Shinkansen Express

On Wednesday we left Toyko by bullet train for Kyoto.   The shinkansen train was very comfortable and quiet and it was a pleasant 2 hour ride for the 302 mile journey.  Over the rooftops we were able to get a view of My. Fuji in the distance about half way. Upon arrival we checked into out postage stamp hotel room …

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The zen of Kenninji…

Kenninji has an amazing zen rock garden.  Probably myfavorite of my visit to Kyoto.  I wish I had time to just sit and enjoy it but J was waiting outside so no dice. Once inside I of course sought out the goshuin window.  They took my book and gave me a number to come back and collect my book later.  …

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Kinkakuji – the golden pavilion…

Kinkakuji ia one of those places where you really have to visit when in kyoto.  Its a great site with a lot of options for taking pictures, mainly of the same thing. But really where else do you get to see gold buildings?  Not nearly often enough is the answer. Lots of people and tours here bit it was small …

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Fall colors of Eikando…

One of the busiest places we’ve been in kyoto. Was Eikando temple. This is a very large temple with a central complex that wraps around several gardens and has various levels. It is renown for its fall colors, amd for good reason. Fall colors amd picture taking here in kyoto is like black Friday at walmart though. I walked through …

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Admiring the fox at Fushimi Inari…

Hiking isnt a thing that I do too often. And I guess I cant really call what we did today hiking really since we decided not to go to the top of mt. Inari. Since we’ve got a ton of walking in Japan planned and need to cover some miles both in and between temples. Anywho fushimi inari was the …

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Tokyo National Museum…

Today was a day of local culture.  But even that included some visiting impressionist art.  But again there were no photos. We took the subway back up to Uneo in order to visit the Tokyo National Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan art museum.  Both were in or right next to Uneo park so they were easy to find and get …

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First day in the Land of the Rising Sun…

Well here we are in Tokyo. It took a bit of effort to get everything we needed from the airport. We had purchased a pocket Wi-Fi thingy that allow unlimited data use. Which has been working splendidly until it ran out of electricity. But picking it up required us to cross the entire airport. So a long walk. Then we …

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Montenegro

Blog posts are hard to get up with limited internet. Here are some highlights from Kotor, Montenegro. The area, a stunning horseshoe harbor with sleepy towns around the ring. We took a boat tour from out of Kotor to the man made island of Our Lady of the Rocks, with a blue domed church and the town of Perast were …

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Under Slovenia…

So this was the shortest day on-shore during the entire cruise vacation at just a bit over 5 and a half hours. We spent the majority of our time in Slovenia underneath it in the Prodjama cave.  This is a very large cave system and the amount of infrastructure put in place to support visitors is quite impressive. First off …

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Split, Croatia…

Today we walked off the boat in Split, Croatia. Another warm and sunny day we stilled our way into town past a very large number of yachts on one side of the street (with no railing on the water side of the street) and vendors sellimg just about everything on the other side. Our first stop was really our only …