Thursday, September 21, 2006

Trip is shaping up... and a surprise visitor

I am in the midst of ten million emails between myself, my Japanese travel agency and my Cambodian guide... it's quite confusing, but I seem to finally be getting a clear picture of our trip... at least the Cambodian half of it anyway... haven't looked at Vietnam much yet.

December 23rd
Depart Tokyo for Siem Reap, Cambodia with stops in Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Arrive Siem Reap, transfer to Princess Angkor Hotel.
December 24th
Private tour - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Mandatory Gala dinner at the hotel
December 25th
Private tour - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
December 26th
Boat trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Transfer to Juliana Hotel
Private tour - Phnom Penh
December 27th
Private tour - Phnom Penh
Evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
December 28th-December 31st
Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta
January 1st
Depart Ho Chi Minh City for Tokyo, with a stop in Taipei.

The second half of the trip will be mostly poking around the markets in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and hitting the top sights in town with a day trip out into the Mekong Delta. I'd like to have some clothes tailored, and Yoshiko is thinking about getting a Vietnamese style dress made up. Should be a fantastic trip!

In other news, my mother surprised and delighted us yesterday morning when she let me know she would be coming to Japan for the little wedding shindig we've got planned in a few weeks. She's booking her flight today, arriving on October the 8th and staying until the 16th. Quite the pleasant surprise! It'll be nice to spend a bit of time with her, though I am working that week. I've managed to get the Friday off, so I'll be able to spend 4 days with her, plus evenings and lunch breaks and such.

This weekend's plans are just beginning to shape up, with a Saturday off making it a 3 day weekend for me. We're thinking of making a run up to Keike Village, somewhere in North-Western Tochigi if we can find it. This village served as a refuge for a fugitive clan about a thousand years ago. I'm currently unsure as to the whole story, but it seems to be an interesting place to visit and is near Japan's highest marshland which we may tool around for a bit. Sunday will be spent making plans for my mother's visit and for the Vietnam end of our trip. And on Monday, Matto and I will head in to Tokyo for the day, hooking up with Alex for lunch somewhere. Hopefully I can find some shoes that fit, my quest for size 28-29 shoes in Utsunomiya has been in vain so far.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A well known Japanese brand called Washington shoes in Ginza carries big sizes. Unfortunatly they tend to come with big prices tags but if you really need shoes ASAP...
Here is their website for L sizes

If that doesnt work here is their main page

Here is another site with a location in Shinjuku & Kawasaki
They have all kinds of shoes under the business category.

"Tall and big men should visit Isetan Super Mens in Shinjuku. No flying capes on the racks, but plenty of designer and upscale clothes for men over 190cm tall or with waists bigger than 90cm."

Maybe they have shoes too.

One final thing (or maybe first thing) to consider is that there are many shoe repair places in and around Tokyo that can repair and even resole your shoes for a fraction of the cost of buying a new pair. Ask your finacee to do a quick google for you and Im sure there will be at least one shop that is convenient for you.

Good luck.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Michel Lafleur said...

Thanks for the info!

2:27 AM  

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