Day 1: Kamakura

What can I say that’s not cliché about going to Kamakura? That’s the key to being a writer, noticing the nuances of experiences and leading the reader towards your thoughts. So, that’s what I’ll attempt. In order to get to the Big Buddha, we rode one bus and two trains. Riding buses and the L … Continue reading Day 1: Kamakura


This has to have been the longest prelude to a vacation I’ve ever experienced. On Wednesday, after driving six hours to someplace just outside Athens, Georgia (yes, yes we got lost!) to drop off the dog we drove another hour to our hotel in Atlanta. Thursday morning before the flight we stopped to visit my … Continue reading NOW FINALLY!!!!


Passports….check, Pasemo cards…..check! It is finally time to head out on this trip.  I think I’m more excited than K and the girls, today I asked “Are you excited” K replied “Umm, I just feel like I’m going on a trip”.  Really !!!   Buddhist temples, Shinkansen, Sushi fresh from the sea, ageless culture I thought … Continue reading Finally!!!!

Kyoto: Guided Tours

My husband and I have two different vacation and tour styles. I don’t mind being one of many Americans on a crowded tour bus. I’m fine getting to know the lady from some obscure American city whose first trip out of the country is…this one. I’m cool listening to a tour guide simultaneously spew facts … Continue reading Kyoto: Guided Tours