Most restaurants these days even in Paris are mostly fast food ones. The family run places are few and far between. Those that still exists gets very crowded. It was no different here, a little place next door to my hotel.
Its becoming very popular, nectar of rhubarb, it is very delicious, nice, sweet and bubbly.
This is the area to eat oysters and I had some as a starter.
Pork in cream sauce, this is Haut Normandie, land of butter, cream, camembert and Calvados.
The cathedral of our lady in Amiens is an Unesco world heritage . It was built between 1220 and 1270. It has one of the most beautiful facade. I sat in front of it that first evening in Amiens and started to sketch it. I made a good drawing even though it has such complicated details. After that study I went on to sketch all the other churches I visited. Such fussy details doesn't intimidate me anymore.
I didn't think I'd ever be in Lille again. I spent a day there a few years ago. This trip, when I landed in Charles de Galle airport, Paris, I asked the SNCF personnel that I want to go to Amiens. She wrote ame a ticket that would take me to Lille and then transfer to a local train for Amiens. Of all the airports I've been in CDG Paris is one of the most impressive. There is a TGV station there and the TGV trains can take to the major cities real fast. This was the TGV that I took to Lille, spent 2 hours hanging out and then on to a regional train for Amiens. I was in Amiens in the late afternoon to start the first leg of my trip.
Whatever your belief is, its always time for prayers and worship. Picture depicts old prayer flags strewn on the hillside in Litang, Sichuan province, China. Here is the Tibetan world of China where Tibetans outnumber Han Chinese.
Pingle still has some old dwellings. These are a rare occurence in China where the old is rapidly making way for the new. Home owners are being forced out. Some will come home to have their house demolished without them knowing it. It was quite a pleasant surprise.
Dan dan mein or noodles on a pole. Sichuan province is famous for its cuisine. Its cuisine is hot with chilli peppers and peppercorns.
Little fish from the river.
We didn't care for Sichuan cuisine, its too spicy and too hot. Our heritage is Southern China where the food is milder. We hate Sichuan peppercorns, its a special pepper found only in Sichuan province. It grows on little schrubs and all over the region we see people harvesting it.
They have these kind of dykes at various parts of the river to control the flow and allow the locals to play in the river.
Chengdu is landlocked and the only water the residents see are the rivers and the lakes. I don't know what that is like. I've always lived by the sea or the ocean. Growing up in Borneo we lived by the sea and here I live by the Pacific ocean.