Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shanghai: Tea at the Roosevelt

One of the perks of knowing people around the world is that when I visit various places, I get to see my friends. And, often, they have great perspective on good things to do. So, when I went to Shanghai, I met up with a friend of mine who used to live in Tianjin. The plan was to go find an old Jewish Synagogue {Shanghai has an old Jewish quarter as it turns out}. But, then, I called the museum, found no one who spoke English until  they passed the phone around and someone said, "not open today, come Friday." This is normal for China {things close all the time for no discernible reason, with no advanced notice}, but then we were stuck. What to do?

My friend had always wanted to go to the old Roosevelt Hotel for high tea, and so we walked over there from the Bund, made a reservation, and then went to grab lunch. At 2pm we came back, and were escorted to a gorgeous patio with two glass rooms over looking the skyline across the river. How awesome is that view?

There were cute little cakes, delicious sandwiches, macaroons, and endless {good} coffee. Of course, the company was the best part. We munched on our treats all afternoon, chatting and staring at that gorgeous skyline. I could get used to this!

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