Allan Gardens Conservatory

When we went to Toronto last summer, we checked out the Allan Gardens Conservatory, pretty much for the express purpose of a free place to walk around and take pretty photos. I realized recently that I only edited like four photos from that visit, and since it was such a lovely place I figured I'd better change that! It was an oasis in the middle of the city, and Sloane particularly liked seeing...

Tokyo, Part 3

We have finally come to recap of our last couple days in Tokyo!  By this time, travel with a toddler was driving us to desperate measures.  Because we were staying in an Airbnb in an apartment building (where Japanese people are notoriously quiet and private) we were unwilling to let her cry for any length of time in order to fall asleep. By the end of our trip, we had to lie with her...

Tokyo, Part 2

After spending so much time traveling around and keeping Sloane restrained to her stroller throughout the first half of the trip, we tried to be really intentional about doing things in Tokyo that she would enjoy.  We decided to check out the Shinagawa Aquarium for one of these outings.  Black lights, bright interactive exhibits, a huge musical performance area, we were sure this would...

Tokyo, Part 1

I recently had someone ask me what they should do for one day in Tokyo.  They had a 24 hour stop over and wanted to check it out. My brain malfunctioned a little bit. 24 hours in Tokyo!?!? How? What? Impossible? Nothing! Can't! Overwhelming! I managed to get my brain back together and recommend a couple spots and of course ramen/soba/katsu anywhere/everywhere, but it made me think about...

Shizuoka City

One of the main reasons we decided to brave international travel with a toddler was so that could Sloane could meet some of the Chubachi extended family, especially Colin's grandma.  Shizuoka-shi is a couple hours south west of Tokyo and more of a  regular town rather than a tourist destination.  But it was fun to explore the beauty that the city had to offer (at the break of dawn...

Toddler Travels to Tokyo

The flight there was 11 hours.  We survived it.  She fell asleep within the first couple hours and then was woken up by the baby crying in front of us after thirty minutes, and didn't sleep again until we landed.  So...we survived.  Toys, stickers, snacks, repeat.  The Narita airport is an hour from Tokyo station, so we decided to just stay in Tokyo for the night before...