Sarah Seed

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  • Day61

    Last sunset of the holiday

    August 29, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Well, Hong Kong hasn't always been that kind to us weather wise, but it certainly came up with a top sunset on our last evening. Waiting for the airport shuttle, so we went for a drink on the 41st floor - what a beautiful view. And the Sky Pavilion was also open for the first time - open air, 360 degree view of Hong Kong harbour from the 43rd floor as all the lights came on. Strange to think that when we next see the sun, we'll be back in England. All a little sad that our adventure has come to an end, but we've had fun remembering all our adventures this evening and coming up with our top ten (well, top 12 as we couldn't agree on only 10!). List to follow ....Read more

  • Day61

    Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

    August 29, 2017 in Hong Kong

    This Taoist temple is squeezed in between the skyscrapers, the street stalls and a wacking great shopping mall - which pretty much sums up our impressions of Hong Kong. It was nice to see something that looked a little bit authentic though. Now, back to the hotel to pack for the final time....

  • Day61

    Nan Lian Gardens

    August 29, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Our last day of the trip. To be honest, I think we are all ready to come back home, and we are finding it hard to get up a huge amount of enthusiasm for Hong Kong. The crowds and the heat all seem a bit jarring after the space of Australia. Still, we did find a little bit of tranquility in the heart of Hong Kong in these lovely gardens and Buddhist monastery.

  • Day61

    Top ten

    August 29, 2017 in Hong Kong

    What a blast we have had! We have seen some extraordinary sights, stayed in some wonderful places, and done some awesome things. But best of all, we have experienced all the of this together as a family, and I feel very blessed to have had the best four travelling companions I can imagine! The kids have grown up in all sorts of ways, and I am so proud of how they threw themselves into everything that we did.

    After a lot of discussion and a highly complicated voting process, this is the combined Seed family view of the top ten (or rather twelve) things we have done:

    1 Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef - unanimous decision that this was number 1!
    2 Staying at The Oberoi Bali - another unanimous choice, just everything about this place was wonderful.
    3 Breakfast with the Orangutans - very special experience to be so close to these amazing animals. Awesome breakfast too!
    4 Taj Mahal - just beautiful and an incredible way to start our trip.
    5 Lake Palace Udaipur - arriving by boat, with rose petals fluttering down, beautiful views, and lovely food.
    6 Camel ride at Uluru - lot of fun, and a great way to experience the desert around Uluru. With a cold beer at the end while the sun went down.
    7 Concert at Sydney Opera House - world class orchestra in a world class venue, music so beautiful it made me cry. And best interval drinks view in the world!
    8 Surf Lesson on Kuta Beach, Bali - best birthday ever!
    9 Walking around Uluru - surprised that this got voted by all the kids - 12km walk in 30 degree heat, but very special to see a different side to Uluru and get away from the crowds.
    10 Sunset sailing in Port Douglas - beautiful sunset, beautiful views, Craig in his element.
    11 Weary Bay - our day on a deserted tropical beach in north Queensland, and the invention of nutter ball (played with coconuts).
    12 Arriving at Amber Fort on an elephant with drums and trumpets playing - so evocative.
    And so many other memories ....
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  • Day60

    Kowloon Street Markets

    August 28, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Finally it stopped raining, and we spent the afternoon wondering through the street markets of Kowloon. Not sure that a bird in a cage or a fish in a bag will make it into our hand luggage though.

  • Day60

    A day in our hotel room

    August 28, 2017 in Hong Kong

    Winds hammered the hotel overnight, and we woke to find that typhoon warning 8 had been issued. Literally no-one outside, no cars, no pedestrians. Slightly nervous about the cranes perched on the bamboo scaffolding next to our window! We can't go out, so a day in our hotel room .... two Harry Potter films, reading and eating. Not sure we are quite seeing the best of HK!

  • Day59

    Typhoon Pakhar

    August 27, 2017 in Hong Kong

    I think we may be staying in today. Typhoon warning 8 issued, and we've all been told to stay inside and close the curtains. Time to test the all you can eat breakfast buffet .....

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