Just a hop, skip and a jump away from my 'home away from home' Kyoto town is the charming city of Nara. Although famous for its history, giant Buddha, Kasuga Shrine and free roaming deer I often prefer to leave those with the first time visitors and simply wander the compact old town, shotengai (traditional shopping arcade) and back streets.
Here's a visual homage to the lesser known parts of Nara - do yourself a favour and spend a day here. And do also buy the cookies for the deer or they will eat the contents of your handbag.
For details on how to get from Kyoto to Nara take a look HERE.
Now if you find this place above make sure you stop for a wee restette and to taste the local sake and fruit wines below
Speaking of sustenance there are plenty of nice cafes and restaurants in Nara. How sweet are the little faces on these cakes?
We stumbled acrossed the brasserie below (ce magasin) and stopped in for a well priced and very decent French lunch. The break also helped shelter us from a sudden torrential downpour.