Everytime Jan and I talked about going to Japan (from years ago when it was just a distant goal up to a few days before our actual trip) one thing remained constant… we were going to visit Akihabara. Akihabara is a district in Central Tokyo once famous for its many electronic shops. In more recent…
There were no direct JR trains from Tokyo station to Jimbocho as per the staff at the JR East office in Narita. Their suggestion was to take the local subway/metro from Tokyo station to Jimbocho.
In hindsight, I now realize that would have been way easier... but I was stubborn that day, feeling very determined to try to use our JR passes as much as possible even if it meant we didn't take the shortest route.
All was well and good, however, there's always that part of the trip where you run into unexpected bumps no matter how prepared you think you are. The next few minutes was one of those times.
It was a bit scary at first standing in the middle of the street with cars going past to our left and right! But there were other people with us and the cars kept a bit of a safe distance so we were able to get our photos without any untoward accident
I am a firm believer that things always happen for a reason... even if you don't know or understand what the reason is at the time.
It felt a bit surreal to be standing there in front of this very famous structure, seeing it in person for the very first time. It was an amazing moment, really... I mean, you get so used to seeing some things in films and photographs that when you finally see it with your very own eyes, there's this few seconds of just being completely in awe of what's right in front of you...
Nothing screams "PARIS" more than the Eiffel tower.❤
Fast forward to the present time... the initial contention it received from the general public has now somewhat subsided and it is now considered as one of the city's most popular tourist attractions and a Paris landmark in its own right.
My first good view of the river was while we were crossing Pont Saint-Michel bridge on our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral. I had just landed in Paris 0700 that morning after a 30-hour flight from New Zealand. I should have been feeling tired...but I was too excited that I didn't feel the least bit tired at all. Paris! What was once something I used to only see in photos and movies, I was finally seeing with my very own eyes!
“You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you’re excited about. Don’t let others make you forget that.”❤