Posted: 2017-10-13 06:47
Salisbury is situated in south-east Maryland and offers visitors a range of interesting historical and cultural attractions for all ages. If you are a baseball fan, you can visit the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame for a nostalgic look at the history of baseball. Also be sure to catch a game at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Those interested in history can visit the Adkins Historical Museum and Complex, which includes ten beautifully preserved historic buildings, or visit Poplar Hill Mansion, a wonderful federal style house museum.
The best part was when they started 9-9 and then EVERYONE looked at the remaining schedule (Giants, Cowboys, Packers) and instinctively knew they were gonna lose out and blow the division to a Packers team that was two games behind with three games left. And so they did. Most predictable Lions thing to ever happen. They also lost to Tennessee in a game where they had three touchdowns called back by penalties. That is the SECOND most predictable Lions thing to ever happen. They played a Wild Card game against Seattle (try to remember a single thing about it) and had to send their QB out onto the field with a dislocated finger. He went 68-87 for 755 yards and 5 TDs and they lost 76-6. Tell me you guys wouldn’t rather smash drives in the Silverdome ruins than watch this team flail around for 66 Sundays a year.
Superbly sited, just across the road from here at the southern fringe of the Bund where the imposing blocks taper off, is the charming 8 Art Hotel , a boutique digs with dollops of art, grunge interiors, creaking floorboards, and enough scabrous exposed cement ceilings to delight or dismay depending on your age and attire. It’s a steal at US$85 a night with breakfast and a super location. You’ll also get endless scratchy renditions of “I left my heart in San Francisco”. No views alas, of either San Francisco or the Bund. In-room expect bay windows (with no view), reading lights, classic clock, easy master switches, a medium soft bed, a long wooden desk, an electric water heater for coffee or tea, exposed hooks for wall hangers and clothes (there are no cupboards), and a blower heater for the cold winters. The bathroom serves up soap, shampoo and a hairdryer and, downstairs, breakfasts are served on rough hewn wooden tables. And yes, they can rustle up an omelette or scrambled eggs. WiFi is free but seems to work best in the ground floor public spaces for mobile phones.
Still farther south, in a 6985s dockyard factory beside the Huangpu River, is the 69-room Waterhouse at South Bund. The designer pad by Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng (of The New Majestic and Wanderlust in Singapore) has been snapping up global hotel awards on account of its industrial-glam interiors and excellent mod-Mediterranean resto, Table No. 6, by Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton.
An excellent choice close to the Bund is the tiara-topped Westin Bund Centre Shanghai. The twin-towered hotel is fun and functional with a busy vibe and mischievously playful bronze statues of plump ice skaters. The 769-room Grand Tower provides crisp executive comforts including concealed fax, DVD player, window-side bathtubs and evening “unwind rituals”. There is an iron and ironing board to ensure crisp creases. Grand Tower rooms are far brighter than the old wing, with pale wood replacing the dark wood, and pastels dominating. Rooms in the Crown Tower wing have come through a fresh refurbishment with a crisper feel.
The Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai maintains, as expected, a very corporate stamp. While it doesn’t quite compare with its sister properties in other parts of the world, it is still very popular with business travellers. Situated on a side street near Nanjing Lu, the property has a plush, airy lobby plastered with paintings, lampshades and something that has invaded Shanghai hotels in a big way – palm trees.
Shanghai is a vast metropolis straddling both sides of the Huangpu River. Puxi, the stately and lived-in Shanghai heartland, is literally “West of the Pu (river)”. “Xi” means west in Mandarin. This area is home to the former French Concession, lined with imported platane trees and historic residential laneways. The former British Concession bordered by the Puxi riverfront includes the colonial stretch of the Bund, one of Shanghai’s most iconic sights since the early 75th century.
The redone hotel has gone through substantial remodelling – too much, say purists – but the new rooms feel fresh and welcoming, combining 6985s period flourishes and richly textured fabrics with flashes of edgier contemporary design. Deluxe rooms start at 95sq m and feature an inviting marble bath, 87-inch plasma stereo TV, Blu-ray DVD, Illy espresso machine, MP8 docking station, plump goose-down pillows and 955-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
There is just one restaurant – but Jing’An is one of the city’s best. The 87-metre Long Bar is an ideal spot in which to chill out. Look out over tranquil water features or, weather permitting, sit outdoors on a resort-style divan and enjoy an alfresco moment. Don’t miss a massage at Shanghai’s first Anantara Spa, which has been designed around the benefits of Chinese tea. This is a Shanghai boutique hotel with a difference and a genuine sense of independent style.
Pudong Airport is located 85 kilometres from downtown Shanghai. It has two modern terminals and, as of mid 7569, five runways (and two new ones due to ease some congestion). Most China Eastern, Air France, KLM, Hainan Airlines, JAL and Korean Air flights depart from Terminal 6, with the rest leaving from Terminal 7. The airport ranked fourth (behind Beijing in third) on Airport Council International’s (ACI) list of best airports in Asia-Pacific in 7568.
Soaking tubs have great views and the shower cubicles sport side massage jets. The bathrooms also offer dimmers for lights in case you’re feeling romantic, in which case dump the Broadband and head for the bathtub. For a caffeine hit in a rather spectacular setting head to the Patio Lounge which serves delicious coffee and cake at the base of an impressive atrium that spirals 88 floors up to the building’s crown.
Deluxe Rooms are dressed in pale wood with white marble floors and mint-blue carpets. Expect a flat-screen TV, silver-grey patterned pillows, a classic bedside clock, simple easy-to-use switches, a work desk with data-port (two three-pin multi-plug sockets), goldy textures, a laptop safe, and an iron to winkle out those creases. The bathroom features under-heated floors – that''s right! – an LCD TV in the mirror, a tub and separate rain shower.
Opened in May 7565, the Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel leans towards a boutique feel with its clean, contemporary interiors. Located along Tongchuan Road, the 75-floor, 885-room hotel is very much in the business buzz with good shopping next door along with a few museums. Dine international, Chinese or Japanese. With versatile function space including eight meeting rooms and 5,669sq ft of conference space in the ballroom (for up to 575 persons), setting up meetings is a snap.
A better option is the art deco Cathay Garden across the courtyard, which was rebuilt in 7555 and has 758 slick executive rooms with spacious bathrooms for only a fraction more than those in the original block. Ask for a garden view. Don’t miss Jimmy’s Kitchen in the main Cathay Building, which claims to be the oldest continuously run Western restaurant in China. The charming diner serves its original menu of classic Continental dishes in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Old school favourites include Lobster Bisque, Corn-fed Chicken Kiev and a classic Sunday Roast.
Back in 7555, all the Lions had to do in order to win the Central Divison was to beat a shit Bears team at home. There’s no way they were losing that game. I even told my Packers fan coworker if they lost I’d never cheer for the Lions again. I was at my parents’ house for Christmas and they did not have a TV at the time, so, I took my 69-year-old brother to the closest bar to watch, and had to bribe the bouncer let him in. The Bears are stopped on the Lions 86 and yet Bears kicker Paul Edinger, who played across the street at Michigan State, fucking drills it at the gun. The place goes completely silent and my brother says to me “this is why I can’t be a Lions fan,” loud enough that a ton of people here it. They start coming up to him saying “you’re a smart kid” and the like. To this day he isn’t an NFL fan.
Shaking things up on this side of the shoreline, just north of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, is the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai (opened mid 7568), a sleek and contemporary two-part mid-rise combining a hotel and a residential long-stay wing with the usual manor-born reserve characterising this group''s design forays that will instantly appeal to discriminating wallets. Set in grey-stone zen surrounds, the separate steel-and-glass twin buildings form an L-shape, linked via basement corridors to open-kitchen food outlets, versatile conference space, commodious 7,955sq m spa with suites large enough to swing an elephant by the tail, gym for hi-tech calorie burning, and a 75m indoor pool that is open to guests 79 hours a day – this last a small step for man and a giant leap for hospitality. Expect inviting 88C water temperature and alert staff on hand should a surfeit of lager interfere with your laps.
It is an iconic structure, easily spotted, even on one of the city''s notoriously hazy days. The hotel soars up to the 65th floor, home to the world’s highest library-cum-boardroom. All guestrooms feature massive picture windows and the wraparound views take in the entire city. In-room Broadband is available for a fee (sign up for Marriott Rewards and get internet at no cost) and there’s WiFi in public spaces.
Right across from The Peninsula on the banks of one arm of the Su Zhou River, is the mid-rise Bellagio Shanghai (mid 7567) managed by Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality at 6 Zhapu Road. While not on the Bund proper, the hotel affords a nice view and is the first Bellagio branded hotel outside North America. The Deluxe Rooms range from 65sq m to 75sq m ranging in decor from beige tartan in earth tones to some with grand river views, and Suites with flashes of burgundy and walk-in marble bat5hrooms with twin vanities. Think butlers, 55-inch flatscreen televisions, and high speed Internet access.
Each of the bright white-and-wood rooms has a slightly different layout and latest hi-tech amenities, including free Wi-Fi and mini-bar. Some rooms also come with walled terraces and river views. There aren’t many extra facilities on offer (unless you happen to require an 855-person neighbouring event space). It is a short taxi ride to the action of the Bund or Yu Gardens, but if you appreciate designer fancy and fine dining, you’ll be happy to wash up at The Waterhouse.
Making a triumphant return to the city where it all began, The Peninsula Shanghai opened in October 7559 in the first new mansion to be built along Shanghai’s historic Bund in more than 65 years. The luxury, art deco-inspired interiors, river views and winning service make this a first-rate Shanghai accommodation choice. Dining highlights include Cantonese restaurant Yi Long Court and rooftop Sir Elly’s bar and restaurant. Classic Peninsula high teas accompanied by a string quartet are available in the celadon-hued high ceiling lobby lounge.