Where do artists like to go on their birthday? Well they go to Lake Shrine, and better yet, they pry me away from my computer and take me there with them.
Them being Isabelle. Joyeux Anniversaire girl.
What was once a movie set is now a botanical paradise, with a large lake full of Koi and swans. There are grottos, statues representative of the various religions. There is even a dutch windmill. (?) It's a mishmash of architectural style with a wildly tropical feel, and perfectly manicured. Just what my tense, Chinese earthquake-obsessed mind needed.
Oh I wish I could show you pictures of Isabelle with her chinese paper sun umbrella but she would not forgive me.
Shhh. People are meditating here.
Some of Mahatma Ghandi ashes are buried there. (am I actually rhyming?)
Virgin Mary. Is that You up there?