Left Barcelona at 10 pm for a 7 hour flight to Dubai, 2 hour layover and after a further 7 hour flight arrived in Hong Kong about 9.30 pm. Straight to hotel and to bed, Regal Kowloon Hotel, 14th floor. HK is a city of about 7 million and most are housed in very tall dense apartment buildings, the whole city is covered with these buildings. All the tourist type sites are always crowded and difficult to see, such as the tram to the top of Victoria Peak. The weather was almost tropical after Europe and didn’t need to wear jackets etc. We found that HK isn’t the bargain city we remembered and I guess that the economic development of China has raised the standards quite significantly, as per the comment that China has more Billionaires than the USA. But there are bargains still out there its just a matter of looking.
Part of Nathan Road, one of the main thoroughfares in Kowloon. Always very busy.
That was the end of our trip. We are back at home and were almost flattened by the 38 degrees and high humidity but we will get used to it. Always nice to get home again and catch up with family and friends. Thanks to our house sitters Tammy and Fred, they did a great job and to all the people who read the posts and made a comment, it was great to get some feedback. Well that’s it until next time. Regards Kay and Wally
We arrived in Valencia about 10.30 pm and went straight to our hotel and to bed. The following morning we were met in the lobby by my cousin Sylwia Czochara. It was great to catch up with her after first meeting her as an 11 year old 15 years ago on our visit to the homeland. She has finished her business administration degree and after spending 6 years in Spain is fluent in Polish, English and Spanish. She works as an executive in a global company that supplies Hotels with all kinds of foods.
It seems the folks in Valencia diverted the river and in the space provided built a heap of stuff at a cost of many billions of Euros.
For lunch Sylwia took us to see the Mediterranean Ocean. Kay and Sylwia demolished a lobster paella while I had sea bream and a few Estrella beers, very nice I have to add.
After lunch Sylwia took us to her new flat which was very tastefully being redecorated after which we walked into the old city. We saw lots of Plazas and churches before having dinner and meeting her partner Juan Jose, a really nice guy and they make a nice couple.
Finally we said our farewells and I must say how great it was to spend the best part of the day with cousin Sylwia. We promised to go back for her wedding.