The worst flu in 20 years

[Dec. 2023] We spent the end of the year in Italy. However, from the 23rd, I started to develop a fever, which is unusual for me. I couldn’t attend the planned Christmas party with our…


Seafood and whisky

[Sept. 2023] We had dinner on the Isle of Barra in the Hebrides of Scotland at the hotel we stayed at. The hotel is Castlebay Hotel in Castlebay, the only town-like town on the island….


First, to Glasgow

[Sept. 2023] There is an island called Barra among the Hebrides, which are scattered on the west side of mainland Scotland. If you come here by plane, apparently propeller planes from Glasgow land right on…


“Liveable” Airbnb here, too

[Aug. 2023] This three nights in Athens, Greece was just an appetizer so to speak. The main destination was Nafplio in the Peloponnese. We spent about 10 days at the Airbnb there with a friend…


Small room and the good supper

[July 2023] This time in Paris, France, we stayed at a three-star hotel called Color Design Hotel. It bothered me a little that the receptionist was being so nice only to my husband, but oh…


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…