Last time we were in kamakura we ended up not taking a look at the great buddha, so this time we couldn’t miss it.
After Kamakura we stopped in Yokohama for a nice light dinner. It was amazing to see how much it had grown since we were last there back in 2013.
We then hopped on another train to Kyoto. We had to come back. However, we were surprised to see just how touristy this city has become. It is packed nearly everywhere, and it’s frankly a bit disappointed. We are “used to” a quiet Kyoto, with nearly nothing but locals, specially after night time, and we have found none of that. It is true that this is a busy tourist time, around spring, and that Kyoto, being smaller than Tokyo, you are bound to find more foreigners…but still.
Now don’t get me wrong, it is still beautiful, and the memories made here will never fade away.
It’s been amazing to be back in Japan. To see the cherry blossoms has been a dream come true for me. Other than that, we have found a Japan that we didn’t know yet: one where eight people out of ten says our daughter is kawaii (cute), actively saying it out loud and even stopping to talk to her. However, we were also politely invited out of a restaurant when we walked in with her in the stroller – it remains to be discovered if because of the stroller or the baby in it…
We took the train to get to lake Kawaguchiko, one very near Mount Fuji. Seeing Mt. Fuji for the first time was absolutely incredible. Everybody knows mountains are big, but I had never seen something this big. Fuji-san is massive. Incredibly powerful looking, and it’s no wonder the Japanese consider it sacred – I think it has to do with the eruptions that occurred before and people thought it was a god’s doing (Asama, I think? – too lazy to check now).
There are a lot of tourists around here now, something else we hadn’t really experienced before, and there were a lot of them in one of the last trains we took. It was a bad experience, that one. Too hot, too crowded, too long. So we ended up staying at one of the ryokans next to the lake for the night. The next day we explored around and climbed up to Chureito pagoda, to have a full view of Fuji-san. With the cherry trees and the mountains views…it was mesmerizing.
Today we went back to Asakusa and Kappabashi dori. We walked a whole lot, but we saw many things we missed the other times and we walked the old streets of Tokyo around these neighborhoods that are just so heart filling.
Hope you’re having a great week!
On our second day in Azores we continued to drive around the little island, and visited a bunch of different places. At the Furnas we were immersed in the humid, hot and sulphur smelling springs, that could be spotted all over the place.
Due to volcanic activity there are tons of places with hot water baths, and we wanted to have a try at that. We had a bath at Poça da Dona Beija, for which I don’t have any pictures of, but it was so so relaxing. There are a number of different small pools of hot water (some were around 40ºC!), and despite being a bit crowded, it was nice to just sit in the warm water and relax, and Leo enjoyed it too!
After the warm bath we went to Terra Nostra’s gardens. We just took a little peek, because it started raining, so we ended up having lunch at the restaurant of the hotel, which was one of the best decisions we made over there. Everything was so delicious!
The idea was to try the famous “Pot-au-feu” from Furnas’s Hot Springs, which is a mix of meat and vegetables that are boiled in the hot waters of the Furnas. It’s going to cook very slowly, and that is the secret for such a delicious meal. We, however, presented with so many other delicious options, ended up choosing something else. I had the black risotto with squid on top, while K had the fried forkbeard fillets with veggies, and we did not regret it.
While driving we could spot a lot of places for sight-seeing, and we’d eventually stop and just wander around.
Today is going to be a very long and busy day. But also very exciting. Please take a look at my stories on instagram!
There’s a small archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic that is the definition of paradise. And it’s 100% Portuguese: Açores.
These beautiful islands are specks of green surrounded by deep blue waters, from a distance, and once there, it’s like you are immersed in a sea of beautiful shades of green, with clear crystalline water showing up here and there, and, if you’re lucky, a misty breeze on the horizon.
Back in November, we flew out of main land to Açores and visited the main island. We drove around the tiny island for 5 days and left wanting more.
In two more days I’ll be on spring break. I can hardly wait…!
And I’m already packing for the next trip – check the stories on my instagram, I’ll have a lot of those over the next few days, and I promise they’re going to be interesting! (and I’ll probably make a fool of myself, so…)
Have a nice Monday!