Itís been a busy old day and really not much to talk about as far as pictures are concerned. So glad this is a photoblog. To start the weather was against us, and then the lack of photo ops didnít help, hence I have a billion pictures of cats. More about that later.
It all started at the busiest junction in Tokyo. Shibuya crossing is apparently legendary, but perhaps thatís when itís not lashing it down. However itís our last day in Tokyo so we need to do everything we can to see the default Tokyo things and despite all I have been told about how mental Tokyo is, I have yet to see it. Yes itís busy but it isnít anything too bad. So after a bit of messing about, we were off to Harajuka and Takeshita Street which seems to be 100% orientated to Japanese teenage girls. Needless to say I had nothing to offer here other than my ability to pay.
So off to Nakano Broadway, a 4 story shopping centre dedicated to all sorts, thereís a bit of Manga, some clothes and a bit of tech. Weirdly enough there was a formula 1 store which I could have sat in for hours, though I suspect they would have chucked me out after and hour or two. If only I could have afforded the Ayrton Senna 1994 race suit.
In the bottom floor of Nakano Broadway was a very impressive arcade and to be honest I should had a go. They had capsules to play games that were then streamed on YouTube. Instead of doing that we spent too long trying to get a bog standard towel from a grabber machine. We won, but at what cost. I want that time back, you can keep the money.
So we then headed across town to a cat cafe. Now, there was a huge gap between what these places are vs what I thought they would be to such an extent that when we walked in I thought the cat thing was a front. Anyway itís a bit of a weird place, and perhaps the place we went to was not a typical Japanese cat cafe, but it was down a back street and not very many Japanese were in the cafe, in fact I would say that as soon as we turned up the three European looking blokes who were there made a hasty exit as soon as we arrived. Not much coffee (none) was drunk of at 1000 Yen an hour it seems to be more catisfaction from cats that really arenít bothered whether youíre there or not. In fact they would rather you were not there.
Anyway, this is a pic of the junction on the walk from the station to the cat cafe. Nothing great to report, but it seemed quite impressive as the light started to fade.
We were off to Mdina today in search for a Cathederal, Cake and a Mosaic, and to be honest nether were as impressive as they were supposed to be. The Cathederal was OK and quite pretty and the town of Mdina is nice to stroll about, however it would be nice to try strolling around it at night as it's supposed to be more impressive at that time. The cake was also overrated, I wasn't interested in cake so I can't tell you from my own opinion. And the mosaic in the Roman Vila was... a dullish Mosaic.
I don't think the weather helped, startung out really wet and trying its best to brighten but always with a threat to rain. This picture is of one of the narrow streets in Mdina where people still live the walled community.
This as of yet determined combo of tablet and keyboard could come a cropper because I don't seem to be able to activate the spell check, after all it's part of the keyboard on Android and n external keyboard doesn't being up the normal Android keyboard. Anyway, I shouln't think that the spelling will be any worse than usual since I usually ignore it anyway and get a shed load of suggested words anyway.
Today we headed out to Valletta to see what the carneval had in store and to be honest I think we saw the pre-carneval carneval. As we were heading away the roads got busier and busier, which is fine by me because I'm all good for a party, but I think these people were after a paaartaywhich by the sounds of it needed lots of crushed ice and cans of Skol. To be honest it looked like a good excuse to drive a tractor over the limit whilst also trailing a float. No it looked like good fun and it did have a good atmosphere. Anyway, this is of a back street in Valletta that I thought looked pretty.
It's been quite a long day, in fact quite a long two days starting with a rather scary flight what with the horrendous wind causing turbulence and a landing that now has me cause for concern in future. A fear that I have previously escaped due to ignorance. It came as a huge surprise once the wheels hit the ground that the aircraft lurched wildly across the tarmac. Anyway, life's tough huh, the rest has just been just the usual for a Christmas in Paris. So this morning it was down the Champs-…lysťes for a gander at the Christmas markets and off to the Arc du Triomph. Mind you that's a lot of walking.
Anyway, before all that that there was a bit of walking around the Louver before anyone had awoken and after that there was this pic which is a view from the hotel room. It did require me to hang outof the room hoping that I had a proper grip on the camera. Along with all of this it was put oin timer, the screen was flipped out so that I had some approximation of what I was taking. Even so I am so glad it came out so clear, with the A longish exposure with me hanging out of the window I am amzed that you can see anything clearly. Anyway, what you see is the road which comes to an end at a glass building that is the reflecting the road making it look longer, and in the distance is the Sacre Coer.
Here in the National Waterways Museum you have Porter's Row a traditional set of cottages built in 1833 for workers in the area. Personally I find the porter rather haunting and a little Big Brotherish for some reason that I can't explain. I think it's the fact that the while thing is faded with the black of the eyes being so crisp. I suspect the dark clouds above don't help. I suppose it's also the grimness of the scene and yet their trying to suggest everything is great so long as you wash your shirts in Sunlight Soap. Still it looked like a good picture so I snapped it.