London and Hong Kong
28.08.2010 - 25.08.2010 33 °C
My last day in London was spent on foot again. I did not fly out until 10.30 pm so I had to check out of the hotel and leave my bags there for the day. I went to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and followed the Diana Memorial Walk around both parks. This took me past the Albert memorial and Royal Albert Hall as well as Kensington Palace. It was then another walk down Oxford Street and Regent Street getting those last minute souvenirs. I then headed up to Covent Garden again to go through the market. By this stage my feet were about ready to drop off so I headed to the National Gallery and sat down to soak up some art. This was late afternoon and the crowds were immense by then something I had missed on my early morning stroll around Hyde Park. I decided to simply head back to the hotel, pick up my bags and then head to the airport. Of course they charged me for excess luggage! Doh!
The flight was uneventful and I did manage to sleep but maybe I shouldn't have. I arrived in Hong Kong late afternoon on Sunday to weather in the mid 30's with 80% humidity. A bit of a change from England. As I was still exhausted and had a tour booked for early the next morning I went to bed after having a shower. Should have stayed up. I actually woke up feeling very refreshed and thinking that I had managed a really long, great sleep. Then I checked the clock. I had slept for only an hour and now the whole night stretched ahead of me. Needless to say it was not a good night and I only managed a couple of hours sleep.
Being so tired the next morning, I did not carefully check the name when a paper was thrust in front of me asking if that was my name. First name right, last name wrong. So yes, I ended up on the wrong bus. It eventually got sorted out and I ended up switching to the right bus at another hotel but I was very careful to pay attention for the rest of the tour. It rained off and on but luckily when it did rain, was when we were driving to the next location. After a ride on the funicular up to Victoria Point with it's spectacular views of the harbour and city, we went to Aberdeen followed by a private jewellery showroom (yes I bought some treasures - Jane and Tracey I think you will be fighting over this purchase!). Lastly we went to Stanley Market, wher I could have spent hours because everything was so cheap but the quality was good. Pity about the lack of room in my suitcase!
I crashed in the afternoon (all that shopping can do a girl in!). My last day, once again I did not leave until late afternoon, so it was a case of leaving my luggage again and wandering down Nathan Road (the main shopping road). It was unfortunately raining off and on and was again stinking hot, so my energy did flag. I was getting especially sick of being accosted with "Lady, you want tailor? Lady, you want watch? Lady, you want fake watch? Lady, you want bag? Lady, yo uwant fake bag?" It becomes a little tired after the 50th time!
I managed to duck in and out of the airconditioned shops without doing too much damage to my finances and finally made it back to the hotel just before the torrential downpour of the day started (as opposed to just the regular rain of earlier in the day). It rained the whole way to the airport and I was pleased to escape into the airconditioned comfort again.
Blessedly the flight was quite emtpy, so I stretched out across some seats and managed to get some sleep on the flight home. Sydney was quite mild when we arrived but Melbourne was absolutely freezing. 7 degrees! What a shock to the system after hot and humid in Hong Kong.
My family and kitties were happy to see me home and I am now in the process of selecting the photo's to be printed. I've narrowed it down to about 750 from 3,000! Think that will take a while to put together.
And so my fabulous holiday ends and it's back to work on Monday.