Tag: Travel

Tokyo: this isn't the weather I ordered!

I arrive in Tokyo first thing next Tuesday morning for a holiday with my nephew. While I'm as excited as a toddler at Christmas at the prospect of being back in Japan, a quick look at the long range forecast just now was a bit of a downer. I knew it was going to be ...

Planning for Japan: 2017

It looks like we have a bit of an itinerary for this year's trip to Japan! To avoid overloading ourselves with too many destinations, we've narrowed it down to splitting our time between Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. I'd like to take advantage of the JR Rail Pass and arrange some day trips out of both Tokyo ...

Heading to Japan, 2017 edition

You know, it's never too early to plan our annual trip to Japan. At least that's what we were saying when we started looking for flights to Tokyo on this cold and wet January Sunday morning. After last year's amazing trip, it was pretty much inevitable that we'd have to come back. So we searched ...

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Remembering our last trip to Tokyo this morning…

...such great memories of a fun week in our favourite city. This was located just down the street from our hotel in Shinjuku and we walked past it at least twice a day on our way to and from Shinjuku station. It's time to plan a return visit, I think! Something amazing to look forward to ...

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Seoul in 8 minutes…

I opened iMovie on my MacBook for the first time this morning. I was determined to get to grips with an app that is praised for being easy to use, especially as I've collected lots of video from my various travels. Why not edit them, tidy them up and share them online? Some minor frustrations ...

Soaking up some Shinjuku sunshine

Just an hour until we need to take the bus to Narita Airport and we're soaking up some sunshine in Shinjuku Chuo Park, opposite our hotel.  The skies are so blue and the sunshine so strong, it doesn't feel like November at all. This evening, we fly to Seoul for an overnight at the airport ...

Leaving Tokyo

It's our last full day in Japan today. Tomorrow afternoon we'll leave Tokyo to fly to Seoul for a brief overnight stay at the airport before our flight back to London.  To call this a disappointment would be an understatement. Yes, we've been away for coming up to two weeks and it's been fantastic, but ...

The Finnish connection

I'm writing this approximately one hour out of Seoul, at the end of a pleasant but very sleepless flight from Helsinki. I know from experience that today is going to suck donkey balls from a jet-lag perspective, so it's going to be caffeine and excitement all the way. We flew via Helsinki and I have ...

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Sleepless in Sitges…

I'm back in Barcelona for business today, but spent yesterday afternoon and evening in Sitges, just a little down the coast. What started with a lovely walk by the seafront, followed by some delicious tapas at L'Avinyet, ended with me kept awake half the night due to noisy neighbours in the hotel. It was one ...

Memories of Japan: Dotonbori, Osaka

We last visited Osaka in the Autumn of 2014 and one of my standout memories of the trip is the nightlife around Dotonbori. This compact neighbourhood is just buzzing and characterised by its brightly lit and fairly eccentric restaurant frontages. Many indicate was the restaurant is famous for, but some are harder to decipher if ...