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Asia » Japan » Kyoto October 29th 2009

Day 8 - Temples, Shrines, Temples, Shrines... Last night we checked into K's House Kyoto which is close to the train station in the south side of Kyoto. We dropped our bags off and headed to down town Kyoto and walked millions of miles up and down streets of restaurants, stalls and shops. Up early as usual with a big day planned. We first headed down to Kyoto station and got a train to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shire with their 4km of red tori gates. "The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through hills behind Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. The walk around the upper precincts is a pleasant day hike. It also makes for a delightfully eerie stroll in the late ... read more
Fushimi Inari Shine
Man power
Bamboo groove

Asia » Japan » Nagano October 29th 2009

h2Day 6/7/8/h2 A few hours on the train north to Nagano where the 1998 Winter Olympics were then another hour on a private train and we landed in rainy Yudanaka. It is a sleepy little town, but beautiful! We stayed at the Shimaya Ryokan which was a traditional family run hotel with it's own onsen. Our room was traditional with tatami mat floors and rice paper walls. It's all quite low and Chris was banging his head on the ceiling every few minutes. Because it was raining when we arrived we chilled in our room and then went for dinner at this place called Asashinaya at our hotel man's suggestion. The staff were so nice and we had a big meal with even bigger beers. They gave us this little wooden plaque as a gift for ... read more
Nagano Olympics
Making soba noodles
Shimaya Ryokan, Yudanaka

Asia » Japan » Tokyo October 22nd 2009

DAY 1/2 So, we've had our first full day in Japan and I think we've walked a million kms! Last night we landed at Narita airport at 8pm local time after 7 hours flying. We got the local Keise line into to aoto station then got the subway to Kuramae station. We had to check in by 10pm and we made it just in the nick of time. Our hostel K's House was about 5min walk from there. Our little 8 bed dorm was full so we decided to go for a walk up the road to find some dinner. We ended up at this cool place where you use like a ticket machine to order your food then they bring you the raw ingredients and you cook it at your own station. So fun...and so ... read more
Cook it yourself dinner
Old vs New

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi April 5th 2009

Em and Chris go to IndiaDelhi 8.5 hour flight from London Heathrow to Mumbai International Airport. After a 5 hour delay in Mumbai spent in the Jet Airways VIP Lounge drinking and eating what ever we wanted (which wasn’t much), we finally boarded our connecting 2 hour flight to Delhi. Karan met us at the airport with a car and driver he’d hired. 23 hours after leaving our ex-home at Hollybush St in London, we pulled into our new home for the next few weeks in Gurgaon, 1 hour south of central Delhi. After rounds of hugs and kisses we were presented with the famous mama Sweety’s butter chicken. Karan had been talking this dish up for years, and it was as good as he’d promised it would be. She also made paneer (cottage cheese) saag ... read more
Chillies and Spices
Wild elephant - Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin February 12th 2009

East side vs. West side ... learning the story We stayed at the St Christopher's Inn hostel where we drank 2 euro jagaers, beer from steins and dined on curry weaners! We went on a free walking tour of Berlin. Our guide was a young lady, and she was really good and told some interesting stories: We start off at the symbol of Germany: the Brandenburg Gate. From there we follow the line of the Wall, through the former Nazi Government District to Checkpoint Charlie. After a coffee break, we head through the 1920s Cabaret Mile and over Berlin’s grandest square – Gendarmenmarkt – to Museum Island. The tour concludes in the beautiful surroundings of the Lustgarten – the old royal gardens – in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from some of the ... read more
Brandenburg Gate
Berline Dome
Soviet and America

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam February 10th 2009

Red lights, Canals, Clogs, Bicycles and Buds We flew to Amsterdam early Sunday morning. You can get into town from the airport via train. We had already booked accommodation at this rad hostel called The Flying Pig. They have queensize bunks which is great! They were so comfy and so roomy after normally snuggling together on a single bunk bed! After dropping our backpacks off at the hostel we decided to explore on foot in the freezing (but for a little while sunny) conditions. Stopping at a nice 'normal' coffee shop to warm up was really nice as it was right next to this bridge and it was all sunny and people where riding past on their bikes. The dutch always serve a bit of ginger cake or ginger biscuit with coffee. After warming our bellies ... read more
The Heineken Experience
Van Gogh
I am amsterdam

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 7th 2009

Christmas at Club Hollybush was a success filled with load of homecooked goodness, including rumballs. English people do not know what rumballs are...we've decided Aussies have rumballs and Pomms have Mince (fruit) pies. Leah and our Indian friend Karan and his mate Shitij came round. A pancakes and champagne breakfast was followed by present opening. Then we made chicken roulades and a vegetarian strudle for lunch. The afternoon was spend drinking mulled wine, smoking the sheesha and picking at a cheese platter with homemade cheese sticks. Dinner was a gigantic beef wellington with roasted vegetables and red wine, which Chris accidently spilled into the serving dish!! At this point we were too full to move so we watched the movie 'Elf' with Will Farrell and then had a bit of Christmas pudding! On the 29th we ... read more
Chicken Roulades
Chris carving up the wellington
Merry Christmas!

The weekend Leah, Lauren, Chris and Emily hired a car and drove to the English countryside. We first stopped in at Oxford to see the university and have some lunch. We then headed up to Moreton-in-Marsh. It was freezing and so foggy. Looking out the window all you could see was white from about 5m. Each village is so quaint and cute and have the coolest names. They are all from Roman times. We also checked out Stow-on-the-Wold. There are cute little markets and shops scattered around. We went into this old toy shop and the man turned on this big automated puppet show with heaps of different cartoon characters. We spent the night in a B&B in Burton-on-the-Water. There is a river that runs through the town with little bridges crossing over. They call it ... read more
Here come the girls

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice October 20th 2008

Venice The City of Bridges...what an marvellous place! ... read more
Cab rank
Due macchiato per favour
Carnivale masquarade outfits

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre October 18th 2008

We took the train from Florence to Pisa, where we got out and took the mandatory few photos of the Leaning Tower (but not before getting lost!). We then went to La Spezia then on to the breath-taking Cinque Terre which means literally mean '5 lands'. The five downs are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We stayed in an hared aparment with Riomaggiore. The whole area is a protected national park so no cars are allowed. There is a train that goes up and down the coastline or you walk. Even to walk between villages you need to purchase a pass. The area is known for it's pestos and for olives and grapes (namely white wine).... read more
Skydiver and Rock sculpture
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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