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Trip End Jul 24, 2013

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Shar: It is our last day in Thailand after a month of adventure and travel. I write from the balcony of our 13th floor room in Bangkok, watching the boats tooling up and down the river as I reflect on our day and our time here. I feel a mix of sadness for the trip ending, but also excitement at the idea of being back home....there is much to look forward to. I suspect it will be raining soon as the distant sky has turned grey with dark clouds that have made it seem like dusk rather than 4:00 in the afternoon.

It has been interesting being back in Bangkok again. We know our way around fairly well, taking full advantage of the sky train, ferry and subway to get where we want to go. After an early morning dip in the infinity pool on the roof of the 6th floor and a delicious breakfast overlooking the river, we headed uptown to the Jim Thompson museum. Jim Thompson was born in the USA and became a CIA agent. After his career he moved to Thailand and became interested in the production of silk. He built a house and began making and designing silk products. When he moved into his house he had a monk give him his horoscope, warning him to be careful when he was 61. ....and then, when he was 61 he mysteriously disappeared while on a trip to Malaysia. No body nor clues to explain his disappearance were ever found. Really makes you wonder. The tour was okay, but we both hoped to learn more about the actual process of making silk. We enjoyed a refreshing shake in the outdoor cafe and then made our way back to the hotel to prepare for dinner. is pouring now! Probably the hardest it has rained since our full day of rain several weeks ago. I have moved inside, now listening to the heavy drops pounding against the two sides of glass in our bedroom and watching the drops race down the glass and disappear silently. We have dinner reservations for a French restaurant on the 32nd floor at a hotel in downtown Bangkok. We were hoping to sit in the rooftop restaurant, but right now that seems unlikely. Also, it seems there will be no alcohol of any kind available with our meal as today and yesterday are a religious holiday that strictly forbids restaurants from serving alcohol. That's okay; Joe bought a bottle of a red wine that we are looking forward to enjoying on our balcony after dinner with a bar of dark chocolate we have been saving. Time to get changed for dinner...
Joe: While it is true that the rain never did stop, the evening wasn't diminished in the slightest by the damp. Our final honeymoon dinner would be at L'Appart on the 32nd floor of the Sofitel Sukhomvit albeit somewhat dampened by the alcohol ban imposed by the Buddhist holiday. Still, this was supposed to be quite the special meal. As we entered the lobby, we brushed away the water on our jackets as we were greeted by the doorman and listened as she explained where L'Appart was on the 32nd floor. I asked if they had elevators and I could see that I got her as she looked askance and then broke into wonderful giggles. Touché!
With a click of our heels we were silently whooshed upwards and into a plush bar/sitting area to wait for our table. Oh so near yet so far away! A young girl brought spicy cashews and huge olives to the table and then said those magical words...."cocktails? Two for one!" Woo Hoo!! Margaritas and mojitos before dinner and wine with our meals.....I guess we didn't look very Buddhist. While we waited we passed the time with a few rounds of twenty questions, choosing things relevant to our travel in Thailand. Well, the menus arrived and our mouths were at first watering over the sumptuous descriptions and then drying a bit as we did the mental math from baths to dollars; but it was our last night and a blow out meal seemed in order....but would it live up to its reputation? Shar began with the signature French onion soup and I ordered pumpkin ravioli with a bacon and cream foam......what's a foam? For dinner Shar had a chicken breast wrapped around spinach and cheese with au gratin potatoes and I ordered the steak Rossini with potatoes daphenois another signature dish. As we waited for our appetizers, they delivered the most gorgeous boule we have seen in a month accompanied by olive spread, roasted red pepper tapenade, and an olive oil infused with garlic and thyme. Shar's onion soup then arrived with a dome of puff pastry rising out of the crock and we grinned as our waitress carefully cut away the top and placed it beside Shar's dish. Without question, it was the most wonderful French onion soup ever anywhere and we get it a lot in our travels. Mine was second only because there cannot be two firsts; but it was equally amazing with bits of flavor seemingly coming from everywhere.
Not long after the arrival of our entrees, a young girl in an evening gown and heels suddenly filled the entire restaurant with her powerful soprano rendering of The Phantom Of The Opera and she was followed by four male tenors that just took our breath away. To be so near such unbelievable voices and to have them look you in the eye and smile in appreciation at our obvious awe was all the more special. They would continue through the evening so that every 15-20 minutes we would enjoy yet another chorus of their voices and the walls would almost tremble when they all sang together. What a grand finale to a grand trip.....but before I end; let me just quickly say that I have never eaten a more delicious piece of steak yet it still fell short of Shar's chicken. How could you make it so very tender and so flavorful? Dessert? Oh if only!!! The cart looked so good but neither of us could muster the will to add to what we had already eaten and so we called it a night and headed home to sleep a few hours before our flight back home. Bon Voyage!!
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Lisa on

What an awesome trip! Glad you made it home safely after all those incredible adventures! Thanks for sharing the blog with me. I'm glad I got to read it and see all your pictures; better late than never! :)

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