I went to Ireland to attend my son’s graduation ceremony at the end of April(4/21-4/29).
My flight on 4/16 has been canceled in the middle of the flight due to the Iceland volcano restriction but finally I got there on 4/22.
2010/04/23 Powers Court/Glendalogh
2010/04/24 Ballyknocken Cookery School
2010/04/25 Breakfast @Ballyknocken/Dun Laoughaire Market/James Joyce Museum
2010/04/26 Lunch @Finnegan’s/Graduation Ceremony
We flew from Dublin to Killarney on 4/26 night.
2010/04/28 Killarney National Park
2010/07/09-7/19 Japan Trip
I went to Japan for 10 days to visit my parents and showed them my newly published cook book/Healthy Soshoku. My dad is a Parkinson but he still recognized me and he was glad to see my newly published cooking book. It was very humid in Japan in summer time because I was so spoiled California’s dry weather.
2010/07/13 Walk in Nezu
2010/07/14 Kihachi Italian
2010/07/16 Dinner @Bunryu
I and my mom had a dinner @Bunryu which my mom heard about from her friend.
I met my friend @Tsukiji and had a sushi lunch. Tsukiji is a famous place for the fish market and other foods market.
I met my friends at Kichijyoji where our university is located and we were hung around when we were at university.
2010/07/19 Shinjyuku & Narita Airport
I stayed @Argonaut hotel in San Francisco for two nights because my husband attended OLED’s 2010. Mainly I did marketing for my cooking book and visited individual book stores.
2010/09/28 de Young Museum & Fisherman’s Wharf
2010/09/29 Wharf & China Town
2010/11/07-11/10 Toronto Trip
My husband had a conference in Toronto and I went with him. This is the hotel lobby at Fairmont which is located just across the Union station.
2010/12/06-12/10 Washington DC Trip
My husband had another conference in Washington DC and I went with him. We stayed a huge hotel with convention rooms. This is the indoor open area in this hotel and nicely decorated for Christmas. They have restaurants and shops in this area.
2010/12/8 The Phillips Collection & Smithsonian Institution Museums
2010/12/9 Mount Vernon
I visited Mount Vernon which is the place the first US president/George Washington lived at his 22-67 years old.
I visited Alexandria again because many places were closed on 12/7.
2010/12/16 Herend & Dinner @Alfoldi
I left SFO on 12/14 night and arrived Hungary midnight on 12/15 to see my younger son who lives in Budapest. My flight delayed for 3 hours due to snow in Munich.
2010/12/17 Hungary cooking class & Gellert, dinner @Mokka Cafe
I joined Hungary cooking class and I made Gulyas, chicken paprika and palacsinta. I added optional market visit tour.
2010/12/18 Godollo Royal Palace & X’mas market
I went Godollo Royal Palace where empress Elisabeth loved to stay. It was snowing on 12/18.
2010/12/19 Lehelcsarnok & Royal Palace Hill
I visited Lehelcsarnok market which is the place local people goes for shopping.
2010/12/20 Royal Palace & St. Stephen’s Basilica, Kiraly hot springs
Older son’s flight has been canceled and he did not arrive yesterday. So I visited Royal palace by myself.
2010/12/21 Parliament & History Museum
Finally older son arrived Budapest last night and we had a Parliament tour.
2010/12/22 Szentendre & Gundel
We went to Szentendre which located along with Donau river.
2010/12/23 Hero’s square, Museum of Hungarian Agriculture
We went to Hero’s square and it was foggy in the morning.
2010/12/24 Budapest Christmas Market
Budapest Christmas Market is held during November to December. There are food stores & craft/gift shops.
2010/12/25 Operetta & Valga Imre
We saw operetta “Musical Tale” which was for children program in Hungarian language. Still we could not understand.
2011/03/8-3/24 Japan Trip/Earthquake, Tsunami & Wedding
I visited Japan from 3/8-3/24 and I was in Japan when the earthquake hit Touhoku area on 3/11. I was walking near from local station and I could not keep walking because the ground was so shaky. I had to stop walking and everyone stopped walking too. It was long earthquake around 5 minutes and I knew there was a huge “Tsunami” attacked Touhoku ocean side. After the earthquake, there were many accidents at Fukushima nuclear No.1 plant. Because of the lack of electricity supply, we had blackout in Kantou area. We did not have power for 3 hours per day. All my appointments were canceled except my husband’s cousin’s daughter’s wedding.
2011/06/08-09 Hipodrom/ Blue Mosque/ Ayasofya/ Yerebatan Sarayl/ Suleymaniye Camii
I flew from SFO to Budapest and met my younger son at the airport.
We had a lunch at the airport.
2011/06/10 Dolmabahce Sarayi/Ortakoy/Yildig Sarayi/Taksim Maydani
We skipped hotel breakfast and went to Galata bridge.
There is a boat to make & sell Balik Ekmek, the boat was very shaky but still they can make Balik Ekmek.
2011/06/12 Galata Kulesi/Arkeoloji Muzesi/Askeri Muzesi
We skipped hotel breakfast and went to a lokanta near from hotel.
2011/06/13 Yedikule/Bosphorus Cruise/Egyptian Bazaar/Cemberlitas Hamami
We took train from Sirkeci to Yedikule, visited Yedikule castle and towers.
2011/06/14 Karlye Muzesi/ Theodosius Suriari
We took bus to Karlye museum and passed by the Valens water bridge.
2011/06/14-06/17 Budapest Trip
2011/6/14 St. Stephens’ Basilica Concert
We flew back to Budapest on 6/14 and met my husband. He booked a concert @St. Stephens Basilica.
2011/6/15 Museum of Applied Art/Hungarian National Museum/Lukacs Furdo
I visited Museum of Applied Art, which is the first Art Nouveau in Budapest.
2011/6/16 Cafe Gerbeaud/Graduation Ceremony
We had light lunch @Cafe Gerbeaud before my son’s graduation ceremony.
2011/06/17-06/19 Kromeriz Trip
We took a train from Budapest to Bruno.
2011/6/18 Archbishops’ Chateau/Chateau Garden/Museum of the Kromeriz Region/Flower Garden
2011/06/19-06/24 Prague Trip
2011/06/19 Old Town Square/Astronomical Clock/Marrionette “Don Giobanni”
We took a bus from Kromeriz to Prague, it took about 4 hours. We visited old town area.
2011/06/20 Charles Bridge/Prague Castle
We went to Charles Bridge, there are 30 statues on both sides.
Astronomical Clock/Right Window, in Prague
2011/06/21 Old Town Hall/Church of St. Nicholas/Tyn Church/Franz Kafka Museum
We visited old town hall and went up to the top of the tower.
2011/06/22 Mozart Museum/Cafe Savoy/Strahov Monastery/Church of St. Nicholas/National Museum
We visited Mozart museum because my husband likes Mozart.
2011/06/23 Archbishop palace/Royal Garden/Belvedor Palace/Church of St. Nicholas/Havelska Market/State Opera
My husband wanted to see the Archbishop palace because “Amadeus” was filmed here.
2011/07/02-07/06 Sequoia NP & Manzanar Trip
2011/07/02, 04-06 Sequoia NP
2011/07/03 Manzanar/Japanese Relocation Center
2011/08/23 Lunch @Mother’s
My dad is sick and hospitalized, I returned Japan on 8/22.
Noodle lunch @Hayakawa
I had buckwheat noodle with vegetable tempura for lunch before I visited my dad @Hayakawa located in Higashi Murayama city.