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Our Second Roadtrip in Andalusia, Spain: Cádiz

Stunning Architecture

A Walk In The Old Town

Finally in Cádiz on the Atlantic coast of Andalusia! We left the surroundings of Malaga around 10 a.m. this morning. On the way, we stopped at a beautiful deserted beach in Tarifa. Then on the road, we allso stopped at another beautiful beach in a natural reserve lost in the middle of nowhere. In short, we arrive in the historic center of Cadiz in the middle of the afternoon. Better late than never! 

Big crush for the city: the seaside reminds me Havana! The old buildings are superb. The pace is indolent in the oldest city of the West founded by the Phoenicians 3000 years ago. A movie set in a soft light, without tourists at this time of the year. The old town is small, we quickly made the tour: I take pleasure in losing myself in its streets and take the same route several times.

        

Castillo de San Sebastián

While we are looking for a café overlooking the ocean, we come across an entrance to this fortress surrounded by water (left photo below): the Castillo de San Sebastián. A very pleasant walk where we can see another point of view of Cádiz (first photo of the article). 

  

The Outdoor Café

  

Very cool, close to the cathedral of Cádiz and facing the ocean: the dream! On the left, when you are facing the Cathedral (back to the ocean). Relaxed atmosphere and great panoramic view! Excellent green olives with our drinks, I don’t want to return to Malaga (our base for this second roadtrip in Andalusia).

And if we stayed in Cadiz, darling? “The beauty of Cadiz has velvet eyes, Chi-ca! Chi-ca! Chic! Ay! Ay! Ay!“, translation: “The beauty of Cadiz has velvet eyes, Chi-ca! Chi-ca! Chic! Ay! Ay! Ay! ” (by Luis Mariano). Sorry (not sorry), I couldn’t help myself! Lol! A little vintage operetta. To be continued beautiful readers … 

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Tokyo: Capitol Hotel Tokyu

A Room With A View

Kumbawa Tokyo!

We arrive from Hiroshima via Himeji to visit the famous Castle. Long day including two trips in Shinkansen (bullet train), three cities – three moods and a thousand impressions! We are a little tired when we arrive in Tokyo tonight. We finally are at the Capitol Hotel Tokyu, conveniently located in Chiyoda-ku, with a metro exit that directly leads to the hotel.

What a great view from our Premier Corner Twin room at the 26th floor! We fall asleep with the show of the city lights. The room is really large: 57.8 m², which means huge for Tokyo. The shower & bath area also offers a superb view! Showering while “flying over” Tokyo. Awesome! 

Minimalist interior design with a great comfort (including an air humidifier). It is very hard to leave your bed (and the bathroom and room too, lol), even if I’m up at dawn! When traveling, I like getting up very early. And in the Land of the Rising Sun, from 5 a.m. it is broad daylight.

  

The Swimming Pool

Some Lengths

My second pool of 20 meters long in Tokyo’s skyscrapers. The first one was at the 47th floor of Park Hyatt Tokyo. Here you can also enjoy a beautiful view of Tokyo. As it opens from 6:30 a.m., we serenely swim before breakfast.

The pool is adjacent to the spa. Unfortunately, we did not have time to test the Carju Rajah Tiado spa. We only stay two nights and Tokyo is huge! For the next trip, the beautista in me will make you a “spa and beauty in Japan” article.

  

The Breakfast

At Origami Restaurant

The breakfast room opens onto the hotel’s garden (pictured above). Which brings a zen contemplative touch. And makes us forget the effervescence of Tokyo!

The buffet is delicious with croissants as good as in France! The products are fresh and the service  is pleasant, besides throughout the hotel, the teams are efficient, polite and smiling. Photos below: our different breakfasts.  

The Entry Hall

This morning, we hit the road for an onsen weekend in Hakone. By depositing our suitcases at the reception (which we pick up back after Hakone), we hear live Japanese music.

What a lovely surprise! In front of the impressive bouquet in the hotel’s entry hall, an elegant musician in kimono plays a traditional instrument. Superb mix and contrast with the modern architecture! Just like our stay at the Capitol Hotel Tokyu, an experience full of finesse. 

    

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Many thanks to Exclusif Voyages, Ryokan Collection and Capitol Hotel Tokyu for this beautiful invitation. As always theses are my opnions. 

Japon: Sasayuri-Ann Terrace Villas (D2)

The Fire Ceremony

Here is the following article of the previous : Japan Sasayuri-Ann Terrace Villas (Day 1). Before you start playing: If the videos take a long time to load, or stop playing, be patient and refresh the page. 

Early this morning, around 7:30 am we attend the Fire Ceremony in the small temple of the Sasayuri-Ann property. We are eight people, monks included. Our host and owner of the villas, Mr. Matsubayashi is also a monk of the Shugendo sect, one of the oldest in Japan. 

The day before, each of us wrote on a wooden stick a wish with his name, or the one of the person to whom the wish is intended to. These sticks will feed the fire during the ceremony. The rite is really impressive with the fire, drum, song and incantations. You can’t live and feel the same. 

During: I observe, I notice the smallest details without understanding. So later, I ask Mr. Matsubayashi about the Fire Ceremony’s purpose that takes place on the 28th of each month. He rxplains : “in the esoteric Buddhism, fire is the symbol of God”.

 

 

The Akame 48 Shijyuhachitaki Waterfalls

  

Late Morning

We go to the Akame 48 falls (Nabari), the region is the cradle of Ninjas who also included women. The story tells that in the feudal period, a secret agent ninja was training there.

What a joy to be in contact with nature in the beautiful Muro Akame Aoyama National Park! We spontaneously made tree hunging! The place is inspiring. I know, I know … But believe it or not, this added to the contemplation and sound of the falls, recharged us.

Some falls are easily accessible and others more difficult (you need hiking shoes and to plan more than one hour). We reached Nunobiki Fall (the eighth fall, left photo above) 30 meters high and describes as one of the most beautiful falls. Chi va piano, va sano, va lontano, okay (lol)!

  

The Live of Shakuhachi 

Back to the Ozunu villa (where we stay), the musician Toshimitsu Ishikawa introduces us to the sound and chords of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute (above right photo: his portrait). A very poetic and exotic music that soothes the soul.

I only put you short excerpts, because the songs are long and I could not download them on this web page. I am thinking of making a film about our trip to Japan, with more complete sequences that I will download on my You Tube channel. 

 

 

The Gourmet Dinner

  

Kaiseki

Have you ever dreamed of a Michelin starred chef doing a cooking demonstration at home just for you? At the amazing Sasayuri-Ann Terrace Villas, we had this gorgeous surprise with chef Kouzi Nagata, owner of the Manso restaurant in Nara!

Magic moment with a generous humble chef who masters the art of cutting (10 years of learning to cut the famous fish with thousands of pin bones) and beauty. Each dish is graphic and uncluttered. The flavors are delicate, with a subtle play on textures.

The chef wants to please you while sharing his knowledge. Collector of old blades, he also showed me and let me touch centuries-old swords that belonged to samurai.

 

 

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Many thanks to Exclusif Voyages, Ryokan Collection and Mr and Mrs Matsubayashi and their sons, the Sugendo monks and Mr. Toshimitsu Ishikawa and Mr. Kouzi Nagata, for this wonderful immersion in a traditional hedonistic Japan.  As always, these are my opinions.