Feasting in Ningbo, Part 3

23 04 2017

Time to eat again!

Our lunch in the ancient town of Cicheng in the historic Zou-Ma-Lou Restaurant.





A Visit to the Ancient Yamen in Cicheng

22 04 2017

“Yamen” as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:   the headquarters or residence of a Chinese government official or department

In the ancient town of Cicheng, outside of central Ningbo, is a yamen that has been turned into a museum.  Our group paid a visit on a warm Saturday morning a week ago today.

 

 

 





A Walk Through the Peaceful Town of Cicheng

20 04 2017

Our group had some time for sight seeing during our recent visit to the city of Ningbo, China and enjoyed a peaceful Saturday in the town of Cicheng.

Impressively calm!!





Arriving in Shanghai and Getting to Ningbo

17 04 2017

So I  just spent Friday + the weekend in China on business in a city I had never been to before.

Flying out of Narita was a breeze but once I arrived in Pudong, the international airport in Shanghai, things did not look so bright.

No photos allowed so I don’t have any but immigration was a total jam.  And who would’ve thought leaving the baggage claim area when I didn’t have any checked in luggage would be so time consuming.

Arrival hall. Really?

I had to take the inter-terminal shuttle which I had trouble finding to get to my meeting point with my host and other delegates that were participating in the same conference.

The shuttle

And it was a nice day in Shanghai as we left the airport to our hotel in Ningbo about three hours away.

Our ride

Restroom stop on the way.

Arrived at hotel, had dinner.

The following morning. A nice day!

So began my stay in Ningbo, China.





24+ Hours in London

15 04 2017

After about half an hour black cab journey from Liverpool Street Station to Paddington, checked into my hotel for a one-night stay.

Lovely color scheme

View from my room

The public terrace used as, if one wishes, a smoking area.

And then I stepped out for a visit to the Selfridges before my dinner appointment.

And then my dinner appointment wrote in to tell me he had lost his voice. Didn’t mind spending time in my hotel room for a change.





From TLL to STN

14 04 2017

Back to writing about my trip to Tallinn, Estonia which was followed by a very brief stop in London, England.

The travel between the two cities involved lots of firsts.

The line leading up to security. There is just one gate. Estonians being efficient, it wasn’t as bad as it looks but seeing this upon arriving at the airport was rather discouraging.

My ride from Tallinn to London. First time flying with the Irish LCC.

My seat was 1A. This was my view when I sat in my seat.

And looking out the window.

As the door closed. That would be my foot, the black thing on the floor.

And we flew into Stansted Airport to which I had never been before. Again a long line at immigration.  We left Tallinn at 12 noon and arrived in London at 1 pm local time after a three-hour flight.  Decided lunch at the airport was a good idea.

I then took the Stansted Express into London Liverpool Street Station. Another first.

Then a cab ride to my hotel in Paddington.





Leaving on a Jet Plane

13 04 2017

Off to China again, this time on business to attend a conference in Ningbo.  (Where’s that?!)

My first at NRT.  Went to the wrong terminal and took the inter-terminal shuttle.  ^^








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