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G'Day

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | Views [335]

Took a flight through the night, and a separate journey through the maze of inspections issued by Australian immigration, customs and security - serious stuff, intended to keep out all undesirables, from dodgy fruit to foreign wood (!) to all sorts and ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Two-Storey Trams

HONG KONG | Sunday, 15 Jul 2007 | Views [453] | Comments [2]

Hong Kong has the world's only two-storey trams, a trip on one of which will cost you no more than 20 of your Euro cents. Given that it was Sunday, and the locals were in chill out mode by unusually having picnics on the streets, we took to the trams ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Hey Buddha Buddha

HONG KONG | Saturday, 14 Jul 2007 | Views [463]

What'll we do today? Em, he replied, how about a short trip over to see that 23 metre tall statue of a sitting Buddha. Two boat trips and a long bus trip (all packed into a mere two hours) later we reached said statue - took a few snaps, got an ice cream, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Parks and Peaks

HONG KONG | Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | Views [416]

The view from the peak of the highest mountain on Hong Kong island really can't be done justice in a photograph (although our effort is provided above). It truly presents a spectacular image of the city and surrounding areas and demonstrates simultaneously ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | Views [414] | Comments [1]

Early mornings and airports - in fairness, neither of us were ever meant to have to endure the two together. Regardless, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 5:30 am (yes, such a time really exists) and set forth to the airport ranked as the world's number ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


A Walk in the Garden

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | Views [468]

Sir Thomas Raffles, of hotel fame from yesterday's posting, was the founder of the city of Singapore, and is given tribute with monuments and placenames throughout the whole of this small country. One of his achievements, apparently, was the establishment ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Raffles Hotel, Singapore

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | Views [473] | Comments [2]

By far, the best thing about yesterday was having dinner and drinking a famous Singapore Sling in Raffles Hotel.  We took two bus tours around Singapore yesterday, from north to south and then from east to west.  It's a lovely city.  We were hungry after ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Shopping in Singapore

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | Views [475]

We bought so much yesterday.  We woke up and decided to take it easy.  The hotel has a swimming pool and tennis courts, but we needed to buy runners for tennis.  The concierege directed us across the road to a shopping mall.  We thought finding runners ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


Not too shabby

SINGAPORE | Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | Views [427]

Today we travelled for the entire day to get from Tokyo to current home in the 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore. Let me tell ya, these folks know how to treat a honeymoon couple - benefits left right and centre - none better than the upgrade to ... Read more >

Tags: Airports


Japanese Baths

JAPAN | Saturday, 7 Jul 2007 | Views [2070] | Comments [3]

Japanese baths are amazing.  We decided to take it easy today.  We took the Yurikamome Line (an elevated train line) to one of Tokyo's baths, Ooedo-onsen Monogatari.  The journey was great, we got to see a side of Tokyo we hadn't been to yet and the ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Night-time in Ginza

JAPAN | Friday, 6 Jul 2007 | Views [569]

Nothing much to report from today - we traveelled back from Kyoto after being based there for four days, and then just headed out to Ginza for a civilized night on the town - picture Ballsbridge rather than Temple Bar. Anyhow, the nightline of late night ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Hiroshima

JAPAN | Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | Views [451]

The picture above shows, what was until 6th August 1945, the Industrial Promotion Hall for the Hiroshima province (or prefecture as it is known locally). Since then it has become known coloquially and subsequently, officially, as the A-Bomb Dome .... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Thank God for Bus Tours

JAPAN | Wednesday, 4 Jul 2007 | Views [472] | Comments [2]

Thank God for bus tours.  Kyoto is too big to navigate in one day and it lashed rain.  We left our umbrella at the second place we visited and didn't come across anywhere to buy a replacement until our last stop.  So we got a bit wet. We really did ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Oh Deer

JAPAN | Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | Views [456]

Our adventure today took us to Nara - a 45 minute Shinkansen trip from Kyoto - our current base. The very helpful lady in tourist information plotted a four hour walking tour for us, which we followed with primary school obedience, leading us through ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Kyoto

JAPAN | Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | Views [387]

The guidebook tells you that Kyoto doesn't make a great first impression - true. You land in the middle of an area that looks not entirely unlike - er, well, any suburb of Dublin you wouldn't go to unless you fell asleep on the Nitelink. Walking around ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Shrine Time

JAPAN | Sunday, 1 Jul 2007 | Views [482]

How many temples and shrines can you see in a day? More than you'd think - more, in fact, than you'd want to think about. Nikko is a town to the north of Tokyo that did, in the past, house a Buddhist training centre, and retains to this day some wonderful ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


An Sasanach

JAPAN | Saturday, 30 Jun 2007 | Views [642]

The Asakusa area of Tokyo is famous for its Buddhist Temple and its buzzing markets - not a bad way to start the day then. Better still, rather than take the train back downtown, we were able to take a river cruise south along the Sumidagawa River which ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Rain

JAPAN | Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | Views [424] | Comments [1]

After a late breakfast we decided the take the metro to Ueno, the biggest park in Tokyo.  Like Phoenix Park, Ueno is the home of the city's zoo.  This was our first port of call.  Half way during our visit it started to lash rain.  Instead of going back ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


And on the seventh day...

JAPAN | Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | Views [475] | Comments [1]

Today was a chill out day - one week exactly from the wedding we decided to do no more than wander through Tokyo. The heat, however, meant that this wander was anything but chilling. We got to see the Imperial Palace (grounds) and the Japanese Parliament ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Mount Fuji

JAPAN | Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 | Views [379] | Comments [1]

Today saw us visit Mount Fuji, Japan's most significant physical landmark, located about an hour to the south of Tokyo. Travelling by bus, with a slection of international tourists and locals brave enough to take a day off work, we climbed about half ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


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