Queluz National Palace is located in the city of Queluz, midway between Lisbon and Sintra on the Linha de Sintra railway line, making it an easy day trip from Lisbon.Continue reading “Lisbon Day Trip: Queluz National Palace”
Ponte Dom Luis I
The iconic Dom Luis I bridge that links Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia was built in 1886 by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustav Eiffel.
When I committed to spending a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada, I pictured a cozy well-lit room with warm beds and a fireplace.
Back in Osaka, I said goodbye to my friend Johanna and went to the Kansai Airport to pick up my parents.
Continue reading “Foliage Season in Kyoto – Day 1”
If you think you can find Hood Famous Bakeshop on Market Street, as the address – 2325 1/2 NW Market Street – indicates, you are wrong.
My friend Michelle works at one of the biggest fashion retailers in the US. Not only does she dress in fine cloths, she also maintains the perfect skin. A couple of days ago she sent me a text recommending a mask for long-haul flights. I asked her to be the guest of my blog and share about her experience. Here is what she wrote: Continue reading “Skincare and Travel”
For years Cafe Besalu was my go-to place for morning pastries. I always get the plain croissant with homemade jam and a cup of hot chocolate, pick a seat and watch owner and baker James Miller work his magic. A couple of months ago, Miller sold Besalu and moved his family to Spain. Continue reading “Seattle Bakery Recommendations”
If you have just one day to kill in Zion National Park, what would you do? Continue reading “Zion National Park in a Day”
Who would have thought that rummaging through an old dimly lit warehouse could be so much fun?
At Big John’s Pacific Food Importers, you’ll find aisles of specialty food items such as Hazelnut Spread from Italy made with Arcacia honey and Piedmont hazelnut; Cream of Almonds from Sicily; or Crème de Calisson from Aix-en-Provence.
Shelves of olive oils from France, Italy, Morocco or Spain. Continue reading “Big John’s PFI, Seattle”
Kitano Tenmangu (北野天満宮) is a Shinto shrine located in northwest Kyoto. It is built in 947AD to honor Sugawara no Michizane.
An important scholar, poet and politician of the Heian period, Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道眞) read poems at the age of five and wrote Chinese poems at the age of eleven. Continue reading “Plum Blossom at Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto”