Samurai Warrior Statue

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Samurai Warrior Statue Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. See in a park, near the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo.

Worst Thing Ever!

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Worst Thing Ever! Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I've just started uploading my Japan photos to Flickr. This was what greeted my eyes at the nearest convenience store to the geocache Narita TB Station #3. I stayed only long enough to take a ...

The places in the world I’ve been

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

I've visited 15 countries. Mexico, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Vatican City, France, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand. It sounds like a lot, but according to World66, that's a mere 6% of the world.

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Pretty things

Monday, May 1st, 2006

The Victoria and Albert Museum was so fantastic and so colossal I didn't end up going to the other museums nearby. I didn't have time. Five hours I spent wandering the confusing halls and passages, nearly all of them undergoing reconstruction work, and I still didn't see it all. I ...

Photos from Japan #2 – Mt Fuji

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Early the next day after I arrived, the wedding party, comprising Martin, Mieko, Ann (Martin's Mum), Kevin (Martin's Dad), Eileen (Martin's Dad's partner,) Louise (Martin's sister) and her boyfriend Stewart, Martin's aunts Sue, Catherine and Jenny and I all went to Mt Fuji in a hire car and van driven ...

Photos from Japan #1 – Narita TB Station #3

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I've updated my log of Narita TB Station #3 geocache with photos I took on the day. Here's me at the shrine, next to the cache. More photos under the more link below.


Monday, April 10th, 2006

It was a Narita coach ticket. I'm currently checked in and waiting for my flight (which I have to board at 12.30pm) and the Internet Access point has a normal English keyboard. Oh the joy of being able to type at full speed without Japanese characters appearing! ;-) In other good ...

Sunglasses at night

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

I feel like Holly Golightly, wearing my prescription sunglasses at night. My red framed glasses got broken last night at Martin and Mieko's reception. The lenses have fallen out and one arm has been torn off. My camera is also busted. The lense goes out when you turn it on ...

Travelling Tokyo

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Brian, you commented that I would meet many weird and wonderful toilets in Japan. None could be worse than: Squat toilets! Oh, the humanity! ;-p I have only been forced to use them twice, the first time when the wedding party were coming back to Hanno after walking around Eido. There were no ...


Friday, April 7th, 2006

Yesterday Martin took the whole wedding party to Little Eido, a 400 year old area which used to be the capital of Japan. It was a fascinating place - ancient buildings, bell towers where the bells were rung by a hanging log, narrow streets without sidewalks where you had to ...


Thursday, April 6th, 2006

How come I have been typing and fiddling with this internet cafe computer for 15 minutes and only now are the letters not coming out as Japanese characters? I do not know what setting I adjusted, but it seems to have worked, although I do not have apostrophes on this ...