Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ABC Wednesday: Q is for a Quick Tour Around the World

Three weeks ago, I (Grace) went away for a business trip that took me around the world in two weeks visiting six cities.  I first arrived at Hong Kong airport for transit.  After an overnight stay at the airport hotel, I flied to Frankfurt to see our contractor.  I then arrived at Heathrow airport in London to have the company's scientific advisory board meeting.  When my colleagues were at Windsor Castle sight-seeing, I flied to Washington, DC to have a weekend with my daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law.  After the weekend, I had a conference in Boston then visited our partner at San Francisco before flying back to Taipei.

I had with me the Nikon D90 with the new 35mm 1.8 lens.  Here is a Quick Photo Tour of my trip.  The first picture is Hong Kong airport, an airplane, a fitting start of my trip.

A scene from my hotel room at Hong Kong airport.  Not the usual scene that one would associate with Hong Kong.  The new airport is very far away from the city and sits on its own island.

A view from the hotel lobby.  A sign showed "No Stopping" on either side, the only way was flying away!!

At Frankfurt, we went to a German Restaurant Kartoffelhaus, which is famous for its potato dishes.  It is a charming traditional restaurant with beams and many chicken paintings on the wall.

The other side of the restaurant has a mirrored window.  I liked the mood, which was almost like in a painting.

The table setting was very romantic with a candle and a single tulip.

This is the ultramodern lobby of Hilton Hotel that connected to Terminal 4 of Heathrow airport of London.  The lightings of various colors give interest to this atrium.

In England, besides fish and chips, roast beef, etc., people like to have either Chinese or Indian meals.  We went to the Memories of India, which uses many interesting wooden structures (doors, columns, etc.) as decoration.  The gentleman above in the Indian restaurant saw me with the camera, took me to the Thai restaurant called Tiger Lily across the street.  

It is owned by the same owner.  It has a beautiful carved traditional wooden door.

But the bar of this restaurant is very modern.

We came back to the Memories of India for our meal.  Here is a beautiful wooden commode at the entrance of the restaurant.

All the clients were having a good time at Memories of India in front of the wooden panel hand carved and shipped from India.

Here is our adorable 20-month granddaughter eating a waffle!!  I spent a weekend with her at my daughter's home at Washington, DC.  It was way too short.

My final stop was San Francisco.  Whenever possible, I always have an American breakfast at Sears near the Union Square.  There is often a queue waiting to get in.

This is the ticketing booth for the car park at Hilton hotel, which shaped like a cable car.

The mural painting makes the parking a lot more interesting place.  

This comes to the end of my Quick Tour Around the World. It seems the only places that I have been were the airports, hotels and restaurants.  I was glad to be back home in Taipei.

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Pat - Arkansas said...

What a whirl-wind around the world trip you had, Grace. Wonderful photos, and a great selection for ABC's "Q."

Carol said...

Enjoyed the Quick tour with you, Grace...I like the look of the German restaurant...your granddaughter is beautiful...

photowannabe said...

I loved your quick tour very much. You have an adorable granddaughter.
I have had many a breakfast at Sears. Its a really good place to have a meal.

Sylvia K said...

Wow! Grace, you covered a lot of miles on your around the world trip! How fun! Gorgeous shots. Really enjoyed the tour! Your granddaughter is adorable, can just imagine that the visit with her was too short! Sure you enjoy being back home again, though.
Thanks for a great "Quick Tour"!

Marie Reed said...

Holy Moly! WHat a blast! You must be beat!

Mara said...

You must have been very tired at the end! All those timezones...

RuneE said...

I didn't see you! :-)

However I have visited some of the same places, but not Taiwan.

Reader Wil said...

What a wonderful tour around the world! Thanks! I recognized the airplane in Hongkong. I also took a photo of it. The restaurant photos are great!
Thanks for your visit to my European queens. We have three queens in Europe and four kings( Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Spain).

J said...

Wow, what an interesting two weeks! Many of my students and friends are quite surprised to learn how popular Indian and Chinese food is in the UK. When I told my classes that the most popular restaurant in my hometown is a Chinese one, I'm not sure that they believed me!
Your granddaughter is adorable too.

Carolina said...

Thanks for taking us with you on your quick tour around the world. I loved it. The Indian restaurant is beautiful. As are all the other places you stayed. And your granddaughter is so cute.
Great Q post.

Miss_Yves said...

Your granddaughter is QUITE lovely !
How lucky you are to have done this "quick tour"! Thanks for sharing !

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Amazing Tour! Thank you / Tyra

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a fabulous trip but probably too far in too short a time to see much. Glad you were able to visit your granddaughter. She's very cute!

Joy said...

Thank you for an enjoyable quick tour of the world with your camera.

tapirgal said...

I loved your photos and the story. Since I'm hoping to get a new camera soon, I appreciated being able to see what you got with your Nikon. Very nice and clean!

Vicky said...

I always like to visit your blog,Grace and Bradley, there is so much to see and learn... thanks for showing us the lovely photo of your granddaughter.

have a wonderful day.

Denise said...

Wow, what an incredible trip Grace. Your photos were great and I am so glad you got to spend some time with your granddaughter and family, as short as it was.

Pamposh Dhar said...

And your own quick tour on this blog is lovely. The best visual is, of course, of your grand-daughter.
The Indian and Chinese restaurants look beautiful. What a contrast to the stark airport hotels!
And a restaurant specializing in the lowly potato! How fascinating.

Pamposh, Abc Team

kRiZ cPEc said...

hey, thanks for sharing, guess travelling this way has but one drawback - you have to rush to the next stop all the time. Thanks for sharing :)

magiceye said...

you really zipped through the world!

Jay said...

I loved the tour!!

The photo from your hotel in Hong Kong is beautiful, but it looks steamy hot!

Potato dishes are a favourite of mine, so I would have enjoyed that restaurant in Frankfurt too - and that mirrored window is charming.

American breakfasts! Oooooh, yummm! I have to have one too, while I'm there. We didn't get to Sears in SF, but I'm going there next time! Thanks for the tip!

Karyn said...

That's a lot of travel!

The most beautiful photo is of your granddaughter...she is gorgeous!

shu said...

So much fun to follow you around the world. Such a lively picture of Sailee. Sis

Marc said...

Thanks for taking us along on your Around the World in 14 days Tour. Must have been great. You're a true globetrotter!


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