Well Kyoto has certainly been enjoyable and to celebrate our last full day it turned on blue skies and 18c. It was so good I could even wear the one T-shirt I brought with me.
To live up to the expectations of those you left back in Adelaide, Helen and I continue to do the peace signs in our photos. We’ve also, god forbid gone to Mc Donalds. T and B (and their relatives) advised that it was a better experience than that in Australia! It is true that even the small Maccas in Nara had, for some reason, a grand piano. Helen did have a prawn burger. We can advise that the food still has the same awful consistency and generally poor taste, although I reckon the lettuce is better here.
To continue with the things we promised to do. Helen and I have had our photo taken in a “Astro Boy” booth. We expected stickers but rather got lots of little photos! Reading Japanese would help us there! We’ll try again for a sticker machine!
We’re having some fine Kaseki food served to our room tonight and a final sleep on our futons (yeah!!!) I am looking forward to our western bed on our return.
A beautiful bridge, more cherry blossoms on our ride in Nara.
I dont think you can see enough cherry blossoms on a holiday.
We kind like using the mobile phone to post to the blog only problem is that we need to come back and add text because using a mobile phone keyboard is way to slow.
Cycling in Japan is a real transport option for local travel and everyone, including the police, cycle on the footpath. Fortunately the one or three gear bikes don’t go that fast so most pedestrians can dodge potential accidents. It also means that they are no great up hills.
Which was alright because as Lonely Planet described Nara as mostly flat (that description clearly excluded the Hilly Bits where the best toursit attractions were!). Undeterred we made these bikes transport our weary bodies for a day. We’re planning to do the same in Himeji and Hiroshima. I am aiming for a three speed bike this time and working brakes!
While we cycled around nara we made it to one of the temples in the park. You can see the top of large wooden temple in the background.
Our first mobile phone photograph of our bikes in Nara.
Even Japanese bikes like to rest under a cherry tree in blossom.