I happened across this shop when walking near my hotel, and what a find! These are the kinds of shops I really cherish…full of traditional handmade products, items of days gone by. It does not have the ambience of the boutiques I highlighted in Sayulita, but there are little treasures to be found nonetheless. Also, I love to feel like I am discovering something special, it’s the hunter in me. 🙂 I bought a dress, handkerchief, and some small embroidered gifts…definitely could have bought more!
LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO: Morelos 256, colonio centro
puerto vallarta, mexico. phone: 222-1439
When first arriving in Bologna, one of the first things I noticed were the beautiful color combinations on the buildings. So many gorgeous, in my mind “typically Italian” colors, that might not look as beautiful set in a different context…but they work so well together in this specific country.
For those of you who are not familiar with Sun Yat-Sen, he was the leader of China’s republican revolution. He did much to inspire and organize the movement that overthrew the Manchu dynasty in 1911—a family of rulers that reigned over China for nearly three hundred years. Through the Kuomintang Party, he paved the way for the eventual reunification of the country.
Another aspect of smaller Chinese towns that I love are the handmade objects, especially the baskets. Baskets are everywhere in Chaozhou: carried on shoulders of farmers & attached to both sides of a motorcycle. The density of the weave changes with the function. For example, baskets meant to use as a cage for chickens or to hold large items are a very large-scale open weave, while baskets meant for holding small items have a very tight weave. The patterns created are beautiful.
After a six-hour bus ride from Guangzhou, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Chaozhou, but was very happy to be there to visit my good friends and their newborn baby. Chaozhou is a fairly small and quiet city (by Chinese standards), and I was grateful for the chance to visit the farmland and old village within the city that may soon be demolished in China’s push to modernize.
Guangzhou is a land of layers of anonymous highrises as far as the eye can see. Surprisingly, a lot of them have character, be it from the architecture, or from clothes or plants exploding from most windows.
It’s a helpful reminder that people do actually live here!