Day 7 – Kyoto

This was more of a laid back day than many of my others.  After a week of go-go-go, my body needed a break.  I still did a ton of walking, but tried to take it easy.  We’re also getting to the point in my trip where I start paying repeat visits to places, which means fewer pictures.

First up was Nijo Castle

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Then came the Imperial Palace gardens.  I was underwhelmed, but that probably had something to do with the fact that you couldn’t go inside the compound, you could just look at the large outer walls:

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The last new thing on the day was the Philosopher’s Walk.  It was incredibly peaceful, as the name would imply.

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Food of the Day:

Cocoteen cocoa- not bad, but grainy, like Swissmix

Cocoteen cocoa- not bad, but grainy, like Swissmix

La Matcha Latte.  Devine.

La Matcha Latte. Devine.

Kusamochi: warm rice cake filled with red bean paste.  Addicting

Kusamochi: warm rice cake filled with red bean paste. Addicting

Mitarashi. Grilled rice balls with sweet soy sauce. Amazing

Mitarashi. Grilled rice balls with sweet soy sauce. Amazing

Tempura Udon.  Not bad, but thick udon noodles are hard to eat with plastic chopsticks, so this was one of my more...challenging meals

Tempura Udon. Not bad, but thick udon noodles are hard to eat with plastic chopsticks, so this was one of my more…challenging meals

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