Julefrokost Smorrebrod down under

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20130615-173245.jpg We’ve just enjoyed a traditional Danish Christmas spread in the countryside northwest of Melbourne complete with herring sandwiches, frikadeller, gravadlax, snaps, Elephant beer and plenty of ‘skol’. Fantastisk! Thanks to our friend Heather for a memorable feast.

Hutong, Beijing

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20130614-085039.jpgNarrow lanes, dangling wires, bikes carrying every commodity, roadworks, communal toilets. Welcome to the busy hutong districts round inner Beijing. This one is near the Bell and Drum Towers. The government has recently announced its intention to demolish the single storied houses and replace them with apartments with amenities. This will be a loss of a last vestige of the old capital that has existed since Ming times.

Yu Garden, Shanghai – respect for parents

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20130609-075507.jpg This oasis in Shanghai was apparently the inspiration for the Willow Pattern design. Built by a nobleman as a tribute to his parents, it features a full moon gate, arched stone bridges and a karst rock transported from the Yellow River. The rock has over 70 holes and can be viewed over the water from the island pavilion. The classy gift shop sells jade carved stamps that you can get carved with your name in Characters and letters. Also a magic scroll for practising painting characters with a wet brush. If you stuff up it doesn’t matter as when it dries, everything disappears. Photo: David Street.

As pretty as a ….Tujia people of China’s Yangtze

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20130602-083546.jpg The Tujia people are one of China’s minority groups. The Three Gorges Scenic Spot is a park that shows their heritage in an idyllic setting. It’s well worth a visit you are on a Yangtze cruise in the Yichang area as we were last month.
In September 2013 this photo was awarded ‘photo of the month’ by our local travel agent. The prize is a blown-up version on canvas. Quite a buzz!

As pretty as a ….Tujia people of China’s Yangtze

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20130602-083546.jpg The Tujia people are one of China’s minority groups. The Three Gorges Scenic Spot is a park that shows their heritage in an idyllic setting. It’s well worth a visit you are on a Yangtze cruise in the Yichang area as we were last month.
In September 2013 this photo was awarded ‘photo of the month’ by our local travel agent. The prize is a blown-up version on canvas. Quite a buzz!