A First Class Indian Adventure Part 2: An Executive Wake Up Call for the Markets of Mumbai

We arrived in Mumbai in the middle of the night and our gentle drive left us unprepared for what followed. Our short stay felt like like travelling through 150 years of history in just 24 hours: A luxurious gaze over the Queen’s Necklace from our spacious hotel suite gave way to the manual industry and thrift of Chor Bazaar, the Gothic Colonial past of Churchgate and its final retreat at the Gateway to India in Colaba. The decaying Art Deco Modernism of Marine Drive or a stroll by the green and brown tufted grass of the Oval Maiden. We realised we had barely scratched the surface and still found a city containing a multitude of surprises, beliefs and ways of life. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 2: An Executive Wake Up Call for the Markets of Mumbai

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 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 &16E (Standard Class)Train: E7 Series Shinkansen Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) It was a calm and … 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 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Train: Limited Express Thunderbird 29Depart Kyoto Station: 16:10Arrive Kanazawa Station: 18:26Seats: Car 11, Seats 5C and 5D (Standard Class)Train: 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 stickers … 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 12B (Standard Class)Train: Kyushu Shinkansen 800 Series Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) The journey flew … 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

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) Train: Keikyu Main/Airport … 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 4: Hakone Hot Tubs And A Mount Fuji Feast

I should have been really excited that morning as it was to be our first time riding the shinkansen or bullet train, something I had dreamed of since I found out that such a thing existed. This was up there along with Concorde, monorails (now maglevs, though I did get to ride the monorail on this trip!) and the Orient Express. Sadly the closest I … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 4: Hakone Hot Tubs And A Mount Fuji Feast