Tag Archives: Tokyo

Kamakura – A Visual Journey

These pictures were taken on a day trip from Tokyo to Kamakura last winter.  Most famous for its Daibutsu, it is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.  You can also read about our day here: http://pauperswithouttravel.com/2012/05/30/the-great-buddha-of-kamakura-a-must-do-day-trip-from-tokyo/

Be warned – A tsunami could hurt
A trustworthy meal
Daibutsu
You can peek outside from inside the Buddha
Incense sticks at shrine at Kamakura
A shrine dedicated to children at Hasedera temple
More dedications at Hasedera
Another shrine at Hasedera
An appropriate warning at Hasedera. We saw the kites swoop down.
A view of the coast from the top

The Many Faces of Tokyo in a Day

These pictures were taken during a sunny winter day as we went subway hopping to various locales in Tokyo.  To read more about our day, click here:  http://pauperswithouttravel.com/2012/05/07/downtown-tokyo-in-a-day-subway-hopping/

A Runner’s Prayer
Ready to pack my cookies in this suitcase
Please come visit me
Why is everyone so tired?
You can be at peace anywhere!
You can rock anywhere.
Aah….The joy of ice cream
It has been a long day!

Marriott Sky City Hong Kong- A Peak Season Delight

Marriott SkyCity Hong Kong
(www.marriott.com)

By Siddhi: 

Staying at airport hotels has never been a part of the way we like to travel. We love getting a place, no matter how small it is, in the heart of the city so that we can walk out the front doors in the morning and be swallowed by a new life and new culture. Much of the thrill of adventuring has been in trying to live in the epicenter of all action. But sometimes, booking a hotel during peak seasons on a budget proves to be a very trying task. Especially when you’re in one of the most popular cities in the world around Christmas and New Year’s time.

Last December, after spending winter break in Tokyo, we decided to stop in Hong Kong before coming home because it has mutually remained one of our favorite cities in the world regardless of how many new places we experience. Hotel prices in the soul of the city were ludicrous. So we decided to stay at the Marriott Sky City, located just a few minutes away from the airport.

Sitting right on the banks of the stunning South China Sea that is geographically the touching stone of so many oriental landmarks, Sky City feels like a luxury resort on every level. An indoor pool, full service spa, expansive golf course, and tremendous gym with specialized amenities (it was my favorite part of the hotel. I could work out at three in the morning and watch the planes land gracefully in the distance against the nighttime lights) are only a few among the many perks of paying less during peak season and staying near the airport. The buffet breakfast (additional cost) at the SkyCity Bistro was very comprehensive and ensured a filling, uplifting start to long days of fun and exploration in Hong Kong.

Another highlight was the complimentary shuttle service to the Tung Chung MTR subway station, which was how we connected to the rest of the city. It’s about a 35-40 minute ride to Tsim Sha Tsui, the hub of all culture and action in Kowloon (and to this day one of my favorite places on the planet). The commute isn’t ideal, but time flies watching locals and observing the beautiful seascapes through the train windows.

If you’re not visiting Hong Kong during the peak holiday season, then try to look for a hotel near Tsim Sha Tsui. Deals surface constantly. But if you are visiting at a time when hotel prices are through the roof, consider staying close to the airport at Marriott SkyCity. It was worth every penny.