... an end to the adventure!
05.01.2010 - 05.01.2010 20 °C
Well it's finally got to the last full day of our travels.
We had until around 4pm to fill in and then off to the airport for the flight home. Cathy would have liked to go to Lantau Island but we really didn't have the energy to be rushing from one means of transport to another (longish walk, ferry, ferry & bus) so instead we settled for more of a look around Kowloon and some shopping.
We set off to walk to the Bird Garden and discovered it was more of a market area selling birds and the various accessories needed to keep them. It seems that for some you take your finch for a walk with it in it's little gilded cage and then at the park you hang up the cage so the bird can socialise with other birds and you socialise with your friends.
We then trekked to the so-called 'Kowloon Wall City Park'. This was an area that originally consisted of a walled city that was the subject of dispute between Britain & China regarding it's sovereignty and ended up becoming a high rise slum. finally Britain & China agred in 1984 to pull it all down and create a city park, at the same ttime reproducing much of the original wall. It was completed in 1995 and is a beautiful park with a number of landmark features related to the history of the site.
Then it was serious shopping time as we walked through the Ladies market and bargained away our remaining cash - it was fun, but then we had to find room in our luggage for the extra's we had bought.
Finally it was back to the hotel to pick up our luggage, onto the airport shuttle to Kowloon Airport Express station where we were able to book the cases through to Sydney (how civilised not to have to cart them all the way to the airport) and hopped on the airport express for a relaxed trip to the airport.
Security at the airport proved a challenge for Cathy as some of the glassware we had bought in Prague showed up as metallic on the X-ray machine and she had to have it unpacked and examined.
Now it is time to relax a little bit before our flight.
So as this is the last blog - you will have to excuse me while I go out back and put the Thomas Tours bus back up on it's chocks, drain the sump and then find somewhere to lie down and start dreaming about the next trip.
Seriously though - we have had a wonderful time and have many great experiences to share with anyone who is game enough to ask us. And it has been good to be able to share some of them via this blog as we have traveled.