*122* The Testaments (Margaret Atwood) – contains spoilers

Never mind I have four other books patiently waiting for me to talk about them… let me be topical and up to date for once. I pre-ordered this book months ago but had totally forgotten about it… I’m always wary of ‘follow-ups’ and let’s face it how can you improve on the chilling perfection that […]

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*121* what I read on holiday

Books, books, let’s talk about books again because it’s been a while and I have lots of them to share with you lovely people. Assuming there’s someone out there.. So, three books in just over two weeks isn’t bad going, but let’s face it, there were two long flights, lots of train journeys and a […]

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*120* postcards from Japan

Last day. We’re back in Tokyo for just over 24 hours and after travelling for two weeks the city feels familiar: the noise, the smell, the sounds… it’s why I love travelling so much, this feeling that even the most diverse place can be a little bit like home. We have a wonder through the […]

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*119* postcards from Japan, Kyoto/Kanazawa

On our last morning in Kyoto I packed quickly and visited another temple… Kiyomizudera-dera… the main hall was unfortunately under repair but you can still visit inside and get an idea of how amazing it is, all built out of dark wood, sitting majestically on the side of the hill on the eastern side of […]

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*118* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 3)

Monday morning, second week of school. No 3 has already destroyed his school shoes, admittedly they weren’t new, but I’d only bought them in May last year. Sigh. Also he thought that telling me on the Monday morning 5 minuted before we’re due to leave was a better option than owning up on Friday after […]

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*117* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 2)

More Kyoto. More temples. Frankly, it’s all about them… oh and the geisha too… So after the Fushimi Inari shrine/amazing red torii gate experience we headed back to the hotel for breakfast and then out again for more: first up this one, dedicated it seems to a while boar. No English description (and why should […]

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*116* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 1)

Kyoto is magical. President Truman, when choosing a target for the first atomic bomb discarded Kyoto because he’d spent his honeymoon there and loved it so much. It was for century the old capital of Japan (before to move to Tokyo a couple of century ago. It houses 1700 temples and shrines. It will capture […]

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*115* postcards from Japan, Naoshima and Teshima Islands

I’ve just said goodbye to the boys for the their first day of school, Lilli – the ferocious beast – is snoring on the sofa already, the builders coming to take down the terrace with their pneumatic hammer have not arrived yet so all it’s calm and quiet in the house. Today it all begins […]

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*114* postcards from Japan, Hiroshima

Just under an hour from the centre of Hiroshima, half way up a hill, in a quiet residential street there is the most gorgeous ‘ryokan’ you can possibly imagine. A ryokan is a is a type of traditional Japanese inn that typically feature tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and other public areas where visitors may wear […]

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*113* postcards from Japan, Hiroshima

We’re back. I decided to leave the computer in the suitcase in the end and simply enjoy the time away. Good choice on my part. It’s been an amazing trip and I’ll never forget it. Also, I’d like to go back! So, let’s see where was I?… Hiroshima. Yes. Wow. What can be said of […]

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