Featured

Old City Shanghai

July 15, 2017
Thumbnail image for Old City Shanghai

In among all the skyscrapers and apartment buildings, a tiny part of “Old Shanghai” remains. In it there are remnants of the old city wall dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1553) as well as pavilions, temples, and markets. On one of our days in Shanghai, we had the opportunity to explore a small part […]

Read the full article →

People’s Square, the Marriage Market, and Museums in Shanghai

July 3, 2017
Thumbnail image for People’s Square, the Marriage Market, and Museums in Shanghai

Our hotel, the Le Royal Meridian Shanghai, overlooked the Shanghai People’s square, a large area containing several museums, a theater, a major metro hub and a huge park. We found ourselves walking through or around it several times a day. Every Saturday and Sunday the park hosts a Marriage Market. This is where parents come to […]

Read the full article →

Walking the French Concession in Shanghai

June 19, 2017
Thumbnail image for Walking the French Concession in Shanghai

  During our days in Shanghai, we visited the neighborhood known as the French Concession twice. It’s a lovely neighborhood which has a few streets that still retain some of the “old Shanghai” charm which is rapidly being replaced with high rises and highways. Oddly enough, the area was never really populated by the French, but […]

Read the full article →

Qibao Water Town, Near Shanghai

April 1, 2017
Thumbnail image for Qibao Water Town, Near Shanghai

Question: What’s the Disney version of a Chinese water town? Answer: Qibao We’d wanted to do a day trip from Shanghai, either to one of the Duplitecture towns (towns created to look like Paris, or Venice, or Holland, down to the buildings, canals and faux Eiffel tower) or to one of the nearby “quaint water […]

Read the full article →

Tips For Planning a Trip to Paris

February 27, 2017
Thumbnail image for Tips For Planning a Trip to Paris

In the last year, at least half a dozen people we know have gone to Paris and asked me for advice before their trip. Our last trip to Paris was for a full week in March of 2016, and while I have not written about that here yet (coming soon), we’ve been to Paris many […]

Read the full article →

Shanghai Food

February 9, 2017
Thumbnail image for Shanghai Food

We were in Shanghai for four days and we ate very, very well. From crazy cheap and delicious street food to fancy-dancy cocktails and food with a view. It was all good. This city knows how to get its grub on. Below is a selection of just some of what we consumed in our time […]

Read the full article →

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

January 2, 2017
Thumbnail image for Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

After our overnight train from Hong Kong, we arrived at the Shaghai main train station and took the metro the the closest stop to our hotel, the Le Meridien Shanghai. We were to spend four nights in this hotel, with mother and I spending SPG points to each cover two nights. The first impression was […]

Read the full article →

Overnight on a Chinese Train, Hong Kong to Shanghai

December 4, 2016
Thumbnail image for Overnight on a Chinese Train, Hong Kong to Shanghai

After our morning in Hong Kong, we got a 2PM checkout from the hotel and took a taxi (42 HK$) to Hong Ham station for our 3:15PM departure. At the station, we exchanged our remaining Hong Kong dollars for Chinese Yuan as that is all that can be used on the train (no credit cards […]

Read the full article →