After the Great Wall, we drove to the Summer Palace. It was also amazing but super crowded and by this point in the day, we were all pretty done. It is beautiful there though and there were a lot beautiful things to take pictures of. We hadn't had lunch when we got there (around 4) so we bought some hot dogs on a stick. They were the worst! Erik, Ella and I threw ours away after a couple of bites. Ethan and Liana ate theirs just fine and claimed to like them. Weirdos. So we were all super tired and the kids were grumpy at the Summer Palace until one person asked to take a selfie with Ella and Ethan and then all insanity ensued. A crowd gathered around and our blond kids were the biggest hit there! They loved every second of it, the little freaks! Unfortunately, a few people forced me in on the action because apparently I'm blond enough. After we were done at the Summer Palace, we headed back. It doesn't sound like a long day really but every drive took forever and we didn't get back until around 7:30. Charlotte, who was stoic the entire day, lost it about 30 minutes before we got back to Harmony House and nothing would calm her down. Poor baby was exhausted, probably starving because she wouldn't eat or drink much, and fed up with these crazy strangers who call themselves family taking her all over everywhere! She also gets very carsick, poor wee thing. So she was very glad to get back to Harmony House and back to her nanny. And we were pretty ecstatic to get back to our hotel!
I will have write more about Charlotte later. Today, she was very much like Liana was when we toted her around China, quiet and very serious, so we haven't really learned much about her personality. I mean, what an insane way to get to know your new family! She was such a doll baby though! Oh my word, so precious!!!
Okay, now to the pics...
This is inside our hotel
She's tolerating me but really wants away!
Riding the chairlift up
The Great Wall
The Summer Palace
This craziness just cracks me up!