Hong Kong

Monday, November 10, 2014

After a long, tiring flight (these long hauls usually are) on Qatar Airlines from Brussels, via Doha – somehow we’d expected more of that airline… will have to try Emirates next – we arrived in Hong Kong. A pre-booked car was waiting for us at the airport and the pampering started as soon as we boarded the good ship The World. We had a relaxing afternoon recovering from a serious lack of sleep and a time zone shift.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We met up with local friends Donna and Eddy who took us to lunch in Kowloon. Nice to catch-up with old friends and enjoy a good Hong Kong meal.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peter joined us on a day trip to Macau. Macau, is a former Portuguese colony, and one of two ‘Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. So going there meant immigration in and out of the area, all easily done at the ferry terminal. Upon arrival there we took one of the free casino shuttles to get to the downtown area. After lunch we went for a walk to Macau’s Old Portuguese Historic City Center Unesco World Heritage area. Our main objective were the Ruins of St. Paul’s. This actually refers to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640 and the ruins of St. Paul’s College, adjacent to the Church, both destroyed by fire in 1835. It was nice to be able to tick Macau off the list but we don’t need to go back there in a hurry.

Stephen and Peter in front of the ruins of St’ Paul’s.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The following day we took the Star ferry over to Hong Kong Island and took the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, where we went for a long walk. After enjoying a coffee we headed back down and went for a walk on streets and walkways, trying not to get too turned around. Donna and Eddy joined us for dinner on board that evening.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Before we had to back on board on our last day in HKK we did some last minute shopping and walking around Kowloon. The World sailed out of the bay at 8pm.

View from the Peak.
M/V The World docked at Kowloon.