It’s that time of year! Time to pick a location and do a mini photo shoot for our Christmas card. At these times I ALWAYS wish I had my favorite photographer here to do this BUT we improvise.

This year’s choice location…

Shenyang’s Imperial Palace

It is the only existing royal palace in China outside of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It covers an area of more than 60,000 square meters and the Shenyang Imperial Palace is one twelfth the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It consists of more than 300 rooms, formed around 20 courtyards. Besides the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Shenyang Imperial Palace is the only other existing palace complex in China. Within its walls so much history is revealed about the early Qing Dynasty. It was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site as an extension of the Forbidden City and is now the most popular and renowned tourist attraction in Shenyang.We have been here before so we didn’t spend a lot of time. After all we were here for a photo shoot.

I don’t want to give away our Christmas card…it’s not December 1st yet. But here are a few pics from the Imperial Palace.

And then, back at our apartment, I designed our photo card and David went out to get them printed. It is so much cheaper getting things like that done here than Canada or Brazil for that matter. Now I need to get a few more cards/envelopes bought and addressed, and  in the mail. And the first week of December… I’ll post our Christmas Card on the blog. It feels so good to get things checked off my “to do list” 😀

Hope you had a good weekend!


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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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