Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday we got to enjoy Lucas's company since he had an afternoon plane to catch to Tokyo and wasn't planning on going to the office that morning. We started the day at the Jing'an Buddhist Temple which was originally built in 247AD! We switched gears and left the peace and tranquility of the temple behind, and headed to trendy Xintiandi. Originally a neighborhood filled with the Chinese version of brownstones, it had been neglected and was restored and turned into a busy and popular spot for shopping and grabbing a tasty meal. It was after our tasty meal that we headed to the small museum which brings you back in time to see what life was like in old Xintiandi for a typical family. Unfortunately, we had to head home after so Lucas could make his flight, the kids were wiped out from all the walking too. However, it was not the end of our day! Mom, Mrs. Schreck and I enjoyed an amazing dinner at The Peninsula Hotel where we had not only a fabulous dinner, but and equally fabulous view of the Bund and downtown Pudong all lit up for the night. Thank you mom, and Mrs. Schreck for the wonderful dinner!
With time flying by and more rain forecasted, we decided to press our luck and see the remains of Shanghai's old city wall. Unfortunately most of it was torn down for construction but a small 50 meter section remains. It was a nice piece of history that until today I was not even aware of. With Mrs. Schreck love of small out of the way streets we wondered a bit and came across a plant and pet market where you could by crickets for competing. The Chinese LOVE to gamble and will gamble on almost anything, even crickets. We also found a local produce market which was filled with meats and veggies for sale. Not surprisingly there was no poultry around. After calling my driver we headed back to the Bund to check out a local shoe maker, and although we were a bit disappointed by the shoes, they did have beautiful silk purses, which Mrs. Schreck bought for me as a totally unnecessary thank you. With a bit of time, we decided to poke our heads into the one of the banks along the Bund to see the amazing marble foyer and breathtaking ceilings. We grabbed lunch on Nanjing Street and headed home for Charlie's nap. Tomorrow we head to Tongli a local water town!
Monday, April 15, 2013
After talking with both my Ayi and Eric, I've decided to continue to buy chicken from Carrefour, a large French chain in Shanghai, and for the time to pass on the pork.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
After saying goodbye to the heat of Ho Chi Minh City we took a short 45 min flight to Nha Trang, a beach town on the cost of Vietnam. We had an amazing view of the water from our hotel and a nice breeze, something that was missing in HCMC. We spent a day out on the water going from one stop to the next by boat. Our first stop was the aquarium, which the kids loved, especially feeding the turtles. Then it was on to a local beach where we took a short glass bottom boat ride so we could see the coral reef before taking a dip in the crystal clear waters. We had such a good time swimming and were sorry to leave but lunch was calling. Back on our boat we took a 45 min cruise to a resort for a very tasty and absurdly huge lunch over looking the water. Hot sticky and tired we headed back to the hotel for a shower and nap. We ended our day with a nice dinner at a local restaurant and a stroll through the town's night market, which is a great place to work on your negotiation skills and shop for souvenirs. The kids and I came home with traditional Vietnamese hats and Lucas picked up a Vietnamese unicorn, a mythical beast made up of many animals.