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The Almost Attack of the Killer Monkey

So this is breakfast I will admit I have taken a liking to the potato rosti sandwiches and the panda chocolate like croissant.
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After a short lesson in reading tickets & been at the wrong station we headed off on the train towards Lake Kawaguchiko & Mt Fuji.
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We arrived & it was raining but we were able to check into our hostel early and we have a traditional Japanese room & will admit I’m kinda excited to be sleeping on the floor.
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TripAdvisor gave us some lunch suggestions and we headed off to try some Houtou which was noodles traditional to this area & vegetables in a miso broth. It was quite warming & the serve was massive, I’m sure it was served in a miniature cauldron but so good!
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This is our view of Mt Fuji we assume she’s out that way somewhere from our tourist information but obviously she’s shy.
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We took one of the suggest walk trails down towards the river & Tatamiiwa Lava Rock
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Birte saw a sign to a shrine & now that we are avid shrine hunters we went to explore well 10m turned into 100, down a little path. There was the shrine a lot like many of the others we have seen. Looking around we were like oh a monkey (it was like a Japanese snow monkey) well the dam thing decided to move towards us and we bolted as quietly as we could. We got away but I’m sure there’ll be killer monkey nightmares
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A Sake brewery was on the trip too so we detoured in & I brought a sake pancake for tea
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On our way back to the hostel we turned a corner & well I was a bit speechless trying to say to Birte there was Mt Fuji she had come out well she was showing a bit of her middle, a bit of a sneak peak we hope but she’s amazing.
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It’s freezing here, in Tokyo I was worried I hadn’t packed the right clothes cause it was warm now it’s the opposite and I have never been more thankful for the heated toilet seats they have here.

Posted by ChristieA 04:28 Archived in Japan Tagged animals japan mountain lake asia Comments (0)

A Funnicular Kinda Day

Today we escaped the city & headed for the mountains. Thankfully the weather held off today & the only real rain fell when we were on the bus heading back to the city.

As we made our way to the Tatra mountains we stopped at a little wooden village called Chocholow. We went into the cottage of a wood carver, interesting little set up.

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When we arrived in Zakopane we took a flying trip past the ski jump I got a glimpse of it, amazing is the only word but Mum on the other side of the bus missed it (we won't go on about the tour not the best). The part of Zakopane we saw was very touristy, a lot of stalls selling the same dare I say it junk. Would have been interesting to see a little more of this town, the side away from the market stalls, never mind. We caught the Funnicular to the top of Mt Gubalowka some 1,100 in elevation to check the view of the Tatras Mountains. Stunning, amazing, beautiful is the only way to describe it. We wandered around here for an hour or so, browsed a few shops & brought an ice cream before piling back into the bus back to the city.

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Posted by ChristieA 12:18 Archived in Poland Tagged mountain poland zakopane krakow Comments (0)

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