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Sunday, 19-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
In China - 1: Beijing's Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square and the Gate of Heavenly Peace
Tiananmen Square and the Gate of Heavenly Peace
The main entrance, the Gate of Heavenly Peace
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I just returned from a 2-1/2-week holiday in China. Nothing more than scratching the surface, of course, as I logged about 4,300 kilometers of rail travel (plus a few hundred kilometers of boat and bus riding) going from Beijing to Hong Kong. But I'd never been to China, and a taste of this vast country is better than nothing at all.

And, of course, there's much to look forward to in future journeys.

To begin, let's start with Beijing's Forbidden City, once the exclusive home of emperors's families and imperial officials, now a popular historic attraction.


Saturday, 2-Oct-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tokyo Game Show

Sony's new PlayStation Portable
One of the massive manufacturer booths
Another one of the massive manufacturer booths
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Not ordinarily my cup of tea, but last weekend I checked out the <a href="http://tgs.cesa.or.jp/english/index.htm">Tokyo Game Show</a>, a big video-game trade show (open to the public for two of the days of its run) at Chiba's Makuhari Messe convention center. Heavy-duty game geek action, as some 500 new games were on hand.

It was, more or less, my idea to come: I mentioned the Show (which I'd read about in the previous day's <i>International Hearld Tribune</i> to my friend Liz and her out-of-town visitor, <a href="http://blogs.bootsnall.com/theglobaltrip/">Erik of The Global Trip 2004</a> blog. Liz didn't think he'd be interested; I knew he would be.

Still not my cup of tea, but a fascinating spectacle nonetheless.


Sunday, 20-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
In Paris, part 2

Vending machine inside the Paris Metro.
This stand sold apples (bought two) and apple juice (1 liter)
Produce on display at the Place Monge farmers market in Paris
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Sunday, 9 May 2004:

My second day in Paris. I awoke slightly earlier than yesterday, and set out for the Sunday farmer's market at Place Monge in the Latin Quarter (5th Arrondissement), just a couple of stops away on the Metro. Partly this was curiosity, and partly a question of food supply. There are several of these markets around Paris, according to my Gourmet Guide to Paris book, and if I were to stock my apartment's refrigerator and cupboard, this stuck me as the way to go instead of to the nearest supermarket.e in Paris.

I made a brief shopping list:

milk, 1-2 liters
creme fraiche or yoghurt (bought Fountainbleu cheese dessert instead)
olives, 200 g
peach or tangerine (got the peach)
cheese, goat (bought 2)
butter, 500 g
bread, ~500 g / batard
apple juice, 1 liter

I also picked up a whole roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, a couple of apples, and a few hundred grams of raisins.

When I got back to my apartment, I had a really good lunch as my reward.

Photo 1:
Vending machine inside the Paris Metro. They sell the chocolate-covered biscuit sticks they call "Pocky" here in Japan, redubbed a more Japanese-sounding "Mikado". Proust fans may also note the package of madeleines. I should have bought a package to remember Paris by.

Photo 2:
One of the many stands at the Sunday farmer's market at Place Monge. This stand sold apples (bought one) and apple juice (bought 1 liter).

Photo 3:
Produce on display.

Photo 4:
Cheese/dairy seller. Note the man with his son, examining the cheeses--obviously a regular shopper, since he's brought his own cart for hauling his goodies home.

Photo 5:
Goat cheese on display at one of the cheesemonger stands. Bought one round of goat cheese here.

Photo 6:
More goat cheese (chevre), not even wrapped. I don't suppose you can get any fresher than this, short of making it yourself. Naturally, I bought some, along with some packaged Fountainbleu cheese dessert.

Photo 7:
There's a charcuterie stand behind the woman, selling a wide variety of meats, sausages, and hams. If I'd had more time in Paris or more cooking skill, I'd probably have bought some, but as it were I didn't think I could finish everything I would have bought if I'd succumbed to temptation.

Photo 8:
A fair number of tourists like me were about, snapping photos and admiring the produce on display.

Photo 9:
The stand on the left, though you can't really see it, has a full-blown rotisserie with chickens on a spit. I watched them slide the hot, freshly roasted chickens right off the spit, and the temptation was too strong: I bought one of the whole chicken, along with a side of roasted potatoes.


Sunday, 13-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
In Paris

 
 
 
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Saturday, 29-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
European Vacation

The London Eye
The London Eye Passenger Capsules
The London Eye
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Long time, no post.

I'm back from a two-week vacation in London and Paris, and as I get my act together I'll post some pictures (I shot 2,568 of them, after all). Meantime, here are shots of the London Eye, the 137-meter (450 foot) tall Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames, just across from Whitehall and from the Houses of Parliament.


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