Taipei

As we drove to Melbourne Airport in my brother’s car we noticed peak hour was just about over. So we arrived in good time to check in just after 7:30pm for our 10:35pm flight direct to Taipei. The flight was about two thirds full and took off a few minutes behind schedule. As late dinner…

Córdoba, day 2

Our second day in Córdoba began with a quick breakfast in a cafe just down the street from our hotel, named Omundo de Alicia. Nice food but the service was very slow. Perhaps they had had a big Saturday night. After that we did some catching up on our washing before walking over to the…

Madrid, day 2.

We were blessed with another fine, sunny day in Madrid. Even though Madrid has many galleries and museums the weather dictated that we should start the day in one of their other beautiful assets, Buen Retiro park. Given the weather we walked from our apartment. We walked through the area around Plaza Tirso de Molina…

Kyoto’s Hōnen-in temple

After leaving Ginkaku-ji we followed part of the tree lined Path of Philosophy alongside a narrow canal down to Hōnen-in temple. The path takes its name from 20th century philosopher, Nishida Kitarō, who often wandered along the path deep in thought. For us, we were deep in concentration as Hōnen-in was allegedly easy to miss. However…

Kyoto

Arrived in Kyoto from Kanazawa mid afternoon after travelling on the interestingly named limited express ‘Thunderbird’. After a visit to the ever helpful Tourist Information Centre we took the subway two stops to place us within a five minute walk of our hotel the Court Hotel. After checking in we decided to go for an…

Kanazawa and Kenroku-en Gardens

Our time in Takayama was over and now we boarded the train heading north to Toyoma and then another to Kanazawa. The journey through beautiful countryside was a pleasure, especially as the trip up to this area had been a rainy gloomy day. Here are a few photos from the train window of the trip. In…