A Busy Day in Hong Kong

Although we said we were going to take it easy today, we did not. We got up about 6:45 and Barb had the laundry in before 7:15. We ate a quick breakfast and were finished folding and putting away our laundry by 8:30 and could be on our way.

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But then where were we going to go and how were we going to get there. Armed with maps and lots of ideas we left the ship in search of a phone. MJ called Leo and Carolyn and Barb called her house sitter. While MJ was on the phone Barb’s assignment was to find out what was the easiest way to get to the part of Kowloon where the flower market, bird park, and goldfish market were located – all of which were some distance from the ship.

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The directions were simple, cross the street, go down to the underground and take the red line of the subway straight up Nathan Road from Tsim Sha Tsui four stops to Prince Edward and get off. Barb did not even have to write those down, but could remember them. However, executing them proved once again to be a challenge. But sometimes it is fun to get lost, because we stumbled upon an interesting area called 1881 Heritage. We first saw the ornate carriage standing next to the wall in front of us, and then our surprise when we went around the corner.

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1881 Heritage is an area where the former Police Station was located, but the area was renovated and now contains a hotel, lovely shops, restaurants, and a huge atrium where decorations change by the season of the year.

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We left this oasis and finally found the entrance to the MRT station where we purchased our tickets and managed to get on and off at the right stops.

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Once above ground, we consulted our maps and found helpful street signs and the flower market. The flowers were fantastic. We will let you enjoy the pictures, as words cannot express the loveliness and beauty we saw. They were even selling orchids as cut flowers!

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It was getting close to 1:30 PM so we decided to head back to the harbor to get lunch. We stopped at The Library Cafe and had a great lunch – small Caesar salads, toasted cheese sandwiches and apple juice. However, the cheese sandwiches were a gourmet treat: crumbled blue and feta cheeses mixed with truffle oil and honey on a grilled ciabatta roll. Yummy!

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After lunch, MJ kept on exploring and wanted to look at shops on Nathan Street where she found something for Leo. Barb decided to go back to the ship, but stopped to take pictures of the merchandise displays in various children’s stores that lined the ground floor of the Ocean Terminal. In that section of the terminal there must have been 60 stores or more devoted solely to children’s wear. Both of us were amazed with the number of major fashion designers that also had a children’s line – Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Hallmark, and others.

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We enjoyed Day 2 in Hong Kong even though it was a busy day!

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One Response to “A Busy Day in Hong Kong”

  1. Barbara F. Greenstein March 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Oh what wonderful memories of Hong Kong! Hope you never saw a dead cat in the gutter as we did in the 80’s! Would love to see it now but your great pictures do it all. Ahoy! Love, Barbara G.

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