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 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

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 6: Sunsets and Yakitori in Fukuoka

We picked up our baggage and dragged it towards the airport via the metro and airport express. We arrived at CTS later than planned but after a little drama finding our way as well as getting someone to manually check us in and tag our bags to Fukuoka we had enough time for some lunch, or at least Anne-So did… Flight: JL3512 Sapporo to FukuokaDepart … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 6: Sunsets and Yakitori in Fukuoka

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 5: Dinner, Beer and Diarrhoea in Sapporo

We arrived super early for our shinkansen at Odawara and were fortunate enough to get all our seat reservations sorted for the rest of the trip, result! We waited for a while before boarding our bullet train to Tokyo. Train: Kodoma 640 Odawara to ShinagawaDepart: Odawara Station 11:42Arrive: Shinagawa Station 12:09Seats: Coach 12 (Seats Unknown)Locomotive: Shinkansen N700 Top Speed 177mph (285 km/h) And Train: Keikyu … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 5: Dinner, Beer and Diarrhoea in Sapporo

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 3: Fortune Favours The Fortunate (36 Hours in Tokyo)

Our flight landed around 20 minutes late into Narita and we were glad to be on our way and off the plane. With us already being behind schedule the wait to get our passports stamped with tourist visas and pick up our baggage felt endless. In the end it didn’t really matter as we still had plenty of time to pick up our Pasmo cards … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 3: Fortune Favours The Fortunate (36 Hours in Tokyo)

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 6: Another Fun Filled London Weekend

When we got off the bus it was approaching midnight and it was not a perfect world. We were tired and thanks to the light rain we felt like we were turning from damp to soggy as we trudged across the road to our digs for the night, The Renaissance LHR. Just over a year ago we had a wonderful stay here on the first … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 6: Another Fun Filled London Weekend

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 5: Last Day In Ljubljana

Truth be told we were exhausted from the previous day of sightseeing and face stuffing so enjoying a good nights sleep was an easy enough affair. After getting washed and dressed it was time for breakfast. We popped into the wonderful looking lifts and walked past reception, the barbers shop a handful of conference rooms and into the sister uHotel (as it is now called) … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 5: Last Day In Ljubljana

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 4: Ljubljana

Our morning started off with the now customary basement breakfast buffet at Penzion Kaps. Whilst I enjoyed eating from the decent spread, I would later find out again that there was something in my selection that did not agree with me at all. Once again I would find to my distress that it would be the second lunch in a row where I had the … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 4: Ljubljana

Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 3: Lake Bohinj

We had agreed on an early start in order to spend the bulk of the day at Lake Bohinj, but honestly being on holiday and getting up at 7 AM felt like hell so in a welcome change from the norm I slept in till 7:30 AM whilst Anne-So got ready. Around a quarter past eight we popped down to the basement for the breakfast … Continue reading Flying My First Inaugural – London to Ljubljana Part 3: Lake Bohinj