Turkey!

Rather than a long-winded explanation to explain my absence from blogging, I think it’s easier if I just continue on like it didn’t happen hah! All I can say is that I hope to be more consistent, and make a more concerted effort.  Basically to sum it up quickly (even though I just said I wasn’t going to), it was a mix of laziness, apathy and self-consciousness.  Anyway….So here we are, now, travelling again, in Turkey!

A trip to #Leiden…

We went to Leiden today.  Another beautiful city, only fifteen minutes away by train…

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Fields awash with colour as seen from the train…tulip field in full bloom…

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Leiden is a beautiful city that used to be walled and many windmills still stand in their original places at the edges of the old city…

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Also home to Rembrandt, you might accidentally stumble on his childhood home…

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Tutus and old lanes…

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 It’s really difficult to take a bad photo here…

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Many buildings are decorated with poetry…

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More tulip fields in the sunset on the way home…

A Spring Birthday in #Holland…

May 9th was M’s birthday.  We had a lovely day in Amsterdam and Haarlem…

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First I will show you the view from our rented room…Spring has sprung in Haarlem since we were last here and everything is so fresh, green and beautiful!

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We are staying near a huge cemetery with a lovely pond and many cherry trees…I didn’t think I would be seeing cherry blossoms again this year!

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There was a fair in the big square in the centre of the city…this ride looks terrifying…

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We arrived back in the breathtaking city of Amsterdam and we walked and walked…

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This is some kind of hop on hop off mobile bar complete with keg…you have to cycle to your next destination…

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We walked to Westerpark after stopping at a bakery…

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…and had some delicious birthday desserts!

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Spring is everywhere…

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There was some kind of festival in the park and there were soooo many people and food stalls…

…we decided to head to dinner…

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…walking through the Jordaan…

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Authentic Italian pizza…they bring the buffalo mozzarella in from Italy twice a week…

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Rose *AND* lemonade together? My dream…

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…more post dinner walking…

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…the most crooked bar I’ve ever seen..

It was a beautiful day!

A Last Trip Out of the City…Enoshima…

The other day we went to Enoshima: a trip I was planning on taking during Golden Week before I knew we were leaving.  We have been here many times and have also taken visiting friends and family here, but it’s been about six years.  I wanted to make sure I got a chance to see it before we left.  Enoshima is an island connected by a bridge to the mainland about 90-120 minutes outside central Tokyo.  

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It was kind of a crazy idea to come here during Golden Week, but what choice did we have? The crowds were insane and at one point the people were crammed to a stop…

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The nice thing is, people in Japan do not push or get angry (usually!) so everyone just patiently waited to get through…

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The crazy crowds from above…

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There are so many steps at Enoshima.  If you want you can buy a ticket which allows you to take a series of escalators all the way to the top.  I’ve never done this, though.  The climb is part of the fun and makes the rewarding views all the better…

…napping Kitty…

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Corn on the cob: charcoal grilled wtih soya sauce….

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Random girl…

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Tidal Pools…

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Wouldn’t want to live here during a big earthquake…it’s already crumbling…

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Heading back to beautiful Haarlem again, on our way home…