Sakura! Experience Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season

No spring visit to Japan is complete without the wonder of sakura or cherry blossoms. At the end of each winter forecasts are published about peak blooms throughout Japan for the upcoming sakura season. The forecast for 2017 is here. The blossoms mark the beginning of spring and also symbolize renewal. The blooms are short… Continue reading Sakura! Experience Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season

Portugal’s Amazing Tile Work

On a visit to Lisbon, Portugal several years ago I was blown away by the buildings covered in tiles. I even bought a few antique tiles at Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s large flea market. During our recent trip to Faro on Portugal’s southern coast we again saw beautiful tile work on the buildings which I… Continue reading Portugal’s Amazing Tile Work

3 Days on Portugal’s Algarve Coast

In case you haven’t heard, Portugal is the new Iceland. I read that pronouncement in a recent article. Every year there is an “it” destination, last year it was Iceland. Portugal has taken Iceland’s spot for 2017. We had been to Lisbon several years ago when we lived in Europe and really liked it, great… Continue reading 3 Days on Portugal’s Algarve Coast

Edinburgh Charity Shops by Neighborhood: MORNINGSIDE

A few months ago I wrote about my favorite hobby, shopping at charity shops (thrift stores for those in the US). I put the spotlight on the charity shops in the Edinburgh neighborhood of Stockbridge. Another great neighborhood for charity shopping in Edinburgh is Morningside. Morningside is an affluent neighborhood that lies to the south… Continue reading Edinburgh Charity Shops by Neighborhood: MORNINGSIDE

The Black Eggs of Hakone, Japan

Located just 50 miles from Tokyo, Japan, Hakone is an area of great natural beauty. One of the most interesting things to do in Hakone is to visit Owakudani, or the “Great Boiling Valley”, a hot spring with vents that release sulfur dioxide fumes. The area is famous for their black eggs, regular chicken eggs… Continue reading The Black Eggs of Hakone, Japan