My 2016 trip to Shanghai was too short but, thanks to fantastic and gracious hosts, I was able to see and experience very beautiful places, taste foods I would not have known or dared to order, travel on one of their high-speed trains, and generally learn a bit of a fantastic and complex culture. I wish I had more time. Sheesh!
This is my painter’s interpretation of my own 2016 photograph of the classic view from the Bund promenade on the Huangpu River. Hope you like it.
Suzhou (pronounced Sujo) is known for its beautifully manicured classical gardens — nine of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two are considered China’s most famous: Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator’s Garden.
For more on this: http://www.traveltosuzhou.com/things-to-do/suzhou-china-gardens
Pudong District, as seen from the Bund, on the Western bank of the Huangpu River, Huangpu District, Shanghai. Took more than a week before I could get all the buildings in the clear. Low clouds and rain are common here and make these kinds of shots a tad hard to get. I was lucky.
For more details on this particular area, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bund
The Latina Barrio is a very busy and lively sector of Madrid. It starts breathing at dusk, as the day’s light fades away. It is full of restaurants and people start occupying the place as the night moves in. Just lovely.
Cava Baja, at dusk, as the life starts to pick up. Restaurants don’t open much before 7 PM, or 19 h, and life won’t be buzzing until much later. Spaniards are not early revelers, so tourists can fill the available seats earlier in the trendy places.
The sun had barely started its day, which is the only time you can see the Puerta del Sol plaza empty. On our way to nice churros at the San Gines Chocolateria, fine fare for an early morning walkabout.
Cava San Miguel is a wonderful area just off the Plaza Mayor, in Madrid. Mesons are like Hobbit Inns, but for the square door. Very homey, very good food generally, but this can be said of a lot of places around Plaza Mayor. It was closed at this early hour, which was fine by me, as I loved the red door in the wall. Spaniards will use any excuse to add a dash of nature to their environment. Medieval fortifications are no match for Spanish vines artfully put there by a Meson’s owner.
A second installment from my September 2016 walkabout in the wonderful city of Madrid. La calle Cava de San Miguel is just off the Plaza Mayor, in the centre of the city, within some remains of what is known as the Christian Walls that were built in Medieval times.
So I owe all of you following my work an apology. I’ve been insanely busy earning a living, and trying to mix in my art with my business has been, shall we say “not happening”?
I did post a lot of work on my Facebook page, but the ease of posting to FB has been a bane for this website and my Web presence, I guess.
Si – I love Spain and went there a while back for business. When I got to Madrid, I just couldn’t believe how fast I got comfortable. More than that, I was inspired at every corner. Considering the type of work I do, it isn’t really a surprise, but still. I am grateful that I got to go to Madrid again and had a little time to pick up some pieces I have and will work on for the coming weeks.
This one’s my first installment of my Madrid Walkabout. I hope you like it.