After exerting ourselves walking out four watch towers (and of course back) at the Great Wall at Mutainyu we were all feeling a bit hungry. The girls, my mom and I loaded into one cable car...
|watching the second car come over the edge behind us|
|reminds me of the cable cars at Les Deux Alpes...minus the snow and the skis|
|she kept spinning the lazy susan around to get another spoonful of marinated cucs!|
Caleb said his favorite was watching the women delicately glue the curved wire to the vase. They worked with such precision and attention to detail!
I thought the application of color was amazing. They grind the minerals into powder and add water to make the "paint." Then eyedroppers are used to fill in the areas between the wires.
The piece is allowed to dry and then fired at very high heat and then the process is repeated eight times until the dried enamel totally fills the area between the wires.
Because of the time involved in each handmade piece, the prices are astronomical. But it sure is beautiful...I bought a Christmas ornament to remember our visit.
Next came the decision on how to finish out our day. Originally we considered stopping by Olympic Village to walk around as Ian, Kylie and I visited in October of 2008 at the beginning of Caleb's trip. We thought the boys especially would appreciate seeing where the Olympic runners had sprinted in their home country, but as we headed back to the city, it became apparent that they were pretty tired.
|caleb taking a little siesta under his favorite souvenir.|
By the time we returned to the hotel, we had been out for nearly twelve hours and it was time to bathe and head to bed. It had been a long, exhausting, day, but we are so glad we had time for one last little bit of culture in the fascinating land our children come from!
**thursday, september 12**