The Story of How I Met Yoko

A few years ago I visited Japan for the first time. One day in Nara, I was admiring a temple when a woman in her 70's approached me and asked, "Would you like to know the story of this place?" I was skeptical. What was the catch?

To my surprise, the woman, Yoko, just wanted to share her love of her city with me, a complete stranger. She believed that in doing this, others would do the same when she travelled, making her feel at ease in a foreign place. Yoko’s guided tour of Nara was magical, offering me a special window into a place I would never have experienced otherwise.

Yoko's philosophy stayed with me even after I returned home, and it inspired me to create this site. And Then I Met Yoko is where I want to share my love for travel through my photography and trip planning, in hopes that it inspires you to travel and pass on your experiences to others. 



Each of my travel guides feature some of my favourite photography, plus helpful tips and itineraries based on my experiences.

I invite you to use the maps to help make the most of your own visit. 


Featured Destinations


Le Gruyère

On a day trip from Montreux I visited the region of Le Gruyère. The day was filled with three of my favourite things: cheese, chocolate and châteaus.


A Visual Travel Guide to the Faroe Islands

A Visual Travel Guide to Japan



Post: Savannah, Georgia

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Learn more about Natasha Lequepeys - travel photographer and content creator for And Then I Met Yoko

About Me and My planninG PHILOSOPHY 

I’m a Canadian gal and self-taught travel photographer. It took one trip to India to make me realize I wanted to be behind the camera, not in front of it.

When I’m not travelling, or binging on Game of Thrones reruns (Jon Snow knows everything) I’m planning my next trip.

You see, here's the thing with trip planning. If you don't do some initial research, there's a ton you can miss out on or God forbid, eat a bad meal.

Want to learn more about me and my planning philosophy?

About Natasha Lequepeys trip planning philosophy

Custom Travel Itineraries and Brand Partnerships

Travel is sacred. It takes forever to plan, uses precious vacation days and then, “poof”… it’s over.

If you’re busy and looking for someone to help create your perfect travel itinerary, then give me a shout.

If you need travel photography, editorial or are interested in a brand partnership, I would love to hear from you.


Blog Posts

Sometimes I’ve got more to share than can fit in my travel guides - that’s what my blog is for. Here you’ll find everything from unique experiences, to travel learnings, food guides and photography tips. 

All with my own honest and open thoughts and opinions. 


Featured Posts