Japan: Nara

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Nara was Japan’s first permanent capital, 710 – 794 AD, and only 30 minutes away by train from both Kyoto and Osaka! There are 8 UNESCO World Heritage sights, 2nd only to Kyoto.

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I love this time of year!

Antwerp becomes even more charming as the weather becomes colder! The streets and trees are decorated with white lights, the Christmas markets begin, and Sinterklaas arrives in his steamboat!

Also, because the weather is chilly, the food becomes “wilder” and to Koen and me, more delicious!

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View of the Christmas lights from my dining room!

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