A First Class Indian Adventure Part 1: London to Mumbai Our First, First

Introduction, Context and Planning Although I took this trip back in 2014, 2020 marks 10 years since my first visit to India and if it weren’t for the current pandemic I’d be in the process of planning another Indian adventure as we speak! I started the planning for the journey that follows at the beginning of 2011 not long after we returned from our initial … Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 1: London to Mumbai Our First, First

Friday 13th Part 2: Three Birthdays From The End Of The World

Not learning my lesson we had booked another getaway that included a Friday 13th. Join us for birthday celebrations, delicious food, the roar of the crowd and the absolute fear of being away from home when the world around you changes beyond all recognition. Continue reading Friday 13th Part 2: Three Birthdays From The End Of The World

Friday 13th Part 1: ‘Twas The Strike Before Christmas…

With the world against us how could we make Christmas a success? Strikes be damned we were going to make it no matter what! Follow our travels by plane, train and even luge as we travelled from London to Manchester, Lyon to Genoble, Ardeche to Annecy as we do our best to stop politics ruining our Christmas spirit. Continue reading Friday 13th Part 1: ‘Twas The Strike Before Christmas…

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 12: The 36 Hour Trip Home

It was time to say farewell to Japan and begin our close to 36 hour trip home. Even if we were flying directly back to London it would have taken around 18-19 hours from the hotel lobby to opening the door to our flat. Instead we had 18 hours spread over two flights in the world’s best business class and three hours in Y back … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 12: The 36 Hour Trip Home

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 11: Shrines, Soba, Shopping, Skyscrapers – We’re back in Tokyo!

Check out from My Stays was effortless and we made the short walk to the station stopping off at Donq to pick up some breakfast to take on to the shinkansen with us. Train: Kagayaki 506 Kanazawa to TokyoDepart Kanazawa Station: 08:48Arrive Tokyo Station: 11:20Seats: Car 5, Seats 16D &16ETrain: E7 Series Shinkansen Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) It was a calm and straightforward two … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 11: Shrines, Soba, Shopping, Skyscrapers – We’re back in Tokyo!

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

We started the day with breakfast at the station from the ‘French’ bakery DONQ that we’d been eyeing up the night before. Whilst Anne-So went for some classic French options with her coffee I went for a more colourful collection of Japanese buns. Both food and drink were rather good and we made a note to return the following day. Before getting our coach I … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Train: Limited Express Thunderbird 29 Kyoto to KanazawaDepart Kyoto Station: 16:10Arrive Kanazawa Station: 18:26Seats: Car 11, Seats 5C and 5DTrain: 683-4000 series Top Speed: 100 mph (160 km/h) We finally hauled, harried, pulled and dragged our way to the platform and unlike the perfect organisation of every other train we took in Japan this felt like chaos. As per usual the platform was littered with … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 8: Living the Suite Life in Kyoto

We checked out and made the short walk to the station to continue our train journey from the day before, this time bound for Kyoto. Train: Sakura 540 Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka (Followed by a local train to Kyoto Station)Depart Hiroshima Station: 08:26Arrive Shin Osaka: 09:53Seats: Car 5: Seats 12A and 12BTrain: Kyushu Shinkansen 800 Series Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) The journey flew by and … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 8: Living the Suite Life in Kyoto

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 7: Hiroshima Mon Amour

We checked out very easily from the Okura and got the metro to Hakata station. Not having all the time in the world we spotted Seattle’s Best Coffee and ordered a breakfast set. Apparently hot dogs are a popular breakfast item in Japan and who am I to argue! The food was well packaged for our trip on the shinkansen to Hiroshima. In the end … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 7: Hiroshima Mon Amour