A lovely weekend in Shanghai

The weather has been beautiful here this weekend-blue skies and about 80F. Mark and I are on our own until next Thursday night as Meredith is off on what her school calls her Interim trip.  This is a week long trip all high schoolers at her school take. She had about 30 incredible different trips to choose from last summer.  She is going into central China to Lanzhou where she will be touring Buddhist caves, going to a Tibetan monastery and meeting the monks, hiking through the Namo Gorge, and then getting on a horse and trekking to the White Dragon River to stay in a tent home with a nomad family at the base of the Huagai Mountain (we’re talking extreme camping at this point!).

Meredith and her friend Sam, departing for their horse trek from the Commons at her school

Mark and I decided to check out a restaurant for lunch on Saturday that we’d learned about at the expat fair the previous weekend. We took a taxi, the distance being a bit too far to walk and entered here at this rather non-descript entrance to the lane:

lane 155

We had a rather nice late breakfast at this restaurant called Origins, and then decided to wander around the neighborhood a bit.

The first lane we wandered down was so pretty!

And then we came across more and more lanes and we suddenly realized we had accidentally stumbled upon an established shopping area that we hadn't heard about yet.

As you can see from the map, it's like a rabbit's warren of streets (that's also the first graffiti we've seen in Shanghai).

Thai restaurants abounded here.

Hopefully their impressive fruit carving skills will make you want to eat at their place instead of the place next door.

As well as some kinds of restaurants we haven’t seen yet in Shanghai:

Go back in time and try fondue again!

There were quite a lot of Indian restaurants.

This guy is creepy in just so many ways.

There was one store after another and a lot of them had things you’d actually want to buy.  Our favorites were the places selling photographs of China and Shanghai. One had a photo of 3 elderly women dressed in brightly colored woolen garments standing in the snow.  We were able to ask in Chinese where it was taken and it turned out to be where Meredith is going this week! Our Chinese failed us however when we tried to explain that our daughter was there. 🙂

This shop wins the award for the name that does the least to describe its merchandise

And for props outside the store reminiscent of the Godfather. Have you guessed what they sell yet?

They sell children's toys, many of them antiques.

This store sells Teddy Bears and doesn't hide it!

Further proof that unicorns exist in China

The most beautiful Apple "apple" I've ever seen

Wait-maybe I'm not in China after all!

Oh, yes I am--the Little Red Book in 8 languages!

Things you never knew you needed-key chains with beetles encased in acrylic.

Haven't learned what the meaning or use of these are yet, but you see them a lot

The gorgeous silk umbrellas women carry here to protect themselves from the sun

Can't afford a flesh and blood pet? No time to walk the dog? Problem solved. Get a felt pet!

Ultimate bling for your iPhone

Or perhaps these would suit your fancy (maybe if I opened my eyes when I took pictures they wouldn't be blurry!)

Earrings of this type were being sold several places. I had to smile because I have earrings just like them that I bought at Target!

I thought this was picturesque!

I have no idea what this is exactly, but lots of people were taking pictures of it, so I did too!

A beautiful window and Bali too!

Mama Chair and Baby Chair

As ever, clothes hanging to dry

You can see why people love the French Concession with these maple-like trees gracing the streets.

After we found our way out of the maze of shops and went looking for a taxi we came upon another surprise:

It's a yarn shop!

Actually, we found 3 yarn shops in quick succession on 1 block! I hit the motherlode of yarn shops! I think this may be the area that I have read about on the internet.  So, I still don’t understand how they sell yarn here. It’s all in boxes or bags, 6 balls to a bag. I can’t tell if the price is per bag or ball and if you have to buy the whole bag. I’ve never seen partial bags. They had the incredibly long double pointed needles that everyone seems to knit with here. They’re maybe 14-16 inches long and they seem to use them for everything. They’re kind of scary looking!

So, we did continue on with another adventure which Mark is hopefully concluding today, but that’s a story for another day.




About DECRYPTKNIT: knitter on the loose in Shanghai

Hi, I'm Marisa Newhouse, a former pharmacist (for a brief time during the Reagan administration) who's real calling was probably anything that has to do with cooking, plants, literature and especially knitting; hence my last and favorite job, working at Woolyminded, a wonderful yarn store. But now, I have moved half a world away to Shanghai where my husband will be working. Lots of people are interested in what we will be doing here and I have always kept journals of our travels, so I thought I'd do it the modern way and keep a blog.
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4 Responses to A lovely weekend in Shanghai

  1. Jean says:

    Yeah – Yarn! We had a Chinese girl come in one day looking for those super long needles. Funny how us westerners all like the bamboo needles …..ummm….

  2. V.L.Newhouse says:

    Thanks Marisa for all the pictures. Very impressive!

    Love, Vernon

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