Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 4: Shopping and the search for bread

We eventually escaped the market with two new handbags and an appetite. Undeterred by our previous attempt to find good bread, we set out to the French quarter to find a place that we were guaranteed had great bread.

A walkway over a busy street.

The walk back over the bridge.

Looking for the smell of bread, we instead find fire. Everybody stopped to look. Inside the plume of smoke.

Orange + bike. Love it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 4: Breakfast

Breakfast in Shanghai can't be beat. You can purchase as much as you can carry in both hands for probably less than $5. Not only that, everything is made fresh on the spot every day. It's probably because of that fact that it's so good. How can you make something thousands of times and still have it suck.

Fresh made baos

Breakfast prep.

Bicycles. Had to put this as it's been too many posts without one.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 4: Mornin

Apparently the best shopping to be had in Shanghai lies across the bridge into a less well developed area called, "Qipu road". By best shopping, I mean of course high quality knock offs of designer brands. Away we go!

The bridge there.

Graffiti here is in English. Weird.

Everything is muted on this side of the river, so this caught my eye. Way to rock the pink little girl.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

day 3: Dinner and a Drink

Google is great. Especially when you're traveling. It's not just maps, it's your security blanket, gently warmed in the dryer. So when it tells you that a restaurant is on a particular street you go there and walk blindly back and forth on that street desperately looking for the restaurant. There is no questioning the mighty Google. Except I suppose in Asia.

Long story short, we finally find the place by making a phone call in a department store to our friend Karen. If we had to, we probably wouldn't be able to find it again, not only was it off the street, it was up a back alley staircase.

Snapped this when we thought we knew where we were going.

Dinner time. Love open kitchens and the rare-hard-to-find Northern vegetarian Chinese food.

Introduced to Japanese whiskey as a nightcap at a swanky bar. It's good stuff. Notice the ice. These bartenders don't mess around.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 3: Night Cont'd

As promised. More umbrellas.

The best part about rain is the reflective ground.

Umbrellas are the second best part.

I stood here like a creepy man and watched these two lovebirds have fun in the rain. It caught my eye because it reminds me of another photograph with umbrellas I really like.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 3: Night

I believe we ended up trying to find a good Shao Lin Bao place to eat dinner at. It turned out it was closed. Not only was it closed, but the road that it was supposed to be on was closed, and every single shop was also closed.

The good news is that it was raining, so I got some interesting lighting situations.

Street food stall. The red blows out here a little, wish I used a smaller aperture.

I love my umbrellas.

Cleaning up.

More umbrella photos are around the corner.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 3: Afternoon cont'd

Like every day before it, this day was about getting food.

Here's some of the interesting architecture on our way to get dumplings.

Hand pulled noodles at apparently the best dumpling place in Shanghai. The dumplings were good, but not mind blowing.

This was though.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 3: Afternoon

We didn't quite make it into the Expo, but we had a fun time walking around it.

The overpass near the entrance for the Expo. I like how the image looks modern and retro at the same time.

Each pavilion was surrounded by a blue gate.

Wish I had a 45mm tilt for this one. These guys were lounging around in interesting groupings.

They looked important.