Especially when we got to do it with these guys:
We went to Ginkaku-Ji Temple first (also known as the “Silver Pavillion”)
Every corner we turned was filled with such beauty.
Japan is so different from China in that everything is ultra-orderly.
They believe in “the line” like nobody’s business. Everything is pristinely clean. There were people keeping things beautifully swept and perfect everywhere we went.
…and I guess Fall in Kyoto brings out all the traditional kimonos becasue man alive these guys were everywhere you looked:
Lucy was in Heaven pushing her little cousin around.
Love the rock gardens where you can sit and reflect on life in general.
The view from the top pagoda:
…an added number six:
After all that breathtaking gorgeous-ness, we walked around the Gion District to see if we could see any geishas and find some pre-dinner snack.
But everyone was so dang tired by then that we we decided to head for the piece de resistance:
Curry for dinner.
Japanese curry is probably their very favorite meal and this one in actual Japan did not disappoint.
We talked about gratitude in the midst of trying to feed a toddler and Lu’s book reading (she can’t stop on Harry Potter these days):
And stopped on the way back to our hotel for popsicles at a Japanese convenience store for our big Thanksgiving dessert.
Yes, it was certainly a day we won’t soon forget.
So grateful for this family of mine and this adventure we are on together.
More on why we chose Japan for this chapter of the adventure tomorrow.