Kyoto is a city that doesn’t need much of an introduction. The old capital and center of traditional culture in Japan, also a traveler’s must see destination.
Day 1 – 28.7.2017
As my first Kyoto trip I decided to explore southern Kyoto, Fushimi Inari and the surrounding area including Tofukuji Temple. Technically less than an hour away from Osaka, but choosing the right trains does play a big part in that… Not noticing to check whether I stepped into a local train or a rapid train I had to change trains multiple times to finally arrive at my destination at a reasonable time. But now I know to pay attention to this small detail. Read more
Kobe, a city less than an hour away from Osaka by train, tucked away between a mountain range and the sea with lots of former foreign settlements. It really reminded me of Qingdao with its European influenced architecture and seaside parks and boulevards. It makes for a perfect day trip from Osaka.
After an eventful journey from Qingdao to Osaka, I was finally in Japan. I had quite high expectations and I can’t say I’ve been disappointed so far. Everyone is super nice and polite, the streets are clean and safe, and the food! The food is just simply delicious, no matter what and where I eat. And yes, there are vending machines absolutely everywhere… But what’s up with the lack of free WiFi at restaurants or even et McDonald’s and Starbucks?
The weather was getting hotter and I was getting more tired of it. My skin was irritated and burning and was showing no signs of improving. We decided to head to Central Park to find a place with less traffic and more space and fresh air.
Central Park views
Pokemon GO was a surprisingly convenient travel partner!
It was the day to explore Philadelphia. First target on our list was The Liberty Bell and The Independence Hall. We got the car parked in the visitor center and headed for the Bell. I wasn’t expecting to be waiting in line to see the bell but I should have known better. Luckily it was free admission and a few minutes of waiting. A good time to catch some Pokemon while waiting.
Starting another unbelievably hot day we head back to the city to take another chance on the sights that were closed on Sunday. The first stop was The Library of Congress.And as it happens, the doors were open today! Going through the security check we enter the lobby wich is already more than I expected. The building is amazingly detailed and beautiful as well as clean and in great condition all over. In addition to the lobby we checked out the Thomas Jefferson’s library, the main reading room and of course the gift shop.
We found a great breakfast from The Corner Bakery & Cafe in Arlington, right next to a metro station. So perfect food and a perfect spot. I got the smoked bacon power flat, wich was a flatbread filled with scrambled eggs, melted cheese and bacon. As a side I chose to have the fresh fruit salad. The portion size was just right for me and the dish was very tasty and the place was pretty affordable.