The first picture was taken from our hotel room.
One of the first things we did was visit the Jade Market. At first I thought I wouldn't buy anything, but . . . well, when would we ever have this chance again? But oh my, how to choose?
While I have a dark green necklace already (it's malachite), I didn't have one in what I call celadon green. I do now! Below is a pile of bracelets in all kinds of colors.
There were other articles made from jade, other minerals, and even a bit of porcelain.
There were also pearls being sold here, and that was an even greater temptation. But again I remained strong. Only one pair of earrings to wear with a pink pearl necklace that I was given several years ago made its way into my purse.
I kept taking photos because the colors were so lovely.
On our way back from the Jade Market we wandered through a local food market. Again the site with its colors and people appealed to me not only as reminders of a great trip but also as possible painting material - both the booths and the people.
Some of the lanes we wandered through were also intriguing.
Finally, to warm up we stopped at one of my favorite places to get a latte. I was fascinated with a flavored latte (yes, I'm one of those happy lovers of flavored coffees) I'd never seen in the States (and still haven't) so I had to try it.
It was called "Pop-zel" and was a combination of caramel popcorn and pretzels. Sound weird? Oh yes. But as odd as it may seem, it was delicious!