Reports

Nagoya Japan Fall Trip Report: Days 1 – 3

Nagoya was not our first or second choice for this leg of our Japan trip. Originally, we wanted to visit Sapporo. (“We” in this case is me; while willing to go, I think Sarah is perfectly fine on not visiting places where it snows. Unless they have monkeys…and these places all do.) We nixed Sapporo […]

Mount Fuji Fall Colors Trip Report – Day 2

For our second day Japan’s Fuji Five Lakes region, we got up early to catch the first bus to Lake Kawaguchi. It’s been a while since I posted Day 1 of our Mount Fuji Trip Report, but you can read that here. Now that fall colors season is winding down in Kyoto, I’m no longer racing […]

Mount Fuji Fall Colors Trip Report – Day 1

After wanting to visit Mount Fuji many times over the course of our last several trips to Japan, we finally decided to make it happen this time. The key considerations were Fuji Five Lakes region versus Hakone (Lake Ashi) and whether to do a day-trip or spend a couple of nights at Mount Fuji. There […]

Tokyo Fall Trip Report – Day 3

Our last full day in Tokyo was to be our most ambitious. Our original itinerary included Meiji Jingu, Robot Restaurant, Hedgehog Cafe Harry, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Fire Museum, Samurai Museum, Hanazono Shrine, and Himawari Zushi Shintoshin. If you haven’t read Day 2 of our Tokyo trip yet, you can catch up here. For Day […]

Tokyo Fall Trip Report – Day 2

Following our first full day in Tokyo, we were up bright and early the next morning for tickets to Tsuta, another ramen restaurant. Actually, not just “another” ramen restaurant—the first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant. Luckily for us, it was only 15 minutes from our place. The process of getting the tickets was much more straightforward than […]

Tokyo Fall Trip Report – Day 1

The opening leg of our Japan odyssey was a long holiday weekend in Tokyo bookended by visits to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea for Halloween and Christmas. Our plan was do space those visits out with 5 days in the city, and we’ll cover those days in condensed fashion, along with some photos and video, here. […]

Hong Kong Fall Trip Report

The first stop on our Asia trip was Hong Kong. Unlike our stay in Japan, this was a relatively brief stopover, with only two days to explore the city followed by a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. Our main reasons for visiting were seeing that park at Halloween, and also revisiting the city after our […]

Bon Voyage!

Greetings from the Windy City! As I write this, Sarah and I are waiting to board our flight to Asia for a two month trip exploring Hong Kong and Japan (…but mostly Japan). Traveling for an extended period of time is an idea that has been percolating for a while for us. At the end […]

Tips for Trollstigen: Norway’s Troll Path

Trollstigen (also known as the Troll’s Path or Road) is a winding mountain drive in Norway’s Reinheimen National Park that takes visitors through hairpin turns of the Trolltindene mountain range. In this post, we’ll share our report from the Troll’s Path, tips for Trollstigen, and our photos from deep within Norway’s troll country! If you’re unfamiliar […]

Hiking to Norway’s Pulpit Rock: Photos & Tips

Hiking to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is one of Norway’s most popular things to do, and is a great experience from Stavanger. In this post, we’ll share photos, our hike report, tips for how to do this hike as a cruise port activity, and much more. The hike to Preikestolen is moderately difficult, with well-marked trails that are […]