While we were on our way to Japan it was announced that Tokyo would host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Over the next six weeks, I tried to imagine how visitors from around the world would find touring around Japan. Specifically, outside the Tokyo Games and the special arrangements for press and athletes, will Japan […]
We didn’t make it quite to the top of the mountain, but our hike in the eastern part of the Japan Alps was on a completely clear Sunday. We could see snow-covered peaks to the Northwest, big stands of birch trees with leaves already turned to yellow, a cold mountain stream stumbling over rocks, and […]
Nagano was our second stop out of Tokyo, and our first experience staying in a ryokan guest house. We found Chuokan Shimizuya Ryokan on Booking.com. With grass mats and sparse furnishings, it seemed huge in comparison to our city hotels. We took advantage of the baths, relaxed with tea in our room, used the window […]
We returned to Sligo, the town and the county, to recall the poetry of W.B. Yeats, to walk the area, and to take photos. By good luck and some poking around, we ended up having dinner with a local couple, Damien and Paula, who regularly host Yeats Evenings of fine food, great conversation, and the […]
Most of Kristin's current travel writing is posted to TRAVELPAST50.COM. HMSHENNING.COM continues to include essays, poetry, oddball photos, and impractical travel notes. After a mad-dash tour of Barcelona and Madrid with family in early November, Kris is moving on to Eastern Europe, where she hopes to dredge up some of her high school and college German. Zehr Gut! Updates are posted via twitter.com/HMSHenning or Facebook.com/HMSHenning. See you there!