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01 September 2014

Long Tan Park

Long Tan Park ShenZhen
Long Tan Park ShenZhen

Long Tan Park ShenZhen

Long Tan Park ShenZhen

I'll be the first to admit that this outfit is on the boring side for me. I was planning to wear shoes that were slightly more awesome, but it was just one of those days when the mere thought of putting on socks filled me with dread...so boring shoes and no socks were the result. Do you ever have days when you can't stomach the thought of having your feet confined to socks? Is this normal?

But just look at all of these bridges! The apartment complex that we moved into on the 22nd of August happens to be right next door to a gigantic park, complete with a little lake and a straight-out-of-fairytales island connected to the rest of the world by a zig-zagging bridge.

Angel's been running here in the mornings. I do no such thing. Instead, I stroll in at 1 in the afternoon and gasp at the beauty of the flowers, watch children feeding fish, and confuse my husband by telling him that I'm pretty sure that island is a combination of Narnia with Middle Earth with a dash of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn for good measure. When wandering through the little trail that winds around the tiny island, I feel a distinct need to call for a meeting of The Fellowship and to bestow symbolic gifts upon my knights.

Don't be alarmed, it's not like I never warned you of my obsessive love for bridges and the islands they connect me to. I envision that in months to come those who wander this park may see a couple of foreigners picnicking somewhere along the trails.

By the way, the next blog post in these parts will be our new apartment "tour". If that's the sort of thing you like, don't forget to come back!
Bethany Carson said...

Looks like a great place for a walk or run! Great photo of you and Angel!

Inge Jane said...

This is the prettiest park! I would want to spend all my time here too.

the surznick common room said...

Very pretty!

Meg said...

Most days I can't stand the thought of my feet being confined in shoes...

Purposely at Home said...

so prettttyyyyy! woot wooooo, can't wait to see your little abode. :)

Ash @ The Nashvillian said...

Beauuuutiful photos! I would LOVE to take a stroll on that bridge!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Very impressed with the water lilies.

bisous
Suzanne

Amanda said...

It's a lovely place, especially! X

Imogen said...

You look so beautiful, there's so much character to these photos

AwesomelyOZ said...

Those are wonderful photos and that zig-zag bridge is COOL! ;) I don't like my feet constricted by ANYTHING - I prefer slippers at home or nothing at all. I take my shoes off at work when I'm at my desk since no one is looking under here but have been known to walk around my row barefoot, it's OK my feet are clean :P Enjoy your area it looks lovely Rachel! Take care -Iva

Bekah @ re•solve said...

Gorgeous parks! And I totally get the no socks thing. I don't really even like wearing shoes.

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

I love your skirt -- it's very pretty! And this park looks so gorgeous. It's always fun to spend a day outdoors, soaking up the natural beauty!

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

These pictures are gorgeous!!! Sometimes the simplest of outfits are the best ones :). I have to admit, I HATE socks! I never ever ever wear them. I definitely feel claustrophobic when I put them on so you're not the only one!

Jennifer Prod said...

the park is gorgeous! how lucky to have it so near to your home :) and your smile is that last picture - so bright and lovely!

Krysten Quiles said...

Oh my goodness how lucky are you to have such a beautiful place so close!?

Susannah said...

Does the bridge have seven corners/turns in it? I guess that has something to do with getting the bad spirits away since seven is a lucky number. We had a park like that in Taiwan and it was so fun to visit!

Anonymous said...

Wow that's so pretty! I would love to make a habit of walking through there.

Jessica Jannenga said...

Pretty pics! Love the waterlilies! You look very pretty in blue as well, great smile
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Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Long tan park is gorgeous. You look beautiful in cobalt. I love pairing cobalt with black - it is tres chic!

Amy Rogers said...

I found Rachel! You may remember me from a looong time ago! I had you send me your book you wrote, and I loved it! I am so excite to see you and your husband in your adventures overseas! What a blessing you will be to others!

Rachel said...

I do remember you, Amy, and how much you supported me back when I first started blogging!! That feels like a long time ago. And yeah, our lifestyle has changed a bit since then. :)

clne222 said...

I will take the ring to Mordor! Especially if it is that pretty :]

Charlene Maugeri said...

Beautiful! I am jealous of your gorgeous park, fairy tale island, and zig-zag bridge!

Maša said...

What a wonderful urban park!

After Eleven Blog said...

you two look so happy in that picture!!! and i have to admit, I would probably be out for a LOT of walks if I lived right there. ha. what's the weather like over there? does it get all 4 seasons like here?

Glamista Home said...

I must say that I always feel an aversion of wearing socks or even close toe shoes, it's the Floridian in me who always wants to wear sandals and flip flops. I know how you feel. :)
What a beautiful park! It's funny how there can be unexpected beautiful places to explore right outside of your door. Enjoy the park!