Our time there was always different. I doubt we repeated a meal or an experience twice.
I told you about Kyoto a few posts ago. I left out a few places we visited while in the area.
|we had a corner room on the 5th floor|
|the Kyoto rail station is across the street|
Our day trip included a river, cherry blossoms, a bamboo forest and souvenir shopping.
|boat rentals are popular at the base of Katsura River|
|another type of boat rental|
The cherry trees were in near full bloom. We passed by this particular one and although it doesn't show too well in the photos, the color was quite vivid.
We continued to walk through the park and came upon Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The area is crowded but we get a few good pictures. The trees are the attraction for us. There are temples which we don't visit. I think we've all had our fill of temples. The grounds of one of the temples has cherry blossom trees. Kana asks and finds out that the flowers aren't showing much. There is an entrance fee so we forego the stop and instead visit the nearby shops and eateries.
We bought a pair of handcrafted chopsticks for each of us. They offer free engraving. How could we pass that up. While waiting for the engraving, we venture across the street and pick up some plum jelly.
|we'll need to practice our newly acquired skill|
Geocaching is a world wide activity. There are several caches hidden near Alex's apartment. I map them out and the one day when both Alex and Kana had to work, Ron and I ventured out by ourselves in search of a few finds.
The first on our list was magnetic and hidden on the ledge of a large bulletin board. It was small and only contained a log sheet and a couple tiny trinkets. We added our signature to the log and a trinket of our own. Our first foreign cache! :-)
The second cache was also magnetic. This one was called Three-Horned Dinosaur. It took us on a walk in the nearby neighborhood. The log and it's contents were hidden on the underside of this soda machine. Ron was the brave one who stuck his hand under there to retrieve the find.
We continued on our cache hunting trip. We looked high and low but couldn't find our third attempt. Oh well, it was fun to get out and go exploring the streets of Okinawa by ourselves.
I left the best for last!! Rocky loves his home in Okinawa. He is always a fun subject for my camera lens.
|he's pooped from all his playtime :-)|