Cara, Shawn and the Lewis family were in Shanghai for the last 3 days playing tourist. We had a lot of fun seeing the sights and we saw so many things! Since we were away and I didn't bring my computer along (WITHDRAWL SYMPTOMS!) Here are a few days of blogging for you below!
Here's Cara getting her first look at the Yu Yuan gardens in Shanghai.
Jack, Sophie and Sue went back yesterday evening to allow us to tour around easier. Thanks Sue! Otherwise it becomes quite a feat to get 2 taxi's going to the same place with only one person that (sort of!!) speaks Chinese to the driver!
The Yu Yuan gardens were created over 400 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, and were the a private residence. Many gorgeous flowers, rock formations, fish ponds and ornate buildings. It was hard to know where to point the camera!
Inside the garden was a clothing rental shop. How could we resist! Since it was our birthday, we ORDERED Shawn to wear the Emperor's costume. He graciously complied...
Shawn, Cara, and Peter in period clothing. Cute!
Peter looks so ROYAL!
During the clothing ordeal, what the pictures DON'T show is that we drew quite a crowd. After we returned the clothes, we retreated to quieter parts of the garden. An ornate dragon on a roof corner...
Some of the lanterns that decorated the hallways... The birds found them a perfect place to perch and watch the world go by!
Some beautifully maintained and manicured foliage...
Peter and Cara, enjoying the serenity of the Yu Yuan garden. I think Peter will pass up Cara in height in about 6 minutes!
After the garden, we hopped into a taxi, and went back to the hotel to collect our bags. We made our way across the river to Pudong and hung out at the Binjiang Public Park in a restaurant bordering the river. It was a warm 75 degrees today with some SUN!