After a restful night’s sleep

After a restful night’s sleep, I set off to explore the neighbourhood. The hotel is located within the former French Concession, a leisurely stroll to The Bund with its iconic views. The popular eating and entertainment district, Xingtiandi, and the arts and crafts enclave, Tianzifang, are both nearby. One moment I could be in the thick of things, the next I could return to the peace and exclusivity of my townhouse.
It was drizzling when I returned by taxi that evening. The doorman recognized me and respectfully greeted me. With several bags in hand, I reciprocated and made a dash for my townhouse. I heard his voice softly calling and turned to see him running after me. “It’s raining madam, please use this umbrella”. He saw my hands were full, quickly opened the umbrella and matched my pace as we walked. He patiently held my bags as I looked for my key. Before departing he said those two words that were starting to really mean something to me “welcome home”.

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