The German-Pole Sightsees in Tallinn.
Making Helsinki Great Again!
It began innocently enough.
East of the Parsley Line: Dining in Minsk
65,080 steps around a masterpiece of socialist-realist urban planning
Four days in Europe’s “Last Dictatorship” and second least visited European capital (the first is Chișinău).
Not only was I treated to splendid weather and cherry blossoms at near bloom while in Japan, but the Imperial Palace grounds and gardens were open for touring, a rare event that not even many Japanese have experienced.
“Sakura” means “cherry blossom,” and by good fortune the timing of my visit to Japan. This day thus, was all about the blooms. We began with a lovely champagne brunch in a Ginza restaurant high atop Tokyo to put us all in good blossom-viewing spirits (it worked!). JF, the Kawagoe friend and I brunched with another of JF’s friends who will be relocating to Vienna, so we had much to chat about.