Wednesday, March 16, 2016

JAPAN 2016 -- 2


Japan Websites
as of 7/2/16

INTERNATIONAL CONTINENCE SOCIETY

BASIC TRAVEL
·         LonelyPlanet Japan
·         TripAdvisor Japan
·         Japan Guide
·         Japan Rail Pass |Japan Rail Map
·         Japanese Guest Houses
·         LonelyPlanet Tokyo
·         TripAdvisor Tokyo
·         ExpatInfoDesk Tokyo
·         Tokyo Subway Map
·         Viator Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour Includes Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple & Tokyo Bay Cruise
·         Hotel Monterey Ginza
·         LonelyPlanet Kyoto
·         Viator Kyoto Day Trips
·         15 Hikes
·         Samurai Tours

RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY
·         Buddhist Temples
·         Shinto Shrines

Saturday, May 23, 2015

ENGLAND AND WALES 2015 -- 1

+ This post includes entries from May 23 until a date yet to be determined. Latest entries are at the top.  If you would like to contibute, write JW in your subject line and send it to john@abundancetrek.com or make a comment on my Facebook page if you are a Facebook friend of mine.

+ updated on Friday, June 5 at 3:03pm EDT.

+ We want to do some hiking in Northumberland. I found 2 websites with some useful information: https://www.contours.co.uk/walking-holidays/coastal-castles.php and http://stcuthbertsway.info/. Rick Steves has a page as well: https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/articles/from-walls-to-islands-northern-englands-past-comes-alive

+ I am learning about Holy Island at http://www.holy-island.info/tours/ and http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/gospels/getting-here and http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g504044-Holy_Island_Northumberland_England-Vacations.html

+ Here is a web page for purchasing train tickets on Virgin East Coast Trains:  https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/special-offers/deals/cheap-tickets/But it looks like we will be doing plenty of travel by train and, thefore, the BritRailPass will be a good deal for us. See https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/transportation/trains/britain-rail-passes
    + Thinking about what to do this summer when we are in London for a couple of nights. I wonder what's going on in the West End? So ... http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/ 

    + Mary will be working with research colleagues in Southampton once again. In the past I have enjoyed visiting the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Winchester and the South Downs which recently became a National Park.  Mary works. I play.  Not fair. I know but she does like my company on these trips. I am blessed.

    + We will be staying at a B&B in Bristol for 2 nights.  We plan to go on a day trip to Cardiff from there. We have never set foot in Wales before.  My favorite spot in Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  The B&B is within walking distance from that great bridge.  

    + We will be staying at a B&B in Durham for 5 nights.  Durham is in NE England and we plan to rent a car and see the countryside.  We will do a day trip to York.


    Friday, May 1, 2015

    JAPAN 2016 -- 1

    + This post includes entries from May 1, 2015 until a date yet to be determined. Latest entries are at the top.  If you would like to contibute, write JW in your subject line and send it to john@abundancetrek.com or make a comment on my Facebook page if you are a Facebook friend of mine.

    + Today, May 1, 2015, Mary told me that we are now planning to go to the annual meeting of the International Continence Society in Tokyo in September 2016.  So the internet exploration begins: 

    Tokyo Wikipedia article | Tokyo Wikitravel article







    Friday, October 3, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO

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    + updated Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:19pm ESDT

    + My plan is that I will keep adding to this post from today, October 3, until some future date when I have collected photos and links and reflections on this trip which is now in the near future, So keep coming back!

    The trip begins on October 15 and ends October 24.  Mary is participating in a conference there, the annual meeting of the International Continence Society October 20-24.

    Here are some links I am finding helpful:
    + Conference Venue Website > http://www.ccsulamerica.com.br/
    + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro
    + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    BERNER OBERLAND 2014

    + Rick Steves is absolutely right. If you want to be in the Alps, get up there and stay in a village high above the valley. So we didn't stay in Interlaken like we did in 2004. This time we got it right and stayed in Mürren which tourists can reach only by gondola and train. What a joy it was to stay in a beautiful mountain village without any traffic. 

    + Here is the view from the living room of the apartment we shared with our travel partners for 4 nights:


    + I have uploaded some of my favorite photos: 


     + Here is a link to information about the Berner Oberland > 
    http://www.magicswitzerland.com/bernese_oberland.htm

    + Rick Steves offers a great short video about the Schilthorn (the peak above Mürren reached by the Schilthornbahn gondola) and the great hiking in the area. Rick's book on Switzerland is loaded with Berner Oberland information and ideas. 


    BARCELONA 2013




    + This is one of the many multi-colored windows in the amazing Sagrada Familia Basilica which was designed by the legendary architect, Antoni Gaudi. Construction began in 1882. It is expected to be completed by around 2025. But don't wait! See it now. It is spectacular.  

    + To see a gallery of photos I took in Barcelona, go to  http://www.pbase.com/abundancetrek/barcelona2013

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    ROME 2012

    + I left my camera somewhere in Rome on the day we left, March 3.  I took plenty of photos I will never be able to share. 

    + Rick Steves describes Rome as "magnificent and brutal at the same time."  I agree! 

    + I was really amazed at the Pantheon which has stood for nearly 2000 years and hasn't changed all that much.

    + The many fountains and piazzas are quite a treat.

    + We enjoyed delicious meals again and again.  I am sure that the Rick Steves recommendations make a huge difference.  When we tried a ristorante he didn't recommend, we were not as pleased.