Saturday Mark and I decided to partake in some afternoon high tea (Meredith was out shoppin’ with her peeps). It was a gorgeous breezy day, so first there was laundry:
There's a certain amount of faith one has to have to dangle laundry out of a 30 story window in a brisk breeze.
- They even got the bedspread out the window without falling out the window themselves or have it sail off in the wind.
We decided to go to tea at the cheap, but better tea place rather than the fancy, but better view place. That took to us to the People’s Park area and this is the building we saw when we stepped out of the taxi:
This wasn’t where we were going though. We were going to the Langham Hotel down the street, a gorgeous art deco building (and apparently a great place to stay):
The front doors
The beautiful spiral staircase
The stained glass window on the second floor
Another view of the window
There were photos of old movie stars in the restaurant and interestingly they had an old black and white movie playing silently on the wall at the top of the stairs on the second floor. It was Vivien Leigh as a ballet dancer and someone I at first thought was Clark Cable because of the thin mustache, but then realized it was not. Ok, any movie buffs out there know what movie it was? I’m betting you know Paul, right? I’ll give the answer at the end of the post.
So here’s what we got for high tea:
scones, of course with jam and clotted cream
The sandwich and dessert bits: smoked salmon, egg, ham, and lemon meringue, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, cake bits and something unidentifiable
The scones rivaled the best you can find in England
Leave me alone, I'm eating scones!
Can't leave without a picture of the lobby flowers.
Wandering outside afterwards we came across the Howard Johnson’s where we stayed 5 years ago when we were here visiting:
Mark remembers the rooms being curved. I remember Ben running out to buy umbrellas in a deluge because he could speak Mandarin. Shanghai felt a lot more foreign 5 years ago than it does today.
There’s a very popular walking mall nearby that we walked down 5 years ago.
At the end of the mall we noticed people were lined up to take pictures in front of this stone marker:
There was an unbroken, steady stream of people having photos taken, everyone politely taking turns, but sometimes sharing the space:
I love the two women on the left--they never cracked a smile through several photo retakes.
Not knowing what the Chinese said (any help there Andy or Ben?), we decided it must be lucky or it perhaps bestows good fortune to have your picture taken with it, so we better not let the opportunity pass us by:
I've got my picture now too.
From there we went to the river and the most famous view in Shanghai:
The tallest structure with the round bit is the Pearl Tower, which is a tv tower. (Yes, it's really pink)
This is an artsy view of the Tower in front of the Apple store that we took a couple weeks ago as we came out of the IFC mall across the river
The other part of the skyline showing the "bottle opener". It was getting close to sunset.
Then Mark started taking pictures of people taking pictures of each other, using the portrait lens on his camera. I’m stealing some of his pictures because they were so great. He called them Smiles of China:
Mom takes forever, doesn't she?
The answer to the trivia question is…Waterloo Bridge and the male actor was Robert Taylor. It was her first film after Gone with the Wind.