It has been a joy to watch Maddie Grace grow up and blossom into the beautiful young woman she is today. I was honored to be a part of her wedding day, and I wish her and Hunter much love and happiness.
“Vincent had seen this landscape before in countless Chinese scrolls and wall hangings, the hills ink-brushed or water-colored, rearing up into such lofty, attenuated peaks that he could only suspect the artists of exaggeration. They had not exaggerated. If anything, they had failed to capture the full legion of pinnacles, a piked, ivy-cloaked regiment bearing down on the rice meadows, the roping Li River, the slight wisp of a highway upon which Vincent now traveled.”
One could not have depicted the scenery surrounding the Li River as well as John Dalton did in this particular passage from his book, Heaven Lake.
Location: Guilin & Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China
“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly. You leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life–and travel–leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks–on your body or on your heart–are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
Quote by Author, Anthony Bourdain
Location: Ancient Water Town of Luzhi | Outskirts of Shanghai, China
“That’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
Excerpt from Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
Location: Ancient Water Town of Zhujiajiao | Outskirts of Shanghai, China
“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she awakens she will shake the world.”
Quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte
Location: Urban areas of Shanghai including Shanghai Railway Station, The Bund and Financial District, and Nanjing Road