Saturday, 28 December 2013

Isadora in Beijing - Part 2

Hello everybody!! It's me again -- Isadora! What a lovely evening -- let me sit down and share with you more of my holiday pictures! 

Can you see what my Aunty Roro is doing here? Yes! She is feeding me some sausage! The hotel we were staying at gave us breakfast every morning. A lot of it was really oily. We ate tons of hard-boiled eggs.

Here's Aunty Roro offering me some cereal.

I was super excited to visit the Great Wall! We had to take a cable car up. That was so much fun.

And here I am at the Great Wall! It was really magnificent! The Wall was built more than 2,000 years ago and is 5,500 miles long! That is really long! I've read though that the Wall is getting shorter bit by bit because of natural erosion and all the human activity. Of course we can't do much about nature, but people can be more careful, like not taking bricks!

Here I am at the Summer Palace! It is a royal park built in 1750. Isn't it lovely?

Here I am sitting by Kunming Lake and thinking about my dolly life.

I am imagining the Dowager Empress Cixi being rowed along the lake. That day the lake was iced over though, so maybe she went skating.

Here I am with a qilin -- a mythical creature that symbolises peace and prosperity. He looks friendly, don't you think?

Then, we went to the Forbidden City! This was the Chinese imperial palace for almost 500 years! You have to get tickets to go in. Here you can see how big the place is and how crowded it was.

Here I am standing outside one of the palace doors. Isn't is pretty? I sort of match it.

This is a dragon water spout! There were many of them to help prevent flooding.

And here I am inside one of the garden pavilions.

Next we visited the Beijing Museum of Natural History! The museum covers the evolution of organisms and the development of life on Earth. Here I am with some dinosaur bones!

This guy shows the stage after coming out of the water and developing legs. He looks happy.

Here I am talking with a dinosaur! Yes, they actually moved. Go animatronics!

The museum had a really huge collection of stuffed and preserved animals and things. I think this is a yak. All the signs in the museum were in Chinese only, and my Chinese isn't that great yet.

Here I am with a whole bunch of bugs.

And here I am on our last day there -- waaaaaaaaaaaah.

I sat at the hotel window as long as I could while mommy packed up everything.

Here I am in the airport.

And here I am on the plane. I was already thinking about where I'd like to go next!

Well, I hope you liked my pictures! You can see more pictures of our trip here. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and see you again real soon! Bye!!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Joy To The World!

Hello everyone!!! Just a little post to wish you a joyful, blessed Christmas season -- from Rufus the bear, Fuchsia, Isadora, Persephone, Philomena and all the rest of us at home! See you again real soon!!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Isadora In Beijing - Part 1

Hello everybody!!! It's me, Isadora! How have you been? I hope you are all enjoying your holidays! I know I am! Do you know what I am thinking of? Yes, my trip! I just came back from Beijing, China! It was sooooooooooo much fun -- let me tell you all about it!

When my mommy Rebecca took out my travelling bag, I knew it was time to go. I was so excited! Here I am peeking out of my bag. It fits right around the handle of my mommy's trolley bag, so all she has to do is pull us along.

Here I am sitting with Rebecca's mommy's knapsack. We were having drinks in the lounge while waiting for our flight.

And here I am on the plane! We watched a whole bunch of movies and got served our kid meals before everyone else.

And here I am in our hotel! You can see from the view outside the window that Beijing has lots of open space. It's winter and all the trees were bare. I really loved the weather though -- it was an average 0°C downtown, and it was great to not feel all hot and clammy all the time.

Here I am all dressed up and ready to go down for breakfast. You can see not everyone else was ready though.

During our trip, we did A LOT of walking. Thank goodness the weather was so nice. When we first touched down, we could actually smell the smog right inside the airport, but the next day it all cleared up, thank you God! Here I am standing outside the station underpass. You can see the Beijing Olympic Fuwa behind me. Aren't they cute! Fuwa means good luck dolls. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow. When you put their names together -- Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni -- they say "Welcome to Beijing"!

Here I am outside Yonghe Lamasery, or the Lama Temple. This is a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism. There were lots of people inside praying and burning incense sticks. You weren't allowed to take pictures in most of the areas. One Buddha statue we saw was absolutely enormous. It was carved from a single piece of white sandalwood and is in the Guinness Book of Records.

The next day we went to the National Museum of China. The place is really really huge. Chinese history is really long, so there were lots of things from the time before Christ and even prehistoric times. Here I am with some terracotta people from 202 BC.

Mommy took this picture of this smiling guy.

These are a silver holder and sticks from a drinking game called jiuling. The player who can't respond to a riddle or poem must drink as punishment.

There's mommy looking at an iron plaque from 897 AD (well, right then she was looking at Roro). The plaque was given to Qian Lu, a military governor, by Tang Emperor Zhaozong to certify his exemption from the death penalty. I think that was a good thing to have.

Here I am in the museum gift shop. Those gigantic paintings on the wall were really fantastic.

This is the Beijing Tourist Information office. It looked really cool outside, so we went in. But there was nothing inside except a bunch of brochures and a few really bored looking staff. That was a bit sad.

I know when you visit a different country you really should try that country's cuisine. But we were so tired and hungry from all the walking that we popped into McDonalds'. Well, I guess I don't have to tell you it tasted exactly the same! But the Happy Meal box was different. It says "Learn English together!", but you could also learn Chinese from it.

On the way home, we walked through this big street called Wangfujing. It's a shopping area that's 700 years old! There was even H&M there, but of course, that's not 700 years old.

Here I am looking at one of my favourite treats. But my mommy said "No" because her mommy said "No".

OK! That's all for today! I'll share more of my pictures with you another time. Have a super day! See you again soon!!