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Looong time no see!!

Taj Mahal

Yes, my trip to India ~ what an AMAZING adventure that was --> another story for another time ~ lead into another trip to Thailand (picture is of "James Bond Island")

James Bond Island

so I have been away for quite a while, as you well know.

I hope you have been surviving well through the cold weather here - snow 'n ice = brrr - Thailand was 35C NICE :-)))

I will start to write about my travel adventures and share some of the wonderful sights in India and Phuket ~ until then . . .

Kasukabe Festival ~ THAT was a fun time!!


A brief video of the numerous OMIKOSHI (portable Shinto shrines) and many people enjoying this year's festival!
Longer video here; https://www.dropbox.com/s/v97h484gjn4u3zi/2013-07-13%2019.13.36.mov
If you haven’t been to this festival, it is worth going to ~ now I understand why there were sooooo many people there!

I lost count of the “omikoshi” (神輿 or 御輿 portable Shinto shrine) in the festival. They started carrying them along the route around 6:00pm and it took almost 3 hours before they were all finished! 

The video shows a little of just how many there were, and how many people were there, too.

I started and finished with a quick visit to my friend’s cafe, so it was a great evening.

Do come next year ...

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TOKYO SKYTREE ~ High in the Sky ~



I don’t think you need to guess where I went last week, but if you haven’t been there yet ~ it is a trip worth taking ...

If you have never been up the 350 m lift (or ‘elevator’ if you prefer ‘American’ ;-) and don’t know where the ‘Skytree’ is in Tokyo => just look UP in the sky and you will undoubtedly be able to see it!
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I went with friends, and even though it was the ‘middle of the week’, there was a pretty good crowd (a lot of people). It was a little bit cloudy that day but the view all around Tokyo/Kanto was very spectacular.

Going before sunset is my suggestion; as you get the daylight view, evening view and light-up view of Skytree all-in-one go!!!

Let me know how your experience is/was ...



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Where Have You Been? 7 ~ let’s go to England...

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It is the last day of this week’s “Where Have You Been?” theme, so I think we should make a trip to the good olde country of England ~ especially as that is where I am from, right!?!

No, “霧深のロンドン” does not exist! That is the same as saying “Foggy Tokyo”. Yes, on the outskirts of Tokyo or London near ‘open land’, on occasion you may see bit of fog (on a cold and cloudy morning ~ once in a blue moon) but not everyday, and definitely not in the downtown areas!

Also, the ‘rumour’ that is it always cloudy or raining is not true, either. England is an island (like Japan), so there will be sunny days, cloudy days and days of mixed weather ~ that’s normal.

All right, now let’s get down to business, as such ...

The English countryside is fabulous - just go to the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Bath, Edinburgh, London (Tower of London, London Eye, Movie Tours - see where ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘Notting Hill’ were made), Stonehenge, Chatsworth House, York Minster, Devon and Cornwall, Cambridge, Salisbury Cathedral, Whitby . . .
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There are just waaaaaaay too many places to list and suggest that you go to and see and experience wondrous England ~ have a fantastic time . . .


See more on my Blog “FANTASTIC Off The Beaten Track Travel Spots” 1~7;
http://robinlemare.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-364.html

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Where Have You Been? 6 ~ Caribbean

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This time we are going across the ocean and heading towards the Caribbean...
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The northern islands are lovely - don’t get me wrong - but I personally prefer the incredible views, fantastic diving and fabulous people in the southern islands; Martinque, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada were all amazing!
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One time we stayed in Dr. Doolittle’s Bay (where they filmed the original movie) and another time while walking to the beach, I remember being told to stop for a second as a plane was landing (a small 20-seater), so we had to wait before we could cross the runway and go to the beach.

These and other special experiences make any trip to the Caribbean such a wonderful memory. This is another DEFINITE “I Wanna Go Here” places to add to your list ~



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