To unknown Tuscany

[June 2023] Our journey in Italy continues. We wanted to go to Tuscany for the first time in a while, but as we learned from our trip to Lake Como in April, famous places were…

Valle d'Aosta

Kitschy hotel and moody restaurant

[Apr. 2023] After descending from Monte Bianco, Italy‘s highest peak, we returned to Aosta, the capital of Valle d’Aosta, by bus. It was only about an hour away, but Aosta was much warmer. Tonight’s lodging…

Valle d'Aosta

Hotel and the shuttle bus

[Apr. 2023] We stayed at a hotel called Edelweiss in the village of Pre Saint Didier in Valle d’Aosta, the north western tip of Italy. If you come by bus from Aosta and get off…


Thanks to our ‘angel’

[Feb. 2023] We spent a whole month in February this year with my elderly mother in Japan. On this day, the whole family (mum, my sister and her husband and us) was supposed to travel…


This was the best hotel during this holiday

[Jan. 2023] Ávila, a town in Spain, is located right in the middle between Salamanca and Madrid. Our theme of this trip was “the production area of black pigs”, and Ávila was not in that…


About disappointing hotel and our night walk

[Dec. 2022] The hotel we stayed in Salamanca in Spain was a four-star hotel named Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca. The location is excellent, right behind the Plaza Mayor, a beautiful square in the centre of…


Alcázar is now a hotel

[Dec. 2022] Next in Zafra, a town in western Spain, we went to Alcázar. Alcázar means a castle or a fort, and our guidebook describes it as a “castle”, but it seems more appropriate to…


Lovely hotel and town walk

[ Dec.2022 ] Zafra, a town in Extremadura, Spain, is an Andalusian-like white town, so much so that it is sometimes called “Little Seville”. We stayed one night at Hotel Plaza Grande, a hotel located…


Had tapas in the old town with warm colours

[Dec. 2022] In Caceres, a town in Extremadura, Spain, we stayed at a hotel called Soho Boutique Casa Don Fernando, which faces Plaza Mayor, the central square. We chose this hotel because of its location….