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Takayama Matsuri Festival

JAPAN | Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [7]

WE JUST REALIZED WHY WE SKIPPED TAKAYAMA in 2014.  The Takayama Matsuri, one of the three most popular festivals in Japan, was going on while we were in the area.  I don’t recall trying but I am sure we couldn’t have gotten reservations ... Read more >


Hida Takayama

JAPAN | Monday, 19 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [7]

I HAVE TO WONDER HOW WE MISSED HIDA TAKAYAMA last time.  It is arguably one of the top destinations in Japan, even if there isn’t a festival going on.  Takayama sits on the shoulders of the Japanese Alps and at 550 meters elevation, ... Read more >


Photos: Takayama

JAPAN | Monday, 19 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery


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Imperial Gardens of Tokyo

JAPAN | Sunday, 18 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [16]

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SEEMED LIKE GOOD days for walking in the Imperial Palace Gardens and Shinjuku Gyoen, two wonderful havens in sweltering Tokyo.   The Imperial Palace Gardens are the site of the former Edo Castle’s main defense circle and ... Read more >


Tokyo Metro

JAPAN | Friday, 16 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [36]

YOU CAN GET ANYWHERE IN TOKYO ON THE METRO for only a couple hundred yen.  It’s certainly faster and it may be cooler than walking but you miss so much on the train.  Take today, for instance.  We decided to walk in the opposite ... Read more >


Making headway to Florianópolis

USA | Friday, 16 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [47]

August 15th 2019  Moods change like the weather -while touring, the weather and the moods are even more unpredictable it seems. It’s getting warmer and that helps. We also took a little shortcut on a gentle dirt road in a most beautiful ... Read more >


There will be days like this....(heading east from Iguaçu to Florianópolis)

USA | Friday, 16 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [41]

....when we keep going and going and don’t seem to be able to find a right place for the night...and we keep going some more...another uphill..way too steep with pot holes to balance around and trucks to avoid ..another downhill ...there is a village ... Read more >


Photos: Tokyo

JAPAN | Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery


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Tokyo National Museum

JAPAN | Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [39]

AFTER 32 DAYS ABOARD, HALF OF THEM AT SEA — plus the 3 weeks aboard in April —Maasdam felt almost like home, not that we would know what that "home" is.  Still, we gladly hopped on the train from Yokohama to Tokyo’s Ueno Station ... Read more >


A Safe Harbor in Yokohama

JAPAN | Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [30]

THE CAPTAIN INFORMED US THAT OUR VISIT to Hakadote would be an abbreviated one; 9AM until 3PM instead of the scheduled 10PM departure.  It looked like Krosa would hit Tokyo early on the 14 th and he wanted the Maasdam tied up and battened ... Read more >