Archives for December 2014
This weeks ‘View from the top’ is coming to you from Hong Kong. I visited Hong Kong back in August 2012 as part of a round the world summer trip. In my opinion this is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong – ‘The Peak’ known as Victoria Peak.
Now I’m not going to lie the whole experience of actually getting to the top of the peak was pretty awful. It was stinking hot and for some reason people in Hong Kong have no sense of personal space so whilst ‘queueing’ in the insane humidity I was also squashed up against many other people. The wait was around half an hour and I kept thinking to myself ‘this better be worth it’ and I can say that it was indeed worth it!
|Me trying to look happy on the way up|
Once we finally got onto the cable car that takes you to the top of the peak it was a steep journey up to the top. The cable car is slow which is great because the view is pretty great as you get further and further up.
At the top of the peak you are dropped off in what looks like a mall with restaurants and shops in a complex. You exit this complex and head to the look out at the peak and only then do you realise just how high you’ve come, 555m to be precise.
We got to the top at the perfect time as the sun was setting and it was a cooler time of day (although it was still sweltering). I’ve seen loads of pictures from the peak and most pictures I saw it was clear as in no smog but when we went it was super smoggy but to be expected in such a busy city!
The observation area is quite big and there is plenty to see, apart from the insanely huge buildings there are mountains on the other side and a few mansions dotted around for the rich expats of Hong Kong.
After watching the sunset we then enjoyed seeing the city light up building by building. We hung around a little longer to see the amazing light show put on at 8pm each night. It is titled ‘A symphony of lights’ and is accompanied by music, lasers and flashing lights. It was great seeing it from the top of the peak but we watched it the following night from Kow Loon.
After spending quite a few hours at the peak it was time to depart but I felt like we got our moneys worth! It is is a must do if you are in Hong Kong and the view from the top was absolutely spectacular. The line to get back down on the tram was so long (2 hour wait) we opted to jump in a cab and were back at our hotel within 10 minutes and for £5.
You can read about my time in Hong Kong here – Hanging out in Hong Kong
|Spotted in the kitchen|
|This was my Christmas day morning sunrise|
My first Christmas in London I jetted off to sunny Egypt to do a two week tour with friends. It was all of our first Christmas in London and we decided to get away and get some much needed sunshine. We were lucky to get out there as Heathrow was soon snowed in. Egypt is obviously a Muslim country so the celebrations weren’t exactly like most Christmas’s but it was fun all the same. I went to the Valley of the Kings.
My second Christmas away from home was spent on safari in Tanzania and my first Christmas with my now husband. Waking up in a tent on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater was magical and going on safari was cool enough but to do it on Christmas was also very special. We finished the day with a giant feast with a whole bunch of other travellers.
My third Christmas away from home was spent with my husbands family in Somerset after a trip to the Lake District for a pre Christmas wedding.
My fourth Christmas away from home was spent on the lovely island of Jersey with Dans sister and partner. We had the traditional meal with all the trimmings! We also started the morning in a hot tub with bubbles before the boys went and completed a Jersey tradition of jumping in the ocean! There were loads of locals partaking but I didn’t quite fancy it!
This year I am again dodging a London Christmas yet again and spending it in Hamburg, Germany with friends to explore the Christmas markets.