A first overnight stay at a Ryokan at Kanamean Nishitomiya by Relais & Chateaux

A first overnight stay at a Ryokan at Kanamean Nishitomiya by Relais & Chateaux  |  Kyoto, Japan | One of my all time travel bucket lists and dreams, was to stay at a traditional Japanese Ryokan. So when I planed my visit to Kyoto, I made sure that my first night would be spent at one. The one I chose was the Kanamean Nishitomiya by Relais & Chateaux, one of the ryokans which have survived in the modern surroundings of downtown Kyoto. This is the report of my overnight stay indulging in Japanese tradition of hospitality. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading A first overnight stay at a Ryokan at Kanamean Nishitomiya by Relais & Chateaux

Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto

Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto  |  Kyoto, Japan |  During my time in Kyoto, I went off the beaten path, to experience 400 years ago of Japan.  I took part of a Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony at a traditional Japanese house by renown Tea Master Sougo Kobayakawa. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading Private Zen Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto

My Private Koto Class at a Teak House at the gardens of Tokyo National Museum

My Private Koto Class at a Teak House at the gardens of Tokyo National Museum  |  Tokyo, Japan | This is how I spent my afternoon at a Teak House at the lovely gardens of Tokyo National Museum, taking a private class of Koto with this two lovely – and very patient – ladies. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog

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Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session

Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session  | Tokyo, Japan | During my last trip to Tokyo, other than the traditional visit to the Tuskiji Fish Market, the SAKE Tastings, and Tea Ceremonies, one of the most interesting tours I took, was an early morning up-close real SUMO Wrestling Training Session. Expect lots of sweat, tears, screams and yes… some blood. It is indeed a very intense and up-close experience. You may see all my photos and videos from my recent trip to Japan at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog  Continue reading Early morning in Tokyo for an up-close SUMO Wrestling Training Session

Follow my exploration trip of Japan from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Kyoto

Follow my exploration trip of Japan from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Kyoto  | Japan | INSTAGRAM Photo-Album on Japan as I travel from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Kyoto for tips and recommendations. Curating unique hotels, tours, restaurants and experiences towards Tokyo Olympics 2020… Follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on Japan. Follow the link.

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Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016 issue in out and online featuring Myanmar

Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016 issue in out and online featuring Myanmar  | Myanmar | Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016
( http://www.carlosmelia.com/#!cmr-enews-feb-2016/g4deh ) is out and online. This month featuring Yangon, Bagan, Mingun & Mandalay in MYANMAR. Hosted by Belmond Governor’s Residence and Belmond Road to Mandalay. Check it out @ CMR eNew FEB 2016. See you next month with a feature on Miami Beach.

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Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple

Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda TempleAfternoon exploring Old Bagan and  Ananda Temple  |  Bagan, Myanmar  | Off the luxury and comfort of Belmond Road to Mandalay for an afternoon exploring Old Bagan and  Ananda Temple, which ended on a marvelous Sunset gazing over the Archeological Site atop a Pagoda. First we took the small boats off our luxury cruiser, and to the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and a private bus took us to the entrance of Old Bagan. From there we went on a full visit of the Ananda Phaya or Ananda Temple. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar Continue reading Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple

Early morning giving alms to Buddhist Monks in Mandalay

Early morning giving alms to Buddhist Monks in MandalayEarly morning giving alms to Buddhist Monks in Mandalay | MandalayMyanmar | As we docked in Mandalay, marking the end of our 4-nights voyage along the Ayeyarwady River, I think this was my absolute favorite on/off-board experience during my luxury river cruise crossing from Bagan to Mandalay onboard Belmond Road to Mandalay. Early morning watching Mandalay come to life, on our way to Give Alms to the local Buddhist Monks. Continue reading Early morning giving alms to Buddhist Monks in Mandalay

Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

Exploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell  |  Mandalay, Myanmar  |  Early afternoon, just after lunch, and it was time to yet another raw unique experience off-board the comfort and luxury of Belmond Road to Mandalay. This time, as we approached along the Ayeyarwady River to the coasts of the Sagaing Region, we would explore the town of Mingun, located 10km from Mandalay. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo GalleryContinue reading Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site

IMG_7226Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site  |  Bagan, Myanmar  | Morning Biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Sites. One of the many off-board activities in the program of my 4-nights experience onboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury Cruise. It was an early morning and it was sublime. Waking up to see Bagan come to life, was an unique experience. Thanks to our expert local guide, we venture into the Archeological Site and explored beyond the beaten path. It happens that he grew up there, and he was generous enough to share experiences and hidden gems not available to regular tourists – this is the Belmond factor. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo Gallery. Continue reading Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site