If someone has to swim in this hotel pool.... it might as well be me. The Hotel Bintang Flores, on the island of Flores, Labuan Bajo Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
Stayed here twice... before and after opening a week on this...
The geology of the area shouts out the concept of the Rim of Fire in the Asia Pacific region. Komodo tells a story for sure.
(see Blog entry July 2017)For me, a trip to London has to include a visit to the V& A.... and especially the stainless section. This time, two years on, the panels have been turned over and some new, and one might argue less gruesome (See Blog entry July 2017) panels have been put on display. The capacity to manipulate glass from the 13th C onwards is quite remarkable.
This is Chinglish I expect to see in China but not jolly ol' Blighty. If this footpaths not for pedestrians.... then what or whom? Slugs, llamas... aliens...?
The Lake District of course redeemed itself on many fronts, Beautiful country and some lovely estates.
The home of Beatrix Potter... who supported local businesses and bought then donated land for the public parks.
The world is full of contradictions, that's for sure and China provides examples on a daily basis. President Nixon brought KFC and the Colonel himself to Beijing way back in the 70s.
This was part of early Independence Day celebrations hosted by the US Consulate in Shanghai. I actually helped FAD staff member Kenny score a signed some famous player NFL football as he had the lucky fortune cookie task that would clinch the deal if only he had a selfie with the Consul General... which I happened to take in the meet n greet. One very happy Kenny... and possibly his son!
The selfie that won the ball... and Isabel and I "ham it up" at the spectaular photo booth to celebrate US Independence Day...
The brunch offering at The Westin is known for its indulgent spread. Digging in the largest pot o' gold was a tad tasty,
The Cheese Consumption Captured. Snap on the left June 2 2019, the right Sept 1 2019.
Walking from my accommodation in Onnan-son to the Piranha Divers shopfront, it is comforting to see re-affirmeing statements attached to lampposts. I felt comforted that I would not be especially bothered by any tidal wave under.. say... 35m in height. Waving not drowning...
In Abu Dhabi there is no shortage of sand nor impressive edifi that challenge and amaze your thinking. The two stand outs are the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the the Grand Mosque. Hav not heard what the rights package that leveraged the deal to licensed the name Louvre Abu Dhabi, but it must have been a pretty penny. Something that is not in short supply in this part of the world. As amazing as the Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to its architecture and beautifully curated collections on show in its salons, the Grand Mosque takes it all to another level.
The thing about Beijing is that there is little architectural fear in the minds of the town planners. It is a city that has remarkable pieces of architecture that produce building such "The Pants" Building. Next to the massive China Mall it is building that has a design that relies on adjoining and connecting buildings to act as a counter weight to keep it upright... which is fine in theory until a fire rages through one of the all important counter weight buildings.
So, what would have normally been demolished, like Phoenix the hotel has risen from the ashes and order and balance has been restored ensuring that no pants fall down unexpectantly. Being a hotel its important to make such a distinction.
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