(Chase was staring at the gathering crowds)
We awoke Chase early on her first birthday. We had told her we would need to wake up early to catch a plane to
We sang happy birthday and gave her a couple of her presents.
We didn’t give them all to her because we had a plane to catch, and nothing seemed less fair than giving her a gift and then taking it away from her.
After a couple minutes playing with her presents, we moved on to breakfast.
And then we were off to catch our plane.
We arrived in
It was amazing. Blocks and blocks of studio space filled with truly original, truly interesting art. We spent several hours there, taking it all in. The art was so good, that unfortunately other people noticed too – so the pieces started around $800 US, and only went up in price. The artists really weren’t open to coming down in price, as most vendors are in China, so Hubs and I were only able to afford a small pen and ink drawing on a cardboard role.
From there, we hopped a cab to the Bund.
After the Bund, we decided to visit the
After that, we decided to go for a little walk and stumbled across a great pedestrian street.
From there, we headed to a Mexican restaurant, called the
Exhausted, we headed back to the hotel, filled it with balloons...
... sang Happy Birthday one more time and then fell asleep.
Hubs had to work, so Chase and I explored
Unfortunately it was raining. I headed to Gymboree in hopes there would be a morning class she could take advantage of… there wasn’t. So, as outdoor activities were out of the question, we headed for the
The museum was massive, with four stories and three to four exhibitions on each floor. Some of my favorites included the Buddha, painting, furniture, Chinese currency and pottery exhibitions. After carrying Chase (who now weighs 10.4 kg, almost 25 lbs), and her baby bag (another 8 lbs), on and off for four hours, my back was literally breaking and my arms were weak. She, meanwhile, was enjoying a snooze.
So I called it a day and headed back to the hotel. We lazed about for the rest of the afternoon, watched the rain pouring down outside, and played with balloons. We checked out the lobby gift shop and the lobby quick stop (for a diet coke and snickers bar). Not much going on there.
But I kept hoping that if I rested for an afternoon, I would feel refreshed enough (and hopefully the rain would subside) in the morning so we could go out exploring again.
When I awoke, the rain had stopped and my back felt stronger. Chase and I headed to
Inside the gardens there was also a lovely shop selling paintings, one of which I ended up buying for Chase’s room.
From there we ran back to the hotel to drop off the painting. While we were there, Chase caught a quick nap, and we were off again – this time to
And then we hopped a cab to the French Concession, where we paid a visit to Sun Yatsen’s former residence. Sun Yatsen, known as the “Father of the Revolution” or the “Father of the Republic,” did away with
With not a moment to spare, we jumped back in a cab, met Hubs at the hotel and raced to the airport to catch our plane back to