I had a wonderful long weekend in Milan. Since it was my third time in this city, I didn’t feel like a tourist. The purpose was spending time with my sister and cheering her up before her thesis work presentation. She had become quite the local in her two years here, so was well-prepared when finding nice restaurants and cafes.
We are leaving for Thailand tomorrow!
We managed to apply for a UK visa this summer and got our 2-year visas last week. We have packed and are leaving for London today.
We had two days left in Tokyo before we got back to Sweden. We wanted to stay in a memorable place this time, so we booked New Otani Tokyo, which is a very old and famous hotel in Tokyo. It had a beautiful garden and beautiful old rooms.
Gion is the most attractive region in Kyoto. The beautiful small streets of Gion have traditional Japanese houses on both sides. I mentioned before that it is the traditional region which is famous for Geishas. It is actually the region that inspired the famous novel “Memoirs of a Geisha” (1997). [Read more]
We took the train from Kyoto and spent half a day in Osaka. It is the third largest city in Japan; very different from Kyoto, and I think it’s more like a smaller version of Tokyo.
Yoyogi is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo with a 550,000 sqm area. When you walk into the park from Yoyogi metro station, there is a very long path crossing the park until Harajuku. Along this path it is possible to see the huge ‘sake’ barrels on the left side, which are kept there as a memorial of Meiji, and the wine barrels on the right side that are presents from France to the Meiji family.