From The Pearl Of The Orient To The City Of Sails

Our flight from Hong Kong to Auckland was in the early evening so we decided to make the most of our last few hours and explore a bit more. We had spent the previous night at the Cosmo Hotel in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island so after an early breakfast at the hotel, we checked out and left our luggage with the concierge. The Cosmo is very close to plenty of shops and bars and the Happy Valley racecourse. As I was so close, I decided to check out another popular hotel we use the Metropark Causeway Bay which was about 25 minutes walk away. I love walking as you can come across some real gems such as the beautiful temple we found en route but Hong Kong has a very good metro system if not.

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48 Hours In Hong Kong (part two)

The following morning of our short break in Hong Kong we enjoyed a very good breakfast at the Metropark Mongkok. There was a very good selection of hot and cold Asian and International cuisine and the staff on duty were all very welcoming. I like to try something different when overseas so had a mixture of delicious dim sum with a fried egg whilst my husband prefers a more traditional approach to the first meal of the day. After eating, we packed our cases, checked out and the helpful concierge, whose name badge said “Jackie Chan” stored our luggage and we boarded a bus for a pre-booked half day city tour.

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48 Hours in Hong Kong…(part one)

Last month I went to New Zealand and Australia on a cruise. I had to fly to Auckland and back from Sydney. Whichever way you fly to these destinations, there is no denying that they are a long way away. Fortunately, both my husband and I managed to get four weeks leave as the cruise itself was for two weeks. We decided to fly with Emirates and I found a good option taking us via Hong Kong on the way out and Dubai on our return. If flights are routing that way anyway, it is surprisingly inexpensive to add a couple of nights stay and so not only extending our holiday but helping with the length of the flights and also with the inevitable jet lag.

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Great Heights And Building Sites!

I have just returned from an amazing month-long holiday. We started with two nights in Hong Kong followed by three nights in Auckland and fourteen nights on board Celebrity Solstice cruising round both North and South Islands and calling in for overnight stays in Melbourne and Sydney. We then had an additional two nights in Sydney and two in Dubai before returning to the cold short days back home.

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I Should Be In Australia!…

By the time you read this, I will hopefully be in Australia.

I am heading off on my own holiday this weekend and going on my own Bucket List trip to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai.

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Yet Another View Of Venice…

I have just returned from my fifth visit to Venice.

I love this beautiful iconic city and will never tire of going there. I am happy to sit and watch the gondolas gliding past or get lost (which I invariably do) in the myriad canals and the maze of paths meandering through the quaint shops and delightful restaurants. Even on a day when seven large cruise ships may be in port for the day, it is still easy to escape the crowds in St Marks Square and find your own little gem hidden away. It is so easy to picture how it all was years ago as the buildings remain unchanged and preserving this and keeping hold of traditions is so important to he Venetians.

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Garda, An Artist’s Dream…

I have just returned from a week in Italy meeting over three hundred clients in Lake Garda before travelling on to Venice.

We stayed in the small resort of Gardone Riviera on the western shore of Lake Garda in three beautiful hotels all directly located on the lake shore. Gardone is home to the villa once owned by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio and a botanical garden and is also a stop for the ferry system that traverses the lake so you can explore some of the other little gems in the area.

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Back to Garda!

Last year, I travelled out to Italy to meet a group of around 160 clients who disembarked in Genoa from a cruise and escort them to Lake Garda and then on to Venice.

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Great Weekend Without Clothes!

My daughter, who is a very frequent flyer, taking around 8 flights a month with her job, flew to Spain on Friday morning for a long weekend.

She arrived at Gatwick early and, as her ticket had been booked including a 23kgs hold baggage allowance, she checked in her small suitcase to save wheeling it around the airport whilst waiting for her colleagues to join her.

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It Certainly Puts Our Weather Worries Into Perspective!

Next time we moan about the weather here in the UK, we must spare a thought for those caught in extreme conditions such as the inhabitants of the beautiful Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. A bit of rain spoiling a planned barbecue, wind blowing your umbrella inside out or bringing a few leaves down onto our lawns is nothing compared to the utter despair that must be felt on having everything you own literally swept away. It is so sad to see the damage that can be done by this sheer force of nature.

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