After a Western style lunch we drove to Hakone Park which was nestled in the caldera of an ancient volcano and is famous for its hot springs and hiking trails through the tall Pampas grass.  Hakone was also a crucial checkpoint in feudal times to maintain law and order.
Our group …

28 July 2015  Uncategorized

On our 2 hour bus ride along a super expressway to Mt. Fuji, our guide, Hiro, was full of interesting trivia:  fir trees created a lot of pollen causing “polinosis” (allergies); Japan is a stretched out version of California; favorite foods of Japanese people are barbequed eel and green tea; …

14 July 2015  Uncategorized

When we strolled through the Imperial Palace East Garden, the site of the old Edo Castle, we saw some of the same stone walls still standing since 1457.  Several moats used to surround the palace grounds before  reclamation of Tokyo Bay began and now there’s a plethora of high rise …

3 July 2015  Uncategorized

Day 1 ..continued.  As we drove by the National Diet Building (the Japanese House of Parliament), Mr. Sato noted that there was very little crime in Japan and the policemen don’t wear guns; however, the riot police are always on duty which made me wonder.
Tokyo started as a fortress on …

12 June 2015  Uncategorized

Visiting Mt Fujiyama in Japan has been on my “Must-See” destination list for a long time, so I was delighted when I was able to arrange a 2 day visit to Tokyo that included a tour to Mt. Fuji as well.
Day 1 – Full of sightseeing and walking in Tokyo …

2 June 2015  Uncategorized

The tour bus guide pointed out sacred sites and shared the uses of flora and fauna as we drove around Uluru.  We also took guided walks into a Multijulu waterhole and viewed Aboriginal rock paintings before we visited the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where we read about the Tjukurpa.  This …

25 May 2015  Uncategorized

Because it tsained and thundered during the night, we were apprehensive about our “Sunrise” tour of Uluru; however, we were up at 4 AM and hoped for the best.  By the time we arrived at our viewing site, the rain had stopped and we had magnificent sights of the Red …

15 May 2015  Uncategorized

Following the appetizers of our “starlight” dinner, our guide led uson a narrow path over some sand dunes to a sheltered alcove where a sumptuous Northern Territory buffet feast of barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and exotic desserts waited for our whetted appetites.  The guest astronomer spoke to each …

6 May 2015  Uncategorized

Our first event was a “Sounds of Silence” dinner to enjoy the setting sun behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and do some star gazing; however, it was overcast and the wind was blowing.  Not to worry.
Even though our “starlight” dinner was obscured by clouds and there was …

26 April 2015  Uncategorized

As our plane approached Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia, we could see the world’s largest sandstone monolith commanding the surrounding Outback desert.  Geologists estimate that 400 million years ago this massive formation was pushed and twisted to its present majestic state.
November, and it was 107 degrees, so we were extremely thankful …

12 April 2015  Uncategorized
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