Monthly Archives: July 2010

Fish breakfast, sailor suits and tourist geisha…our first day in Kyoto

We got off at our stop and trekked up a long, sloping street to the temple. Some Japanese students in sailor uniforms (or sailor suits as we call them from watching too much Fruits Basket) greeted us in English as we grabbed a drink from a vending machine (again, one of many in Japan). Continue reading


To Kyoto we go…

The 10:30 took us to Kyoto in no time at all. The landscape took a different form. There were more suburbs but more trees and hills, it was a refreshing change from concrete and glass. Continue reading


Fish, ferris wheels and a fried egg…our last day in Osaka

Osakans certainly love their food, and after reading the history of the area it is hard not to see why. There is a local saying…Kyoto is the place to ‘shop till you drop’ (kidaore), Osaka is where you ‘eat till you drop’ (kuidaore).
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Ema boards and sake

We started the day early again as we left the room around 8:30 and headed down to the hotel lobby to send a quick email home. Our first port of call was literally right behind our hotel.   If you … Continue reading

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Osaka, our home for the next four days…

The verdict…well lets just say I had one and my fiance had seven, despite the bright purple tentacle which flopped out on to the table.
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Osaka…the beginning

As the train zips through to Namba, we are amazed at the amount of what can only be described as ‘mini farms’ which are full of fresh produce and flowers. Continue reading

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