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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Osaka, Japan: May 25-27, 2016

Osaka's Dotonbori reminded me of New York's Times Square. Dotonbori is the entertainment district, and it was crowded with people, neon signs advertising entertainment, and restaurants.

Our full day in Osaka was another free day. Dan and I again wandered visiting a rose garden, a ceramics museum, a castle, and the Umeda Sky Building.

Osaka's rose garden is on Nagano Island between the canals. The roses are labeled and we even found a rose called St. Cecilia.

Osaka Castle

View from Osaka Castle

The next morning our tour concluded; Dan and I took the amazing bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo for our last few days.

Hotel Granvia Osaka perfectly located between the JR Osaka Station and the Harshen Umeda Station and within a shopping mall, of course.