Saturday, November 10, 2007

China Day 50: Beautiful Beijing

Yesterday the 'directors' came and gave Dan a good checkup. I really like them – they always take the time to answer the questions that I have... which is usually a lot! As we talked about what needs to happen in the healing process, they helped me to understand that the damaged area needs to be 'bridged' so that the neurons from the upper brain area can reconnect with the neurons in the lower spinal cord. It was good to have them come and help clarify the healing process for me.

Earlier in the week we went to dinner with Renee, Ty, Monnie and Glenn to a really good restaurant – the best I have been to since being here. It was the Beijing DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant, and the food was absolutely fabulous – and more than tasting good, the presentation of each dish was just as amazing...

Monnie is getting ready to eat a shrimp delicacy! They don't waste any parts of the fish or animal over here... so if you look closely, you will see the little eyes of the shrimp staring up at Monnie! It was pretty funny to watch the expression on her face! :-) Glenn and Monnie are from South Carolina, and they are here to treat Glenn's Parkinson's disease.

Some of the amazing presentations of the food! It tasted as good as it looks!

The roasting of the duck... we were allowed to go back into the kitchen and select the duck that we wanted... it was pretty cool to see how they cooked them over an open fire.

The carving of the duck....

Renee and Diana enjoying dessert....

To top off the evening... some refreshing Doublemint gum!

Beijing is an amazing city and China is a wonderful country. We are so fortunate to be able to get out on the weekend and take in some of the sites of this amazing place! Today we went to the Summer Palace with Renee, Ty, Monnie and Glenn – it was a wonderful experience! This is the summer palace of the emporer and it was absolutely beautiful!

The beautiful bridge and view across the lake to the Summer Palace...

The palace from across the lake...

The ferry and the beautiful surroundings as we crossed the lake!

A couple of shots of Dan at the base of the palace... one on the walkway out side and the other on a little bridge that leads up to the palace. Dan didn't venture up all the steps to climb to the top of this one -- but it was pretty cool here as well! (over 200 steps)

The view from the top of the palace!

The main palace - up close!

Saying 'Good-bye' to the beautiful Summer Palace!

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