Located in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo, Nikko is an easy day trip by rail from the capital. It’s famous for its Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines nestled in the forest, and was designated a World Heritage site in 1999.
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) is famous for its thousands (literally thousands!) of glossy vermillion wooden torii gates forming winding tunnels around the forested mountainside.
At 6am, we were almost alone but for a handful of photographers and an elderly Japanese lady with deep smile lines, out for her morning power-walk, who expressed delighted approval at my attire.
You may have come across the famous “Hanoi train street” on Instagram, but did you know that there’s actually more than one? We visited both, wandering down narrow alleys while the community started its day.
Will, packing for our camping trip to Iceland: "Tent - check. Hiking boots - check. Down sleeping bag - check. Crampons - check. Camping stove - check. Wait - how many ballgowns?!"
Iceland! Realm of magic and mystery and otherworldly scenery, inhabited by elves and trolls and fairy folk. Although our trip was planned somewhat last-minute, I set my heart on making a dress that would reflect the ethereal beauty of the Icelandic landscape - then spent a week individually hand-sewing petals onto lace and tulle. I named it the "Blómafoss" dress, which is "blossom waterfall" in Icelandic.