Entries by H.A. Schiavone

A New AdVenture

If you are a follower, then you know I love to travel and have had the privilege of visiting Europe and Asia several times in the past 10 years. Traditionally, I jet-set with Stan – my neighbor, my friend, the perfect travel companion, and part of a very tight inner circle of friends who are […]

Random Thoughts

Stan wisely planned for Tokyo to be our last stop knowing that I would want to shop and there would be many bags to carry. LOL. I absolutely love to shop in Tokyo. Unless you have experienced it, it is hard to understand the impeccable customer service that is standard in Japan. Everything – from the sights, sounds, smells and  [impossibly] […]

Come! Walk With Me

FRIDAY My last post was lots of words and no pictures. Today’s post is lots of pictures; and pictures are worth a thousand words. Friday we did two things. First, we visited the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I was enthralled, delighted, thankful, and at peace. Then, we shopped until we finally […]

Where’s the Beef?

WEDNESDAY Yesterday was catch-up day. I spent the entire day in my room in my pajamas catching up on email, updating the blog, uploading photos, doing laundry and re-organizing my suitcase. (Our hotel had laundry facilities on the second floor, so that was very convenient – although I did have to get dressed for that […]

Family Time + Kyoto

MONDAY Today is Monday and as I write, I am sitting on the Bullet Train heading back to Osaka. We had a wonderful weekend in Hiroshima with Stan’s relatives. In fact, we spent the entire day with them yesterday (Sunday). Everywhere we went we were showered with gifts, food, tea and politeness. They take the […]

A Day To Remember

Today (Saturday) was a jammed packed day. I wish I had a pedometer because I am really curious how far I walked. Judging by how tired my feet are, I know it was a lot!  Anywho, we spent a lovely day with Stan’s uncle and aunt, his cousin and her husband. They planned a very […]

What Time Is It?

THURSDAY  I left LAX at 12:50 AM on Wednesday, March 30, flew for approximately 11 hours and landed in Tokyo at 4:00 AM on Thursday. Wait. What happened to Wednesday? With the sixteen hour time difference between L.A. and Tokyo, I lost an entire day! I have been confused ever since! ha! ha! The good […]

Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

Growing up in a small farming community in Texas, I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to travel 5,650 miles away from home to visit a foreign country. Now, the idea of traveling the world (well, parts of it anyway), seems as natural as visiting that small town in Texas I used to call […]

Home Sweet Home

It has been a few days since I left Paris and returned to my home in California. In some ways it is wonderful to be home, but in other ways I am sad that my great adventure is over (for now).  Getting back to reality is always difficult as I am now faced with a […]

The Stained Glass of Notre-Dame

I sure am enjoying the leisurely pace of my life in Paris!  I shared with Stan this morning that I believe I was meant to have a palace in the Parisian countryside and spend lazy summers reading intriguing novels, sipping cool lemonade, and riding horseback along meandering rivers. And every Saturday I should be attending […]