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    Kyoto Day 1

    October 14, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We've got two days here in Kyoto so decided to spread things out a bit. Got up very early and made our first stop the bamboo grove, a site super popular with Instagrammers because it's a pretty looking, well, bamboo grove. You can get some great photos here, so we spent a while taking various photos and glaring at people doing the same thing but paying a bit less attention to their surroundings. Nothing irks me more than standing in a pathway waiting for someone to take a photo, they finish and say thanks, then walk forward directly into where you're about to take a photo. Really?!?!

    Spent about an hour here and it was starting to get busier (plus the area isn't actually that large), so we caught a bus across town to the Thousand Gates walk, which again is exactly what it sounds like. It's a pretty famous Japanese landmark, where there's a thousand or so tori gates covering a pilgrimage trail up a mountain. It was ultra busy at first (like shuffling in a train station queue busy), but it slowly thinned out and you could eventually take photos without other people in them - with a little patience of course.

    Also visited a nearby temple that's part of the Kyoto Temples WHS that we'll mostly tackle tomorrow. Starting to get a bit of temple fatigue, even though they're usually nice and interesting.

    Grabbed a quick 7-11 lunch then headed for the Gion area which is a historic part of Kyoto and where all the geishas used to live. There aren't many still around though they can still be spotted occasionally - just look for the hordes of tourists acting like paparazzi. It was drizzling a bit now and not that pleasant, but we still wandered around for a couple of hours looking at the old wooden buildings. Did a bit of shopping too, where I managed to replace my sunglasses that I'd left at a restaurant a night or two earlier. Shandos also replaced her handbag which was wearing out and starting to die.

    By mid afternoon we were both a bit over it so we headed back to the hotel and chilled out the rest of the day. Went to a nearby ramen restaurant for dinner which was very tasty. You know it's been a good bowl of ramen when you drink a litre of water afterwards and can still taste the salt on your lips!
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    My problem with people taking selfies is the fact that the building has been there for hundreds of years but that doesn’t stop them taking hundreds of pictures of themselves in front of it. Each photo has a minutely different pose from the one before. Tits thrust out, arse thrust out the opposite direction, lips pursed, long hair with fingers running through it several times between each shot. Such self-absorption is frightening really. Dad (as if you couldn’t guess!)

    Trish Forrester

    I nearly missed the person peeping out!