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!!





Lunching in Tallinn, Estonia

7 04 2017

My friend and I, after walking the hills of the Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia in the morning, were ready to go for a good lunch.  Our obvious choice was the restaurant that seemed to be the most popular on social network reviews and so off we went to Rataskaevu 16 but at 12:30 pm w/o a reservation, the two of us were turned down although the restaurant tried to accommodate us in other sister restaurants nearby.  As we walked out of the restaurant dismayed, we ran into my friend’s friends that had a reservation for a table of four though they were three.  Quickly we went back in the restaurant with them and it was confirmed that they could take five people.  Lucky us.

The food was great, much better than they appear to be in the pix above.

 





A Walk in the Charming Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia

2 04 2017

I have been spending time in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, for the last three days attending a convention.  The first day when we had free time during the day was most lovely weatherwise though very chilly.  My friend and I enjoyed a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Old Town of Tallinn.

In the morning. It was only going to go up to 2C during the day.

And the following morning, it snowed.

 

 





Walking in Guangzhou, Part 3 with Random Guangzhou

28 03 2017

Here is my final post on my not-so-recent-anymore China trip.  All pix from Guangzhou.





Walking in Guangzhou, Part 2, the Shamian Island

27 03 2017

More from walking in the city of Guangzhou, China and this from the “Shamian Island” where my hotel was situated.  Due to what the island served as (as indicated in the previous link), the overall architecture is very grand and colonial though now mostly decorated with Chinese signs for hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and sometimes government offices.

My hotel.





The Sacred Heart Cathedral of Guangzhou

17 03 2017

I am not a Catholic nor practice any religion for that matter but when it comes to “Sacred Heart“, I am rather partial because of my education in a Sacred Heart school.

Visited the peaceful (if a little crowded) Sacred Heart Cathedral in Guangzhou upon my visit to the city at the end of January.








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