To other people, Quebec might just be another city to tick off their travel bucket list. For K-drama fans like me, it is one of those dream-come-true destinations.
If you only have half a day in Montreal, I think a walking tour to the city’s old downtown is more than good enough use of time. Old Montreal is a historic neighbourhood but more importantly for me, a long street of restaurants (fooooood) and shops!
Our Day 7 was the most tiring, heart pumping day for me — mostly because of all the walking and because we were high up most of the time – overlooking the city from either a tall building or from a ferris wheel — x2!!!
We bought the Osaka Amazing Day Pass. for the city tour . It was totally worth it! If we compute all the train rides we had for the day and the entrance fees altogether we did save a lot. ❤ ❤ ❤
I have been a huge fan of Japanese anime ever since I was a kid but I come to really love Japan from our high school history class. And though just thinking of going to this country seemed too farfetched for me that time, I did tell myself that if I’m lucky enough, I should not miss to visit the Horyugi (Horyu-ji) – the oldest wooden temple in the world, coz it was the only temple I memorized from all the historic sites we’ve studied, hehehe!
Thanks to seat sale, we found a cheap 2-way ticket to Kansai for a late November trip and was able to include Nara (where Horyu-ji is located) in our itinerary – I was happy!
Universal Studios, particularly the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was probably my most anticipated part of our Osaka leg. I’m not that great of a fan of Harry Potter but I am still amazed by all of it – the novels, the movies, the characters and the magical brooms (fitting my manananggal reputation at the office, hehehe)…and seeing it recreated in real life is still dreamy! …though minus the actual Harry Potter. ^_^
Our last day in Kyoto was a bright sunny day, perfect for our Arashiyama trip. It was probably the least stressful, most chillax day we had despite the long walk – pretty much because we didn’t have time pressure. It’s day 4 of our Osaka-Kyoto and I was on tipid-mode already coz I want to still eat some good food (less shopping)…so we had to be choiceful of the tours we take and the temples we go to.
Our day 3 can be summarized in a little less than 30,000 steps…in short, jam-packed! It was also the day when my travel friends got to meet my office friends who were on a different travel group then. Hello, Jekert.com ! ^_^
Finally were able to see the Fushimi Inari shrine, went inside the Kiyomezudera, strolled at the famous Philosopher’s path, went to Nanzenji and Eikando Temple.
On day 2, we took the K’Loop – the tourist loop bus exploring Kyoto’s popular tourist destinations and heritage sites and visited the beautiful temples. The bus departed from Kyoto Station, Hachijyo Gate (South Main) at 9am. There is also an 8:30 and 9:30am schedule. Check this link for the bus schedules and their stops.
I’ve recently started blogging and in a way got addicted to it. I’ve been wanting to share my previous Japan trips but I’ve also been putting it off because I just have a lot of pictures to choose from, mahirap magtapon ng hindi basura #hugot. Japan is my favorite country to date because…mmm, there is really nothing about it you will not love.
Our trip to Germany was just a weekend stopover after our business trip in Switzerland and yet it was more than what I have expected. We have a friend who offered her home in Erlangen for us to stay overnight. We were very happy to accept of course, coz you know: tipid-mode…since all expenses related to this side trip will be our personal expense already. =)