You know how once in awhile you have one of those blissful days that is rich in seeing nature, being with dear friends, tasting great food and celebrating a wedding?! Well – it doesn’t happen very often… but last Sunday was one of those days. I will have to write about it in two blogs as there is too much share and too many photos to view.
I will start in chronological order… I’ll begin by describing the color of the sky! I know that’s an unusual place to start (and an odd topic) but I have to tell you that in the ten years that I’ve lived in Beijing, I have not seen such a beautiful, crisp colored clear blue sky!
We were visiting some dear friends of ours in their countryside home and when we awoke on Sunday morning, it was such a gift to see the color of the sky. What a dreamy site! We were up at 6:30am and our host took us to a beautiful part of the Great Wall which was only 10 mins from their country home. I have also seldom been on the Great Wall where it is completely quiet with no one else in sight. We climbed hundreds of steps and were planning on sliding down the mountain on a toboggan (except that instead of sliding down snow or ice, one would slide down a metal sheet which is a 10 minute ride all the way down)! Because we arrived so early it was closed so we took the cable car down instead. Viewing the Great Wall from the cable car was extraordinary and relaxing after the wonderful hike.
We finally returned to our friends countryside home in time for breakfast with traditional Chinese prepared tea. After a delicious lunch of freshly made jiaozi (Chinese dumplings), we drove home to prepare for a wedding I sang at which I will write about in my next blog… I have included a slide show of our blissful morning (I’m sure you can tell I’m enjoying experimenting with my new camera). 🙂