Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sale season in Japan and Swissotel Nankai is linked to Takashimaya Department Store via a covered walkway



Living a never-endingly eventful Travelife, I have to admit that I'm really a lucky person.

Even with the weather.

I travel so much, and yet I can't recall a trip that did not consist of days of mostly perfect weather.

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THE BEST SEASONS FOR EVERYTHING

Of course, I'm in a situation wherein I can time most of my trips to take advantage of the best weather in each place.

So I'm usually in Europe or Turkey in June and September, when it's neither too cold nor too hot, and then I'm around Asia from November to March.

PERFECT WEATHER IN AFRICA



And since last year, I've been timing my Africa visits for early summer when the days are warm but not stifling hot, and the evenings are cool.

Last year, for instance, we had amazing weather on safari and around Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.

IT ONLY RAINED TWICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

I think it rained only twice in two weeks.

One time was on the very first day of our trip.

We were at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and we only caught a glimpse of the downpour from the glass windows of the museum looking out to the gardens.



By the time we got out of the museum, the rains had cleared.

And by evening, the weather was so fine that we were able to sit outdoors by the infinity pool of the lovely Westcliff Hotel, having glasses of champagne before dinner.

RAIN OVER LUNCH AT SOUTH AFRICA'S BEST RESTAURANT

One of our most delicious lunches was at La Colombe.
The rain fell as we watched from the best table in the house.

Interestingly, the next time it rained was on our last full day in South Africa.

We were in the Cape Town area having lunch at La Colombe, one of South Africa's best restaurants, and this was one of our best meals on the trip.

It was actually very nice to watch the rain falling on the patio from the best table in the house.

Perfect weather when we ate at The Tasting Room in Franschhoek.
This was just before the start of the meal, at sunset.
It was practically like eating outdoors.

The weather was so wonderful the rest of the time that we ate outdoors almost every single day.

Hope we'll be as lucky with the sunshine again, back in Africa but this time in Tanzania, coming up sooner than later...

GOOD TIMING IN JAPAN

Pretty shoes on sale at Takashimaya Department Store


Last weekend in Osaka was pretty much the same.

I left Tokyo's sunshine and got on the bullet train for Osaka. Almost as soon as the train pulled out of Tokyo Station, it actually began to rain and continued to do so for the rest of the weekend.

Meanwhile, Osaka had beautiful weather.

SWISSOTEL NANKAI'S PERFECT LOCATION



We booked the Swissotel Nankai Osaka in the Namba neighborhood of Osaka. I chose this hotel because I wanted to explore Namba, which is one of the areas of Osaka I actually don't know very well.

What luck and absolutely great timing.

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka is literally linked to the massive Takashimaya Department Store -- this is the main store of Takashimaya in Japan -- via a covered walkway that provides access rain or shine.

My breakfast everyday in Osaka consisted on 2 of everything:
miso soup, seaweed, and congee.

SALE, SALE, SALE

And last weekend, everything was on sale.



I wasn't planning to buy anything in Japan on this trip, but lots of things were being offered at 50% to 70% off.

How could I not?



The sight of the sale sign everywhere I looked in this huge store certainly gave this weekend a happy boost, amidst all the other weekends in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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