One Day in Hakone Japan

For a variety of reasons I found myself the only tourist on our tour of the Hakone Japan region today. A lovely English speaking Japanese woman escorted me on a private tour of this summer vacation area known for it’s healing hot springs and occasional views of Mount Fuji, when  not covered in clouds. 

After a hearty Japanese breakfast at the Ryokan we walked to the beginning of the gondola called the Ropeway.

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Ultimate Family Travel by train: Europe or Bust

When my grandmother died at the age of 82 she left some money to each of her children. My mom, who had just lost her mother, could have told my dad to use the money to pay the credit card bills… but she didn’t.  She was determined to use that extra cash to conduct a “legacy” trip in my grandmother’s honor.

The trip she planned, with the help of a travel agent friend, coincided with my third year of college; the semester I studied in England.  I had planned to use a Eurail pass and travel around Europe with a friend. My friend and I planned all sorts of adventures to countries and scheduled in dates to meet my mom and brother and sister in Rome.

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