Shanghai - Fabric Market, Jing'an Temple & Nanjing Road

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If you're in Shanghai you can't miss to go to the South Bund Fabric Market and order some tailor-made dresses! Being a bit disconnected from other popular areas, I recommend you to take a taxi and the address is: 399 Lujiabang Lu, near Nancang Jie. There you can order shirts (choosing materials / buttons / details), coats of wool or cashmere and silk dresses. Obviously, the key word here is always the same: BARGAINING. I leave you the contact of one of these tailors, who made our shirts in less than five days. It is located on the third floor of the building, shop number 371 and he's called Li Guang Ming. If you want to visit another market, there's the flower market in Caojiadu Flower Market, the address is 1148 Changshou Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu.
 

Our day continues with a visit to Jing'an Temple which in chinese means "temple of peace and tranquility." It is a Buddhist temple located in Nanjing Road. It's really impressive and beautiful! It is built mostly with wood and houses some wonderful statues of Buddha. An example is the big silver statue representing Sakyamuni Buddha sitting on the lotus base in meditation; it's 8.8 meters high and it was made from 15 tons of silver! You will also see the Peace Bell. The lingering sounds created when it is struck can last over 3 minutes.If you want to have a walk, go along Nanjing Road till reaching the Bund. On the way you will find many shops and malls where you can stop for lunch and a little shopping. On the left side, corner with Chengdu Road, you will also see the famous "fake market" of Shanghai! There's every sort of thing at very low prices but of course the quality is poor and do not be surprised if the object you buy breaks or stops working as soon as you exit the market :) 
 

Continuing along Nanjing Road, the closer you get to the Bund the more you will find chaos, tourists and shops. It's the main shopping street of Shanghai!
 

After this walk, we end our day resting with an happy hour on the terrace of the Peninsula, near the House of Roosevelt (mentioned in the "Day 1" post)!

Shanghai - Tianzifang, Pudong & The M1NT

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Let's start another day in this amazing city! We first visit the district of Dapuqiao and in particular the Tianzifang, an area among Sinan Road, Taikang Road, Second Ruijing Road and Jianguo Middle Road.You can take the metro to reach this area and get off at Dapuqiao stop.The Tianzifang is a kind of market that is articulated within numerous alleyways. The shops were originally artisan shops and I recommend you to get lost in the alleys and, if it's lunch time, to stop at one of the many restaurants. For example, I've been to Teddy Bear and found it very nice (ask specifically to have lunch on the little terrace on the top). Alternatively, there is a very good thai restaurant, Tai Thai Cuisine & Lounge.Concerning the shopping in the Tianzifang, you can buy typical objects such as chopsticks, hand-painted fans, tea sets or the classic qipao, the traditional chinese women dress of Shanghai. I've bought one of them in black and white at the Shanghai Han Ming Industrial.
 

Then we head to the district of Pudong, the area opposite the Bund where you can see the famous skyscrapers. For lunch we stop at Element Fresh in Lu Jia Zui inside the "Super Brand Mall". It is a chain that offers fresh and tasty salads and sandwiches, perfect for those who want to get away for a moment from the oriental cuisine!In the afternoon we visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, which is located at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower. In my opinion there is nothing special but it's fun to walk inside the shark tunnels! Next to the aquarium there are two other museums: a museum of insects, the Wilde Natural Insect Kingdom and a museum on the sexuality of China, the China Sex Culture Exhibition.If the weather is nice and not foggy, I highly recommend you to climb on top of the "corkscrew", the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and stop at the bar for a drink with a view!
 

In the evening, after a super dinner at the thai restaurant Coconut Paradise, we go dancing at M1NT, one of the most famous nightclubs in the city!
Check out here the list on the best Shanghai nightlife! ;-)

Bali - La Spiaggia & Le Citt?? -

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Eccomi qui oggi con un post tutto speciale per voi! Vi dar?_ un'idea su quali sono i paesini principali di Bali che meritano essere visitati! Ad eccezione di Denpasar che si trova nell'interno, gli altri tre sono situati sulla costa a sud-ovest dell'isola. KUTA

Iniziamo da Kuta...

Kuta ̬ la meta pi?_ ambita dai surfisti ma ̬ anche la cittadina pi?_ conosciuta per il turismo per la presenza di molti negozi, locali, discoteche e ristoranti. ?? molto affollata anche a causa della sua lunghissima e larga spiaggia bianca di 5 km! La miglior spiaggia del sud di Bali! Vi consiglio vivamente di provare ameno una lezione di surf, se non qui, dove?! J

Andate al Bali Learn To Surf che ̬ la scuola pi?_ famosa per il surf e si trova nell?۪Hotel Hard Rock. Se siete fortunati troverete anche degli stand sulla spiaggia ma ̬ meglio andare direttaente dove c?۪̬ la sede. 2 ore e mezza di lezione costano 45 dollari, li valgono tutti!

Kuta ̬ molto viva anche di sera, quindi non fatevi mancare una passeggiata al tramonto sulla spiaggia seguita da un?۪ottima cenetta in riva al mare a base di pesce! A breve seguir?? un post sui ristornati, non temete!

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SEMINYAK

Seminyak si trova a nord di Kuta ed ̬ la parte pi?_ moderna, mondaiola e lussuosa insieme a Nusa Dua. Qui si trovano moltissimi alberghi e ristoranti e come zona ̬ pi?_ tranquilla e meno affollata di Kuta.

JIMBARAN

Jimbaran ̬ una cittadina situata verso sud, nella penisola. Nata come villaggio di pescatori, ora ospita alberghi 5 stelle del calibro di Kayumanis Private Estate & Spa, Intercontinental Hotel Bali, Four Seasons e Jimbaran Puri Bali.

Molto valida per un giro di sera ma soprattutto una cenetta a base di pesce direttamente sulla spiaggia e circondati solo da torce e candele! Seguir?? il post sui ristoranti come ho detto prima, tranquilli ;-)

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DENPASAR

Denpasar ̬ il capoluogo dell?۪isola ed ̬ una citt?? relativamente poco turistica, ma comoda per la vicinanza dell?۪aeroporto e come punto di partenza di vari bus.

Vi consiglio solamente due cose da fare in questa zona, ovvero andare a visitare una fabbrica di batik ed andare al mercato locale. In entrambi i posti potrete fare un po?۪ di shopping di oggetti e alimenti tipici!

Il batik ̬ un tessuto che prende il nome dalla tecnica usata per colorarlo. Pu?_ essere di seta, cotone o lino ed essere stampato o decorato a mano. La fabbrica che abbiamo visitato noi si chiama Kartika ??? Chandra Batik Centre e si trova in Jalan Brigjen Ngurah Rai a Tohpati, poco al fuori Denpasar. Mi sono ovviamente fatta tentare e ho comprato alcuni parei di colori diversi! Impossibile uscire a mani vuote!

Per quanto riguarda il mercato tradizionale, assomiglia molto ai mercati malesi che avete visto nei post sul Sabah. L?۪atmosfera ̬ particolarissima e ci si immerge in un vortice di colori e odori molto forti! Qui si possono comprare spezie come la cannella, lo zenzero, il curry ed i chiodi di garofano ma anche la vaniglia e le boccette di olio di cocco che sono fantastiche! Lo dico soprattutto alle ragazze, quest?۪olio ̬ super sia per la pelle sia per i capelli quando si ̬ al mare e non li si vuole rovinare con sole/cloro/sale.

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Marrakech - Restaurants & Food -

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The most typical dishes of this marvelous city include:

Cous cous: often the perfect companion to greens, chickpeas, or even chicken.

- Tajine: a dish that borrows its name from the terracotta clay pot that is used to cook and serve its contents. Typically, a tajine stew will be chicken, prune, or lamb based. This spicy dish is frequently accompanied by dried fruit, a key ingredient in Moroccan cuisine.

Pastilla: great as an entrée, is a sort of puff pastry stuffed with chicken or sea food. This delicacy combines both sweet and salty together; usually almonds and cinnamon are blended into the dough. The pastilla au poulet (chicken pastilla) is my favorite!

Patisserie Marocaine (Moroccan Pastry), is a sweet made with almonds and honey. It is always served with the world famous mint tea that I am absolutely crazy about.
 

As for restaurants, I’d like to list some of my favorites. These cover the whole gamut from the most spartan and traditional to the more famous and refined. The nice thing about Marrakesh is that you have an excellent selection of different experiences, all with their own merit.

Terasse des Epices, a definite MUST. This is one of the terraces i mentioned earlier, ideal to admire the red rooftops or simply to try some cous cous or tajine. This spot in Medina is steps away from the souk. I recommend it for a cute lunch or even some drinks and dinner.   

Cafe Arabe is very similar in setup: a typical Moroccan restaurant with a great terrace and view. Perfect for lunch and an afternoon break.

-  Le Jardin is another very cute bar also located within the souk. The only difference between this bar and the previous ones is the fact that it is located in a courtyard. You’ll be surrounded by greenery instead of perched on a rooftop terrace, afterall, Jardin is french for garden.

Tgi’in Darna is a bar positioned perfectly to admire the sunset in Jemaa-el-Fna square. Mint tea, and Moroccan bites...enjoy the sunset!

Al Fassia is known for the best Pastilla au poulet in Marrakesh. There are two locations in different neighborhoods, I suggest the one in Gueliz. This one is unique for its white motifs and strictly female staff. Best to make a reservation here:

The Kozy Bar is chic and refined nightspot in the Jewish quarter, Mellah. I would recommend it for anyone spending an extended period of time in Marrakesh who wants to try something other than local food. The Japanese chef makes excellent sushi. Enjoy a meal here with a great view of the old walls of the Palais el Badi and its stork nests.

- Saving the best for last, Jad Mahal is easily one of the most famous spots in Marrakesh. Restaurant, lounge bar, and disco: you must spend a night here. During dinner enjoy being interrupted by belly dancers moving from table to table; be careful, they may even have you try as well!