skyscrapers and pond

Hama Rikyu Gardens

The Hama Rikyu Gardens are an oasis of calm in Tokyo. The contrast between the gardens and the surrounding skyscrapers is startling.

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temple front


The Sensō-ji temple was beautiful and crowded. Seeing lots of people in traditional Japanese dress added to the atmosphere.

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brightly lit skyscrapers


Tokyo was far less intimidating than I feared. It was easy to get around using the subway and people were kind and helpful. It was the mix of traditional and bleeding edge that I hoped for.

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flagstone path

Botanic Gardens

We debated between Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanic Gardens and decided why not both? The Botanic Gardens were calm and free.

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supertree lit

Light Show

The sound and light show is pretty and free. We timed our visit so we could be there for that. Get there well before dark to get a decent seat.

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floral dragon

Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy is about flower arrangements. Elaborate flower arrangements. If I had to miss one thing at Gardens by the Bay, it would be this.

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dragon with ball

Flower Dome

The Flower Dome is part of Gardens by the Bay. You need to purchase a ticket for it. It focuses on plants from a Mediterranean climate.

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mist in dome

Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest dome is part of Gardens by the Bay. You need to purchase a ticket for it. It’s a magical place and worth the price.

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flowers and city skyline

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is one of the things that drew me to Singapore and was a highlight of our visit. It was worth the price of admission to all the extras.

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sleeping lion

Night Safari

The Night Safari is a rare opportunity to see nocturnal animals when they’re active. There are walking trails to get up close and personal, a free tram, and a show.

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temple roof with cow


We saw several types of temples while rambling around Singapore. All were beautifully detailed.

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