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A Winter's Tale

sunny 11 °C

Our Christmas cake...
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Any Canadian dreaming of a white Christmas this year was probably disappointed when El Nino showed up and pushed the winter thermometers through the roof. However, the giant trees in our parched garden were happy with the soaking they got from the accompanying storms and the lighthouse looked radiant under a rainbow...
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The herrings were confused and showed up two months early, taking the sea lions and the fishermen by surprise. But this bald eagle can spot a meal miles away and was quickly on the scene...
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The daffodils were equally pleased with the weather and put on quite a show in January...
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We, however, cannot be fooled into thinking that we have seen an end to winter. We miss the warm sunshine so it’s time to repack our bags and head to the South Pacific. En-route – a short break in Japan to see the early plum blossoms in Narita...
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The extensive and ancient Naritasan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Tokyo attracts throngs of tourists even on a weekday in winter, but we got to see the elaborate three century old pagoda before the crowds arrived...
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Narita was a small farming community before the building of Tokyo's main airport and the locals fought hard, (and sometimes violently) against the development. The residents today are seemingly grateful for the huge influx of tourists and the quaint shopping streets are filled with souvenir shops and restaurants...
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Eels are the favourite local dish and numerous restaurants serve the local delicacy. Here is the chef preparing our lunch...
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We could easily stay in Japan, and will return in April when the cherry blossom festivals will be in full swing. But now we are drawn to the warm seas and summer sun of the Antipodes. So please tag along with us for the next eight weeks as we go walkabout downunder in search of kiwis, koalas and kangaroos.

Posted by Hawkson 20:54 Archived in Japan

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Happy Trails, mates!

by Joyce

On the road again. Looking forward to your on going adventures.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Enjoy the world down under. Remember to look hard for the Kiwis as they are difficult to spot, look up in the trees for those cuddly, cute koalas, and look down on the road as you will find most of your kangaroos flat on the road. Have a great adventure.

by Samchow58

As they say in Japan, yoi tabi o - have a good trip.

by Tom

Wow - a lovely way to start off the year with stories of your adventures... safe travels,
Love from the "wet" west coast :-)
(although tomorrow I'm sure I'll be able to say from the "sunny seaside")

by Gabriole

How exciting. I've just booked myself into the Richmond hotel in Narita, though I was also tempted to try the 9 hours capsule hotel at the airport, for my trip in May. Will look forward to your tips en route. Just off to a Travel Show in London to learn more and plan other trips.
Wishing you beaucoup de bons voyages!

by Heather

How wonderful to vicariously join you on this latest trip. Beautiful images. I know you always make the most of your adventures and I eagerly await the next installment. Xoxo

by Trudy

I am just back from Portland after visiting my friend Walker and in 13 days will be in Colombia to see Kelly. Cant wait for the heat so I will have lots of your stories when I come back love Jean

by Jean McLaren

How exciting! I was wondering when these posts would start arriving. I will look forward with pleasure to following along.
Buen Viaje!

by Ginny Miller

Many thanks for including us!! Looking forward
to future blogs.

by Ginny Miller's parents

Looking forward to travelling with you. Safe journey.

by The Vickerage

there you are. we wondered where you went after Belgium. Enjoy! Look forward to your nextblog. Great Gabriola shots.
love Peggi,Gord and Buddi

by peggi diebel

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