Soul of Tokyo – a Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences

SOT 2018A teahouse secreted away behind a flower shop, a Michelin-starred chef who does things like no one else, a Tokyo street-food market, a hidden restaurant in the heart of Shibuya, spending a night on a library bookshelf, drinking the ultimate cocktail, finding a restaurant whose address we won’t tell you, celebrating an “un-birthday” at an izakaya, going for “standing sushi”, getting a massage in a hammock …

Soul of Tokyo is written by Fany and Amandine Péchiodat, the founders of My Little Paris, the influential newsletter-cum-lifestyle brand. Having scoured the depths of Paris for 10 years to share the city’s best-kept secret spots, they now take on another city they love, and where they’ve recently opened an office: Tokyo.

The “Soul of” collection is a new approach to the art of traveling that consists of vagabonding around, chance encounters, and unforgettable experiences. Guides for those who want to unlock the hidden doors of a city, feel out its heartbeat, plumb every last nook and cranny to uncover its soul.

Each guide in the “Soul of” collection includes:
– the 30 best experiences a city has to offer
– interviews with those who give the city its spirit
– illustrations by a local artist

ISBN: 978-2-36195-290-7 — Price: $17.95 – €14,95 – £13.99 — Dimensions: 12.2*18.3 cm

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Unusual Hotels – Europe

Spend the night in the cabin of a dockside crane that you can rotate, in a tent hanging from a tree, in the depths of a salt mine, an igloo, a round house that turns with the sun, a survival pod from an oil rig platform, a giant hamster cage, a coffin, at the top of a lighthouse, in a cider cask, a glass pyramid, aboard a plane, on a private island, in a house anchored to the top of a factory smokestack, in a red cube in the countryside, in a train, a chapel or a prison …

Our selection of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and other unconventional lodgings, the result of five years of research, will let you spend a night unlike any other, which you will never forget.

More than 250 unusual properties, starting at €10 a night.

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Unusual Hotels – France

Spend the night in a tent hanging from a tree, an igloo, a round house that turns with the sun, a giant hamster cage, at the top of a lighthouse, in a cider cask, a glass pyramid, a 2CV car or an English double-decker bus, aboard a plane, in a house anchored to the top of a factory smokestack, in a gypsy caravan, in a luxurious treehouse, in a red cube in the middle of the countryside or at the top of the Pic du Midi in the French Pyrenees …

The result of four years of research, our selection of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and other unconventional lodgings will let you spend a night unlike any other, which you will never forget.

More than 160 unusual places, starting at €10 a night.

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Unusual Hotels – Uk and Ireland

Escaping the mass market to find unusual hotels, bed and breakfast properties as well as holiday lets, this guide lists UK and Ireland properties that provideing value-for-money memories that will last long after the bill has been paid.
Selected from the award-winning online guide, this selection of properties offers unusual and unique accommodation choices for all budgets, from £25 for singles to suites costing more than £550 a night.

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Unusual Hotels of the World

Take your diving gear along to reach an underwater hotel; stay in a disused US Air Force radar tower in the heart of the equatorial rainforest; slide back the roof of your bedroom to gaze at the stars; sleep in the cabin of a dockside crane that you can rotate, or in chalets hidden in the forest, a survival pod from an oil rig platform, a giant shoe, a coffin, lighthouse, tree, plane, train, chapel, prison, igloo, or even a red cube lost in the countryside …

So that you’ll never get bored and spoil your holiday, we’ve taken great pleasure in tracking down and testing in 60 different countries more than 200 hotels that are really out of the ordinary. From 20 euros per night.

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Unusual Nights in Paris

Observe the stars from the top of the Sorbonne, see a film in a private flat, spend an astonishing night in the company of transsexuals, watch lawyers match wits in a debating contest, go for a swim in the nude, crash celebrity parties, listen to a rock group in a squat, cross Paris in a Zodiac boat, meet Master Jodorowsky in person, discover the Bahá’í faith or theosophy, buckle down at a gathering of fetishists, or sleep in the most astonishing hotel rooms in the French capital  … Night-time in Paris has never been so full of surprises, if you know where to go …

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Unusual Shopping in Paris

Have your hair cut on the night of the full moon, take a siesta while shopping, make a cast of your foot, top a birthday cake with your own photo, issue your own stamps, take pictures of your aura, visit a designer at home, join an art gallery open 24/24, buy shoes in a theatre, offer your cat or dog a massage or special cookies, relax in a flotation chamber, try out extraordinary Japanese toilets …
Shopping in Paris has never been so stimulating, although you have to know where to go …
As a change from traditional retailers, here are over a hundred unusual places where you can find really original presents.

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Unusual Wines

Volcanic vineyards listed as UNESCO World Heritage, a “peace wine” blending over 600 varieties from around the world, vines standing 15 metres tall in Italy and Portugal, ice wines from Quebec, a wine from the Gobi desert, Taiwan’s huge yields, harvesting on 31 December, classical music among the vines, a Bordeaux made with dry ice, a sparkling wine for disgorging at home …

This book features the viticultural techniques of many countries; they are far enough off the radar to delight anyone who loves originality and hates standardisation.

Pierrick Bourgault (winner of the 2013 Grand Prix of the Association Française des Journalistes Agricoles) has spent twenty years travelling the world in a quest to unearth dozens of unusual wines. His guide ranges from conventional practices explained in an informative way to the least-known expertise and techniques.

The book covers eight topics:

– Climates

– Terroirs

– Grape varieties

– Work in the vineyard

– Winemaking

– Colour

– Ageing

– Packaging

Available in April 2016.

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