While in Tokyo we booked onto a walking tour of the Kagurazaka district so we could explore an area a bit outside of the main commercial area and with cobblestone streets we were able to get a different view of Tokyo.
Houses often had these Tanuki statues outside.
A helpful sign in Brussels highlighted that we should be taking a photo at this moment.
Other than waffles, Belgium, and Brussels in particular is famous for its comic strip history. We took the opportunity to follow the comic strip trail – there are quite a few great comic book stores, and if this is your kind of thing, the Tin Tin Shop is fun to look around too.
Brussels at Christmas is a delight. Having only ever been to Brussels before for work and spending my time wandering around in the rain between meetings in nondescript office buildings, this trip made a nice change. It may have been freezing cold, but seeing the buildings in Grand Place lit up to music was definitely worth it,
This square is thought to be one of the most beautiful in Europe – and when lit like this was a huge Christmas tree it’s not difficult to see why,
There was even a Christmas pig.
In the spring I headed back to Kensington to visit the palace and gardens. I used to work five minutes walk from here and never made it over so with a bit of time off work it seemed like a good place to explore.
The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is impressive, particularly in the sunlight.
And the Royal Albert Hall, one of London’s finest venues.
This week we had to make a trip to Manchester for work. Having lived there it feels a little strange just visiting, but its interesting seeing how the city changes in between visits.. We had a little time to spare before we had to catch a train so took the opportunity to have a wander around the Christmas markets.