Thursday, 21 May 2015

Photo of the Week - Kyoto Tower


Kyoto Tower is an observation tower at 131m, the tallest structure in Kyoto and the observation deck is at 100m. I did not go up, but you have 360 degree view of Kyoto and the surrounding areas. It is situated opposite Kyoto station and stands on top of a commercial building.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Baden Baden Postcards
















Back in February I went to Baden Baden with a friend Arlene, it was only for a weekend. Baden Baden is a famous spa town in Baden-Württemberg on the banks of the Oos river. It is such a small town in which all the major sites are in walkable distances.

Once settled into our hotel we walked into the town centre, we wondered around the streets taking in the sites. We wanted to visit the Roman bathes, but they only were opened from March onwards. It is very popular still in regards to spa and people coming to recuperate their health, as it has been since the Roman times.

We climbed up to the New Castle and got some fabulous views, then we walked along the river back to our hotel. The walk along the banks of the river Oos was very nice and we could see all the fancy hotels, then we walked through a very nice park, just before we reached our hotel.

Later in the evening we dined in a German restaurant which was good enough, the next day the weather had changed completely to rain and clouds. We decided to go up the MerkurBergbahn, which I already posted about.

For a weekend trip to Baden Baden it is enough, but there are certainly lots of places to visit in the surrounding area to it a longer trip.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Kimono Time!







This lovely lady helped us to find Shinjuku!






During our time in Japan we saw quite a lot of people wearing Kimonos, and to us it was really fascinating to see. I was not really sure if they were wearing the Kimono for a celebration or just some people like to wear them. It did seem like it would be difficult to walk wearing one, as they are tied quite tight and the shoes have that bit like in flip flops for the toes. Having said that presumably they are used to wearing a Kimono and know how to walk properly.

The last five photos were taken at the Meiji-ji Shrine, there seemed to be a few weddings on. I guess they must be used to tourists being at this shrine and taking photos of the many weddings that take place here. This wedding passed like a procession and of course I like many took lots of photos, but the bride did look really amazing.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Photo of the Week - Hello Monkey!


Going a little back in time to Easter Monday to be precise, while my parents were visiting us from Scotland we took a trip to Basel. The main focus of our trip was to visit the Vitra Design Museum, which I already posted about that. Once we did that we went back into Basel for Lunch, then we just wondered around. I even saw a part of Basel that I had never been too, which was a bonus for me! This was a wonderful courtyard surrounded by lovely buildings and this chap too.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tokyo Skytree Tower








One of the many things we did in Tokyo was to go up the Skytree tower! At 634m it is the tallest tower in Japan and the second tallest tower in the world, the first being the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 828m. I went alone as Arlene does not like heights at all.

There are two observation decks at 350m and 450m, I went just to the first one, which as you can imagine gives some fantastic views of Tokyo and the mountains in the distance. If the weather had been clearer I am should I could have seen Mt. Fuji. To get to the second observation decks you can only buy a ticket from the second observation deck.

It was very busy, I went round a few times just talking in the view and sights. I also stopped and had a delicious ice cream too.

It is well worth visiting, of course you must like heights though!!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Photo of the Week - Breaking News: Aliens in Tokyo!


Saw these chaps on our last day in Japan, we were wondering around an area called Nakameguro. In the guide book it said that it was a kind of canal area, it does have that kind of feel to it. Although it is the Meguro river flowing down, well I say river but there was hardly any water there at all!

Down each side of the river there were lots of cool and trendy shops, restaurants and cafes, which were full of people relaxing and enjoying their Sunday. As it was our last day we did not stay too long as we wanted to pack in as much sight seeing as possible, but it was a really nice area to explore!


Sunday, 3 May 2015

An Afternoon in Berne

Berne Cathedral in the distance






Untertörbrücke

Clock Tower (Zytglogge)

Back in February Alessio and I went for an afternoon to Berne, the main reason was to visit the Natural History Museum. It was a nice museum Alessio enjoyed seeing the animals, it did not take long to see all the exhibitions, then we wondered around parts of the city. It had been ages since we had seen the bears, so we headed in that direction. Sadly the bears were not at home (so to speak), but crossing the Nydeggbrücke which takes you to the bear pit you get wonderful views of Berne, the river Aare and rooftops.

The old historic part of Berne is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, its narrow streets, lovely fountains and buildings definitely make this city well worth visiting again and again. I would love to see the Paul Klee Centre and take Alessio to the Animal park Dählhölzli, so I will be going back again.