first weekend in april 2022

Saturday was cleaning day. I have never lived anywhere like Tokyo when it comes to dust piling up so quickly.

The weather was absolutely awful on Sunday – the day we had planned to go on a last cherry blossom walk, so that got cancelled and we just stayed in instead. It’s a good job we’d been out early in the week when the weather was fine.

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in 門前仲町・Monzen-nakacho. My friend was telling me someone got stabbed to death here and it looks like they did.

We had a little hanami party here whilst my husband ...

my tokyo hotel quarantine experience – feb 2022

I’ve been in the UK for the past couple of months, so when it was time to return to Tokyo, I knew I’d have to do a 6 day hotel quarantine.

I was at Villa Fontaine Haneda which is a brand new hotel and is right at the airport. It was a realy lovely hotel.

The food looks really good but it really wasn’t after day one. It all tasted the same and was practically the same each day. My husband ended up dropping food off for me and I am so grateful that he did. These are the vegan ...

new england and the hudson valley tour: day four | Boston

NYC skyline with orange text, new england and the hudson valley tour

Welcome to day four of the New England and the Hudson Valley tour diary, Boston. We were staying at the Sheraton Boston Hotel which was a very nice hotel. A thing I loved about the hotel rooms in America was that they were huge! No single beds in sight – all double and king size.

Clothes to wash, laundrettes to find

We needed to wash clothes – we’d decided Boston was good because we were there a couple of nights. First we asked if they had a laundry room in the hotel – they didn’t (too posh) but they could ...

new england and the hudson valley tour: day three | Hartford – Lexington – Concord – Boston

NYC skyline with orange text, new england and the hudson valley tour

Welcome to day three of the New England and the Hudson Valley tour diary. We started the day off having breakfast at the Hartford Hilton which wasn’t much better than the offerings for dinner the night before. Everything was individually packaged and the choice was lack lustre. After we’d picked at what we could find, we were back on the coach and travelling to Lexington, MA.

Minute Men and Buckman Tavern

In Lexington, we went to Buckman Tavern for a tour. Set up how it would have been when Captain Parker and his militia congregated awaiting the British Redcoat troops ...

new england and the hudson valley tour: day two |NYC – Hartford, Connecticut

NYC skyline with orange text, new england and the hudson valley tour

tour: day two |NYC – Hartford, Connecticut
September – October 2019

NYC

The next day of our New England and the Hudson Valley tour, we were going from NYC to Hartford, Connecticut. We got the breakfast buffet at the hotel (part of the tour) and it was nice, but I wouldn’t pay the amount they were asking (I can’t remember but it was something like $35 each!).

At 7:30am, we were on our bus for the first time, being given a tour of the city. I love doing tours of places, so I loved this and because the traffic is ...