Antibes is 20 minutes from Nice by train. Its old town is amazing — dark, twisty, under-and-over streets and archways. This part is separated from the sea by a frankly intimidating stone wall. From the Port Vauban (home to multi-million dollar yachts and sailboats), all you can see of the city is the Musee Picasso, because its in a castle at the original town’s highest point. It’s very much a seaside resort, summery place.
Place de Gaulle. It’s like a spray park – the water jets change in height!
Studio Perl hotel from Place de Gaulle.
Entering the Old Town.
Carousel on Place de la Resistance.
Monument to the Resistance martyrs.
Sweet statue on Place Nacionale.
Is that a man with a bucket of paint on his head? IS it?
Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Original bell tower of the Church.
First of MANY bronze statues by Nicolas Lavarenne around Antibes. This one is called Grande Arc en Ciel.
Self-serve washing machines at the port for the million-dollar yacht owners!
Cannons at the port.
LUNCH. Jambon on a whole baguette.
Cafe et amarena gelato, in a flower shape.
These are over EVERY door in the old town!
I loved the way this vine grew on the electric wiring.
Ferris wheel on the pier!
LOTS. OF. NAKED. STATUES.
Port Vauban is VERY new compared to where the Romans originally docked. It was built in the 60’s to accommodate the fancy new boats.
Macau was, until 1999, a colony of Portugal. Macau is in — more or less — 2 parts: the Peninsula, which contain the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Historic Centre of Macau, and then there are the islands, which contain, Taipai, Cologne and Cotai.
The Portuguese built TWO major military fortresses while occupying Macau — the Fortaleza do Monte, and the Guia Fortress.
Entrance to Fortaleza do Monte.
Be very afraid.
Looking down into the city from Fortaleza do Monte,
Reflecting pool before the Macau Museum in the Fortress. We didn’t go in sadly – pressed for time.
This is the Hotel Lisboa, but we named the Eye of Sauron because you can see it Everywhere!
Guards at the cafe where we had lunch.
Stunning statue near The Ruins of St Paul’s.
I love this mural. On Tap Seac Square.
I LOVE the buildings here.
Looking up at Guia Fortress.
There it is AGAIN! I TOLD you!
Going up to the Fort itself.
The chapel, whose murals indoors – no pictures allowed – are being restored. GO SEE THEM.
View of the city from inside the gunner house.
On the way back down Guia Hill.
SOMEONE has a mad, brilliant mind!
The Canton Tower, among the tallest in the world.
The south bank of the Pearl River.
Some of Guangzhou’s modern architecture is spectacular too.
I SAID it’s the Year of the MONKEY!
All of Guangzhou used to be streets like this.
Fresh pork! How fresh? Oh you have NO idea.
Shangxiajiu pedestrian-only shopping street.
I HOPE this was a Cantonese Opera Theatre. I don’t read enough Mandarin to know.
This is black sesame seed paste, which is them made into soup!
Black sesame and cashew soup. Liquid cashew butter. That is all.
A stall selling only Durian fruit. You think they look scary? I crossed the street because of the SMELL.
Fresh chicken! How fresh? Well!
What’re YOU doing here?!
A statue of a little boy trying to help his grandpa set off fireworks.
Down this tiny street…
…are little things…
…I’m guessing most people wouldn’t see.
Want to buy a mushroom the size of a coffee table?
The old and the new.
For my first breakfast I tried congee. It’s rice porridge, and mine also had bits of meat and seafood. I admit, I didn’t care for it.
THESE, however, are steamed pork buns. MORE.
Inside the White Swan Hotel back on Shamian Island.
Inside The White Swan.
Inside The White Swan.
Want a bullfrog? Yours for ¥28,000!
Please see the Buzzfeed videos below for further info on the contents of my minibar. The green one top left is Get 27. The one bottom left is Bai Jiu.
East meets West.
Oh for God’s sake.