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Finally something fun at Safari World


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Matthias and Oscar finally got some animal action! We took the Skytrain to our friends Valentine and Yamin's house and we all drove to Safari World, a drive-thru zoo a bit outside Bangkok. YEAH. FINALLY.... Really...

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Posted by AlainJacq 12:58 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Dealing with temple overdose at Wat Pho


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We had to recognized that Matthias and Oscar were a bit fed up with temples...! So we decided that, since we knew Thailand relatively well (for having spent 3 weeks there in 1995), we would do a bit less cultural and a bit more kids-friendly. But it would be a shame not to see anything while in Bangkok, so we went to Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, home to an impressive lying Buddha. After that we headed to a downtown shopping mall to meet our friend Valentine. At the mall, Matthias and Oscar continue on their tradition of beating up each other and driving their mom to the edge of a nervous breakdown.

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Goodbye Beijing, Hello Bangkok!


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It was our last day in Beijing, but we managed to see Chairman Mao (with his intriguing red face) and the Lama Temple (with its beautiful 30 m wood craved Buddha) before going back to the incredible Terminal 3 at the Beijing Airport. We arrived in Bangkok quite late but found a very nice apartment hotel once again.
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Cooling off at the Summer Palace... like the Mings!

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Finally some clouds today, so it's perfect for a day trip to the Summer Palace to the North-West of Beijing. There is a lot of walking and climbing again, Matthias and Oscar are still quite popular with the Chinese tourists. We rented an electric boat again (pedal boats? no way) and had a nice cool day in the Emperors' Summer residence.

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Posted by AlainJacq 11:46 Archived in China Comments (0)

Looking for shade in Tiananmen Square (it was not easy)

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On Tiananmen Square, it's easier to dodge a tank than to escape the sun. Once again a massive amount of Chinese tourists, and hundreds lining to visit Mao's mausoleum. We wanted to go too but you can't bring your bags and camera and the bag check place was a small wooden shack nearby... no way I was gonna trust them with an iPad! So we ended up going to Jishang Park, right above the Forbidden City, for a magnificent view. We ended up going to see Mao a few days later (iPad-less).

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Posted by AlainJacq 11:36 Archived in China Comments (0)

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