25 Nov 2015 – Marine Parade Residence Committee
Sat: sewing, packing and stressing out – my shoes seemed to have gone on holidays without me
Sun: got to the airport in time to buy another pair of shoes. Saw a wedding party in T3Basement and asked if they were having a Star Wars Wedding? They were not aware that Star Wars is the theme at present. When I went up to the Departure Hall, there they were! May the Force be with them and with us all. Time and tide wait for no one and I need to ride on the Tiger.
Change to JetSatr in HKG and thank goodness flights were on schedule. Tiger arr 1810hrs and JetStar dep 2045hrs, had to go thru’ immigration and recheck in again. Even time for a bowl of wonton mee, expensive and not good!
Mon: JetStar dep on time arr Osaka 0110hrs. Immigration took nearly 2hrs but no worries as the first train into town was not until 0545hrs. Was not about to take a cab as that would have cost as much as my air ticket. Found 4 seats where I could close my eyes and lay down for a couple of hours. Safe with the police station there.
Good to see PP safe and sound checked into the Swissotel 24Floor. Nice morning stroll on this Labour Thanksgiving public holiday. The lines for the 0930hrs movies started before 0830hrs.
Fresh baked goods selling like hot cakes but they was just too much for PP & me. But PP needed her coffee, even when the cup is red :-)
Finally found where to make reservations for our JRRail Pass after being sent around 2 other different stations the whole morning!
Osaka Floating Garden and Observatory of Umeda Sky Building and the area around it.
Appreciations to Kazumi Kobayashi (friend of Yoshie Osawa) for her kind help and hospitality as our guide for the day!
Unforgettable 12 course meal at Fujiya***** to start an autumn trip in Japan.
Tue: train from Osaka to Kyoto (25mins) to meet with KK and thus starts the 3monkeys with their annual get-together to celebrate their 60yrs of friendship :-) Delicious lunch at Tousuiro Gion****Kyoto consisting of tofu and veggie.
Strolling for an hour+ in Kyoto before catching the train to Ayabe.
Train from Kyoto to Ayabe (1hr) to catch bus at Oomachi to be picked up to our accommodations – Ayabe Yoshimimu
Sooo behind in my blog postings and these Japan postings will be edited when time permits. For now just a rough draft so as not to forget!