Tuesday, 16 October 2018

TUESDAY 16TH - LAST DAY


 
As you may have gathered, not much happened yesterday. We were proposing to go to the nearby Maritime Museum before heading to the airport but it was closed so our only activity yesterday was a slightly more wide ranging walk around Daiba, the area where our hotel is located.

After an uneventful transfer to the airport and a seven hour flight, we arrived here in Singapore at about 2:00am this morning.
 
 
Today we headed off to master the Singapore rail system which we successfully did and spent most of the day giving Gardens by the Bay a thorough workover.
 
 
We are now waiting to board our final flight, our 14th in the last eight weeks and expect to arrive in Brisbane at 6:00am tomorrow.


As I have said on a number of occasions, what a fabulous adventure we have had. It will be hard to beat.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

SUNDAY 14TH - THE WEDDING




The Oberg wedding is the reason that we are here. We can't show you any photos of the wedding because we weren't there. We had the great privilege of looking after Bella while Andy and Heidi went to the post wedding celebrations.


This morning, we went exploring the local area. We came across what appears to be a giant transformer which was to perform at 1:00pm. I duly went back to see the transformation at 1:00pm but it was a complete fizzer. There was some impressive music, some minor movement and flashing lights but nothing of significance occurred. A complete fizzer.

Tomorrow we head for our last stop, Singapore before our final flight to Brisbane overnight on Tuesday.

As I have said on a number of occasions, what a fabulous adventure we have had.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

SATURDAY 13TH - KAMAKURA AND ENOSHIMA

 

Today we headed of on our organized tour with Mika, the very competent English speaking guide who was extremely informative, not only in relation to our destinations but also every region we passed along the way.

Our first stop was the quaint town of Kamakura, a town on the coast south west of Tokyo. We were only just off the freeway when we found ourselves in extremely narrow streets with quaint houses. We were there to visit he Jomjo-ji Temple where we were treated to a Japanese Tea Ceremony. By remarkable coincidence, we bumped into somebody on the same tour that had taught with Trish at Aquinas in the 1970's.

 

From there we moved on to the Hokoku-in Temple where he features of note where a bamboo planation and some caves dug by the samurai some hundreds of years ago.


We then went to the Kotoku-in Temple and the Great Buddha, said to be the second largest buddha in Japan.

 
After a Japanese lunch, we moved on to Enoshima an island just off the coast where we experienced even more temples and views of the Pacific Ocean.


Tomorrow should be a little less hectic. Our principal commitment is to look after Bella while the wedding festivities take place.

Friday, 12 October 2018

FRIDAY 12TH - DISNEY WORLD


 
We had our first experience of a Disney Theme Park today. Very impressive but very crowded. The worst we saw was an 82 minute wait to get into Pooh's Hunny Hunt. Needless to say, we didn't join the queue. Interesting though that the sign was in English. Most, as you would expect, were in Japanese.
 
 

 
Andy and I happened to fluke only a 15 minute wait for the Star Wars experience so we took advantage of that.  Very well done. I am not sure whether it can be said that Bella enjoyed herself but she was very relaxed most of the time. 
 
 

One very quirky thing we saw a lot of were numerous people who couldn't find somewhere to sit to eat their lunch just sitting on the ground in the middle of the walkways. Obviously an acceptable practice organised by the staff.

Below is the view from our hotel window. Never a dull moment out there.


Day trip tomorrow to a mystery destination organised by Heidi. It will no doubt be interesting.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

THURSDAY 11TH - TOKYO



 A fairly easy day today at the after our eleven hour flight yesterday. We are comfortably settled in at the brilliantly located Grand Nikko Hotel at Daiba.


We refreshed our Tokyo metro skills by finding our way to the famous Shibuya. It must have been a quiet morning because the famous intersection was relatively uncrowded.


This afternoon, we walked to the nearby National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation known as Miraikan. Very impressive.

Andy and family arrive tonight. Off to Disney World tomorrow.

Monday, 8 October 2018

MONDAY 8TH - TRAVELLING


Los Angeles tonight. Japan tomorrow although our eleven and a half hour flight which leaves Los Angeles at 1:15pm tomorrow gets us to Japan at 4:50 pm on Wednesday.




Sunday, 7 October 2018

SUNDAY 7TH - A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE



This morning we had the delightful experience of attending the Ballet Folklore de Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It was a truly energetic and colourful dance and music experience based on the dance traditions of Mexico presented in a most spectacular venue. We were really pleased that we accepted the recommendation to attend it.

To get our daily exercise and as an exercise in navigation, we walked the two kilometres to get back to our hotel where we had a delightfully lazy afternoon.
 
 
One thing we noticed more of when walking were the abandoned buildings, some quite large, which are presumably awaiting demolition following damage caused by the 2017 earthquake. It seems that there is a lot of bureaucracy both in relation to the question of whether some of them were properly built in the first place and in relation to the question of how they are to be demolished. It looks to be a very challenging issue.

LA tomorrow afternoon as we head for phase 5 of our great adventure. What a fabulous experience we have had in Mexico. It would not have been anywhere near as interesting without the company, guidance and assistance of Therese and Mario. We are very grateful to them.