Archive for Travel

2018/05/12 Carmel bike ride

I carried my bike to Carmel and planned to ride bike on 17 miles drive from Carmel gate. But it starts steep hill and many cars passing, I changed my mind to  ride bike ocean view road. I enjoyed nice ocean view and found very nice message.

Ocean view


I tried new menu @Flaherty’s Fried Clam sandwich.

Fried clam sandwich


2017/12/23-2018/01/01 Japan Trip

My husband decided to host memorial ceremony for his parents on 12/24, so all family members and some relatives got together at temple in Japan.

12/26-12/28 Kawaguchiko

After ceremony, I and my younger son traveled to Kawaguchiko and enjoyed hot springs, scenic view of Mt. Fuji, and vegetable dinner @Romarin which owner chef grew his own vegetables in his 3500 sq ft farm.

12/29-12/31 Tokyo


We celebrated my birthday and younger son’s birthday in Takatano Baba, Tokyo. I took retro tram from Minowa to Waseda before birthday dinner which is only operated this area in Tokyo.


2017/11/24-12/03 Germany Trip

I traveled to Germany during Thanks Giving Holidays and visited Munich, Whittenberg, Dresden.

11/24-11/25 Munich

I stayed my son’s apartment, visited Pinakothek Der Moderne and enjoyed shopping.

11/26 Whittenberg

Since 2017 is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth, I traveled to his home town Whittenberg and visited Martin Luther’s House, saw the 95 theses church door.

11/27 Konigsten

I traveled to Konigstein and visited Festing Konigstein. Since this is off-season now, shuttle bus does not operated and I took trail to Festing Konigstein.


11/28-11/29 Krippen

I stayed in Krippen and enjoyed mountain hike to Schmilka & Kurort Gohrisch.

Mt. Papststein

11/30-12/2 Dresden

I and my son visited Schloss Wackerbarth and enjoyed Christmas Market.


2017/09/24-10/08 Japan Trip

I visited Japan to join my dad’s memorial event after the seventh year he past away. Since this is only once trip to Japan this year, I traveled to Naoshima, Nara and Kiitanabe in Japan.


09/25-09/27 Naoshima

I traveled to Naoshima with my mom where I wanted to visit long time since we lived in Okayama prefecture in Japan. This is Benesse Art Museum Island which is located in Kagawa prefecture. We stayed one of museum building which we stay and enjoy modern art in the building.


09/29 Birthday Dinner @Yoshimura

We celebrated my mom’s birthday one month earlier since our family gathered in Japan for my dad’s memorial event from Germany & United States.


10/03-10/04 Nara

I traveled to Nara with my university alumni friends. We were just keep talking and really enjoyed re-union after long time taking care of our family & parents. We stayed traditional Japanese Ryokan called Tsukihi-Tei which is located in primary forest and only take 3 groups per day.


10/4-10/6 Kiitanabe

After I enjoyed trip with my friends, I traveled to Kiitanabe myself to visit Minakata Kumazusu related places such as Kenshou-kan, his former house, Toukei-Shurine, Tsugisakura-Oji, Ippousugi. I walked Kumanokodo from Gyubaoji to Ippousugi.

2017/07/02-07/14 Germany Trip

I traveled German Fairy Tale Route and Saxon Swiss mountains. I traveled Germany many times during X’mas market season, this is the first time traveled to Germany in Summer. Because I wanted to visit Saxon Swiss for mountain hike & I wanted to see Water Game @Wilhelmshuhe Castle Park.

2017/07/02 Hanau

I traveled to Hanau where Grimm brothers were born. I saw musical “Fisherman & his wife”, it was so much fun.

2017/07/03 Steinau

I traveled to Steinau where Grimm brothers spend their childhood. There is Grimm Brother’s Museum where they lived. My son picked me up at Hanau hotel and drove to his house in Gotha.

2017/07/04 Marburg

I traveled to Marburg where Grimm brothers studied Marburg university. I visited Elisabeth Church, Old Town Hall, Castle.

2017/07/05 Leipzig

I traveled to Leipzig first time and visited Stazi Museum, Contemporary History Museum, Cafe Baum where many musician visited, and had lunch @Auerbachs Keller which started in 1525. I saw Mephisto attraction during lunch.

2017/07/06-07/08 Saxon Swiss

I and my son took train to Kurort Rathen and stayed there for two nights, visited Bastei Bridge, climbed Rundweg mountain. We enjoyed mountain hike for three days.

2017/07/09 Kassel

We traveled to Kassel where Grimm brothers spent time for publishing many books. We saw Water Game attraction @Wilhelmshohe, World Heritage Castle park. I visited Grimm Welt, Grimm Platz.

2017/07/10 Documenta in Kassel

Luckily “Documenta” was held during our visit which will be held in every five years. We saw many modern art exhibits.

2017/07/11-07/13 Bremen

We traveled to Bremen where is famous place for “Musician in Bremen” fairy tale. We joined City Hall guided tour which is the world heritage, Bettcher Street, Schnoor Street, Paula Becker’s Museum.

2017/07/13 Worpswede

We traveled to Worpswede where Paula & Otto lived and started art work. This is artist historical village you can visit museums & you can see art works. We visited Paula Becker’s museum, The Barkenhoff, Zion’s Church, Paula’s grave.

2017/05/29 Mission Trail Park

I hike Mission Trail Park in Carmel which is small ocean side town. I like this trail which leads to Carmel Mission.


2016/12/25-2017/01/02 Japan Trip

I traveled to Japan and spent time with my mom and my relatives. Also I traveled to Kawaguchiko and visited Wind Cave, walked trail to Ice Cave through extended Aokigahara forest, visited Iyashino Sato Nenba, enjoyed beautiful Mt. Fuji scenery. Also after I and my mom tasted “Kikuimo” in my birthday course dinner first time, I found “Kikuimo” in Iyashino Sato Nenba. So I purchased it and stir fry them.

Wind CaveAokigahara extensive forestIce Cave

2016/11/24-12/05 Germany Trip

I visited my son in Germany and enjoyed X’mas Market traveling in Germany.

11/24-11/25 Fulda

I visited Fulda Castle, Dom and Museum.

11/26 Hann Munden, Trendelburg Dornroschenschloss, Sababurg Castle

My son got job and he lives in apartment, I stayed his room started on 11/25. He has a car too. We drove to Hann Munden and visited Trendelburg Dornroschenschloss, and stayed Sababurg Castle where “Sleeping Beauty” tale by Grimm was set.

11/27 Sababurg, Bad Sooden Allendorf

Sababurg Castle is very nice setting to stay located top of hill, surrounded by trees, there is beautiful garden and outdoor theater.

We stopped by Bad Sooden Allendorf, swam in saltwater pool.

11/28-11/30 Dresden, Meisen

I took train to Dresden and visited Kunsthofpassage, Pfunds Molkerei (which is famous as the most beautiful milk shop), Albrechtburg castle, and Old Age X’mas market.

11/30 Weimar

I stopped over Weimar and visited Anna Amalia Library, Stadtschloss, Bauhaus Museum

12/1 Eisenach

I took train to Eisenach and took bus to Wartburg castle, the most valuable world heritage which made a significant mark on world history. Visited Luther Haus too.

12/2 Erfurt

My son took day-off for me and guided me to Erfurt, we visited Kromer bridge which is the oldest and longest bridge built houses  on.

12/3 Gotha

My son drove me to his company and gave me a tour. Then we visited Gotha Castle and museum.

2016/09/25-10/04 Netherlands & Belgium Trip

I and my husband flew to Amsterdam and met our younger son who traveled from Germany. We traveled together Netherlands & Belgium.

09/26 Amsterdam

We visited Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum

09/27 Rieker Molen, RIJKS Museum

I rode bike from Amsterdam to Rieker Molen and returned Amsterdam

9/28 Delft & Rotterdam

I took train to Delft and visited Royal Delft, New Church, Old Church, Vermeer Museum. Took train to Rotterdam, met son and explore Rotterdam modern architectures.

9/29-9/30 Bruge

I travel to Bruge myself and visited Markt Plats, Bloodbasiliek, Stadhuls, Groeningemuseum, O.L.Vrouwekerk, Begijnhof, joined Da Halve Maan Brewery tour.

I rode bike to Damme which is located 7km north from Bruge.

10/1-10/3 Brussels & Antwape

I visited Musee Maglitte, Ortha Museum. We visited European Parliament Visitor’s Center, guided tour at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Also I visited Hemicycle and Antwape.

2016/09/03-04 Carmel

I visited Carmel and stayed overnight. I enjoyed nature & elegant atmosphere in Carmel.

Point Lobos State Park

Pine Ridge Trail~Plateau Trail~Bird Island Trail~Mound Meadow Trail~Lace Lichen Trail

Pine Ridge Trail

Bird Island Trail

I enjoyed self guided Carmel Historic Walking Tour

First Murphy House

First Murphy House

Harrison Memorial Library

Harrison Memorial Library

Pine Inn

Pine Inn

Cottage of Sweets

Cottage of Sweets

City Hall

City Hall


L'Auberge Hotel

Church of the Wayfayer

Church of the Wayfarer

Cypress Inn

Cypress Inn

Carmel Bakery

Carmel Bakery

Conway of Asia

Conway of Asia

China Art Center

China Art

La Bicyclette

La Bicyclette

El Paseo Courtyard

El Paseo Courtyard

The Tuck Box

The Tuck Box

Las Tiendas Building

Las Tiendas Building

Palomas Home

Palomas Home

Forest Theater

Forest Theater

Hansel & Gretel House

Hensal & Gretel House

Forge in the Forest

Forge in the Forest

Fire Station

Fire Station

Carmel Drug Store

Carmel Drug Store

Carmel Forecast

Carmel Forecast

Alain Pinel Realtors

Alain Pinel Realtors

Carmel Art Association Gallery

25 Carmel Art Association Gallery