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 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

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)

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 2: Flying the “World’s Best Business Class” to Japan

We checked in on time and certainly got some looks whilst we held up the queue. The agent processing Business Class check in got caught up with his passenger so the lady running the Economy queue called us over. When her colleague had finished she then got him to print our boarding passes on the proper paper and ensure we had all the correct bits … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 2: Flying the “World’s Best Business Class” to Japan

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 1: 24 Hours In HEL

We jumped on the bus outside the Renaissance and two stops later arrived at Heathrow Central. It was then just a short stroll along the travellators to Terminal 3. We were quickly checked in as for once there was no queue whatsoever. Security was the same, a minimal wait and straight through. We also realised it was our first time travelling from Terminal 3 not … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 1: 24 Hours In HEL

Intro: Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side

We’d always wanted to go to Japan. For me it was a love of all things bullet trains, anime, food and fashion. Anne-So loves nature, food and that sense of spirituality that Japan promises (and was less keen on the trains and me blowing all the spending money on clothes!). Unfortunately a trip of this magnitude requires some serious investment for two average working folk. … Continue reading Intro: Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side

Messages From France (If You Think I’m Calling This French Letters You Can Just Go Home Right Now)

Last night I dreamt my Niece was running wild.  She’s just three and a half, but in my dream she was brandishing a full table’s worth of shiny silver knives and forks, as if she planned on eating my eyes for dinner.  I’d had enough and went to remove the cutlery from her tiny hands before catastrophe hit.  Instead of being congratulated for stepping in, … Continue reading Messages From France (If You Think I’m Calling This French Letters You Can Just Go Home Right Now)

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