It is Day 8 of this 42-day series on Six Weeks to Summer: A Traveler’s Fitness Plan.
Visiting Kochi Castle today as great for a cardio workout. Lots of walking through their amazing shopping area – Obiyamachi Shopping Arcade.
The best cardio was walking up the steps to the Kochi Castle.
You’ll love this ‘Balanced Food’ found in vending machines along the sidewalks: “Calorie Mate Block is a nutritionally balanced source of the energy needed for daily activities,” says the package. Ingredients: Wheat flour, margarine and sugar are the first three ingredients. Yikes! This type of balance will go right to the hips!
My husband and I walked right on by the ‘Balanced Food’ and followed the recommendations by many to head to Hirome Marketplace for lunch.
Hirome is an indoor marketplace with several stores and a wide variety of food and drink venues. Think food court of a mall, but a heck of a lot more interesting. Throughout the marketplace are picnic bench seating areas. A salad of lettuce and shredded cabbage was on display at one restaurant so that was my go-to choice for lunch. Since I wanted to add some protein, another venue offered beef and chicken on a stick so I had one of each. This marketplace is extremely fun and it a must-do when in Kochi.
After a great lunch and more walking through the shopping area, I enjoyed real green tea (as in really, really green with tea leaves in the bottom of the cup) and a small sweet served by wonderfully nice ladies in kimonos at a local department store.
On a grading scale, I’d give myself a “B” for eating since I had the sweet with my tea and also had sweet sauces on my meat at lunch, though Kochi gets an “A” for a fun city with wonderfully nice people.