Sunday, September 24, 2017


One of the reasons we’d chosen Maui was for the exceptional snorkeling, which we really enjoy.  We snorkeled almost every day of the trip, and we were not disappointed!  Our first major outing was at Black Rock, where we just snorkeled from the beach.  We saw a great variety of fish and coral, a number of sea turtles, and a hypnotic school of fish undulating below us.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Northwest Maui


We celebrated our 15th anniversary in Maui, Hawaii last October.  We’d been to the big island of Hawaii and Kauai a little over 15 years earlier, and while we loved both, we wanted to try something new.  It’s surprising how different each island is, given how close they are.  We’d found local variations on each island, and Maui was no exception.  We chose to rent an apartment for the week, eventually settling on one between Kaanapali and Kapalua. Maui is a small enough island that you can explore it all from a central point, and while there were various areas that tempted us, the location on the Kanapaali coast gave us a good amount of options, with a supermarket in nearby Kapalua and all of the restaurants and shops of Kanapaali within a short drive. An added bonus was that there was a turtle cleaning station just out from our condo where we could watch turtles and snorkel with them. 

Monday, July 3, 2017



Often it's the part of trip that we least plan that delight us the most, perhaps because our experiences aren't fraught with expectations, perhaps because it's an instance of all the stars aligning, who knows, but the little town of Nara was one of those surprises. Our time in Japan was running out, so we decided to take a detour on our last travel day and spend some of it in Nara, which we had read and been told was beautiful. Sometimes it can be a mistake to add on a destination in an attempt to suck the marrow, but this time it worked out, and we were able to see another little corner of this wonderful country in the time we had left.  Nara lies about an hour East of Osaka on a commuter rail spoke, and we headed there first thing in the morning, after we checked out of our hotel in Osaka,  We were able to store our luggage at the Tourist Info building just outside the Nara station.  It was going to rain off and on all day, but we found that the TI had loaner umbrellas, which is a great idea.  We each picked one, and headed out to the nearby temple park complex.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Osaka Food


We don't pretend to be the penultimate foodies--we've got far too many allergies and aversions for that. But when we heard that there is a place in Osaka called Dotonbori that celebrates all things food-related, we knew it was a destination we had to add to our list.  We had so much fun wandering around watching the animated food signs, people enthusiastically taking photos of their food, food trucks and walk-up food stands and street hawkers, oh my!

The legs on this crab move, like many of the signs on Dotonbori

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Signs in Japan


We're fond of interesting signs, and we encountered a number of them in Japan.  The text above appears to be "watch out for (or yield to?) pedestrians," though looks like the cyclist is running next to his bike, which makes it all the more confusing.

Google Translate interprets the text below as "pets are not allowed to bring in."  It's always interesting to see what specific dog breed is pictured in signs like this.