All Flung Out

Well, the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling is done, and I don’t mind telling you I’m exhausted. A good kind of exhausted, though.

Istanbul’s Fortress of Europe

Writing about Kedi, a movie about the cats of Istanbul, inspired me to go back and look at photos from our 2009 trip to Turkey. I’ve written a few posts about that trip, though not one about Rumeli Hisari, also known as… Read More

A Movie About the Cats of Istanbul

The other night Judy and I went to see a movie called Kedi – a documentary about the cats of Istanbul. We visited Istanbul at the end of 2009, and had loved many things about the city – including the omnipresent cats…. Read More

Okochi Sanso

Another garden we saw in Japan is called Okochi Sanso, near the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest on the outskirts of Kyoto.

Hida Folk Village

Hida Folk Village is a sort of Japanese Colonial Williamsburg. Its origins go back to when several villages in the remote, mountainous Hida region of central Japan were scheduled to be flooded due to the construction of a hydroelectric dam. In order… Read More

The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama is a historic area on the western outskirts of Kyoto. Lots of sightseers are drawn there, in part by a forest of enormous bamboo trees.

Gold Is Good, But Not Necessarily The Best Garden

Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, was first built around 1400. It predated and served as a model for the Temple of the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji), which I wrote about in my last post. (It took me a long time to… Read More

Random Japanese Food Oddities

Let’s do one more post about Japanese food, ok?

The Beauty of Mosses at Ginkaku-ji

Ginkaku-ji started out as a retirement villa on the outskirts of Kyoto for a 15th century feudal lord. Originally, the main building was supposed to be covered with silver. Ginkaku-ji, in fact, means Temple of the Silver Pavilion. Civil war caused the… Read More

What to Eat in Japan if You Don’t Like Sushi

Actually, in Japan I discovered that I do like sushi. Living in Chicago, a place where “fresh fish” often means “thawed fish”, I have stayed away from sushi throughout my adult life. However, towards the end of our trip Judy’s clients took… Read More