Kyoto: Temples and Castles and Gardens…Oh My!


The first and last time we were in Kyoto was special. Warm April days and evenings during Sakura (Cherry Blossom) celebrations, where Japanese humbly invite Westerners to join their celebratory picnics (with sushi and sake) as a favor to them–so they can practice their English. This, combined with the majesty of the temples, the serenity [Read more …]

The Magic of Borobudur and its Neighbor Temples

Sunrise at Borobudur

Our main reason for going to Yogarkarta Indonesia was to see Borobudur and the surrounding temples. We started the day at 4 AM for the obligatory sunrise visit to Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. It was built in the 8th century from more than 50,000, hand-hewn one-cubic meter stones [Read more …]