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... the suffering, enough reasons, why to do seemingly so crazy things!
My running friends on the Gold Coast can probably sing a song about this, as I read ,they were doing the 500 km Endeavour run at temperature of up to 47 degree, and, I am sure, sill be happy at the end!
Well, really hope to join you guys next year!
Anyway, Saturday night, my destination in the centre of a very lively city, restaurants and shops still ...
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
... canals by the side of the small streets, filled with the largest and fattest koi that I have ever seen. They must be fed very well. The buildings were old samurai buildings, reminding me slightly of the ones at Takayama, but at a much smaller scale.
We tried to find a place for lunch but gave up in the end. We were back at the train station by 3pm and I happened to mention to Joan that we hadn't had lunch. She told us that ...
... places appeared to be closed when we walked past but opened just as we were walking back to catch the return train. We did have a lovely torfu cheese cake I don't think it much cheese in it but it was very tasty. We saw an interesting roadside stall cooking chestnuts, first they cut into the outer shell then pressure cooked them for some minutes and then sold them hot.
A long day as we got back to the ...
... see more! First stop is the lookout to see the volcano up close. There are parts of the volcano that are still active and so we are advised to keep an eye on it at all times. The haze clears momentarily so we get to see its rugged beauty. Our guide for this trip only speaks Japanese so she has booklets that she has prepared with the explanation of the main things we will see. The drive is very interesting. The roads are extremely narrow. Due to the rich volcanic soil there ...