Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
While we were there we had a sauna and then swam in the lake (you wouldn't go in without getting steaming hot first!) We went rowing and Damon went fishing with the kids. Damon got on very well with all the other kids their even though no one much could or would (if they could) speak English and Damon ,of course, does not speak Finnish. We were also given a very fine concert on an accordion by Matti (Marjo's Dad). If I ever work out how to load it I will give you a snippet that Brian recorded on his mobile. Their were many children there as Marjo's sister and her family also came. It is a great example of a wonderful family lifestyle.
These photos are from Turku still. These first ones are from a Handicrafts Museum which is in original old buildings all set up as they would have been. In a few places people were showing the crafts, such as this lace maker...
This is from Turku Cathedral where we watched a lady play medieval music.
and this is from inside Turku castle..
more to come soon...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
and then we walked along the river Aura, which is a beautiful river near the town with many restaurants, boats, restaurants in boats and maritime displays. Everyone rides bikes and many people were enjoying the beautiful summer day.
We also visited the market square and have spent the rest of the day eating, peas, strawberries and cherries.
Hares and squirrels run through the garden, but I haven't managed a photo of them yet.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The old and the new of Tokyo...
Plenty of Rhododendrons in the gardens pictured with my Mum...
and a very strange wrapped tree...
It was very tiring and I think you need more time than we had to find your way around. It is difficult in a non-English speaking country - not many signs in English and even though the Japanese are very helpful they only tell you things if you ask a direct question. They don't generally offer advice or extra information.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
On the flight, we got great service & I watched 3 movies - mostly not memorable. After I coughed a little, and sneezed once or twice I noticed a pile of passengers around me put face masks on - I sure hope they didn't think they would catch my cold! The flight was a JAL one and the service was great, but what really took my fancy (as it is a bit of a soapbox of mine) was that the hostesses put on the cutest aprons when it was time to serve the food. They were in JAL fabric in pastels yellows and greens with a cross over flattering front and the largest decorative bow at the back. I think it is time for a comeback for aprons!
So far, Japan is very warm & sticky (especially for us toowoomba-ites), the people very polite and very efficeint. Tonight we are opting to stay in our hotel room, have baths (deep bath-tubs - yay!), drink our duty free wine and have room service. Don't know much about this place but we will explore more tomorrow.