Liebster Awards 1 & 2


I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award a couple of times recently and, honestly, while I am honored beyond belief; I’ve been so busy traveling that I kind of put them on the back burner. I’m going to combine both nominations into one post for my own convenience and nobody else’s and hope nobody’s offended. Here we go:

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Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 9 Japanese Farmhouse Museum

Headed out to the open air farmhouse museum. The museum is set in a large park area which was hard hit by the recent typhoon and damage is much in evidence. The museum farmhouses were fortunately spared.

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The tour of the old farmhouses give us a unique glimpse into the lives of rural Japanese life during the late Edo period. Continue reading “Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 9 Japanese Farmhouse Museum”

Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 6 Osaka Markets

We’re in Osaka, Japan for a few days. Today we’ve decided to tour the big markets. Well, a couple of them anyway, there are many, many different markets here. We passed through many different market areas along the way. Making the obligatory stop in Dotonburi at the Glico man sign. Glico is the maker of pocky candy and for reason’s I don’t quite understand, it is tradition for Japanese visitors to stop on the bridge and have a picture taken in the Glico man pose under the sign. Continue reading “Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 6 Osaka Markets”

Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 4

After a week of traveling in and around Taiwan and Shanghai, I am suffering from serious burn out. Nothing I can really put a name too, but the weather is warm and humid, the food is heavy, sleep is scarce and interrupted and it’s way too peoply. As some one who has issues with crowds, travel in the far east is challenging. Enough of my whining, let’s concentrate on the trip. Continue reading “Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 4”

Wide-Eyed World Adventure 3 — Tianmu, Taiwan

Beauty is all around us we have but to open our eyes. ~JPP

Natural beauty is one of those things I love, look for, want and need. The beauty of red mountains, green trees, flowing rivers. That type of thing. It can sometimes be elusive, especially when traveling. Once in awhile you just find it, where you least expect it. Tianmu is a large suburb of Taipei, Taiwan. It is decent for a city but like most cities, it is crowded, lots and lots of buildings, many stories tall. Yet, the people work hard and creating natural beauty anywhere they can. The breakfast atrium at our hotel is a fine example. Continue reading “Wide-Eyed World Adventure 3 — Tianmu, Taiwan”

Wide-Eyed World Adventure Continues – 2

Another day in Taichung Taiwan. Finished up the meetings early, had a lovely seafood lunch and headed back to the hotel room.

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Since it was still quite early (about 2:00 pm local time), Superhubs and I decided to do a bit of urban hiking. We walked along canal street to the National Museum of Natural History. Continue reading “Wide-Eyed World Adventure Continues – 2”