Faraway Files #61

Faraway Files #61

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How are those 2018 travel plans shaping up?

I’ve realised that we are going to have to be a lot more organised when the twins start school next year so I’m getting in some practice early.

We booked our flights for a big trip to Japan in September. I am so excited – Japan has been on my bucket list for a very long time. We will definitely visit Tokyo and Osaka but I’d like to see some of the more out of the way places and get into nature.

Detailed itinerary planning is underway so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Thanks to everyone who joined our Faraway Files link up last week hosted by Clare and Corey. Their favourites were:

A Hole in My Shoe’s guide to the best places to see in Bali and Dear Mummy’s Game of Thrones extravaganza in Dubrovnik

flamenco street performance seville

I’ve always been fascinated with flamenco, There’s something about the passion and drama of the dancing and music that is almost hypnotic. So when we visited Seville recently I made sure to seek out some performances.

Turns out we didn’t have to go too far as music and dance take place in open spaces throughout the city.

The photo above is one of our favourites from the trip. This dancer had my children transfixed for a long time. They were hooked on the swirling skirts and clicking castanets.

My Faraway Files post this week is my guide to enjoying flamenco in Seville.

Fun fact – did you know that there are more flamenco dance schools in Japan than there are in Spain? Apparently the Japanese are obsessed with this art form

About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World, Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles, Corey from Fifi+Hop and Hilary from HilaryStyle

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets.

Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, Oregon Girl Around the World, HilaryStyle and FiFi+Hop.

✪ This week I’m hosting the link up on Untold Morsels so link up a travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available below to your blog or link back to the hosts.

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  1. 18th January 2018 / 8:21 AM

    I’m heading to Japan this year too and I am just as excited as you are – currently have no plans yet!

    • Katy
      22nd January 2018 / 2:57 AM

      Too hard to decide Connie! I suspect we will make many return visits 😉

  2. Seriously adorable picture of your littles and perfectly captured swish of those amazing skirts! I will admit that right now my children have better travel schedules than I do with one skiing in the Italian alps with his school class and the other headed to Israel later this year! We will head to Riga, Latvia for a long winter weekend in February and we’re looking forward to meeting a new country together! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • Katy
      22nd January 2018 / 2:58 AM

      You’ll need to fix that up Erin although Latvia sounds like a lot of fun. A friend of my parents is Latvian and apparently there’s this huge folk dancing festival there in August. Supposed to be amazing!

  3. 18th January 2018 / 1:26 PM

    Katy, that is SO EXCITING!!! I’m sure you’ll love Japan. Let me know if you have questions or need help with anything, I’d be happy to assist. 🙂 Thanks for hosting the link-up! xx

    • Katy
      22nd January 2018 / 2:35 AM

      Once we have sorted out our rough itinerary I’ll be in touch Nano. It’s soooo hard to choose!

  4. 18th January 2018 / 4:44 PM

    I’ve written a few things on Japan, and it was easily our family’s favorite vacation EVER! I’m very excited for you! We loved our guide in Kyoto, not only was he kind, informative and great with our kids, but we found him through Lonely Planet. Additionally we learned a lot about Japanese customs which made the remainder of our trip that much easier!

    • Katy
      22nd January 2018 / 2:30 AM

      Ooh if you still have the guide’s details do send it through. We are a bit overwhelmed with so many amazing things to do but so excited at the same time. Thanks Hilary

  5. 19th January 2018 / 1:20 AM

    Japan! I lived in Hokkaido for a couple of years and would go back in an instant. Let me know if you head up that way and I’ll give you some ideas, but there is so much to see in the rest of Japan it will be hard to fit it all in.

    • Katy
      22nd January 2018 / 2:19 AM

      Over the weekend we capitulated and managed to agree we couldn’t do it all 😉 I so want to go to Hokkaido and Sapporo but that will have to be kept for another trip sadly.

  6. 19th January 2018 / 4:36 AM

    Your photo of the flamenco dancer in Seville brings back memories. I will make it to Japan one day.

  7. 19th January 2018 / 5:18 AM

    Kyoto is one of my favourite places on earth – def recommend side trips to Nara to see the free-roaming deer, and Kobe, to eat Kobe beef at its source. You could do both places as day trips, or even stop into one on the way into Kyoto, and the other on the way out – that’s how we did it (with a 5 month old baby too)… transit is super easy between all points. 🙂

    • Katy
      22nd January 2018 / 2:15 AM

      Thanks for those great tips Shelley. Kyoto, Nara and Kobe are definitely on our list. It’s becoming too hard to choose actually so we are already thinking we’ll go back next year 🙂

  8. 22nd January 2018 / 7:08 AM

    Seville is on the top on my wishlist, I really want to visit this wonderful city and of love to watch flamenco dancer

    • 24th February 2018 / 2:44 PM

      It’s well worth making the time – we were transfixed

  9. 28th January 2018 / 6:00 PM

    I’m glad you’re visiting Japan! You’ll have a blast there! I’ve written a few of the things to try in Tokyo and a guide of must do and eat on my blog. Feel free to check them out. If you want to experience Japanese Hot Spring culture, you could take a day trip via bullet trian to Kinosaki Onsen Resort Town from Osaka and get pampered. Have fun!

    • Katy
      30th January 2018 / 11:51 PM

      Thanks so much – I am absolutely desperate to try that onsen now! Great posts 🙂