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Per Coffee Amore's request ... this is from Dinner tonight. One of the foods Shanghai is famous for is the Pork Dumplings. In the different places, they are a bit different, but they all have the characteristics of that soup and meat inside that dumpling ... and you need to be careful when biting in because that soup is HOT! (from heat - not talking about spice here).

This is one of my favorite spots in the Xujiahui district. Whenver I go in here, I almost always order the same thing, because I go in here for those soupy pork dumplings served in the bamboo basket. They are seved with that small dish of fresh ginger. You put the black vinegar in the dish with the ginger, then put the pepper oil/paste into it for taste (which in my case, means a LOT of pepper oil/paste). To eat them, you pick them up with the chopsticks, dip them into your black vinegar/pepper/ginger sauce, put them into the ceramic soup spoon so you don't lose any soup from inside, and take it to your mouth that way. To keep from burning the inside of your mouth, you need to bite a hole in the dumpling, and first suck out the soup, then put the whole dumping in your mouth and eat.

A bamboo basket of 10 of these like this, along with two Tsing Tao beers cost me 50 RMB which currently is about $8.20 USD. Makes me wonder why anyone would ever cook at home here ...



Before I left, I took a pic of the people making the dumplings. The guy in the red shirt is actually the manager who normally meets me at the door and seats me when I come in. For some reason, tonight, after seating me, he want back behind the glass and started helping roll out the wantans for the dumplings. It attracted the attention of the other employees. They all stood at the glass and watched, but when I pulled out the camera to take the picture, they all quickly backed away to watch me take the picture. The ones outside the glass are all grinning as big as the guy in back at me taking the picture of their manager working making dumplings .




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That's my daughter on the bottom row... second from the right in the kayak that is yellow and has read in the middle and on both ends. Wearing the purple PFD.

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Today at the Big Y.




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Harbour Carnival today.

From left, behind Sam Sam, daughter, Mrs Wysh JoJo in pushchair.





Had some rather nice Jambalaya for lunch.






I was a bit naughty, I had the luxurious Ferrero Shake, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder bueno blended with local ice cream, local milk and cream.





Meant to be the only place in the British Isles that you can touch a pub and a church at the same time.





Carried on walking up through Candie Gardens, stopped off at the Victor Hugo statue.
He wrote The Legend of the Centuries, Les Miserables, The Songs of the Streets and Woods, and the Travallieurs de la Mer here.

This was a dedication in one of his novels.

He was led to express his gratitude in the dedication of this novel: I dedicate this book to the rock of hospitality, to this corner of old Norman land where resides the noble little people of the sea, to the Island of Guernsey, severe and yet gentle…’.

He was part of the Huguenot evacuation due to religious persecution in France.




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Shy-guy and Wysh...reading your posts is like going on a mini-vacation. It's the next best thing to being there myself. Thanks for sharing.
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I feel a flood coming on. I tried picking just 3 or 4 of these, but I just can't do it ... These are all taken with my phone camera at Gyeong Ju, Korea in June, 2013. My noonas wanted to make sure we had a good time, and this day, they took us about an hour outside of Busan to the big Buddhist Temple at Gyeong Ju. (Noona is a respectful term a man uses for an elder sister.) If you look it up, this place is sometimes called "Bulguksa" as if that's a name, but "Bulguksa" literally means "Buddhist temple." This is a truly ancient site and served as the spiritual center for the Shilla Kingdom in Korea during the Three Kingdom's period. Gyongju was actually the Shilla capital from the 7th through the 9th centuries AD. (The Shilla kingdom conquered the other two kingdoms, and that is how Korea was united as one kingdom and one nation up until post WWII).

We started out with lunch at a traditional Korea restaurant where you sit on the floor, and eat the Soon Dubu. What a great meal! This picture has my Chaggun Noona (little elder sister, Mrs. Shy_guy, and my son ... we don't know the other people, but in these restaurants, you may sit next to someone you don't know . This is where it shows that it's my phone camera - it can't capture motion well in low light.



The gate to the outer court to the temple.



With my kun noona (big elder sister) in front of the old gate to the inner court.



The old gate - you can't go into the inner court by this gate anymore. You have to walk up to another gate.



The stone pagoda in the inner court.



The big Buddha is in that hall. These temples are both a tourist attraction and a working place of worship. My wife and I are not Buddhists, but my kun Noona is. The truth is, Korea is majority Christian these days, but many families are like ours where some members are Christian, and others are Buddhists. I love the history here. I used to not like to go to the temples, but now, I'm interested as part of my intense interest in history and culture. I'm a tourist here, but I'm mindful to not be disrespectful of people who regard this place as something more. I can grant that respect to the people.



It was rainy season when we were there ... and the weather was actually wonderful - almost Seattle like - on this particular day.



The big bell in the main temple.



The next pictures are not in the main temple, but if you go on up the mountain, there is an enormous Granite Buddha carved out of a cave wall in the Seokguram Grotto. You can drive most of the way up, but this is where the road ends, and you have to hoof it on up a couple of miles from here to get to the grotto. They asked us to not take pictures inside any of the buildings, and I complied, so I don't have pictures of any of the Buddhas, but you can find pictures inside if you search for Gyongju Temple or Seokguram Grotto online.



The big structure in the above picture houses this big bell. Here, they let you ring the bell for about $1.25 USD. The proceeds go to their world peace efforts.



The building at the mouth of the grotto is what you can see up on the hill. At this point, we're pretty high up on the mountain, and the temperatures are a bit cooler than at the temple near the base ... I loved the brightly colored silk lanterns, too. If you look at the base of the part of the hill here, you can see a granite fountain. The water coming out is spring water from the mountain, and there are drinking pitchers where you can drink the water if you'd like. Of course, we all had to taste it.



The doorway to Seokguram Grotto. I caught the back side of my Chaggun Noona there, too.



I love my wife's family a lot. Whenever we're there, they ALWAYS go WAY out of their way to try to make sure we get to do special things. This trip was planned and executed entirely by my noonas. It may have been my favorite of the things we did on this particular trip.

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Thanks, I love it. I've only been to Asia once, for dinner.



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Thanks, folks.

I gotta tell you, I'm enjoying ALL the pictures. It's a big world, and I truly enjoy seeing people enjoying the different corners of it. Maybe someday, I'll be blessed enough to enjoy what you post pictures of ... I always see new things I want to see. I just try to show the parts I enjoy while enjoying what other people find interesting.


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We took a long weekend in Iceland last fall for our anniversary.

A geyser


I have no idea, near the geyser


The Canadian national women's hockey team was on a bus tour with us. They were a freakin' blast, including the stick b!tch.







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As the topic at hand has turned to SPAM in another thread I'll repost my collection. Bonus points for daring to post OLD pictures of yourself.




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As the topic at hand has turned to SPAM in another thread I'll repost my collection. Bonus points for daring to post OLD pictures of yourself.

You need to get a can of Smeat.
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Will look into that, never heard of it.



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