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... Because of the unstable structure of the bedrock, engineers decided that they could not use borers. They had to blast and hand dig the tunnel. The decision to build the tunnel came about in 1964 when the fifteenth typhoon for the year (Japan has so many typhoons that they don't bother with names anymore, just numbers) sunk 5 ferries in the straits with the loss of thousands of lives. It was a hurried look at what these ferries were like.
... throw it out at home. This would be a challenge in our case, so we just took it back to the ship.
But I digress. In these cities, we visited street markets full of the freshest and most diverse seafood imaginable, much of it alive and ready for consumption. Some of it, not recognizable. Bonnie drooled whilst I, most definitely, did not. Anyone for a 7 pound (!) crab? It was the size of a poodle. See picture.
... of the largest cemeteries we've seen. It goes way up the hill and the monuments and burial plots are huge. There must be millions of graves here given that cremation is the usual custom. By now it's getting on for 4.30pm and while we had intended to go back to the ship before heading up the mountain on the Ropeway we decided to abandon that idea and get back on the tram and go to the Ropeway now. It's is reputed to be one of the busiest cable cars in ...
... catholic, russian orthodox, etc.) beside some shrines. The houses are build according to Western style and remember the time when the first traders have lived there
On the way back we heard in the old shipyards German music and ended up in a restaurant that had a beer festival with "german" dishes. Overall a funny evening and day
... in 1910), Russian Orthodox church )
Also went to the Red Brick Warehouse area. Built just after 1907 and now home to up market shops ( with up market prices), galleries and food places. Shops pretty good. I am continually amazed at the packaging and presentation of all the stuff that is sold.
But all of that was after a visit to the "morning market". It is mainly a seafood market but it's more than just "wholesale" selling of ...