Hotel Wingport Nagasaki
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Day 4 we explored the area on bikes again this time heading up through a forest to the Arita dam and lake area - it was stunning scenery. Next stop was the local bakery, which we love, where everything is made from scratch, including mini pizzas which are delicious. We have made friends with the owner Takako – she was so sweet and presented me with handmade porcelain thimbles that she made herself. The next day she gave Brad a ...
... it was surprisingly similar to going into Ketchikan, Alaska…just much warmer and more humid.
We used the local tram system to get around. It was nice, easy to use, and inexpensive (unlimited rides for the 3 of us for the day for about $15). They have 4 different tram lines that can get you close to most of the sights. The stops are numbered so it’s relatively easy to keep track of where you need to get off.
We started off at ...
... streets. I didn't get lost so got good marks on my tour guiding for the day.
Walking back streets on our own in more us, than seeing the main sights as that's where you get a feel for the place. It seemed every few metres Rachelle would be diving into another little shop, not to buy anything but just to nose around. I didn't mind at all, in fact I bought a new hat! Guys don't really browse, we shop. Girls seem to like just looking. I just liked ...
... We have the Japan Rail pass, but we don't know where we ll be next. We do have an idea of cities we want to visit, but we are really just winging it. We are not worried because we feel safe and we love the adventure. For example, we wanted to stay one more night in Nagasaki, but there was no more room at the inn (ha ha ha). So we looked at the map and Kumamoto looked good, so we are headed there for one night only. From ...
... pieces, onward to the Kiln of a different type of pottery, made from a
pale rock, pulverised ,then mixed to clay, we saw the complete process, with
the staff still painting by hand ,brushes, so large, made of deer and goat
hair, as they have since 400 years ago, its traditional and the process is
intricate, it was the blue and white and almost cartoon figures ,this time,
nothing really outstanding here to like, but a great Family ,with many ...