Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Photo Hunt - Rocks

Rocks from our recent trip to Taiwan:

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday Photo Hunt - garbage

As beautiful and clean the streets of Hong Kong were - some of the waterways had a bit of 'garbage' along the edges:

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Happy weekend.

More from Hong Kong

More photos from Hong Kong:

Up on Victoria Peak - a great spot with a great view:

Ballerina and Paul at Ocean Terminal:


Beautiful Kowloon Park:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hong Kong

Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港), officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a largely self-governing territory of the People's Republic of China, facing Guangdong to the north and the South China Sea to the east, west and south. Hong Kong is a global metropolitan and international financial centre, and has a highly developed capitalist economy.

Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a crown colony of the United Kingdom in 1842, reclassified as a British dependent territory in 1983, and remained so until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Under the "one country, two systems" policy, Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy in all areas with the exception of foreign affairs and defence, which are the responsibility of the PRC Government. As part of this arrangement, Hong Kong continues to maintain its own currency, legal system, political system, immigration control, rule of the road and other aspects that concern its way of life, many of which are distinct from those of mainland China.

Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting, its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where the East meets the West is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions. The city's population is 95% Chinese and 5% people of other ethnicities. With a population of 7 million people but land area of 1,108 km2 (428 sq mi), Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Views from our Hotel room

There is plenty of building happening in Hong Kong - note the bamboo scaffolding - knocking down older, smaller buildings for more modern taller ones

More photos later - we really loved Hong Kong and plan to go back!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Evian Roller Babies US

This is so cute!!

Back from holidays

Well our Cruise is over for another year. We spent a wonderful 15 nights aboard the Costa Classica sailing to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China. We had a great time and over the coming days I will post pictures of our holiday - but here is a sneek peek!!

Paul and myself in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong:

Ballerina and Paul in Cheju, South Korea:

Cheju, South Korea: