Tag Archives: Kyoto

Photographers (everywhere) around the world

We take lots of photos as we travel. And now, in a world filled with cellphones, just about everyone has a camera. It seems that everybody wants to record the special things they see.  But here’s where we’re different. We rarely … Continue reading

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Grab a pencil and check off the list

We’ve traveled (a lot) and know some places (not usually on most people’s radar) that deserve a big shiny star for making their town a better place to be (and worthy of a visitor stopping by). Case in point: Everett, … Continue reading

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Typhoon!

While in Kyoto, Typhoon Man-yi headed our way.  In the evening the winds picked up, and a heavy rain followed. Before we went to sleep, we opened the curtains and looked out at the rapidly rising water in the canal … Continue reading

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Death Defying Leap

The practice is now banned, but, during the Edo Period, to fulfill a wish, people would jump off the veranda of the Kiyomizudera Temple. If they lived, their wish would be granted. 85% survived the 40-foot fall.  As we stood … Continue reading

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(Mis)adventures on our trip to Nijo Castle

Lost!  We were only 2 weeks into our trip, and we lost our little traveling companion, Solbit.  Joe searched everywhere, but the zippered pocket where Solbit resided was wide open.  We were distraught. Solbit came to us unsolicited in an … Continue reading

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Japan is more affordable than we expected

A few years ago, when we were choosing which countries to visit on our round-the-world trip, we decided against visiting Japan.  We were sure that it would be over our modest budget. However, our friend, Stephen, was so enthusiastic about … Continue reading

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