Sydney’s Vivid Festival of Lights 2017

It was good news for this year’s Vivid Light Festival as it was extended to run over 3 weeks, with a new light installation area at the Barangaroo precinct. We visited on a weeknight and the lights still pulled a large crowd. The Barangaroo walk along the harbour was quite pretty, with hanging manta rays lining the street…

London May 2016, Day 5: Sky Garden, Harrods and the British Museum

We had a more leisurely itinerary planned for day 5 after a long previous day in Paris. We took the tube to Monument station and took a short stroll to the “Walkie-Talkie” building, so nicknamed because of its uneven rectangular shape. On the 35th floor is the Sky Garden, an indoor garden spanning three storeys…

London May 2016, Day 4: A Paris Excursion

It was finally our day trip out to Paris and we headed out in the dark and rainy morning to catch 4.30 am bus to St Pancreas Station. From there we caught the Eurostar train. The trip wasn’t too bad, taking only 2 and a half hours from London to the Gare Du Nord Station in Paris….

London May 2016, Day 2: Westminster Abbey and Kew Garden

Day 2 began with a hearty buffet breakfast at Tavistock hotel. Fried, boiled and scrambled eggs, watery baked beans, hash browns, sausages, bacon (a little on the hard side),grilled tomatoes, toast and jams, prunes and stewed fruits, cereal, juices, coffee and tea – a good enough selection and variety to keep us going until lunch….

London May 2016, Day 1: Sightseeing as a Tourist

We made a self-planned family trip to the UK in May earlier this year. The first 6 days in London was tourist-centric (with a day trip to Paris in between so technically I can say that I’ve been to Europe!), with a more relaxing 2nd half spent in Edinburgh. We landed in London Heathrow on…

Vivid Sydney & The Governor’s Table, June 2016

We headed into the city for Vivid, an annual festival of lights that’s held in in various locations in the CBD over 3 weeks. It’s definitely worth a visit for both tourists and locals. The Customs House light show: Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge: The Opera House: The Royal Botanic Gardens: Vivid Sydney still…

Final Japan Post: Tokyo Imperial Palace Gardens and Souvenir Shopping

On our sunny, last day in Japan we headed to the Imperial Palace to see the East Gardens which were open to the public. We caught the Toei line to Kudanshita station then walked through the picturesque Kitanomaru Park, passing by the Budokan Hall where a ceremony was being held.

Visiting Mt Fuji, March 2015

If you have a free day in your itinerary, I highly recommend considering a day tour to Mt Fuji. We booked one through japanican, namely the Mt Fuji Golden Tour, for our third last day in Japan. The tour included 4 stops and a bento lunch on an air-conditioned bus.