Walking in Marseille, France, Part 3

30 07 2017

Back to writing about my trip to the south of France in early June.  The walk in Marseille continues after a lovely lunch.

We took a local bus up to the picturesque church on a hill.

On the way back we took the more touristy ride.

After chillin’ out in the hotel bar, went out for a light pleasant dinner.

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The Final Hours in Pudong, Shanghai

28 07 2017

The main purpose of my recent China trip was to attend an anime event that was being held in Shanghai.

And after all that was done, we had a big party for all involved.

This went on until after midnight.  Feeling still a little full the next morning, I went down for breakfast much later than normal as I had the whole morning free and did not plan to go out.

Sunday morning in Shanghai. Lots of ships going down the river.

And off to the airport.

Goodbye Shanghai until September.





Leaving on a Jet Plane

21 07 2017

Another trip earlier today out of Narita.  Am now in Shanghai, China, attending a festival on business.

Our ride to the hotel.

Checked in.

Beautiful view!





A Moment of Peace in LA

9 07 2017

There wasn’t any designated “free time” while being in LA on business last weekend but I did find some Champagne time away from the event I was attending on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton right after the bar opened at 5 pm.  ^^





Leaving on a Jet Plane and Arriving and Lunching in Los Angeles

30 06 2017

So I took off on another trip on Thursday, June 29 but before doing so, stopped by a local voting post to cast an absentee ballot for the upcoming election for the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.

This trip is an unusual one for me in that I am with a group of people including colleagues and people from other companies to go to a convention being held in LA this weekend.

Zipped to LA.  Our plane landed much earlier than scheduled and had to keep taxiing round and round the same route more than three times until our gate was ready.

Finally in and out of the terminal at LAX.

Our rooms were not ready so off to the Grand Central Market behind our hotel for some lunch.

Ordering lunch

Took a table near this nice bar (but didn’t buy from it) and waited for our lunch with a nice cup of cold craft beer.

Lunch is served.  Had a really good lamb burger.

Walk back to the hotel.

Checked in.

My view.





In Marseille, France, in a Room with a View

27 06 2017

Earlier in June, I did my annual trip to Cannes, France for the 25th time.  On the way in, I stopped by Marseille for the first time for some fun and business (well, mostly fun).

Arriving in the evening, I was pleased with my lovely hotel room with a view.  It started pouring as soon as we went out for dinner but soon we were greeted by a rainbow.  Dinner was nice and light.  The walk back to the hotel was very pleasant.

Hotel facade

Notable guests of the past

A rhum-only honesty bar in the lobby





Waiting for the Gozo-Malta Ferry with a Cold One

29 05 2017

The day I went out to the island of Gozo in Malta at the beginning of May was a very sunny and warm day (like most days in Malta).  By the time I was ready to take the ferry back, I was in dire need of something cold to drink.

My advance research paid off and I duly spotted the Gleneagles Bar right on the harbor.








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