A Day in the Orient

Rainy days and Mondays…. what a perfect combination for taking a day off from work. Last weekend our time at Heath was spent dealing with leaks alongside the roof and fireplace. Rain can take its toll by putting a damper on activities so, gardening, planting and barbecuing were completely …. if you’ll pardon the pun…. “a wash out”!!!

After painstakingly repairing the roof and doing a lot of clean-up it was now time to report back to work. I wasn’t having it, and needed an entire day off so, I headed to the District to find where Asia meets America. First stop was to the Freer/Sackler Galleries to see the Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912.

The focus on the last imperial dynasty of China {Qing} is on the primary duties of the empress or consort to the emperor. For 268 years the male officials who wrote court history recorded virtually nothing about the accomplishments of these women. To unlock the hidden aspects of their lives we must examine the materials goods they possessed such as attire, furnishings, portraits and devotional objects.

The East Glorious Gate to the Palace of Longevity and Health.

Empress Dowager Cixi {1835-1908} is arguably the most powerful empress in Chinese history, who dominated the court and policies for nearly fifty years.
Every aspect of imperial dining was splendidly planned from the taste of food to the containers used to hold delicacies and the cups for drinking. Lidded cup and lobed tray with phoenixes and peonies- Qianlong period {1736-95}

Fine dining on the road- Empress Dowager Chongqing spent tem months of each year living outside the Forbidden City. She made nearly thirty trips to Chengde, an imperial resort north of Beijing . This lacquer with gold on wood was portable tableware for elegant dining.– And an Ewer with dragons and clouds made of gold alloy.

I do not think I have ever had boots on in May, it was pouring rain and the wind kicked up to about 25-30 mph.

Staying in theme we headed to Graces Mandarin restaurant at the National Harbor for a delicious lunch of Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Crab Fried Rice and a crisp cold glass of Santori Pinot Grigio.

Stay stylish,

Sunshine Blogger Award

I have been most graciously nominated by Travel and Click for the Sunshine Blogger Award, her “recent post” are listings of a world traveler from one who enjoys solo trips to key things to do while in Istanbul… a most eclectic range of information! Thank you so very much for the nomination!!!

Award’s Rules

  • There are some basic rules to follow if you decide to participate:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so everyone can visit.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog post.
  • List the rules and display the Award logo on your blog post.

Answers to 11 questions asked by the author of the blog Travel and Click.

  1. Which is the first blog you wrote?
    My first blog was “Beignets & Books”, which I wrote for those who loved to read cookbooks and then test a recipe or two.
  2. Do you get paid to write a blog or it’s a hobby?
    Blogging is most definitely a hobby.
  3. Have you had anyone sponsor your stay or travel?
    Not yet, but may look into the prospect.
  4. How many countries have you visited?
    So, far I have visited 12 countries, and there are several we have visited because we love them so much!!!
  5. Do you like to try out local cuisine each time you travel?
    I absolutely love the  idea of tasting local cuisine when traveling, it is one of the top reasons for traveling.
  6. Have you made local friends while traveling?
    Yes, and these friends have been kind enough to give tips on places to eat {locally}.
  7. Do you prefer tour buses for traveling?
    No, I prefer drafting my own itinerary and love the idea of walking everywhere!
  8. What’s your dream destination?
    Machu Picchu
  9. How many visitors do you get per day on your blog?
    On average.. probably, [5]- five people… and more depending on what I am posting.
  10. Do you reply to all the comments on your blog?
    Most definitely, I enjoy when someone takes the time to leave a thought or two!!!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done for a blog post?
  2. What inspires you to write?
  3. What are your favorite genres to read?
  4. How much time do you spend in researching and drafting your blog post?
  5. What was the best dish you ever tasted when traveling?
  6. Are photographs an integral part of your blog?
  7. Which social media app gives you the most blog traffic?
  8. What is your favorite style of art?
  9. Do you have a favorite muesuem that you visit regularly?
  10. What is on your travel playlist?
  11. What is your favorite TV show?

My nominees are::

  1. Andrea/ Cooking with a Wallflower https://cookingwithawallflower.com
  2. R and B International Travel, Our Travel Blog https://randbinternationaltravel.net
  3. Autumn Whewell https://autumnwhewell.com
  4. Sheryl, A Hundred Years Ago   https://ahundredyearsago.com
  5. TOKIDOKI [NOMAD] https://jacquelinemhadel.com
  6. Leanne Cole https://leannecole.com.au
  7. Sportsdiva64, 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams https://sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com
  8. french ideas https://frenchideas.wordpress.com
  9. Lidy, French Garden House http://frenchgardenhouse.com/blog/
  10. brushes ad papers https://brushespapers.wordpress.com
  11. joshi daniel, Joshi Daniel Photography https://joshidaniel.com

Enjoy the fun of blogging and stay stylish,