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My Tokyo trip

06.01.2015

I took so many shots during my Tokyo trip, it took me forever to sort them out and pick the ones for this post. Some of you already followed my trip highlights on Instagram, but others asked me to share pictures of my trip here on the blog.

The long path to the Meiji Shrine

The long path to the Meiji Shrine

Sankeien Garden, Yokohama

Sankeien Garden, Yokohama

Sankeien Garden, Yokohama | French By Design Sankeien Garden, Yokohama | French By Design

I absolutely adored Japan. I was expecting it to be magical, but it was more than that. Tokyo is such a unique city, from the bustling and crowded neighborhoods [and when I mean crowded, I mean A LOT of people, like Pre-Christmas shopping malls…] to the zen green spots throughout the city.

In contrast, I was amazed by the beauty of nature, and how calming and relaxing it was to just pause, reflect on things, unplug and literally stop the clock. That’s Tokyo for you, from one street block to another, you get from the mega crowd to a haven of peace.

Men in Black, Ginza neighborhood, Tokyo | FrenchByDesign

The busy Tokyo - Ginza neighborhood

The busy Tokyo – Ginza neighborhood

The wonderful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The wonderful and very zen Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden | FrenchByDesign

The Shozo Coffee Store, found by chance while strolling around the Shibuya neighborhood

The Shozo Coffee Store, found by chance while strolling around the Shibuya neighborhood.

I also adored the culture, from the food to the traditional costumes spotted at temples and shrines.

Amazing traditional outfits at the Meiji Shrine. During my visit there, I was able to witness a wedding ceremony.

Amazing traditional outfits at the Meiji Shrine. During my visit there, I was fortunate to witness a wedding ceremony.

Mother and daughter at the Meiji Shrine

Mother and daughter at the Meiji Shrine

My feet and legs were exhausted – according to my Fitbit, I walked more than 20,000 steps a day – but I came back enchanted and eager to go back to show my girls this wonderful country.

Walking in Tokyo | FrenchByDesign My birthday trip to Tokyo | FrenchByDesign

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