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Entry fee

17 November 2019

Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku Gyoen-Garden - Entry fee

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden and shopping in Shinjuku

I last went to Shinjuku Gyoen Garden in March 2012. It was a grey day, and everything in it was brown and dead. The place was almost deserted. The....

Turtle hunt

14 November 2019

Japan-Koriyama-Garden-Kaiseizan - Turtle hunt

Wandering around the many gardens of Koriyama

Today is my rest day after yesterdays big hike. The weather seemed very changeable. There was very fast moving cloud, high winds, then a few secon....

Fast lap

16 July 2019

England-London-Covent Garden - Fast lap

A flying visit to Covent Garden at dusk

I was at work for 13 hours today so this will be the worst, shortest update yet with the worst photos. I have to be at work early again tomorrow t....

Palatial botany

7 July 2019

France-Versailles-Palace-Garden - Palatial botany

Palais de Versaille / Palace of Versailles - France

On previous trips I have been to the eyefull tower, I have been to the champs a lease a and I have been to the arch of trump. I had not been to th....

No train day

3 November 2018

Japan-Tokyo-Garden - No train day

A walk through a University to Rikugien and Yanesen

Before we get started, I should mention I again got racially insulted today, thats twice in a week, Japan has changed. A store vendor decided to c....

Every single park and garden

9 May 2018

China-Shanghai-Park-Yuyuan Garden - Every single park and garden

Exploring all the free parks in Shanghai

Today I visited every single park, garden, temple, shrine, square, reserve and backyard in the greater Shanghai area, on foot. As you will see, Sh....

Botanists delight

8 May 2018

China-Shanghai-Botanic Garden-Flowers - Botanists delight

Heading to the Shanghai Botanic gardens on the subway

Today I went to the Shanghai Botanic Gardens. It seems every Chinese city has a huge botanical research facility, Shanghai is no exception. This c....

Castle in the fog

8 November 2017

Japan-Gifu-Rain-Fog-Castle-Garden - Castle in the fog

Climbing up the slippery hills to get to Gifu castle

Weather update: Misty fog but still really warm. Health update: Mildly snotty but maybe already getting better? Today I got to use the plethora o....

Drowning in a sea of tissues

28 October 2017

Japan-Shizuoka-Kyoto-Shrine-Garden-Train - Drowning in a sea of tissues

Sunpu castle and the view from the hills over Shizuoka

Right now I am on the train to Kyoto, a roughly 2 hour trip from Shizuoka on the slow train, and I wished I was on the fast train or walking. You ....

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