Big Island of Hawaii: Kona Coast to Volcano – a leisurely road trip

If you make your own itinerary, and want to go off the beaten track, a car is essential on Big Island. We had booked ours online in Germany, picked it up at the airport (and even though you are in America, a small car is rather small on the Big Island), then set off towards Hilo. There are about three routes from the Kona Coast to Hilo, and ours took us up on the picturesque Mamalahoha Highway, then a right turn onto the Saddle Road. Now, much...

Research Post: Japan Traditional Ceramics Dream Trip ( WARNING: a rather wordy post)

I love Japan, and I love beautiful things. So it comes as a surprise that I have never been deeply into the Japanese art of ceramics. I was lucky enough to visit Japan three times, and every time I would go to one of the small shops in or near Tsukiji fish market and pick up some pretty but inexpensive bowls, sake cups and rectangular plates, or a bento box.  I bought a small vase in a flea market in Himeji and marvelled at its perfectly imperfect...

An Ode to Lucy's and other money-saving tips

I wonder whether a post about a single restaurant is ever appropriate. But who cares? This is a fun blog, I write about what I loved, and if I want to swoon over a plate of refried beans, I will. If you have an appetite after this, please read on. After about six days in Hawaii, despite (or maybe because) of staying in a large resort, I had already twigged on how expensive this place is. Not that a return flight from Europe is usually beyond 1000...