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?
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?
Today was our last full day in Hong Kong, so we decided to explore outside the city. It’s incredible to think that a twenty minute bus ride away from the skyscrapers, you can find lush tropical jungle, rugged mountain peaks, and stunning views of remote, unspoilt coastline.
Today is the day we return in search of where my wife was born, fifty years ago at the British Military Hospital on Mount Kellett, Hong Kong Island. But what, if anything, will we find there?
So many apps to choose from, about Hong Kong! But which of them are any good?
With several months in between booking our trip and travelling, I’ve had the opportunity to download and try a great many of them. What’s listed here is the handful I eventually decided upon taking, along with a verdict on how useful (or not!) they are proving to be while abroad.
I expect I’m seriously misrepresenting Mao Zedong’s quote, “If you’ve never been to the Great Wall, you’re not a real man”, Nevertheless, it was a thrilling experience for us to finally stand on the Wall and spend a few hours hiking it. So I guess both my wife and I became ‘Real Men’ today!
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.