Elephant & Castle has now offered me my newest favourite place – a small Mauritian venture. For what felt like ages, there was practically nothing great, apart from Nando’s. My colleagues and I more than occasionally complained about the lack of eatery choices. Good choices were a bus ride away in either Waterloo or Borough/London Bridge.
Our prayers were finally answered with the opening of South London version of Shoreditch’s BoxPark – the Artworks House.
New street food restaurants gradually opened and now it is packed with an internationally varied pop ups.
Marcel & Sons
Marcel and Sons is a small Mauritian eatery serving comfort food that are just too tasty for the quantity they serve. If not for a colleague, I would have missed this little gem. Keep on reading!
Stroll through the torii gates
After a lovely day visiting temples the previous day, I was off to Fushimi Inari. To be honest, I was very curious to see what all the hype about the thousands of vermilion gates was about. I can just say that I was pleasantly surprised.
I got off the train at Inari and had no problem finding the shrine, I just followed the crowd of people. Fushimi Inari is popular with both Japanese visitors and foreign tourists but for different reasons. Japanese come to pay their respects while tourists come as the site is one of the most iconic landmarks of Japan. I noticed that they were more Japanese people than tourists, maybe due to the large number of school children. Keep on reading!
Among all the many cities you can visit in Japan, one of the most preferred destinations is Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. As well as being the cultural capital of Japan, the city is also one of the most visited for pilgrimage.
After a few days in Tokyo, I was excited to board the Shinkansen direction Kansai, more specially Kyoto. For this trip, I made good use of the very convenient JR Rail Pass. The high-speed train is really an experience: beautiful trains, impressive punctuality, clean and spacious seats, you always sit facing the direction of the travel so to avoid headaches! Taking the shinkansen also means tasting bentos and there is an array of stalls in Tokyo station offering specialities all across the country.
I tried this ekiben with fried chicken and vegetables which was delicious!
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