Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kyoto Laneways

After our taxi tour of Kyoto, we were dropped off in a main street with lots of car traffic & even traffic lights, From there we walked through narrow, tiny back streets looking for the restaurant we were booked into for dinner. As we walked ( not too far thank goodness!) the lane-ways became narrower & narrower. Such a contrast in a very short space.

The restaurant  was a Japanese BBQ type place, and between certain times it became an "all you can eat" ( & drink!) for a certain price. Our trusty guide had became aware of this place long before we left home, and after having a vegetarian lunch, the men in our group were hungry for meat.

When we arrived, there were a few small plates of very thin meat set upon tables with a BBQ in the center to cook it ourselves. ( I had been to Korean BBQ before ) Not a worry, the men in our group outnumbered the women, and they soon got busy. Within 5 minutes the first plates had disappeared and we were asking for refills. The poor waitress I think feigned "no English" to keep the time spread out, but with hungry Aussie men there was no hope of this happening. The "all you can eat" time frame was one and a half hours, and by the end of it we were all stuffed silly and quite a few were under the weather.

This was the end of a very long day, and from here we left by taxi to go back to the hotel for a long hot shower and a good night's sleep. Tomorrow would be another long day.

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