Exercise is good for you – all ages!

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My aunt is 90, and my mum is 78. On Tuesday they both walked 9km. Yes folks you read that right… 9km. The key to achieving this is taking things at a slower pace.

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We’ve taken the stairs slowly (where electronic options are not available – temples), and the wheelchair routes have proved to be very helpful.

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We’ve even managed to get them walking around without their shoes – when absolutely required.

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I hope we are just as good at their age.

All food is good

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So many snacks to be had while walking in Kyoto.

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Or when travelling on train, and it’s bought at the train stations.

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Although worrying about what the food is like going to be like, takes longer than actually eating and for the smile to appear. We proven they can eat beef cooked medium!

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Sweets are great in Japan – especially when purchased by the guides feeling slightly guilty about all those stairs!

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Red bean cakes at morning tea are lovely.

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Green tea ice cream was also enjoyed.

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Vending machine selections prove to be good.

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Okonomeiyaki proved to be a winner!

The guides have learned not to worry and get them trying all variety of food – so far.

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The older traveller..

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Gets a few perks. They can jump a queue, get us into the Qantas lounge given we are travelling as a family (thank-you!), avoids stairs in lookout towers by using lift to all floors, seat on the bus, and friendly chats by air hostess. Okay, so you need to have grey hair and use a walking stick.

Nearing the end of the holiday….

Ah… There is always a point when you think about going home. Given how short this break was my current thoughts are “why can’t this be longer!?”

It has been a great trip, we’ve discovered some new places, tried some new food, had great experiences with our Japanese friends (thank you Gaku & Ryoko- so great to see you both again), experienced lovely gardens, and spent time discovering new suburbs. It’s been great fun, but so short. It really feels more than just over a week. However, Mt Fugi continues to elude us…. I guess it just means we will have to return.

More on the other side of the pond….

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Ah… The Japanese breakfast

Last Japanese breakfast today. When we entered the room we were asked if we wanted Japanese breakfast…. YES! Man it was fantastic, the fish was lovely, as was all the accompaniments. We finished it off with a coffee – in the hope of staying awake.

This food will be missed!

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