Eco-friendly Biodegradable Tea Bags It's no secret the world has a problem with plastic pollution, particularly the presence of micro-plastics in our oceans and drinking water. Did you know that some tea manufacturers incorporate small amounts of plastic into the teabags, so they hold their shape when immersed in hot liquid? That plastic ends up… Continue reading Saving the Planet One Sip of Green Tea at a Time
Japan is a very clean country. You won't see or find litter in the streets. Why? No litter anywhere in Tokyo and Kyoto Several years ago in Japan, a bomb placed in a busy commuter station waste bin exploded and this on top of a 1995 domestic terrorist attack using deadly Sarin Gas also in… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Recycling
As we are on a break from our regular weekly photography challenges, my talented co-host, Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles, highlighted some extra special photographs from Friendly Friday 2020. Most Popular Friendly Friday Post for 2020 My favourite theme for 2020 was: Yellow. It was also the Friendly Friday Challenge post that received the most… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge Review 2020
In photographic terms, grass can be used to frame the shot or make an interesting feature in the foreground.
It is quite ironic that my Friendly Friday Challenge Co-host, Sandy, should give us the prompt, Market this week as I was just looking through my photos of the wonderful Market Hall, in Helsinki, Finland. Finnish Markets Where the Hungarians are spoilt for choice in varieties of Paprika in their markets, Helsinki is spoilt for… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Market
Michelin Star Restaurants Most of us are familiar with 'Michelin stars - the rating system for high-class restaurants the world over. Those highly sought after Michelin stars are indicative of excellence in consistency, presentation of food and mastery of technique. What would you do if you were presented with a Michelin meal you couldn't eat?… Continue reading Michelin Meal in Japan II
Most of us have heard of Michelin stars. That system of rating restaurants according to the results of reviews on consistency and presentation of food, quality and mastery of technique. But Michelin stars can be a fickle thing. They come and go, as a famous French restaurant, formerly run by Paul Bocuse, found out recently… Continue reading Michelin Meals in Japan
It may not be a Sunday for a Sunday still, but nevertheless, it is Holiday decorations! Whilst touring New Zealand, I was invited to Diane's house in Wellington, which, I have to say, was like walking into a Department's store, albeit without price tags. She LOVES Christmas decorating and had no less than 15 trees in her house. It was beautifully done, and tasteful, but bordered just a tad on the obsessive! But what a nice obsession! Dianne collects a gold coin donation from those who visit and the money raised is solely for charity. So it's all for a good cause.
Travel Reviews and Tips for Travelling Are you travelling to any of the following destinations: AustraliaAustriaDenmarkItalyFinlandGermanyHong KongJapanNew ZealandNorwayPolandSingaporeSwedenSwitzerland If so take a look at my Travel Tips Page You can also find other useful information such as: Packing tips for Travel Scandinavian – Books for those who wish to travel via words Amanda in Denmark… Continue reading Travel Tips and Reviews
Living in the wide open spaces of Australia, taking a "day trip" is something so commonplace, it is almost obligatory, but rather than showcase my own backyard, I have chosen a recent day trip in Japan, for this week's Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Day trip. Making our way to Yoyogi Park via the highly efficient… Continue reading Takeshita Day Trip
Tokyo's Meji Shrine is not that far from the Gyoen's (The National Garden in Shinjuku), Sendegaya gate, but heavy rain might hamper your ability to navigate there correctly on foot. It will be particularly difficult if you're holding a tiny Japanese umbrella over two people, and trying to navigate using your smartphone's apps at the… Continue reading Magic Puddles at Meji
It doesn't take long for the uninitiated to get their head around the rather logical Japanese transport system, however it's negotiating the myriad of entrances and exits, at the stations themselves, that can be daunting for the novice traveller. Entering the wrong one, can leave you lost or disorientated. Google maps appears to work really… Continue reading Shuffling through Shibuya
We all use them. Functional, practical, comfy, sometimes stylish. Who invented the chair? The ancient Egyptians are believed to be the first to invent a four-legged seat with a back,... The earliest examples have been found in tombs dating as far back as 2680 B.C” The most common theories are that the chair was an… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Chair