My happy place

The first time I visited Shanghai, I went to the Confucius Temple on Wenmiao Lu and fell in love with the place.  I bring visitors there, my family have been several times and I like to go their by myself, as well.  It is so very calm and I instantly feel better when I walk through the gates.  It is more of a museum than a working temple but locals do go to light incense and write wish cards, mostly written by parents or the students who are wishing they do well in school.  I always learn something new during the tea ceremony….the oolong ginseng has become my favourite tea in China.

I wanted to share a few pics of my happy place.


You would never know that the temple is through these gates.


The busy street you walk down to get to the entrance.


Confucius himself.


Mom, Dad and J hanging their wishes.


Isn’t it just beautiful?!


G cracking me up, as usual.


The girls with Glenn’s mom, Margaret Antle.

My Aunt May and her sister, Trudy came to visit us. 


My sister’s in laws, Sue and Phil Quinlan, and our sweet tour guide, BB.  We spent the day together last fall before they started a tour of China.  So nice when people are passing through Shanghai. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚All of the tour guides are students that volunteer at the temple.


I always learn some thing new at the tea ceremony.


Come visit and I’ll bring you here too πŸ™‚

Only joy, only love!





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I am a Canadian from Newfoundland and Labrador who has done a lot of moving around and has some pretty amazing experiences. I currently live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada with the love of my life and partner in crime and our two beautiful and incredibly special daughters. (Totally biased but I'm cool with that). I started this blog because I wanted a space to share the people, places and things that bring me joy and give me a good laugh. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy! Only joy, only love. Michelle xo

9 thoughts on “My happy place”

  1. Michelle, I am really enjoying your blog. I’d never had any interest in visiting China til I started reading your posts. Now I really think I’ll make it happen someday!


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