We are so far behind on posting, but have been busy living life. Took the kids to the Renaissance Festival three weekends ago, then it rained, REALLY rained, and the mud was ankle deep, so we left, but not before we had a few hours of fun, and I touched some poison Ivy and still working on healing that up. David can touch the stuff with this bare hands, I have the wind blow when I am next to it, and I covered.
With and without a flash, moving the frame around,not sure which Game of Thrones chair picture we like the most.
Cool picture of a guy costume we loved!
A band we love listening to – they moved in close off the stage, as it was raining out and the equipment was mostly covered.
We stumbled across the Shrine of Confucius while walking around Tokyo, toward Nakamise Shopping Street and Sensoji Temple. Confucius Temple is hidden away behind a gate and greenery. We walked in and looked around the peaceful garden grounds. Were sharing a few pictures of our time and the treasures we saw while there. We were told, this is one of the few non replica temples in all of Japan. Now, we are a Christian family, and all Strong believers, so we enjoy learning about all other religions without worry of waiver in our faith. So check out what we enjoyed. Nakamise Shopping Street We stumbled across the Shrine of Confucius while walking around Tokyo, toward . Hidden away you can walk into the gated temple and walk around the peaceful garden grounds. Were sharing a few pictures of our time and the treasures we saw while there. We were told, this is one of the few non replica temples in all of Japan. Now, we are a Christian family, and all Strong believers, so we enjoy learning about all other religions without worry of waiver in our faith. So check out what we enjoyed.
It is a $4.00 donation to see inside the temple, so David and I go in, but the kids wait outside in the rain. Inside we learn about a water drinking well that captures rain water to drink later.
There is a lot of very interesting artifacts inside. It feels dark, peaceful, ominous and fascinating. We stay for about 25 minutes, just looking around and imaging what each of these items history. I have a huge imagination, so there is a lot of Indiana Jones and zen ninja fights going on in my mind while walking thru this temple.
We end our tour and collect the kids and walk on to the next adventure.
This is what I have been waiting for the Entire Trip, the one thing I REALLY wanted to do in Tokyo – Go to Tokyo Disney. I actually want to go to every Disney Park in the world, so all that is left is the waterparks in Florida and Shanghai and China Disney parks. I researched that today is a great day to go as the Tokyo Disney crowd calendar says it is moderate, which is the lowest crowds at the park the entire time we will be there – Never go during high, because it turns out it was still pretty darn busy there.
TIP: Use a Disney Crowd Calendar – just do a quick web search on this and it is easy to figure from there.
We take a train about 45mins from our Airbnb to the entrance to Disney Tokyo, and wanted to visit both Disney Sea and the Disneyland Parks, there are two Parks. But you cannot swap between – no Park Hopper options. No using the tickets we have from the Florida park you have to buy new ones. A one day price one park (we decided on The Seas based upon previous online research) is 7400 yen or $74.00, in comparison todays price for Disney World is $109.00 for one park one day.
The best price deals though were inside. Food and snacks in comparison to Disney World are extremely well priced you can buy an ice cream large for $3.00, this frozen treat is made of a frozen jello on the bottom, shaved ice in the middle and rice crisps sprinkled on top with a creamier than you get in the US style frozen custard on top – it was 550yen or $5.50, Bargain in Disney!
You can buy a quality tasty chicken curry bun sandwich for $5.00, and it is cute! More on food in a future post.
Check out my two bearded guys faces on the screen – nothing just pan face nothing, lol!
Notre Dame is still standing – battered and in renovation, but she is still standing despite what we all thought was the end of her and the fire that was so devastating only just 2 months ago.
This month David and I will be married 3 years and together 5 years. We are winning against the odds of a second marriage succeeding. Our marriage and my life is testament that regardless of your current situation, you can fight hard, and win – in a big way. Our children are thriving and growing up surrounding by love and we are a family. Six years ago, my life was so different. I was in the middle of a divorce and thinking my life was over, I was fighting for my health, my finances, and my children. I was devastated and burnt down to my core. At the time I could have never predicted that point of my life was just the beginning of things to come. I still have to pinch myself to believe this is my life. I feel so blessed and grateful, it can be overwhelming.
Seeing the Grand Dame was also a memory of 2008, and my last visit to Paris with my parents and children. When we were there, we went to Palm Sunday Mass, which was crazy busy with mass mobs of people – in fact we were separated by the crushing crowds. I was just laughing about that with my parents last night – what wonderful memories of this trip, and the memories are still strong.
Six years from now, I would love to visit Notre Dame and see her completely re-built, toast her and myself for both over coming against the odds.
Our family trip to Paris, France – Tokyo, Japan – Amsterdam,
The Airbnb’s are booked.
In Paris we will stay at:
In Tokyo we will stay at:
Let us compare afterward – what we booked and what we
got. So this is the before, same post
after the trip with the details of each location.
We have the exchanged moneys, we used a credit union, which
had no fees according to my husband and his mother – Wings Credit Union. Next time we exchange I will for sure ask a
lot of questions on this no fee, same exchange to assure this is true, as I
want to report back to each of you. It
seems too good to be true, as the airport charges the best fees I have found,
and my current bank has large fees associated with foreign money
Tip: Check with a Credit Union or a friend who
could exchange $ for you at a credit union for great foreign money exchange
We have the credit cards – we are bringing two, one each
with no foreign exchange fees (this could cost you upwards of 10% per
transactions, so very important to have this in place).
Tip: ALWAYS bring two credit cards when traveling – as I will read about in a future post, if one is compromised you will have a back-up.
We have our luggage picked out, our three largest suitcases, with another in each (for bringing home gifts). We are traveling with three of our five children and sometimes we question why we would ever do that, but I already know the answer, I love them unconditionally and cannot wait for this Epic Family Adventure.
It is cold (32-40 degree F) and rainy and icy and snowy in Iceland, mostly overcast, EVERY DAY. BUT it is incredible and If you have a good coat and weather proof gear, your in for a treat. Dress in layers, because inside buildings are kept really warm. Day trip to the Famous Black Sand Beach in Iceland.