2016 memories


Indulge me if you will in my highlights and lowlights of 2016.  It will be photo heavy, just to warn you.


We went on the Highgate Cemetery tour.  Very informative and something different to do in London.


We also went to visit my husband’s family in Italy.



We did the supreme Saturday at Yauatcha in The City.  Beautiful!



It was my mum’s birthday and we went to El Gato Negro in Manchester which was really divine.



I got to see Weezer twice in April! Manchester and London.  The best band ever!



Took my mum to Barcelona ...

leaves on the trees are turning


I think this will be the last post featuring the colourful leaves in Japan.  I have managed to stretch it out for about four blog posts, so you know, a fifth would be really pushing it.

These photos are from near Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace Gardens. Really pretty ginkgo trees; a lot of people were there taking photos. We went a couple of weeks ago now, so the trees have probably already shed all their leaves.  In my opinion Tokyo Station is one of the hardest to navigate. I find it even more difficult than Ikebukuro and Shinjuku.   ...

is that all you ever do


Hello, yes, we went to another garden this weekend.  It is called Koshikawa Korakuen (小石川後楽園).  It was lovely.  The changing leaves festival has just started and continues on until 4th December if I remember rightly.  Not all the leaves had changed yet as you can see from the below photos, but it was still lovely nonetheless.   It was busy though!  We had to queue to get in, not long, perhaps around 15 minutes or so.  It did sort of ruin it there being so many people in the garden, couldn’t really relax and just stand still and enjoy the scenery.   ...

day out at the park


We’ve had some beautiful autumnal weather here recently in Tokyo.  What better way to spend days like that than outside enjoying nature?  So that’s exactly what we did this weekend!  We went to a couple of parks quite close to home and actually, we hadn’t been to one of them before and it’s absolutely stunning.  It’s a traditional Japanese garden, it even had a Zen garden which I didn’t take pictures of because, well, it’s good to see in real life but not on photos, I think.  We will definitely be going back there as the leaves hadn’t quite changed ...