Eating in Shanghai (Inbetween Work)

23 07 2017

Soon after we arrived at our hotel in the Pudong district of Shanghai, we went out for our first dinner in central Shanghai, crossing the river to the other side.

The elevator hall on my floor in the hotel.

Arriving at the restaurant.

Just a few dishes out of many more we had…

The following morning the view from my 21st floor room and it looks very hot which it was.

Breakfasting

Hotel public area

Off to work at 8:30 am at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

And back to the hotel and we break for lunch.  I checked the temperature.

Looked dangerous but I went out anyway.

Empty street! Maybe because it was a Saturday? Or because of the heat?

Time for lunch

Lunch is served.

Behind that cupboard which is actually a sliding door into and from which people kept coming and going, I saw a mahjong table, a game which you don’t generally need to hide to play. I suspect customers were betting cash. ^^





Leaving on a Jet Plane

21 07 2017

Another trip earlier today out of Narita.  Am now in Shanghai, China, attending a festival on business.

Our ride to the hotel.

Checked in.

Beautiful view!





Upside Down Marseille

20 07 2017

Right in the heart of the “old port” of Marseille, there is this interesting pavilion of sort that gets people looking up as they pass below it.  It was situated right in front of my hotel room.  This was my view.

Street performance (close to the bottom of the pic) going on underneath the pavilion.

Pretty neat!





Lunching in Marseille

19 07 2017

I had made a lunch reservation well in advance at this elegant one Michelin starred restaurant in Marseille to eat there the day after we arrived in the port city.  It was very much worth the effort.  Everything was perfect including the restaurant’s modern take on Marseille’s signature dish of bouillabaisse.

The entrance is next to a loud souvenir shop and is quite inconspicuous in contrast if you don’t know it’s there.

My view

A modern take of the rouille sauce and bread combo normally soaked in the bouillabaisse.

More of the view of my rose wine ^^

The bouillabaisse

With three kinds of fish

My friend’s dessert

 





Walking in Marseille, France, Part 2

18 07 2017

From the Marseille Cathedral vicinity and still within a very easy reach, we went to check out the Saint-Laurent Church.  There was a service going on so we sat in the congregation listening to the French sermon.

Anna, my friend.

Orange lifejackets that save arriving refugees.

More exploring.

From my hotel room…





Walking in Marseille, France, Part 1

17 07 2017

At the beginning of June, 2017, I was in the south of France on business.  I started writing about it but got sidetracked into writing about my trip to LA/SF that was happening in real time.  So here I am back to Marseille.

This was the first morning after arriving.  Breakfast in the hotel, a casual walk in the neighborhood including going up to the cathedral, unfortunately closed for when I was there for renovation.

Hotel breakfast with a view





24+ Hours in San Francisco

16 07 2017

I arrived in San Francisco at about 3:30 pm on Sunday, July 2 and stayed until the following evening and left for LA on a 6:45 pm flight.  Was there for one important business meeting and the rest was up to me. ^^

My cute hotel near the Union Square.

My lovely suite.

Hotel public area

Stepping out…

Union Square and Powell Street

Drink like a local.

Breakfast the next day in the hotel restaurant.

THE important meeting went well with a cold margarita.

To the airport.

 








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