A touch of escapism today, as we took a ferry sailing to Kho Phi Phi island for a one-night stopover.
After 50 years apart, my wife gets to return to her birthplace – Hong Kong. But how much will have changed, and will we be able to find any traces of the past?
With most of yesterday taken up by travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing, and settling in to the hotel, we only have two full days to explore the highlights. So today, we’re taking a few stops along the underground to Tiananmen Square to visit the Imperial Palace Museum.
Prague has been on our list of places to visit for quite some time now, and after a difficult start to the year we decided that a short city break was what we both needed.
Our Nile Cruise, from Luxor to the Aswan Dam and back.
Our last full day in Bangkok, so we’ve been busy exploring. First, Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn. Then a short ferry ride across the river, to visit Wat Pho and the giant reclining Buddha. Later on, a rooftop treat looking out over all of Bangkok!
An entire day spent on traveling to and visiting this immense outdoor cultural theme park. A mixture of actual buildings which have been relocated, and replicas of important buildings or monuments typically done at one third scale.
Trying out the Metro, exploring the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and the adjacent Qutb Minar complex, to the south of Delhi. Qutb Minar is the world’s highest brick minaret, built in the 12th Century.
Our first day exploring central New Delhi, or ‘Lutyens’s Delhi’ after the architect responsible for planning out its wide tree-lined avenues, huge open roundabouts, and colonial-style buildings. Also, the start of our constant battle to obtain hard cash, despite having plenty of available funds at our disposal.
“Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. This is your Purser speaking. I’m sorry to disturb you, but a section of the plane has lost…”
Oh no! Adrenaline surge. Mind racing. What has it lost? – a wheel perhaps, or an engine, or one of the flappy bits off the wings?
What holiday by the sea would be complete without a voyage on a pirate ship? Having seen the ‘Barbarossa’ in the harbour at Rethymno, we decided to take the three-hour cruise along the coast to the Caves at Skaleta, and back.
Santorini, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea, has long been on our list of beautiful places to visit. So when we discovered it was possible to visit as a day trip from Crete on the fast SeaJet catamarans, it was too good an opportunity to miss.
Whenever the guide books mention a significant archaeological find in Crete, they almost always go on to mention that “the original is now in the Archaeological Museum at Heraklion”. So it seemed right for us to make the museum the very first of our sightseeing stops, to gain some sort of understanding of Crete’s history, and in particular the ancient Minoan period represented in the finds at the Palace of Knossos.