Friday, January 16, 2009

Sightseeing Day!

Yesterday (January 15) was a sightseeing day for our little happy adoption group. We boarded the bus, then headed into the heart of Guangzhou to visit the ancestral temple of the Family Chen. It was a beautiful structure with elaborate architecture. I'll have to tell you more about it when my brain comes out of this fuzz!

The H family and the S family while we wait for the bus (Victory Hotel lobby)

Stephe and Karen with Precious Panda beauties Giorgia and Kaelie

Following the culture and tradition of Chinese mothers and grandmothers, I always try to make sure Kaelie is clothed properly for the weather!

Gargoyles warding off evil spirits (Family Chen temple)

Preservation work at the Family Chen temple. Note the bamboo scaffolding...

Ceramics on display at the Family Chen temple (I believe these are on loan from the Guangzhou Folk Arts Museum)

Kaelie enjoying a bottle in the garden of the temple

Sculpture in the garden of the Family Chen Temple
Next our group made their way to the Yuntai Botanical Garden. What a sight to behold. This was very reminicient of Callaway Gardens (for you Georgia folks!). It was filled with fountains and all different kinds of plants and flowers, familiar ones (like petunias and roses) to ones I had had never seen before.

Kaelie and Karen

Giant jug given by Germany

Water Wheel

Kaelie amongst the roses

Roman columns and fountains
Unusually shaped and sculptured tree
I must say here that our wonderful agency has arranged for us to eat at some beautiful and delicious restaurants. Allison has been terrific at ordering the food, and there's hardly anything that I won't eat! I'm so glad that I've practiced with chopsticks over the past few years, it has really paid off! We ate at a wonderful restaurant today near the botanical garden.
After our sightseeing was over, we came back to the hotel to rest. Kaelie and I walked down the street to Michael's Place to drop off our laundry, and I found a stroller suitable for bringing home. I really think that I'm going to need it, especially for the long, six-hour layover in Detroit.
After some shopping, we headed out to the Cow and Bridge, a Thai restaurant, where I ordered the sweet and sour chicken with cashew nuts. Delicious!!!!
Sweet Kaelie girl

Donna, Stephe, Chrissy


Alyson and Ford said...

She's adorable in her stroller.... chubby cute! She looks so happy, healthy and content.
Glad you are having a great time. We loved the Thai food too. We didn't make it to the Italian restaurant nearby.

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Linda said...

Kailie looks so content in her stroller... She is dressed just right to be among the roses... Looks like a good time is being had by all.. Linda

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

Cow and Bridge YUMMY! I miss that place.. Kaelie looks so wonderful we can't wait to meet her.

Love ya

Kim said...

When I was there, I wished that I had learned to use chopsticks. Dennis is very good at it, but I felt embarrassed because I didn't know how! Keep the photos coming.

Natalie said...

OH MY GOSH!!! You have her!! Whoo Hoo. I am soooooo happy for all of you. I love the pictures. Almost like being there with you. Kaelie is just precious. Congratulations!!!
Don't forget to take pictures of the outside of places you go to. Like the bank, The deli, Lucy's etc... It will be fun to share those with her when she's older! (I forgot and wish I had)

Kolleen said...

Kaelie is so beautiful! My Yangxi girl is now 6!

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