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... He went to Scotland, married a Scottish lass and learned the secret of making whisky and brought it back to Japan. They smoke the barly with peat for flavour and the kilns are fired on coal. It was a beautiful site, very busy with Japanes because it's a four day holiday, and there was a very busy tasting room where we tasted the basic blended and single malt, they were nice enough to buy a bottle each:-) they also make an apple wine which ...
... and rain. So far, the rain has held off. However, the train is overheated at probably 30C. Owen has asked for the temperature to be lowered so now it is a more pleasant 26c. We are all still stripped down to T-shirt level.
At Shintoku Station, I bought one of their local delicacies - frozen cheese cake with a thin layer of chocolate underneath and a thin pastry crust at the bottom. Robert is such a bad influence when it comes to food! I had a vanilla ...
In the morning it was still raining and the clouds hanging low. No point to go on a mountain when you cannot see anything
So we decided to visit the lavender fields and town in Furano closed by. There farms that grow lavender - and for once not rice fields or soy beans - and those are attractions to Japanese tourists. There is a local train line going there which came handy
We ate at ...
Unfortunately the weather changed to become overcast and scattered rains. So we step out at Sapporo - the 1972 winter olymic game host city - and explored the botanical garden.
As it has been raining pretty hard, some of the parts were not accessible and still damp
Anyway in the Otori Park of the city was the famous Sapporo Beer festival. We can only imagine how it is in the evening, but we had lunch there. ...
... to the top, than it is, to the top of the pyramid and that only takes like, 2hrs!" (walsh's pyramid in cairns). I was less enthusiastic as to the summit climb, having trudged through snow previously, but not wanting to dampen the spirit i followed. Needless to say, 100m or so up and about 600m of actual weaving across mountain peak in soft untouched powder.....falling over our snow shoes, knee deep in cold wet fun,.....hmmm maybe this will be ...