Shots of China, Bhutan

The Bund, in Shanghai. (All photos by Michael Gerhardt)

The Bund, in Shanghai. (All photos by Michael Gerhardt)

Monday I was invited for a sail out of the Bristol Yacht Club with Michael Gerhardt, recently the temporary director of the Providence Athenaeum, and his friend Ken Gaus. The day was lovely and the wind was low – at least to start – and so the conversation got around to places we’d been to. I asked Mike to send me some shots of the recent trip he and his wife Doree took to Asia, and here are a few of them, starting in Shanghai, then Beijing, Tibet and Bhutan (actually, a couple of trips overlap in this series):















The last photo is of the Yangtze River. Before that is a shot of the local kids, a lovely shot that reminded me of how American kids often liven up such “boring” group photos. I wonder if the hand signals mean the same thing! I enjoyed seeing the Bird’s Nest through the fog, and I enjoyed seeing the panda between Mike and Doree’s heads. I thank Mike for sending his photos, and for inviting me to sail with him on Monday.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to Shots of China, Bhutan

  1. Stephen J. ORourke says:

    Some very nice and some very ugly buildings.


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