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Japan: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Finally arrived! After 14 hours by plane, a really good flight on ANA, with a super quick change of plane (= what a run!) at Narita airport for Osaka. Then an hour in the bus to Kyoto and we finally arrived at Kyoto Station at nightfall.

We take a taxi and 5 minutes later we are in front of the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. I dream of a shower. But it’s already past 8pm and if we want to dine, we barely have time to leave our bags, cool off and go out to find a restaurant. Because the hotel does not have any and serves only breakfasts.

The Room

Simple, Design & Comfortable 

Back from our short dinner break (in one of the food halls of the Kyoto Station), I finally can enjoy our room with two oversized beds, large flat screen, designer sofa and bay window overlooking a small lighted garden. So sool! 

All equipment (including air conditioning) is very comfortable and clean (well we are in Japan, aren’t we)! What a pleasure! When I slip into my Queen size bed, I come across a TV show of two young Japanese on a spree in Corsica! Of course I couldn’t miss it (lololol) and wake up tomorrow around 6am … 

    

The Bathroom & Our Garden

The small bathroom is very well equipped and practical (photos above)l, including useful storage spaces.

And of course a modern shower with Japanese bath and separate Japanese toilets. I do not understand why, we do not have the same in Europe! In comparison our toilets are medieval!

Our room has a small “zen”garden too (rght photo), where we quietly relax before each getaways in Kyoto and its surroundings. I really like this garden area, with just the sound of birds early in the morning. 

Because the hotel is located in a quiet residential area. And the excitement of the city seems far, far away. While we are only 15 minutes walk from Kyoto Station. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Art Gallery In An Industrial Architecture

Kyoto Confidential

We soon felt at home. The team is kind and helpful. Above all do not take offense to the very reserved attitude. And it seemed to us that there were mainly Japanese customers (mostly young and trendy) and few Westerners.

The lobby looks like a New York art gallery, offering its mature to young artists. You can buy art works, but also books, objects and T-shirts. The friendly intimate bar is open on a small Zen-inspired garden (photos 1, 2 and above).

After two nights, we didn’t want to leave this confidential hotel!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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Arigato gosaimasu to the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto’s team. As always these are my opinions. 

Portugal, Madeira: 24 Hours in Funchal

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Funchal Express 

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Dinner at the Design Center Nini Andrade Silva  

Arrival in Funchal: just down from the Ferry (from Porto Santo), I am facing the entrance of the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, located at the end of the dock (photo 1 of the photo-montage above). I’d visited the building with the interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, during the work. What a surprise to now discover the different spaces with her iconic design furnitures and items! Awesome!

I really like the outdoor café (first photo of the post and photo below) and the black and white graphic restaurant with a 360 degree view, of the ocean and Funchal (photo-montage above). The atmosphere is really nice with a tasty cuisine and friendly team. My only downside: I look like a scarecrow after my long outdoors day in Porto Santo, plus the ferry over for more than two hours (lol)!

And my camera has no more battery, bad! Fortunately I Bob (Marley) saved me! There is live music in one of the spaces (videos below) and I feel more relaxed. An island without Bob is no longer an island, right?

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Breakfast at the Meliá

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Oops, It’s Public Holiday!

Slow wake-up and breakfast at the Meliá Madeira Mare. I planned checking out cool shops of local designers for you (and me!). But everything is closed. So I comfortably lay near the swimming pool facing the ocean. Then I will have a lunch at The Vine and a guided tour of the historical center of Funchal.

Lunch at the Uva Restaurant

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The Return

I go to The Vine, another hotel designed by Nini Andrade Silva. I’ll end up to know all of them at least in Portugal (lol)! During the Festival do Atlantico, I had dinner at the excellent Uva Restaurant & Wine Bar (with a French chef) and then we watched the beautiful fireworks on the terrace.

Once more, the restaurant kept its promises. Great lunch! The food looks like paintings! Everything is delicious and the service is impeccable. I really enjoy the soothing views of the city and harbor. It feels good. The Vine and the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, are my two favorite places in Funchal!

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The Walk in the Historical Center

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More and Less Two Hours

before leaving the city to the Cristiano Ronaldo airport. So I joined one of the guides of History Tellers (an initiative of the University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa). They offer circuits through the history of Madeira”. In addition to learn about Madeira, you will help students struggling financially.

I’ve already visited the historical center. But I have fun to rediscover it with a “documented eye”. Last time, I didn’t notice some doors and facades cafés in (or near) Santa Maria street, like the ones below. Pictured right: the famous Rainha do Fado,Amália Rodrigues. To read my previous articles on Funchal and Madeira, click HERE. 

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Photos: © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Many thanks to Visit Madeira and Visit Portugal for this beautiful invitation. Thanks also to the teams of the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, The Vine Hotel and Meliá Madeira Mare. As always these are my opinions.

Madère: 24h à Funchal

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Funchal express 

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Dîner au Design Center Nini Andrade Silva  

En arrivant à Funchal, à peine descendue du Ferry (parti de Porto Santo), je suis face à l’entrée du Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, situé en bout de quai (photo 1 du montage ci-dessus). J’avais visité les lieux avec la designer Nini Andrade Silva, pendant les travaux. Quelle surprise en découvrant les différents espaces terminés avec ses créations emblématiques: l’ensemble est très réussi!

J’aime beaucoup les terrasses (première photo du post et photo ci-dessous) et le graphique restaurant noir et blanc, avec une vue à 360 degrés sur l’océan et Funchal (photos du montage ci-dessus). L’ambiance est très agréable, la cuisine goûteuse et l’équipe souriante. Seul bémol : je ressemble à un épouvantail après ma longue virée outdoors à Porto Santo, plus le ferry pendant plus de deux heures (lol)!

Et la batterie de mon appareil photo qui me lâche, la totale! Heureusement j’entends Bob (Marley), il y a un concert dans un des espaces (vidéos ci-dessous) et là je relâche toute tension. Une île sans Bob, n’est plus vaiment une île, non?

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Petit déjeuner à l’hôtel Meliá

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Oups, jour férié!

Réveil nonchalant au Meliá Madeira Mare. Je pensais découvrir quelques adresses de créateurs locaux et boutiques sympas pour vous (et moi!), mais tout est fermé. Alors je lézarde confortablement face à l’océan, avant mon déjeuner à l’hôtel The Vine. Suivi d’un tour du centre historique de Funchal, sous la houlette d’un guide.

Déjeuner au restaurant Uva

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Le retour!

Direction The Vine, encore un hôtel dont la décoration a été conçue par Nini Andrade Silva : je vais finir par tous les connaître au Portugal (lol)! Lors du Festival do Atlanticoj’ai dîné à l’excellent Uva Restaurant & Wine Bar (dont le chef est français), puis ensuite nous sommes restés admirer les superbes feux d’artifices, sur la terrasse.

A nouveau, le restaurant a tenu ses promesses : superbe déjeuner! Les assiettes se succèdent belles comme des peintures! Tout est délicieux, le service est impeccable et la vue sur la ville ou le port, apaise. On s’y sent bien. Avec le Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, ce sont mes deux adresses préférées de Funchal!

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Promenade dans le centre historique

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Plus que deux heures

avant de quitter la ville pour l’aéroport (de Madère) Cristiano Ronaldo. Aussi après mon déjeuner tardif, je rejoins un des guides d’History Tellers (une initiative de l’Association Académique de l’Université de Madère (AAUMa) qui proposent des circuits “de visites à travers l’histoire de Madère“. En plus de vous cultiver, vous aiderez des étudiants en difficulté.

Je connaissais déjà un peu le centre historique que j’ai beaucoup de plaisir à redécouvrir avec un oeil plus “documenté”. La fois précédente, des portes et certaines façades de cafés m’avaient échappées dans ou près de la rue Santa Maria, comme celles ci-dessous. Sur la photo de droite : la célèbre Rainha do Fado, Amália Rodrigues. Pour lire mes précédents articles sur Funchal et l’île de Madère, cliquez ICI. 

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Photos: © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Un grand merci à Visit Madeira et Visit Portugal pour cette superbe invitation. Merci aussi aux équipes du Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, The Vine Hotel et Meliá Madeira Mare. Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.