Monthly Archives: April 2019

Cheers from China!

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Today is our last full day in Wuxi, China.  We’ve been having a fantastic time.  Last week we landed in Beijing and toured the Forbidden City and Great Wall and stayed at a wonderful hotel where we were spoiled.  The Great Wall was so worth the long flight to China.  It’s a must do if you can do it!  Then we took off to spend some time with Jordan and Wilber in S. Korea, then took off for Shanghai and Wuxi.  I don’t have much time to write because we’re off on another adventure in a few minutes.

Yesterday we went to a Buddha “amusement” park, The Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, which was such a nice surprise.  The Buddha in itself is worth the trip, but there are garden trails and pagodas and other goodies throughout the park.  And, of course, we’ve been feasting and sipping all sorts of goodies.

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Including bubbly at the top of the Hyatt in Shanghai!

Okay, I’m rushed, so here’s your photo blast of some of the cool stuff we’ve gotten to see.  I’ll write more and post later —- including a Seoul post.

Beijing shots ….

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More Beijing — lol can you find Joe in the crowd?  And loved the pool at our hotel.  Below are Shanghai and Wuxi pics — including riding the subway.  LOL the hanging handrails kept bopping us in the face.  We also got to ride a bullet train, so that was fun.  You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the madness of public transport when you can’t read, write or speak the language — or use google translate.

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Oh, how I wish I could tell you more, but my crew is ready to get out and about.  So, next time I pop in I’ll give you more story.

Bottoms up…

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Shame on me for not posting most of February and all of March.  Work and life have been busy (I know you’re tired of hearing that excuse, but it’s true).  We’ve whooped it up around Belgium and Paris with friends who were visiting, we’ve gone to a few wine tastings and lots of dinners and local outings.

Same old, same old … but never dull!  Even a trip to the flower market could turn into bubbly on the curb — especially when the sun is out!

The Grand Place is all decked out for Easter, including a big ferris wheel, which I’d like to post pics of, but I’m sure it’ll be down before I get to it.  We’re leaving on Saturday for our big trip to Asia.  I’m really excited about it.  We begin in Beijing where we’ll see the Great Wall and Forbidden City, then we’re off to South Korea where we’ll whoop it up with Jordan and Wilbur and watch a Korean baseball game, imbibe at a Korean BBQ, do a DMZ tour and check out Seoul, then it’s off to Shanghai and then Hong Kong.  Every stop except Beijing includes fun time with friends, some of whom I haven’t seen since moving away from the UAE.  So, a busy, good time will be had.

Another thing I’m excited about is it’s Spring!  Days are blessedly longer and work is winding down (I’m already planning away for next year).  When we return from Spring Break, we have Game of Thrones parties, more friends visiting, weekend trips, Dou Dou fest (before that the Beer Fest!), more dinners and plenty of Grand Place adventures to look forward to.  And then it’s time to fly back to the states for the summer where I’ll get to swim with the grand baby, my kids and friends.  Let the warm days of fun begin!

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And while I like this picture: Adieu to the long dark days of winter.  LOL Winter is NOT coming here  — until November.

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