in the way.

But as they say, better late than never. So I’m back to revisit old memories and hopefully, shed some light on this unexplored part of the world!

But first things first… where is Uzbekistan?! 

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6 Places to Enjoy a Breathtaking View of the HSBC Rain Vortex @ Jewel Changi Airport – Get Your Wide Angle Cameras Ready!

Jewel Changi Airport is shaping up to be the new pride and joy of Singapore (go east side!). Unsurprisingly, the center of attention at this mega retail meets dining attraction is the 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s  tallest indoor waterfall!

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Thanks to the circular layout of waterfall and its surrounding fixtures, there are many different spots you can view this spectacular architectural feat – each with different perspectives.

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Jewel Changi Airport Food Guide – 19 Places to Snack & Dine + Who’s Open 24 Hours

Jewel Changi Airport is set to be one of the biggest openings for a retail, dining, and entertainment space in Singapore in 2019. With a whopping 300 facilities spanning across 10-storeys, it won’t be long before you start looking for your next bite, or a chance to chill over good food and company.

Here are 19 places to snack, dine, and hang out in between exploring Jewel Changi Airport’s expansive entertainment and flight facilities, including the world’s biggest indoor waterfall, the HSBC Rain Vortex!

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When in Kagawa: Apron Cafe @ Homura Art Village, Naoshima – Seasonal Menus Designed by a Certified Nutritionist Using Local Ingredients from Setouchi

Honmura Art Village, a district home to around ten art installations scattered across former residences, is one of the first pit stops for visitors to Naoshima. But that’s not the only thing this quaint neighbourhood is worth making a beeline for. Tucked away from quiet streets are several hidden cafes and eateries where you can grab a bite (or a breather) between art hopping.

It was by pure chance that I stumbled across Apron Cafe while searching for my second last stop on the Honmura art village trail. A neatly written sign on a blackboard indicated its existence around the corner from a nondescript single level building.

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When in Hiroshima: 6 Things You Need to Know About Okunoshima, Japan’s Island of the Rabbits

Once off the radar (literally), the fairly secluded Okunoshima 大久野島, otherwise known as Usaghishimaうさぎ島 or Bunny Island, first gained Internet fame in 2014 when a video of a tourist swarmed by dozens of hungry, feral rabbits went viral.

Since then, the island has become synonymous with these cuddly, gentle beings, and a must-visit for rabbit lovers. But before you pack your bags and head for this underrated paradise, here are six things you should know about Okunoshima before you go:

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Read about the rest of my trip to Hiroshima and Kagawa!

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When in Kagawa: Naoshima and Teshima – Visiting Japan’s Art Islands in the Seto Inland Sea

Situated on the Seto Inland Sea, the rural islands of Naoshima and Teshima have been heralded as a mandatory pilgrimage by many contemporary art lovers. Home to creative museums and quaint art districts, the islands also play host to the Setouchi Art Triennale which takes place every three years.

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While Yayoi Kusama’s wildly iconic Yellow Pumpkin sculpture has captured the attention (and cameras) of more casual explorers, it is certainly not the only reason Naoshima and Teshima should be included on your itinerary if you are travelling around Kagawa!

Check out my other posts on Hiroshima and Kagawa!

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