After the Bund in the morning we went to Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful, peaceful place that’s been there for some 400 years. The photos speak for themselves.
So, after a while we took a break for sustenance, and went to the Marriott for a lovely lunch at the elegant JW’s California Grill. No lazy susans here, thank god. I had French onion soup and Caesar salad and a glass of delicious wine – very different from the fare we’d been eating, and fitting for a birthday lunch.
After lunch we went back to the market for round two, and then headed back to the hotel for six and a half minutes of relaxation and then were picked up to go back to the Bund for the riverfront night cruise where the buildings were lit up in a spectacular fashion.
Whew! This was a full day.
Oh, how could I forget…on the bus on the way to the cruise our guide Oscar announced that it was my birthday, and two days before was the birthday of Javier, half of a lovely couple from Columbia, and he presented us with the cutest gift, just because that’s the kind of guy he is. Isn’t that cute? It looks like a bottle of wine (which I was ready to chug) but voila! it’s an umbrella.
After the cruise we were on our own for dinner. Suze and I were both tired, and I had caught a cold at lunch (it came on like gangbusters right around 12:30) so we weren’t feeling up to going out again. Instead we had my birthday dinner at our hotel, The Crowne Plaza. I had the most delicious dumplings and won ton soup. Truly, it was elegant. And of course a glass of wine.
Except for the cold it was a perfect birthday.
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