I took quite a while deciding on our places to stay while in Japan but quite a few were booked by chance because of good offers on at the time. One of these hotels was for our stay in Kyoto, it was a little out of the city and near the International Conference centre. When we arrived at the metro station I realised that this was the place where the Kyoto Protocol was signed. Not only a place of huge international significance the area was lovely. There was a park nearby that was so quiet and tranquil it seemed a million miles away to the chaos of Tokyo train station where we were a few hours before.
Yes, we are still working through the Japan photographs from earlier this year. It’s still going to take a while but I now at least have a folder with the ones I want to share on the blog. Today it’s some of the views from Akihabara in Tokyo -an electronics and collectors paradise.
If you like Japanese anime you should probably pay a visit to this place.
We were quite restrained in this area – I could have bought a rather large amount of Totoro related souvenirs, and I was very tempted by some light saber chopsticks, but we settled for a coffee and some window shopping.
We’ve been here before: this is Wicksteed Park, in Kettering. It’s a wonderful place in all seasons, but I think that a cold, crisp Autumn morning sees it at its better:
One of the band-stands in the park. I remember having a very welcome warm coffee by the fire under one of these in London, last year. It was just as blue and crisp, but significantly colder!
To complement the full colour view of Florence from my recent work trip I also took a few black and white shots. As I mentioned in the previous post, I didn’t have a lot of time before I had to catch my flight home but I made the most of it and managed to see quite a bit of the centre of the city.
There is no question, we will be back in Florence to explore properly soon.
So on my way back from Prato I had a few hours to spare in Florence (either that or sit in the airport), so I decided to make the most of it and explore the city. This is a bit of a long blog post – I actually ended up taking a lot of photographs despite the short amount of time.
The crowds of tourists soon began to gather in the square by the cathedral. This was actually when the city was quite quiet, when I passed through here at about 11am later that morning it was actually quite difficult to move across. I would definitely recommend starting early if you want to avoid the crowds.
There were so many places with amazing biscuits, cake, pastries and a whole host of other sweet treats. I’d already bought a rather large amount of biscotti from Prato so I resisted buying more from Florence too.
Since I had a limited amount of time I got hold of a map and planned a route that I thought would take me about an hour to walk – from the main train station to Piazzale Michelangelo. This took me past the main cathedral, over the river Arno and up a steep hill to get a great view over the city.
And this was the view. I would love to have been here to see the sunset over the Tuscan hills.
Following on from the previous colour photographs from Prato in Italy, this post has some of the black and white shots.
The view as I left my hotel and headed into the town centre – complete with some interesting street art.
And other interesting street art… I never worked out what this sculpture was supposed to represent, or where it was from.
I wish I’d had more time to take photographs in Prato. It’s a good excuse to go back. I did however get a couple of hours in Florence before I went back to the airport, and there will be some photographs from that morning in the next post.
I’m lucky that in my job I get to travel to interesting places. This month I had to travel to Prato in Italy to give a presentation in a seminar. The down side of travelling to interesting places for work is that often I don’t really explore them fully because I need to work, either in a hotel somewhere, or wherever the event is being held. This was definitely the case in Prato, but I still managed to have a wander around before and after the sessions.
The weather was certainly a pleasant change. The view from my hotel window was lovely. I should have taken a photo of this at sunset, the colours were beautiful. Sounds like a good enough excuse to go back. I was tired on the first evening and didn’t feel like sitting in a restaurant to eat so I went for a quick walk and found a place that did takeaway pizza. This was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had (and it was only €6).