Nolene And Mike DE LUCA

Joined December 2016
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  • Day491

    Hong Kong

    September 2 in Hong Kong

    Guess what, weather cleared this morning and the sun came out, beautiful, on the day I go home😭😭decided to get the gondola up to the big Buddha and Monastery, seeing it leaves from Tung Chung where I was staying. Wouldn’t have seen a thing the last couple of days! Great views over Lantau and the airport, plus the bush and outlying areas. Good decision, took 25 mins in the gondola and I had it all to myself (no coughing or hoiking? Chinese) it certainly helped fill in time. Been to big Buddha before but not on that gondola so somewhere different. 25 mins back with five young Indians on a business trip, fascinating youngsters, they worked for Dell and were in HK for 2 weeks. Now in Cathay lounge at airport waiting for my plane home. Not looking forward to the trip but looking forward to seeing everyone and just being home🤗🤗🤗love the food in the lounge, beats eating on the plane. Sleeping pill and out to the count!!!😴😴😴Read more

  • Day62

    Stanley Market

    September 1 in Hong Kong

    Rain again this morning, sometimes very heavy but I set off for Stanley Market, couldn’t see much from the bus window as the rain and humidity made it steamy, oh well I was able to catch glimpses of Repulse Bay etc. Stanley Market doesn’t really change but I enjoyed wandering around. Had to buy an umbrella because of the rain, it was so heavy at times the drains just couldn’t cope, fun, NOT. Managed to walk along the waterfront to Stanley Plaza, much more pleasant out of the rain. Had a kamikaze bus driver on the way back to Central, he should be on a race track!! Did buy a couple of tops, nothing special. Now back at hotel for Happy Hour. Depending on weather, I might go into town later!!! I do love Hong Kong and it’s craziness.Read more

  • Day62

    London to Hong Kong

    September 1 in Hong Kong

    Uneventful trip to Hong Kong although plane was late taking off. Nice to see a familiar face waiting at HK airport? Thanks John (and I didn’t catch your cold).
    Settled in at Tung Chung then went wandering, MTR to Mong Kok to look around Ladies Market and surrounding area. Market still full of rubbish but did enjoy ‘sneaker street’, remarkably I never bought a thing except dinner on the footpath, loved it. Drizzly all the time. Even the view from my room is dismal with the drizzle and cloud, warm though.Read more

  • Day60

    Archives

    August 30 in the United Kingdom

    Weather not the best again yesterday so it was great to be able to spend it in Archives. No hassle this time, amazing!! Found a little more and with the aid of the helpful young man I met the day before I was able to able to email direct to my address, wonderful technology from a govt. dept. Don’t know if it was strictly legal though, he kept looking over his shoulder!!!
    and asked that I don’t try it myself!! Great. Met Sandra, Bruno and Gabi’s daughter for dinner, so lovely to catch again, a great night out. Getting ready to fly out today for a couple of days in Hong Kong.😍Read more

  • Day59

    Archives

    August 29 in the United Kingdom

    To research Archives one must register and join, fine, agree with that but what a process, two forms of ID, no problem, except that one must be an invoice with an address , who carries that when on holiday?? Found an electronic power a/c, no address, so no go, found travel ins. account, hooray, but no? That is not a ‘normal’ a/c, what!! Wearing a big thin now, explain only at Archives for two days, don’t want to know about it, finally someone came to their senses and I got through. Phew. Huge staff, say they are there to help, yeah right!!
    Finally had some luck and came away with info I never have been able to get from home. Yay. One young lad very helpful, anyway came away satisfied. Lovely sunny day.🤗🤗
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  • Day58

    London

    August 28 in the United Kingdom

    Not much to report the last couple of days. Sunday was VERY wet and WINDY so I stayed in most of the day, boring to say the least. Unfortunately I couldn’t meet with Carol yesterday due to a family illness, so sad but family comes first. I only hope life gets better for them. We were both looking forward to meeting. I went out walking instead. Bank holiday so huge crowds out, I tried to avoid that as much as possible!! Lovely warm day, weather crazy here. Today I will be at Archives all day.Read more

  • Day55

    Around and about

    August 25 in the United Kingdom

    Went tripping around on Thursday, to Cyfarthfa Castle, amazing to learn of the history of the family who built it, very rich from iron ore mining and then coal mining. Lots of amazing collections from around the world and their art collection just as amazing, incredible to see everything still there. Drove through the valleys to Caerphilly, a beautifully kept town built around a castle, yes another castle, in ruins but once again an amazing place. Dinner at a hotel with Mark, Nancy got called out to work. Another lovely day. Weather good for a change.Read more

  • Day55

    Archives & Kew Gardens

    August 25 in the United Kingdom

    Huge day today. Website said Archives open, walked there, closed, and that was after I thought I was better than Mrs Google, she then punished me by taking me the long way round. So walked to Kew Gardens, not far, lovely place. Did the tree walk, 18 metres up, shame it wasn’t long, never mind after over 200 stairs it was ok. Did all the tourist things in the gardens, even saw a botanical painting by Susan Worthington (John’s mother). Walked over the Thames and watched the rowers, it was s beautiful day, thank goodness. Knackered when I got back to the Hotel late afternoon - 14.2km - 18738 steps, not too bad for the day😍Read more

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