From Kyoto to Paro: A Short 12 hour excursion

On Friday, our day began with a relaxed final morning in Kyoto.  We wandered over to a coffee shop (Sagan) and then made our way to Kyoto Station and the Shinkansen.  The trains were crowded this AM and so we had to wait for the more empty one (with our unreserved seats) to make the journey to Tokyo.

Waiting...again....this process is becoming a pattern.
Waiting…again….this process is becoming a pattern.

I may have said this in an earlier post, but the Japanese have done an excellent job of moving people from place to place with relative ease.  We quickly moved around the country or within a city using busses, subways, and trains.  For those who have traveled in Europe, this experience is similar….for Asia, Japan really sets the bar high.  We really used the system to its fullest and that made the trip that much more enjoyable.

We eventually made it to the airport and left for our ix hour flight to Bangkok….a slight delay got us into Survanabhumi at around midnight and we headed to the hotel (Great Residence) for a three hour nap.

At Paro Dzong
At Paro Dzong

Our very early wakeup call at 4:00 AM was refreshing, in so many ways!

Our flight to Paro, Bhutan landed a bit ahead of schedule and we headed off into the country, walking to Paro Dzong, the National Zoo, and Buddha Point.

The group.
The group.

It’s going to take us a couple of days to catch up on sleep and to get into the groove of Bhutan.

Our trip sends us to Punakha, the original capital of Bhutan, and the Temple of the Divine Madman.  Our day will be in the small bus, one winding roads, through high mountain passes and thick cloud-forest jungle.  If we are really lucky, we will see the Himalaya range in the distance.

Yes, things are getting strange.
Yes, things are getting strange.
The Father Son Team!
The Father Son Team!
I'm pretty sure Axel thinks if he closes his eyes, I'll go away.
I’m pretty sure Axel thinks if he closes his eyes, I’ll go away.
Natascha grew to a remarkable size on our trip.
Natascha grew to a remarkable size on our trip.
Overlooking Thimphu...and we found Evan again!
Overlooking Thimphu…and we found Evan again!
Jumping Layla.
Jumping Layla.
The Road to Paro.
The Road to Paro.

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