Monday, April 30, 2012

The eternal charm of a bicycle

Everyone knows bicycles make you look good, and yesterday whilst we were checking out the MCA, one of ours was commandeered for just such a nifty little photo-op!!!!

How perfect is the cross bar for the handbag!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Graduate = Baby no. 4

Oh my! - when did she get to be all 'grown-up'?

So proud! x

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tokyo: heels & suits in rain & sunshine

Until we sort out transport issues in Australia, tourism will languish on the sidelines in a manner somewhat analogous to Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid as she loses her voice.

Notwithstanding the tendency for politicians to obfuscate about the necessary 'strategic plan,' the essential link between the 2 Ts [Tourism & Transport] is broken, and will remain so until 'Australian political will' provides for its repair.

Unquestionably, transport is both "key" to the problem and the solution.

...& unquestionably Tokyo has 'transport' worked out!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nozawa Onsen: bicycles, trains....& onsens!!!

Despite being 'onsen-rookies', here in Nozawa Onsen we eschewed our bicycles for them...

...& now we're all soft, young and rejuvenated - in fact so much so we feel 20!!! (we wish!! - ha! ha!)

What a town - great people, great food...& great onsens!

Totally sublime!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Reprise: I ♥ Nagano

Road users in Nagano are familiar with the concept of sharing, a notion yet to reach Australian motorists.

(maybe one day - we can only hope!!!)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"We bike Hakuba"

We loved the separated shared bicycle paths on roads between Hakuba Happone and Hakuba Goryu, and what fun we had with the markers & their whisper of adventure and bicycle trails.

はい (hai) one way or another, using a bicycle in Japan is completely normal and facillitated - why can't it be like this in Australia?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shinkhansen etc: a far cry from City Rail etc

Now this is a train!...

...& this is a bicycle culture!!!!

I ♥ Nagano

- heaven!