on April 24th around 2 am we left our home for the airport. For the first time we were going on a trip with my daughter and her boyfriend and none of us had ever gone so far.
Flight plan was AA from Montreal to Dallas then AA from Dallas to Tokyo(Narita). Unfortunately, our plane never left Montreal but thanks to American Airline's employees, we got on Air Canada to Newark and Continental to Tokyo. Proof that when things happen and you don't lose your cool people are more willing to help you. It is kind of funny because finally, even coming back we didn't take the flight that was bought. Our flight from Vancouver to Montreal was cancelled and this time, thanks to Expedia's employees we got an eve better flight back.
Newark is the worst airport I've been to so far. They went thru our luggages even if we were just connecting with another flight. We had brought games to play on the cruise (board games) and they've opened everybox, damaged some parts and lost others. In the futur, we'll avoid connecting flights in the US. It was definately our worst Aiport experience.
Tokyo is a beautifull city! Landing in a totaly different place. It is a very big city and I was expecting it to feel too crowded. The city is cleaner than anything I've ever seen. People are very respectfull and quiet. In the 2 days we've spent in the city, we heard 2 honks of cars and no cell phone! Seems like everyone is aware they don't live alone! I wish people here would behave that way. It would make life so much better. Every toilet is squeeky clean and they are easy to find. (Never thought I would ever talk about the toilets!) they actually supply disinfectant for the seat. they have seat warmers some of them make noise so other people don't hear what you're doing. We took the subway to get where we wanted to be. they have a real nice subway system. I was surprised that even when jam packed you never have a probblem getting out. people don't just stand in front of the door. They get out to let you out and go back in. I think we have a lot to learn from them as far as living in society.
After 2 days in Tokyo we boarded the ship (Celebrity Millenium) for a cruise that was to take us from Tokyo Japan, to Hakodate Japan then Petropavlovsk Russia then cross the pacific ocean to Victoria BC and Vancouver BC in 14 days. It was my daughter's and her boyfriend's first cruise ever. We had so much fun! We got to enjoy eachother without having to take care of anything. and, as usual, the staff on the ship did everything to make sure we were fully satisfied.
We got to see the cherry blossom in Hakodate. I have some picture but they don't do justice to the blossoms. In Petropavlovsk we got to tour the area. It has wonderfull views! all the mountains and the water! As for Victoria, we were supposed to go for a whale tour but got detained at customs by a very rude employee. I was going to write about that but edited. Let's just say it was very sour and we will probably avoid BC in the futur except to visit my daughter.
We spent most days on the ship drinking Cappucinos, hot chocolate, martinis of various flavors, playing board games, card games, Dongeon and Dragons (my husband being the dungeon master). The food was superb and we had fun with some activities and the casino.
It was hard coming back to having to not only prepare food, but buy groceries, clean, work.... and so on. Can't wait to leave again!
Here are some pics
Tokyo from the skytree
Shinjuku Gyoen park
Hakodate with the blossoms