Lovely visit to ‘At the Chapel’ in Bruton this morning. A wonderful establishment with rave reviews!
It is located in the middle of Bruton which has been earmarked as one of the ‘coolest and trendiest places in the UK’. This is supported by the new gallery from Hauser and Wirth which boasts other locations in Zurich and New York.
Check out this article which was featured in The Guardian. Bruton – Hauser and Wirth.
Since being abroad we have got used to the small import section in supermarkets where we could find a few treats from home at ridiculously high prices!
Anyway, we were surprised, but delighted to see that Tesco in England now have a section (small!) dedicated to the USA! How many items do you recognize?
Stourhead is always a pleasure to visit when home! This is the first time we have been in the winter. An absolutely stunning place!
With a pollution reading of 31, it’s a glorious day to be out and about in Tianjin (haven’t said that in a few weeks)!
View from our window!
Saturday 11th October – 8.30am
Pollution level – 224
Weather – Foggy
Sunday 12th October – 8.30am
Pollution level – 24
Weather – Overcast with showers
A few weeks ago we had to do a double take as we passed one of these posters. A bit of research and we could believe it, Mariah Carey is coming to Tianjin. A few emails and phone calls (with the help of a Chinese speaking colleague) I have managed to sort out more than 20 tickets to the show. For me this is a definite blast from my past, for Mr T however it is simply something different to do in Tianjin. A full report and pictures to come, 12 days and waiting!!
Only an hour flight away from Tianjin, Dalian seemed like the perfect choice for a quick get away! We were not wrong and were lucky enough to have the perfect hosts in some co-workers who were there visiting family.
Day 1 consisted of a 9am flight from the new terminal at Tianjin Airport. Upon arrival to Dalian we first dropped our bags off at our hotel. We stayed at the Aloft hotel, an SPG hotel where we were staying for free courtesy of a few thousand ‘Starpoints’. Despite being a category 1 hotel the hotel was lovely. The room was very spacious and modern with all the facilities you could want from a city centre hotel. From the hotel we went off for a long walk along the coastline and it was gorgeous! It reminded me of a coastal walk along the Cornish coastline and Viv the Oregon coast. The greenery and picturesque coast was definitely something we have missed.
The 10km walk certainly took it out of us so after a bite to eat we were out for the count!
Day 2 was very exciting as we went to Dalian Zoo. We have read a lot of horror stories about Chinese zoos but this proved to be one of the better ones. We met up with some other friends and their children from TJ and spent the day exploring and playing.
After a delightful Japanese meal in the evening we headed back to the hotel to see Europe defeat the US in the Ryder Cup (sorry Viv).
We had a great time in Dalian and is definitely somewhere we will visit again in the future!
TJ to Dalian – Air China – 740RMB return
Flight time: 1 Hour
Tianjin Airport to Central train station via Metro – 30 to 40 minutes
Friday’s are a highlight of my week, not only because it is the start of the weekend but because I get fresh veg and other groceries delivered right to my school.
All packaged up
My typical order: mixed salad, spinach, rocket, avocados, peppers, limes and homemade tortillas
I started ordering from Joseph in June and have been pleasantly pleased with the service and the products. You can see all there is on offer at http://www.jedelivery.com
. They have recently joined forces with the St Regis and are taking orders and delivering meats for The Butchers Block as mentioned in our post
from February. It is one stop shopping from the comfort of your own home!
It has been a lovely long weekend. We got lots of jobs done at work and home and managed to try out two restaurants new to us.
Market shopping on Sunday morning
A trip to the pet market, with new toys for Ravi
Date night at Geba Geba in Wu Da Dao district
Unique California rolls
Tuna in avacado sauce
Monday early dinner
The most amazing pork ribs we have ever tried
We visited the top location
A beautiful evening for a walk
Found a supermarket nearby with imported goods
Nearly home sweet home
I’ve been trying to do a few rounds of these each morning to get my body going for the day. It was quite a treat to have the glorious morning sun with me today. Looking like we are in for another beautiful Tianjin day!