Arrival, the streets, and the Bund
Trip Start Aug 16, 2007
5Trip End Mar 02, 2008
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We left Houston with the help of Rita, our lovely friend and nanny, who got us and our luggage to the airport!! Armed with 11 bags and 3 children we started our adventure.
The Nintendo DS was our travel necessity (purchased for the trip for both parents and children) and continues to be a good source of inspiration when things get desperate. Chiara is happy with Winnie the Pooh or Barbie Princess Movie!
Shanghai is exciting and vibrant. We already wish we could stay for a few years. This is our neighborhood where we often eat street food for breakfast (Lorenzo daily)!
We headed off to one of the many street markets that materialize early and disappear by mid-morning. At the moment we are buying some fruit and vegetables on the street. We don't buy our meat and fish on the street (or frogs or turtles). We often shop at a Japanese supermarket as they have strict standards about the products in their store and have great offerings. But unfortunately, their prices are that of Whole Foods - oh well, so much for saving money on food while in China!
The Bund is the embankment along the Huangpu River. Lined with Western style large buildings from the 1930s, it is beautiful to walk along the river and look across to Pudong (new development less than 10 years old that is now as large as Chicago) and then back to the grand boulevard. It is especially beautiful at night with all the skyscrapers a glitter with light. Some of these building have been renovated and house some of the city's best international restaurants and bars.