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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 6th 2011

Today is a travel day. It will be a very long travel day. This blog is a work in progress with the first part being composed in Departure Lounge B22-27 at Zurich International Airport. It is so quiet with just two retail outlets that those of you who are shopaholics would go quite mad, especially if you had two hours to kill. Pity we didn’t accidentally go to Transfer zone A but being good tourists we did as we were told. Security leaving Hong Kong was very efficient. He, who shall remain nameless, caused quite a stir. A very expensive Epipen showed up on the x-ray. Documents had to be shown as to why it was needed - boarding pass shown, passport shown, letter from doctor shown, departure gate number recorded – all a bit of ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island April 6th 2011

We saw the sun today. For a while there was bright blue sky. It looks like a great day to visit Hong Kong Island and the financial district. But first we need breakfast and the big pack for our flight to Zurich later in the night. What incredible architecture has been used to build these high rise towers. The HSBC building has been designed so that it can be packed up and moved. The speedy elevator to the 43rd floor of the China Bank left us with ears popping. We had trouble with Aunty Gretchen’s friend, Shorn the lamb, but he was kept well in hand, not like those workers protesting outside several of the banks in the area. With a little time on our hands we took countless escalators up a hill to the Mid ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Stanley April 5th 2011

After a good sleep, a wonderful shower, and an extensive hotel breakfast (about NZ$15) we were ready to meet Rae. It was great to catch up with her and pass on greetings from her ex-colleagues back in NZ. Jill’s parcel made it safely and our bags are a tiny bit lighter. With Rae, we headed to Hong Kong Island by MTR and got off at Admiralty. From here we caught a double-decker bus to Stanley on the other side of the island. The road is hilly, winding, but the views are spectacular. Incredible apartment buildings dot the hillsides for the best views. Today was a public holiday so everyone in Hong Kong decided to visit Stanley. We jostled around the market and found a wonderful little jewellery shop. For security Marilyn left her rings in NZ ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon April 4th 2011

What an interesting bus trip into the city. Fabulous bridges, very murky atmosphere and a city waking up. With our detailed bus planner printed from the internet (although needn’t have worried because on-board information is great) we got off at stop 11 and joined the masses with our suitcases. We found the BP International l very quickly with the boy scout emblem larger than life on the side of this 24 storey hotel. The scouts must have money in Hong Kong. We were too early for check-in but we could leave our bags and come back later. Now the adventure really begins and it only takes five minutes and we wonder what we have let ourselves in for. Wandering down Nathan Road in a bit of a daze we were approached by a very friendly Scottish ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon April 3rd 2011

What a great feeling of excitement to wake up knowing this is the day we leave on our adventure. All lists (and there were many) have been ticked off, the food is down to the last two slices of toast bread and enough milk for the cereals, teas and coffees. Final wash completed, zips on bags closed and the doors locked. Our neighbours, Ray and Yvonne, kindly offered to take us to the airport and off we go. The flight to Auckland was uneventful but great to be met by sister Gretchen and husband Grahame. We had plenty of time to catch up with the Benvie clan in Auckland. Our niece Leigh and her husband are proud first time parents so great to see little Lachlan. Leigh’s sister Erin, and partner Brent, joined us all for ... read more

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