When the girls are away the boys will play

For their 40th birthday’s Leah and Jennifer went to Sri Lanka on a girls trip.  Mike and I, when faced with a long weekend surrounded by children decided to go to Dubai and some theme parks.  But we never told the kids where we were going.

Kyoto and Fukujionsen

Old town Kyoto is the place to see Japanese people wearing traditional garb in a traditional setting.  There is a great Japanese garden there which would have been serene except it was filled with temporary food stands that were all closed that day.  Plus it rained almost continuously.

Osaka – better than Tokyo?

Osaka seems to have all the typical Japanese tourist attractions without having to deal with the size and travel times of Tokyo.  The Osaka castle is much more impressive than the portion of the imperial grounds that is normally open to the public.