Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 7 FFSAC Tour, WTRD 45 of 49, October 18, 2017

Last Day in Kyoto 

We have seen and experienced so many beautiful gardens and shrines, it would be difficult to top what we have already seen.  Would we something more wonderful?

This morning we joined our tour guide for the last time.  We made two stops, one to the Heian Shrine and Gardens, and to the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts before being let loose on the city by ourselves.

Heian Shrine and Gardens

The Shrine was quite striking and what made it more appealing was that a ceremony was in progress of a graduating Ikebana Flower Arranging Class.  On the 18th of every month at this particular shrine, donations are honored in a high ritual.  This month Ikebana flower arrangements are being donated and the donors are being honored.  Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos, but it was quite a respectful ceremony.  The audience comprised of flower arranging graduates, and their families may have been about 75-80 people on the central floor of the shirne.  All were dressed in suits for men and subdued hues of kimonos for the women.  The priests came out and waved their wands and do the same sort of things a Catholic priest does at high mass.  Here are some photos of he Shrine.
Friendship Force of Sacramento in Front of the Gate to Heian Shrine

Russ purifying himself before entering the shrine.

Mom bring sons to shrine - Ikebana Service?

After visiting the shrine, we entered the garden for a stroll.  It was lovely, but not as lovely as yesterday's garden.

Japanese Gardeners picking off the dead needles of the Red Pine and shaping the tree.

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

 This museum was extremely interesting.  There were live and video demonstrations of how block printing, caligraphy, string art, tatami bamboo mats, weaving, brocade, jewelry etc. were produced.  Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed.  But here are some images from the Internet of the museum if you are interested.

After we said goodbye to our guide, we divided ourselves into slow, medium, and super stride walkers to get back to our hotel, about 2.5 miles away.  Joanna, Russ, and I were in the super striders, although I think we got back later than the rest because of the interesting route we took that wound through the city,

Young ladies in rental kimonos near the Geisha district

back through the Geisha district along the streams, seeing some maiko (Geisha's in training),

finding an interesting place for lunch, and finally going up into the Kyoto Tower.

Bullet Train Leaves the Kyoto Station.

These young boys were playing football in our hotel lobby and having a great time while we sipped our beer and wine.

All is Well with the Worrall Travel R's, our last night in Kyoto.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 6, FFSAC Tour, WTRD 44, October 17, 2017

KyotoDay 6, FFSAC Tour, 

WTRD 44, October 17, 2017

The rain let up by 10:00 am this morning, so while we carried our umbrellas we really did not have to use them much today.  We walked most of the day through gardens and groves.  Every step of the way there was a beautiful photo opportunity.

Tenryuji Temple/Sogenchi Gardens

The World Heritage site and gardens are immediately adjacent to the Tenryuji Temple.  The clouds were lifting from the mountains, the trees and shrubs, glistened from the morning rain, and the fall colors flared amongst the evergreens. 

We did not go into the temple.  Our focus was on the Gawa River, 

gardens, (a tribute to Japanese gardening and pruning)

and statuary.  

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
From the gardens, we strolled into the Bamboo forest.

Arashiyama Station and Kimono Forest.  
The kimono forest is in the small train station. The grove is comprised of 600 kyoyusen kimono printed silks wrapped around illuminated plastic poles. No two kimono fabrics were the same.

Just down from the Kimono Forest, Russ found a a craft store, and of course we had to buy a few things for our Grands!

Lunch today was buffet style.  The food was excellent and filling.  After a one hour rest, we boarded the bus and were on our way by 1:45.

Nishiki Market
Originally a market of high end foods and ingredients of professional chefs, this market is now more for locals and tourists with dried fish, pickled goods, souvenirs, takeout foods.

Pickled Cucumbers

Slice turnips in lemon juice

Gion - Kyoto Geisha District
The Geisha district in Kyoto is similar in appearance to the one in Kanzawa with the exception of the picturesque stream that winds its way through the streets.

Tourists make their way through the district by walking, rickshaws, 

and fancy cars.

Another difference we noticed here was that this district really harkens to a looser side of Japanese refined culture.  While the Geisha are artistic performers, the party goers have exhibited behaviors of drunkenly urinating on building walls, requiring screening measures to prevent the urine from permeating the wood of the building.  We also noticed a little trash, cigarette butts on the street.  

Geisha Party Houses

Licensing Credentials & Indication of Adult and Adolescent Geisha

We have one day left in Kyoto tomorrow, but we have certainly seen the highlights and have enjoyed our time here.

All is Well with the Worrall Travel R's in Kyoto