(Ed. note: This post has four photos included. If you click on one, it should give you a larger version of it.)
What an interesting day! We left home at 9:30 am and returned at 6:00 pm, feet hot and swollen, eyes sore, tired but feeling good, having walked at least 10 miles (actually 17.2 km) through Shanghai on a holiday weekend.
After Geoff’s haircut at a place in our neighbourhood, our first destination was the Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market. We headed directly to Jackie’s, the tailor recommended by Terry and Ron Walsmith, who lived here for four years. Are you ready for this: I am having made 3 skirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of slacks, a warm hip-length outdoor jacket, and a white shirt for me and 3 pairs of shorts for Geoff for the princely sum of (wait for it) – 2700 Yuan (that is – $450). Tailor made. Pretty ridiculously cheap. Here’s hoping they turn out!
On our way to The Bund, (Ed. note: this is kind of like the Stanley Park Seawall) we walked down back streets through dilapidated neighbourhoods where the contrast between modern and falling down slums was amazing, but here people live and thrive. Hard to call their homes slums, but to us they were too run-down to consider living in. It is a different world, even from the streets surrounding theirs.
We continued our walk to The Bund where we strolled the boardwalk along the river–see pictures of the amazing buildings in Pudong on the far side. Pics also of living walls, planted with ivy, potato vines, small ferns, petunias and daisies. I would love to replicate one in our backyard!
We walked all the way to Nanjing Road, the major shopping street made into a pedestrian walkway (filmed on our last visit). Here we squandered our savings on ice cream at a Haagen Dazs store where ice cream has been made into an art form. Making our way past the lines of people waiting to buy Moon cakes for this special holiday, we joined the line at the Haagen Dazs cafe. Really. The extensive menu shows ice cream presented in amazing forms–sushi lookalikes on platters; ice cream transformed into elaborate chocolate confections; others that come with a hot plate–the waitress fries crepe-like pancakes for you to make ice-cream-filled bits of heaven. (Ed Note: in the middle of the photo is the crepe, just made by the waitress; to the left of the crepes is ice cream “sushi”, to the top of the crepe is more ice cream and just “below” the crepes are bananas and a variety of sauces. Before we leave China ….)
We chose a sherbet/ice-cream sundae with frozen fruit and a layer chocolate-nut sundae. Not the best choices. The bill? $29. We have been enjoying 10Y ($1.66) cones since our arrival so I’m not sure what came over us but it was really fun. The place was like Grand Central Station with so many people and an ongoing din. See Geoff’s picture above. The crazy thing is we will probably go back!
It looks like I may be having some shoes hand-made as I have been able to find any in my size. A few game clerks have brought me size 39, knowing full well that my big foot is not going to fit. Thank goodness I was smart enough to bring my boots.
Tomorrow we will hook up with our friends Al and Mary Lee Thomas from Coquitlam. No plans yet but we are hoping they include Western style food. We had our first burger last night at Blue Frog. When in Shanghai, eat your fill of everything good that you can’t get in Jiaxing!