On Sunday a fast and rather crowded train took us to Kyoto in just half an hour.
The first attraction there was the brand new train station, very impressive!
So much wood! It's no wonder that many of the Japanese temples burned down (several times) over the centuries and had to be rebuilt.
After spending quite some time in this wonderful place we walked along the big street up to the imperial palace.
Yes, Starbucks is very popular here!
There is a very large park around the palace that also holds several buildings of the former noble people. We went to visit one of them.
Not only is the park big, so are several of the roads that lead to the palace! They needed enough space for parades I guess.
One of the topics were Olivier's European style sushi creations which were discussed at length. Judging from his relatives' reactions these sushi would not stand a chance in Japan!
Then we all went for dinner at a big restaurant where we had our own separate space.
In the back it's Olivier and his mother Verena. His cousin Yuko is covering her daughter Mana's eyes. Opposite are Yuko's mother Takako (Olivier's aunt), her husband Shinichi and son Nao. Which leaves me on the right :-)