Day Trip to Uppsala, Part I

Uppsala, SwedenTook the train up north to Uppsala, which takes about 40 minutes from central Stockholm to enjoy a change of scenery during a day trip.

Uppsala SwedenThe city has a small town feel and walking along the river Fyris is quite charming.

Uppsala Sweden

Uppsala SwedenThe well-known twin towers of Uppsala Cathedral can be seen in the distance.

Uppsala Sweden


Sunset by the Water

Stockholm SunsetI’m back in Stockholm, where reality and mundane everyday life keeps me busy. Now enjoying the beautiful Swedish sunset by the water with the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan (the Old Town) seen in the distance.

Grocery Shopping in Tokyo

SushiI love grocery shopping in Tokyo. My local supermarket has the best sushi and tempura (deep fried) aisle, which tops several Japanese restaurants internationally. My go-to favorites include kappamaki (cucumber rolls) and pumpkin, sweet potato tempura. Add some edamame to that and I’m golden.

Japanese TempuraJapanese tempura.

Japanese ChipsThe snack aisles are pretty epic but that’s easy for me to say who grew up snacking on Japanese shrimp chips and seaweed flavored potato chips.

Raspberry KitKatRaspberry KitKat bars, where else? They also have matcha/green tea flavored KitKats, which I’ve tried and are quite nice.

Japanese chocolate grocery aisleThe chocolate aisle has me drooling at the mere thought. Meji’s almond chocolates and macadamia chocolates are delicious. As are Meji’s meltykiss chocolates (strawberry flavor is my favorite), which live up to their name in the way that they melt in your mouth.

Window Shopping in Ginza

Ginza TokyoGinza, Tokyo.

Bvlgari Tokyo GinzaA diamond tiara, diamond earrings, diamond necklace, diamond rings and diamond tennis bracelets set my heart racing.

Bvlgari Tokyo GinzaIt’s wedding season in the shop windows, where an array of exquisite diamond engagement rings are on offer. Needless to say, my answer is I do to any number of the items on display!

Bvlgari Tokyo GinzaNecklace and earrings from the Serpenti collection.

Bvlgari Tokyo Ginza

Ginza Tokyo

Ginza Tokyo

Tokyo’s Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Season

Tokyo CityscapeI’m back home in Tokyo for a spontaneous, unplanned and quick jaunt. It’s sakura (cherry blossom) season, which is my absolute favorite time to be in Tokyo as the city turns pink in celebration with beautiful sakura decorations and sakura snacks.

Sakura seasonHinamatsuri (girl’s day) coincides and the decorations are lovely.

Sakura, Hinamatsuri snacksSakura themed snacks to celebrate hinamatsuri (girl’s day).

Sakura themed food

Sakura Cherry Blossom FrappuccinoYum, even the seasonal sakura blossom frappuccino topped with maple whipped cream and sakura chocolate shavings is back for a limited time only! I’m rarely in town when it’s available, so I’ll be sure to get my fill.