view of Nagasaki from atop the hillside elevator to Glover Garden
We walked to Glover Gaden this morning from the hotel, since it was very close by. We aimed to go to the Oura Catholic Church, but took the wrong turn and ended up at the right place for the hillside elevator to the Glover Garden 2nd entrance, which was a better choice anyway. We had a great view of the Nagasaki Harbor below, and we started the garden from top going down. There were many old westerners' residences here, including the Glover house, which was the setting for the famous Madame Butterfly opera by Puccini. There was a statue of him and the prima donna Tamaki Miura who became world famous from her role as Madame Butterfly for many years! The garden was very beautiful, lots of flowers, fountains, some were wall fountains casading down a wall.
to the left of the previous picture
Some residences were very impressive even by today's standards. We spent several hours wandering and looking at the garden, it was a very good place to visit and a much more rewarding experience than the Atomic Bomb Museum yesterday. After visiting the garden, we came out the front entrance, and down the street which was full of shops and students (I wonder why they are not in school?) and stopped at the church for a few minutes. Then I headed to the Confucius temple and Chinese historical museum (at the same location). The museum was surprisingly upscale, with the exhibits coming from the Palace Museum in Beijing, so the pieces were first rate, and the display cases to go with them.
It was very windy at the top of the garden, and we thought at first it's due to the hilltop location, but after getting back to the hotel, I found out that our original plan of taking the Beetle ferry to Busan is not going to work tomorrow, It was too windy and the waves are too high, so we are changing our plans and will have to fly tomorrow to Busan.