Friday, November 16, 2018

Asia Trip cont. South Korea

After two nights and three lovely days in Shanghai, China we boarded our cruise ship and headed toward South Korea. We had a relaxing day at sea before arriving in S. Korea's largest port and third largest city, Incheon. Seoul is about 90 miles north. 
Our excursion  was in and around the port of Incheon. First stop was a rather large fish market..
I don't think I have ever seen so much seafood
and it took me a minute or two to figure out what this was. I think it is a skate or stingray.
We also toured some old traditional homes,
where the doorways made me feel tall.
There were ladies there playing  Neolttwigi which resembles an American seesaw, but you stand instead of sit, and you try an launch the other person into the air. 
Just a little pond with small looking Lilly Pads.
After stopping at a Korean War Memorial Museum we arrived at an ultra modern area of the port where the views from the 33rd floor were amazing.
It appears I have been eating too much rice....which is probably stop back to China to tour Beijing.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shanghai cont.

Lilly our Shanghai guide, took us to two very old parts of town:
A section with restored old buildings, appropriately called "Old Town".
There were a lot of tourists there and I could see why...It is a photographers dream.. Notice the bridge. It is called the zigzag bridge and winds through the whole area.. It has nine turns on purpose. It is said that demons are afraid of corners.
A food booth selling dumplings...seemingly a favorite food.
Also part of Old Town ... the Yu Gardens, with several unusual doorways.
Every turn being a surprise.
I love to photograph children...but also Grannies
Notice the Dragon crawling along the top of the fence. Dragons in Chinese folklore are not demons but very well liked creatures.
I said Lilly took us to two old parts of town. I was happy that she wanted us to see that all of Shanghai (like most cities) is not sparkly and beautiful.
There are still areas that are poor.
To end the day she took us to the famous area called the Bund. How is that compared to the last picture ?
What a beautiful day we had with Lilly. I was surprisingly wowed by Shanghai.
Next up we board our 14 day cruise taking us to  more exciting ports in Asia.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Our First Temple

Jing'an Temple in Shanghai was the first Temple (of many) we visited in Asia,
and it was right in the center of what is now a modern city.
One of the first things we learned is why you had to step over a raised threshold to enter.
It seems that they believed that evil spirits could not jump....therefore they could not get in. Men must enter with there left foot first and women with their right.
Laughing or Happy Buddha is the only Buddha I was familiar with,
but as we learned, there are many more and you pray to different ones depending on your need.
I certainly didn't know that there was a female Buddha. Women pray to her for many reasons, especially for fertility problems
There were also statues of Gods of the East and West
as well as North and South.
Parents were there teaching their children to pray. I always ask permission from the parent or adult if I could photograph a child.

Jing'an Temple was as I said, the first we visited and my favorite.

This Monk returning with his shopping bags caught my eye.

Monday, November 12, 2018

I'm Back!

As many of you know I have been away for awhile. In late Oct. we flew to Shanghai, China to join a fourteen day cruise around Asia.
We arrived a couple of days early, and one of the couples we were traveling with arranged a private tour of the City. On a previous post I showed you how modern the city has become in a photograph from a famous spot called the Bund. Above is our charming guide Lilly and our friends Sandy and David.
Our first stop was Faux Park and I was quite stunned by what all was going on there. Seniors citizens were active in all sections of the park. Here a group was ballroom dancing,
and many many groups were doing Tai Chi.
There were several very serious poker games being played
and also  a large choral group singing. When this guy saw us watching, he came over and started singing Shawnee River to David.He also wanted us to guess his age. He was very proud to tell us he was 89. I couldn't get over how friendly everyone was. They all smiled and waved and several wanted to talk to us. Of course sometimes Lilly had to translate.
I couldn't figure out why this guy was painting on the walkway?
Seems he was painting inspirational sayings with water...that seemed to dry up and disappear as fast as he could paint them.
I ask the teacher walking through with her Montessori class if I could snap a picture. Aren't they darling?
Kids in the park were having almost as much fun as the senior citizens
I thought this was nice. They have a hot water faucet at the entrance of the park, so you can bring your own thermos with tea leaves inside and make you own tea.
Next stop Jing'an Temple

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Hello from the China Sea

Hello! We are having an amazing time and great weather. It is difficult for me to post. Taking pictures with my phone...(and of course can’t post in China), then transferring to my iPad is very slow. Iwill show more pictures when I can or when I return. Thank you for your comments Janey
Well everyone must do this

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hello from Asia

It has been a long journey, but we are here !
Shanghai was our first stop and we absolutely loved it. Above the Shanghai of yesteryear. (Sixteen century),
...and Shanghai today! That is The Shanghai Tower (taken from an area called The Bund ). It is the tallest building in Asia.
          Internet from this ship is a bit spotty..but I will make an attempt to keep posting, and eventually get over to your blogs.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

You Have To Be Kidding!

Surely only one suitcase and a small carry-on
was just a suggestion! 

I will return folks...stayed tuned! Janey