While I have visited Los Angeles many times, this week was my first time to stay downtown. The Intercontinental Downtown LA is the newest and grandest hotel in the area. When you walk toward the hotel, you may expect the hotel lobby/registration to be right there on the first floor – nope! The lobby is […]Read more "La La Land views from 70 stories"
I had certain expectations arriving to Warsaw this week. I expected to see a very old city, with remnants of WW2 destruction and decrepit communist-era concrete buildings. I was very surprised to see a completely rebuilt and inviting modern city. Modern hotels – Westin, Marriott, Intercontinental, Sofitel are found throughout the urban areas. Many English […]Read more "Old city charm in an entirely rebuilt Warsaw"
My travels this week took me to London, where I decided to stay at the Renaissance Hotel at Heathrow Airport. I know what you are thinking? However, airport hotels are necessary when you have a 7:00 am flight the next day and would rather sleep than stress out in traffic. The Renaissance Hotel is just […]Read more "View airplanes landing and taking off from your hotel window"
I visited London several times in the years leading up to their Olympic Games and recall seeing souvenirs and signage all over town promoting the big event. So I was expecting more of the same in Tokyo this month and wanted to at least buy a T-shirt. This was not the case at all. In […]Read more "Tokyo Olympics 2020"
You may be planning your trip to Japan and wondering how will I ever figure out those trains? No need to worry. Japan has the most efficient and cleanest public transportation systems that I’ve ever experienced. You can do this! Here are 10 important tips to get you well on your way to train and […]Read more "Trains, trains, and more trains in Japan"
Thirsty for a drink? Hot or cold? No worries, just walk 3 minutes in any direction in urban Japan and you are likely to bump into a vending machine oasis to quench your thirst. After a few days in Kyoto, we noticed the many machines, but it was on our 3rd day while in Osaka […]Read more "Let talk about all those vending machines in Japan…"
Day 0 – travel day, arrive Tokyo Narita airport, redeem JR Pass and take Shinkansen to Kyoto for 5 night stay at Westin Miyako Hotel (the best customer service I’ve ever experienced was at this hotel). Day 1 – Cycle Kyoto 30km full city tour. Great way to get familiar with Kyoto and all the […]Read more "11 day Japan itinerary"