Archive for June, 2010

Shanghai er

Friday, June 25th, 2010

On Sunday (a gray, semi-drizzly day) we found our way down to Shanghai’s antique district, first to a building featuring several floors of well-organized stalls displaying quality furniture and objets d’art, and then to the hibbledy-jibbledy area where the stalls were piled full of junk.  We saw a lot of magnificent pieces in the former, […]

Ni Hao, Shanghai

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

As we descended toward the airport in Pu Dong, we were dismayed to see that the pall of smog in Shanghai was as bad as ever, especially after we’d been breathing the healthy clear air of Perth for four and a half months.  We’d hoped that maybe they would clean it up for the Expo […]

Cheers, Perth

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

It’s always been a fantasy of Sylv’s to actually pilot an airplane, so as a belated birthday present we took her out to Jandakot airport where the Royal Flying Club operates a school and bought her a one-hour flight lesson.   Diane was good enough to drive us out there; you can’t get to that strip […]

The Kimberley

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Australia is so big.   Though they’re both in the same state (Western Australia) the distance between Perth and our destination up in the Kimberley, Kununurra, is 3220 kilometers – about 2000 miles.  The airline was Sky West.  I’d never heard of it, but according to the newspaper it’s giving Virgin and Qantas all the competition […]

Perth 9

Monday, June 7th, 2010

There’s a lively nightlife here in Perth’s Central Business District.   In the 6PM-10PM or so time period, the wine bars and beer bars, pubs and restaurants – several per block – are roaring as young people in business clothes try to chat each other up over way-too-loud music.  Later on, the scene changes and neon-lit […]