Thursday, July 18, 2013


My children's outfits are sorted for our next trip.  Elliott loves my packing piles.  Max does too, but when I snapped this picture he stayed graciously off to the side, while Ell plops himself in the middle of everything.  Love how he has his foot tucked in between two of my eleven year old's blouses.


I'm still in process, but packing for myself is about decided.  I started with a  shoe line-up:

 LK Bennett Maddox, Chanel ballerines, Banana Republic Ashley, Stuart Weitzman Minx, Soludos for J Crew, Tory Burch Miller

Then for the clothes... I started with a scarf again - my newest printed silk - and added two more big, light, and gauzy ones.

scarves by Hermes, H&M, Target

I then added two cardigans - bright green and camel - and a patterned jacket (I'll wear a plain black blazer on the way).

With the bright printed scarf and the colorful jacket, I'm keeping everything else very neutral - white, cream, navy, black.  I'll pair everything with dark denim or black cropped pants.  Also bringing along a couple of casual dresses (the Gap polka-dot tie waist shirtdress and a navy striped one from Loft),  and a DvF wrap.

Definitely still in process.  Haven't tried to put anything in suitcases yet.  Also still without a hotel for a couple of nights before we fly Paris-Copenhagen and working on our itinerary... but it's coming together.

I usually tweet here and there while we're traveling and as of yesterday I'm back on Instagram so I'll likely use that too.  I'm at seaandtea on both.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Qingyan Ancient Town

Our last day in Guiyang - on the way to our flight back to Hong Kong - our friends took us to Qingyan Ancient Town for sightseeing, shopping, and lunch.  This amazing gated village dates back to 1378 (Ming Dynasty) and is about 18 miles south of Guiyang city.

my seven-year-old walking up to the town

rice drying

a cat on the roof

we dressed up and bought some pictures

a silver shop
I bought some beautiful hand made earrings that are made from thin strips of silver rolled to form flowers and dragonflies.

lunch (more dishes arrived shortly)
The plastic gloves on our hands are for the pig feet at the center of the table - the local specialty - which you eat with a gloved hand.  Only two of us (my husband and son) actually gave them a try but we all donned the gloves.

this was very, very, very good - a sort of mashed potato dish

we received many photo requests here also

Waiting for our flight back to Hong Kong I was a little concerned we might not be in the right place because very few other people were there.  Turns out there were only eight or nine passengers on this flight - and we were five of them.  It felt a little eerie at first for some reason.  They sat us all together in the center of the plane.

I'll post some pictures from out and about in Guiyang next.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Huangguoshu Waterfall

I posted back in May about our visit to a beautiful scenic area southwest of Anshun in Guizhou, China.  After lunch that day we saw Huangguoshu Waterfall.  Here are a few snapshots:


We were able to walk behind the waterfall and there is a place where you can reach out and touch the running water.

Since I started working yesterday on my packing for our upcoming trip to a few places in Europe, I thought I should get the rest of my China pictures posted (these are from this past October)... an ancient village visit and a some pictures from around Guiyang will wrap it up before I post about the latest shopping and packing.

Hope your Monday is going well.