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Any pictures taken outside of the UK. I love to travel, especially abroad, and try to get away as often as I can. This section includes trips around Europe - France, Italy and Belgium, as well as trips to the Far East (well, Japan).
- Switzerland February 2020
- Sunday 16th - Friday 21st February 2020
Half term trip to Flumserberg in the Swiss Alps to have a go at skiing, taking in Paris and Zurich along the way.
- Italy October 2019
- Friday 18th - Friday 25th October 2019
A week's trip to Italy taking in Florence, Pisa, Genoa and Rome.
- Cote d'Azur August/September 2019
- Friday 30th August - Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Our traditional end of the summer trip down to the Cote d'Azur, this time two nights in St. Paul de Vence and two nights in good old Monaco.
- Venice and Florence October 2017
- Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th October 2017
A week's stay in Venice during half term week followed by a night in Florence to attend Lorenzo and Olya's wedding.
- Monaco September 2017
- Saturday 2nd - Wednesday 6th September 2017
Four nights in Monaco for some guaranteed sunny weather at the end of a mostly rather grey English summer.
- Japan June 2017
- Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th June 2017
A couple of nights in Tokyo followed by the rest of the week in Hiroshima to see Chie and Erika at the end of their longer trip to Japan.
- Sitges May 2017
- Thursday 25th - Monday 29th May 2017
A long weekend in Sitges, near Barcelona (with a night in Paris on the way there) for Leon's 40th birthday.
- Italy October 2016
- Friday 21st - Friday 28th October 2016
A week in Italy, this time with Dad and Janie in tow, based in Turin but with jaunts out to Alba, Genova and Venice.
- New York October 2016
- Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th October 2016
Short business trip to New York.
- Italy October 2015
- Friday 9th - Saturday 17th October 2015
A week's jaunt across Northern Italy taking in Venice, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Verona, Mantova, Milan and Turin.
- Belgium and The Netherlands
- Friday 31st July - Sunday 2nd August 2015
A weekend trip to Belgium and The Netherlands while Chie's parents were over from Japan, taking in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp and Amsterdam.
- Japan November 2014
- Saturday 1st - Saturday 15th November 2014
Two weeks in Japan in November 2014.
- Paris and Monaco
- Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October 2014
A return trip to Monaco on a bit of a whim during my weekend of freedom while the girls were in Japan.
- Italy June 2014
- Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd June 2014
A week in Italy, taking in Genoa, Sestri Levante, the Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence.
- Japan February 2014
- February 2014
Erika's third trip to Japan.
- Cote d'Azur August 2013
- Friday 30th August - Monday 2nd September 2013
A long weekend in Menton and Monaco on the Cote d'Azur - Erika's first time to go abroad (assuming Japan doesn't count).
- Japan May/June 2013
- Monday 20th May - Sunday 9th June 2013
Another trip to Japan.
- Japan March 2013
- March 2013
Erika's first trip to Japan, as she turned six months old, in March 2013.
- Vancouver and Portland
- Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th July 2012
Business trip to Portland taking in Vancouver (and briefly Seattle) en route.
- Venice and Turin
- Wednesday 13th - Monday 18th June 2012
A few days in Venice, taking in Turin and Paris on the way.
- Paris and Lyon
- Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April 2012
A long weekend in France, to meet up with Chie's cousin Satochan in Paris, and our friend Junchan in Lyon.
- Tokyo January 2012
- January 2012
A week's business trip to Tokyo.
- Japan September 2011
- Sunday 18th September - Sunday October 2nd 2011
Two weeks in Japan in late summer / early Autumn 2011.
- Channel Islands
- Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd July 2011
A week's holiday in the Channel Islands taking in Jersey, Guernsey and Sark.
- Monday 18th - Thursday 21st April 2011
Another business trip to Zurich.
- Cote d'Azur
- Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th March 2011
A return visit to the Cote d'Azur, by way of Paris, taking in Eze, Villefranche-sur-mer and Monaco.
- San Francisco November 2010
- Friday 12th - Thursday 18th November 2010
A week in San Francisco for work, but Chie also joined me for the first few days.
- Friday 10th - Sunday 12th September 2010
A weekend in Holland with Chie and Yuka.
- New York May 2010
- Saturday 1st - Saturday 8th May 2010
A week spent in New York on business.
- Zurich April 2010
- Sunday 18th - Wednesday 21st April 2010
Another train trip via Paris to Zurich.
- Japan New Year 2010
- Sunday 27th December 2009 - Monday 11th January 2010
Two weeks in Japan over New Year 2009/2010.
- Saturday 10th - Wednesday 14th October 2009
Four nights in Zurich for a business trip, including a touristy weekend at the start.
- Tokyo October 2009
- Friday 2nd October - Friday 9th October 2009
A week's business trip to Tokyo, and a great opportunity to meet up with lots of old friends.
- Cote d'Azur
- Saturday 27th June - Saturday 4th July 2009
A week's holiday on the French Riviera, based in Nice, including trips to Cannes, Juan-les-Pins, Eze, Ventimiglia and Monaco.
- Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st March 2009
Pictures from my company ski trip to Switzerland, including a fun night out in Zurich and a pleasant afternoon in Paris on the way back.
- Paris December 2008
- Saturday 6th - Monday 8th December 2008
A weekend in Paris to celebrate our second wedding anniversary.
- New York
- Saturday 1st - Friday 7th November 2008
A week's business trip to New York, including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in Times Square on the night Obama was elected president.
- Japan Spring 2008
- Saturday 15th - Monday 31st March 2008
A two-and-a-bit week trip back to Japan, to meet up with old friends and revisit our old haunts.
- Brussels and Aachen
- Saturday 19th - Monday 21st January 2008
A weekend away on the continent to visit the hot springs in Aachen, taking in Brussels on the way.
- North Wales and Dublin
- Saturday 15th - Tuesday 18th September 2007
A weekend in North Wales visiting Dad et al, followed by a trip to Dublin for a training course.
- California Spring 2007
- Monday 26th March - Wednesday 4th April 2007
Another week and a bit business trip in California, but this time with Chie in tow!
- California January 2007
- Sunday 14th January - Saturday 3rd February 2007
Three weeks in California on a business trip for my new job.
- A Week in the Dordogne
- Monday 1st - Sunday 7th January 2007
Kicking off the new year with a week down in the Dordogne visiting Mum and Keith.
- Our Wedding in Japan
- Friday 8th December 2006
Pictures from our wedding, starting with a ceremony at Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine, followed by a reception on a cruise ship, and then a final party in the centre of Hiroshima.
- Tokyo December 2006
- December 2006
Last month of living in Tokyo!
- Tokyo November 2006
- November 2006
More pictures from life in Japan, mostly in the latter half of November, including a short trip to the Izu Peninsula.
- Monday 6th - Sunday 12th November 2006
My final business trip for that well known software company.
- Tokyo October 2006
- October 2006
The usual daily pictures from the month which marked one year of me working in Japan.
- Hiroshima September 2006
- Friday 22nd - Tuesday 26th September 2006
A few days in Hiroshima.
- Nagoya and Gifu
- Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September 2006
An afternoon touring Gifu followed by a night out in Nagoya.
- Tokyo September 2006
- September 2006
Another month of pictures from Tokyo, including a weekend visit from Leon, Gav and Stu.
- Tokyo August 2006
- August 2006
August - mostly work, work, work, and attempts to escape from Tokyo (both physically and mentally!).
- Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July 2006
A weekend away in Nagano to escape Tokyo, and see our friend Junchan.
- Tokyo July 2006
- July 2006
More pictures from life in Tokyo, as the summer gets into full swing.
- Tokyo June 2006
- June 2006
A month in Tokyo featuring a number of attempts at the weekend to get away from the place!
- Tokyo May 2006
- Monday 8th - Wednesday 31st May 2006
Yet another monthly set of images from daily life in Tokyo.
- Hiroshima May 2006
- Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 7th May 2006
A few days spent in Hiroshima during a slew of national holidays that the Japanese call "Golden Week", in 2006.
- Tokyo April 2006
- April 2006
Pictures in Tokyo in April, complete with a good helping of the obligatory cherry blossom photos.
- Tokyo March 2006
- Friday 3rd - Tuesday 21st March 2006
Pictures taken in Tokyo in March 2006, during two and a half weeks between trips to Seattle and the UK. Includes a weekend spent with Lorenzo.
- Seattle February 2006
- Monday 20th February - Thursday 2nd March 2006
Pictures taken during the weekend break in the middle of a two week business trip to Seattle at the end of February 2006.
- Tokyo February 2006
- February 2006
Pictures in Tokyo in February 2006, including a visit to the Whisky Live exhibition, where I met such whisky celebrities as Richard Paterson and Dave Broom.
- Tokyo January 2006
- January 2006
Assorted pictures from daily life in Tokyo, at the start of the year of the dog.
- Weekend in Hiroshima
- Friday 6th - Monday 9th January 2006
A weekend in Hiroshima, visiting Chie's family as a sort of late New Year's break.
- Kamakura New Year's Day
- Sunday 1st January 2006
A New Year's Day outing to Kamakura, a town near Tokyo famous for its shrines and temples.
- December in Tokyo
- Friday 2nd - Saturday 31st December 2005
More assorted pictures from life in Tokyo, taken in December 2005.
- Saturday 3rd December 2005
A day out with Hide to go and visit Takaosan - a mountain conveniently located within short distance of Tokyo.
- November in Tokyo
- Sunday 20th - Friday 25th November 2005
Assorted pictures from daily life in Tokyo during the latter part of November 2005.
- Seattle November 2005
- Sunday 30th October - Friday 18th November 2005
A few odd pictures taken whilst on a long business trip in Seattle.
- October in Tokyo
- Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October 2005
A few pictures from a weekend out and about in the suburbs of Tokyo at the end of October 2005, including Sunday brunch with Lorenzo.
- Germany and Holland
- Wednesday 14th - Sunday 18th September 2005
A few days spent in Germany and Holland, en route between Japan and Britan, for Yee and Hauke's wedding.
- Japan 2005 Part II
- Thursday 14th July - Wednesday 14th September 2005
Pictures from my second holiday in Japan in 2005 in July/August/September.
- Seattle July 2005
- Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July 2005
A short trip to Seattle for an interview, during which I had a brief opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing.
- Japan 2005 Part I
- Monday 2nd May - Tuesday 7th June 2005
Pictures from my first spell in Japan in May and June 2005.
- Saturday 26th - Monday 28th February 2005
A weekend trip to Paris with Yuka and Miho.
- Friday 10th - Sunday 12th December 2004
Softel's Christmas party - a weekend away in Cologne.
- Friday 10th - Sunday 12th September 2004
A weekend away in Barcelona.
- Tuesday 24th - Wednesday 25th August 2004
A couple of very random pictures from an extremely brief trip to Toulouse for a conference.
- Leon's Stag Do
- Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th May 2004
A Tale of Two Cities. Started off with food and a few drinks in London, then on to Paris for a (supposedly) all night bar and club-a-thon. Didn't quite work out exactly as planned though...
- Saturday 10th April 2004
A day trip to Dublin with Chie, Dad and Janie.
- Saturday 19th - Tuesday 22nd April 2003
Me and Chie go to visit Lorenzo in beautiful Florence (or Firenze if you're Italian) for a few days.
- Japan Christmas 2002
- Friday 20th December 2002 - Sunday January 5th 2003
My third trip to Japan, encompassing Christmas and New Year.
- Japan Spring 2002
- Sunday 28th April - Sunday 5th May 2002
My second trip to Japan. A bit less sightseeing than last time but still plenty of nice pictures.
- Thursday 19th - Tuesday 24th July 2001
My second trip to Italy to see Lorenzo.
- Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th May 2001
A short weekend trip to Paris, more or less on a whim.
- Japan Spring 2001
- Saturday 7th - Tuesday 24th April 2001
My first trip! Two and a bit weeks exploring Japan. Hundreds of pictures to see!
- A Weekend in Belgium
- Friday 9th - Sunday 11th March 2001
A weekend trip to Brugges and Antwerp.
- Thursday 20th - Tuesday 25th July 2000
Me, Chie, Rob and Kanako in La Rochelle and Orleans.
- Softel Christmas Party 1999
- Friday 10th - Saturday 11th December 1999
Two nights in Brugges for our annual Christmas party.