Archives for posts with tag: holiday

The incredible sunrise as we landed back in the UK. And seeing London from the plane. And working out where my house is.

Autumn leaves and a sunny and surprisingly hot walk in the park

My little flat and my fabulous housemate.

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Not really sure what day it is again. But from the last 24 hours…

Lovely shower

Finally made it to a Uniqlo

More new KitKat flavours

Having a seat between us on the flight. It’s so much nicer when you can lie down

Buying our way into the fancy lounge at Ho Chi Minh. ‘Free’ watermelon for daaaaaays

Back to Tokyo. This time I managed to get to a gallery. The wood block one. Absolutely amazing how it’s done.

3D lattes.

Mad Harajuku shops

New KitKat flavours. And lots of cheap socks.

Another Zen dinner

Another Golden Gai drink. This time in Open Book which was so lovely.

Buffet breakfast. Double pancakes.

Pirate ship across the lake.

A lovely walk up and down the 400 year old road, covered in moss.

With a tea stop in an old tea house. Plus rice thing.

The beautiful, peaceful, gorgeous onsen.

The sneaky orgasm.

The tiny cake thing that we watched getting made.

Video calling Jo.

Freddie’s open mouth sleeping. Like Han.

The various travel methods to get from Teshima to Hakone. Walking, ferry, trains, tiny trains, funicular trains and a cable car.

My Michael Bublé joke.

The Story about our Google translate history.

The beautiful onsen. Sitting in the steaming water outside under the stars was lovely.

Buffet. Big huge buffet. With too many desserts.

Wearing the yukata to said buffet. #pantsfreebuffet

The art house on Naoshima that was totally dark but also actually wasn’t. Really cool. Left you smiling and laughing at how your mind and your eyes work.

The ferry across to Teshima.

The adorable tiny cafe for lunch with the vegetarian meal and the creamy vegetables and the fruit because we had no meat.

Hiring electric bikes. It felt so free and fun. And so necessary to have the electric boost!

The red art house with the fish and the mirrored toilet.

But mainly, Teshima Art Museum. I’ve never been to an exhibition or gallery as good in my life. It’s knocked all the rest of them off the top. It was incredible. The size, the shapes, the light, the water and the way it moved. The way it left no trace. It was outstanding.

Discovering our creepy looking hostel is actually an adorable place with a beautiful shower room and a delicious vegetarian dinner. Don’t just a hotel by its run down Soviet looking cover.

Naoshima. The lines, the curves, the light, the galleries, the nature, the cute streets, the heat. It is perfect.

The walk back from the gallery to the hostel.

The crab. Gabby the Crabby.

A carrot and egg sandwich. With raisins.

Koyasan. Beautiful red temples against an unexpected blue sky. Wandering around in the afternoon was pure joy.

Our home for the night – a monestery with a beautiful garden, real paper doors and staffed by monks.

Discovering vegetarian snacks at the 7/11

Our elaborate vegetarian dinner. Numerous bowls of delicious things.

The beautiful onsen. The big wooden bath, the wooden stalls and the bamboo bowls. It’s all lovely.

The sound of frogs and crickets and wildlife in the garden just outside. It feels so lovely and quiet and still up here.

The beautiful fushimi inari. Walking up the mountain under them and taking a hundred photos.

Tame wild deer of Nara. They make funny noises.

The giant golden Buddha

Watching the kids and the teacher scramble through the hole the size of Buddha’s nostril.

Omelette on rice for lunch. Surprisingly delicious.

Delicious rice and soya sauce thing for dinner.

More KitKat flavours!

Kurama and Kibune. Even though Kurama was mostly shut because of the typhoon damage.

The Buddhist lunch. I love soba noodles.

The cute train up to the villages.

Elegant trains.

Spotting an actual geisha.

The beautiful tiny streets with wooden houses and lanterns.

Wandering. Always wandering.

Walking around an art gallery without shoes on. That should be a thing in more places. Plus the little meditation area.

The temple in the dark. Glowing lanterns.

Sushi. I liked it!

A hot gin cocktail.

The tiramisu pancake thing.

Swaying bamboo at the bamboo forest

The golden temple

The buckwheat soba noodles we ate just outside the temple

The beautiful entrance ticket

Wandering in the giant, empty park

Finding green tea KitKat’s

Fig cake

The tiny dog that peed on me

Organic vegetarian meal in a cute restaurant upstairs

Vintage shopping

Just wandering through the streets of Kyoto. It feels a little bit French.

Sunshine! Such blue skies.

The child trolleys in Takayama.

Kyoto. Oh my god. I’m in love. This city is beautiful.

The outrageously beautiful garden outside the restaurant.

The shops filled with gorgeous clothes.

The crunchy chocolate things.

The charcoal incense.

I love this city. I’d like to stay.

Delicious fat toast

Hanging out with Robbie and Matt

The huge old houses in Takayama

Big wild salmon

Floof

The 4th best restaurant in all of Japan. And it was incredible. He made everything infront of us and it was all just perfect.

Ball lols at the café

Waiting for the typhoon to hit from the bar at the top of their hotel.

Bumping into a guy I went to school with 14 years ago on a bus a tiny village in the mountains of Japan.

The beautiful misty clouds over Hida.

Yu. The gorgeous ‘Japanese pub’ with sake cocktails and lots of chats with Han.

Blue skies! So blue.

Our walk through the valley. Along the river, through the ancient forests and via a beautiful beautiful pond that I think might just be one of my favourite places in the whole world. It was so peaceful and perfect.

So grateful for the weather being perfect today.

First onsen. Definitely needed after a 5 hour walk.

Ice creams and boiled egg snacks.

Laughing at Han tripping up.

Kamikochi

Japanese badger

Monkeys. Lots of monkeys. And two of had sex right in front of us.

A walk through the forest and alongside the river.

Laughing at Han tripping up

Managing to swap buses effortlessly. Everything is so damn easy here!

Oh Tokyo. So many things.

The amazing coffee from our hostel.

The fish breakfast from the traditional little shop.

The shrine in Harajuku, walking through the big trees to get there.

The tiny puppies in the puppy hotel.

The apple crepe.

The view from the Lost in Translation bar.

Memory Lane and the delicious soba noodles.

Golden Gai and the tiny bar playing Spanish music.

We’re in Tokyo!! And our hostel is ADORABLE. Beautiful, books everywhere and floor to ceiling windows.

Mad big crossing. Not even the maddest biggest crossing.

The most delicious meal ever. And it was our first one.

Not really sure what day it is or whether it’s been a whole day. But…

Slippers onboard

The film on the plane with that women from Girls that I like. And watching it at the same time as Han.

Arriving in Hanoi to a very quiet airport. Perfect for napping before the next flight.

Hand bound mini guides for Japan. So adorable.

Last day in the office for THREE WEEKS!

Pizza at lunch. Reminded me of school pizza. In the best way.

Lion King soundtrack. Twice.

Smashing out the dungarees again.

Booked our final Japanese accommodation – hello pod life.

Adam being back at work.

Spending the day booking Japan accommodation.

A Cos dress in a charity shop for £15.

Finished my Japlan map

Got one of those hardly-to-be-seen solid pus ingrown hairs in my leg. I love those.

Teasing Adam over the word purple

Spotting this adorable bit of Street art.

Finding a ten pound note. And spending it on delicious drinks and custard straws for my colleagues.

Watching the clouds change in the park at lunch.

A kind email from John.

Having the swimming lane to myself. Calm water and slow moves on my back.

Japlanning

Having Adam back at work

Thinking about next holidays. And staying in my parents lovely flat.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. SO GOOD. I even clapped at the end. I never clap at the end of films. I loved it. It was perfect.

I remembered the best bit about yesterday! A woman asking me the way to Kings Cross just as she was right by my Clean Air Walk sign. It was like it was meant to be!

Japlanning. It looks so exciting! I wish we had more time to see everything.

The cherries. Oh my god, the cherries.

A day off. Hello lie in!

Lying in the park, just living my best sunny life.

Potato and egg salad. God is there anything more delicious?

Japan flights are booked!

A couple of posters for the competition. Thank god.

New pub with Jonny. I’m glad we go out still. And play dominoes

New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, finally finding a pretzel, the beautiful hotel bar full of plants, yoga and the crazy yogi, navigating the subway on my own, the beautiful Muji, the brilliant celebrity cookies and a pizza slice.

Carrie Bradshaw’s house (underwhelming), the Friends apartment (also underwhelming), Ground Zero, taking a ferry to Williamsburg, delicious Mexican food, new rings, a carrot cake doughnut (so delicious), the view from the roof and a really great coffee.