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February 18, 2020

Stumbling upon temples tucked in nook of this bustling city.

February 17, 2020

Quick one week jaunt to Taiwan for February school break, having purchased a non refundable ticket well before the Coronavirus!.

Anyway with a backpack full of face masks and hand sanitizer I'm off. 5 movies and a few can naps made the flight go rather quickly...

August 6, 2019

I'm back!!! (did my first post on Basel in December 2018, this time a summer visit!)

Basel's position astride the mighty Rhine has contributed to its growth as a key trade and transport hub, storybook architecture and the cleanest city ever!

One of the attractions of the...

April 30, 2019

Got the chance to book advance tickets to the Yayoi Kusama Museum which was amazing. I have been teaching her work to my students for years!

She is the master of dots! This was the first work I had seen of her!

The museum, in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood ,is a very slick...

April 28, 2019

Back in London for a few days now and I must say I am a bit obsessed about my trip to Japan. What an amazing country. It was lots to process in a short time.  Tokyo was so sprawling and hard to figure out, although there were little pocket neighborhoods that are quiet...

April 23, 2019

As you probably know, I love to cook and eat! 

I have never been a fan of ramen noodles - we know then as the little block of dried noodles with a flavor pack, just add hot water and eat.... NO.

So here I am in Japan, home of ramen noodles and come to find out it is near...

April 19, 2019

This was the delicious breakfast at Tsukyia B&B in Kyoto

Set out for 2 sights today, Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto built in 1165. It’s one of the most popular tourists destinations in Kyoto.  There are 1,001 human-sized statues in total and each...

April 18, 2019

With some advance planning and passes, took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, less than 3 hours.

(cleaners, women in pink, men in blue!) waiting to board incoming train for quick cleaning)

"the stations are so clean you could eat off the floor!"

Arrived ! Found an amazing place to...

April 16, 2019

ah, so, ..Japan and toilets, apology as some of you are grossed about this subject...

So, it seems there are quite a range here from what you hear about and see in this blog post. and things you will never see in the United States. 

So, sometimes, we have this.......

April 16, 2019

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