Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, has a mixture of architecture from the medieval to modern. We walked from the Communist era, enormous, Palace of the Parliament, down Unirii Boulevard and into the historical city center full of shops, restaurants, Curtea Veche (The Old Princely Court) and Stavropoleos Monastery.
We also visited an edgy men’s salon in downtown Bucharest, Art Inspire. The stylist, Eric Savu, was fantastic and very professional. All of the staff were stylish, welcoming, and had excellent English!
❤︎「東欧の小パリ」と言われるのブカレストは本当にステキな街です！❤︎ ❤︎ Bucharest, also known as “Little Paris,” is truly a nice city! ❤︎
When I visited my hometown in the Summer, I went to my 20(!) year high school reunion😱. It was at a historic hotel, and included a buffet dinner, presentations, prizes, nostalgic music, and even a dance floor!
Can you spot me in the group of senior girls (above) from the slideshow?
During Golden Week, we visited the beautiful garden on Daikonshima, Yuushien. The garden is famous for its peonies and has 250 different Japanese varieties. Many were still in full bloom while we were there.
It was a warm, sunny day, with a brilliant blue sky. We strolled along the garden paths, over the beautiful vermiliion bridge, and admired the little waterfall.
Also stunning were the many trellises with their veils of blooming wisteria.♥
During our stay in Matsuyama City, we enjoyed walking around the neighborhood where Dogo Onsen is located (top left). Nearby is the “Botchan Clock” (top right), a tribute to famous Japanese novelist, Natsume Sōseki, whose titular character Botchan visited the onsen and increased its popularity.
We also walked up to see Isaniwa Shrine, which is one of only a few shrines built in the rare hachiman-zukuri architectural style. Its beautiful vermilion colors looked stunning against the background of the clear blue sky!