This morning we left the hotel, walked around the block, down a short hill, across a busy street with construction, weaved our way through some barricades and found Hennessey Street and the Amour Salon. You may have noticed in the blog pictures, that with all this humidity my hair was getting a little long and wild ;-) Amour, is a cute little shop with about 6 chairs. All the hair products are L’Oreal. First I was shown a book with 4 prices from $290 Hong Kong dollars to $480 HKD- divide by 7 for US dollars. Next to each price was the level of person that I wanted to cut my hair. Lowest level and least money was Experience under 6 months. Then it went up from there to EXPERT level ;-) I chose the 3rd level, for a “Team Leader”. Off she went to get my stylist, Jehome. Jehome was very professional and spent a lot of time deciding exactly what would be the best treatment for me. So off we walked about 5 steps to 2 hairwashing stations behind a bamboo curtain. Jehome knows how to give scalp
massages… I almost fell asleep ;-) 45 minutes later I was a new woman. Cope took this opportunity to walk down the street to My Chi Coffee where he had 2 “flat whites”. He tells me what I missed and that they were wonderful. When he came back to Amour he took my pic with Jehome and we headed for Admiralty Metro Station as we wanted to check out Causeway Bay, Lee Gardens and Times Square.
Not sure if I’ve mentioned it but the metros are modern, clean with huge shopping centers. We have an “Octopus” card that gets us on the metro, buses and ferries as well as works as a debit card in food courts, 7-11’s, and other shops. The escalators going to the metro are extremely fast and I have to think each time as they are on opposite sides, just like the traffic. I find my self having to make quick switches to get on the right side. You can’t hesitate as there are folks behind and ahead most of the time. Causeway Bay is two metro stops away. Everyone queues up in orderly lines, no pushing or shoving although crowded. Trains come
every 3 minutes. So, hopping on we go two stops to Causeway Bay.
When we got off the metro we walked a number of blocks underground, going up escalators along the way. We emerged at a huge shopping area that looked like a nice clean New York City Times Square with the worlds largest television screens on the skyscrapers and throngs of people going about their business. Turns out that the magnificent mall that our hotel is attached to is a piker in comparison to this Lee Garden/Times Square area. There are even more luxury shops here if that can be believed. There was a Korean expo going on with a stage set up and a “pop” girl group performing. Lots of energy, lots of excitement.
Since it was lunch time, we decided to head to the basement (think well-lit upscale restaurants and stores… not dark and dingy ;-) of Lee Gardens #1. A number of restaurants to choose from. W ordered, then took a receipt to a cashier while our food was being cooked, paid the cashier and got a "buzzer", those things restaurants give you to tell you your food is
ready. We fund a table then 10 minutes later when the buzzer went off, we went back to get our food. We had some type of rice mixture with ham…delicious. Yes, we were good with chopsticks before but we are experts now ;-)
After lunch we walked around Lee Gardens which is not a garden at all but a major high end shopping district. If you are an upscale shopper, Hong Kong is for you… don’t wait, get your ticket today ;-)
My husband and I love to travel just about anywhere. We've spent time in the Caribbean (all over), Mexico, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands (UK), Chile and Peru. We love to trade houses too. We are both educators with grown children.
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