Julie

Aberdeen

A Visit To Aberdeen Harbour In Hong Kong

We were unsure if to visit Aberdeen during our time in Hong Kong, Mike remembered going to the Jumbo floating restaurant for lunch as a child with his parents at the weekend. In the end we went on our last day, catching the number 70 bus from Central. We walked the length of the harbour along the promenade on arrival, the sampan tour guides were quite persistent in their efforts to negotiate a harbour tour. It was an interesting stroll…

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A Bus Trip To Stanley In Hong Kong

We decided to head for the coast on the other side of Hong Kong on Saturday morning. We took the MTR into Central and then caught the 260 express bus to Stanley from the Exchange Square bus station. It wasn’t easy to find the bus station, the signs from both Hong Kong station and the IFC shopping centre were terrible! There’s several buses to Stanley, the 6, 6A, 6X and 66 stop had a long queue, we spotted a small…

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Harbour Plaza and Harbour Grand Hotels, Hong Kong

We booked the 4* Harbour Plaza North Point for our 6 night stay in Hong Kong, the hotel was celebrating it’s 17th anniversary on our arrival. We were invited to a breakfast meeting on our first morning by Billy Wan, the Director of Business Development for this hotel. It was fascinating to learn the history and portfolio of properties including within the hotel group, understand their clientele and seasons, as well as gaining lots of local knowledge about Hong Kong.…

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Afternoon Tea At The Peninsula Hong Kong

When I asked Mike what he’d like to do on his birthday in Hong Kong, there was no hesitation in his response which was to have afternoon tea at The Peninsular. This nostalgic British tradition remains very popular in Hong Kong and although there are many places offering an afternoon tea service, The Lobby at The Peninsular is high on the list of the top ten recommendations. The Afternoon Tea service is classically British, served on a silver tiered stand,…

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Public Transport, Hong Kong

We’ve enjoyed being out and about in Hong Kong, with 90% of the population not owning a car here, the public transport is frequent, low cost and easy to use. The first thing we did was buy our Octopus cards, you can pick these up at any MTR station. We used the local ones, which are loaned to you, the initial cost is a deposit of 50 HK$ plus a credit of 100 HK$. There is a tourist version available…

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We’ve Arrived In Hong Kong

Our flights from Lanzarote to Madrid with Ryanair and Madrid to London with Iberia were uneventful, although the Iberia A320 felt too cramped for comfort after the Boeing 737-800 with Ryanair. I’m doubtful we’ll use this airline as a codeshare with British Airways from the Canaries in the future. The Iberia seat pitch in economy is 28 compared to the 30 in Ryanair, which left us short on legroom, although both have the same seat width of 17. Our flight…

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Hilton Madrid Airport

Normally when we fly to Madrid we head straight for the centre via the Metro, this time, as we were flying out again the next day, we needed an airport hotel. The Hilton Madrid Airport is only a few minutes drive away and they offer complimentary minibus transfers, every 20 minutes. The hotel has 284 rooms and suites, including guest rooms, suites and executive rooms which are situated on the upper floors. We booked a standard guest room which was…

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New York Christmas Shopping City Break From £599pp

Book a city break in New York, this offer departing on the 8th December 2017, is perfect for Christmas Shopping. Price includes: • Travel Period: 29 October – 12 December 2017 • Return London flights to New York • 3 nights, 3* The Hotel 91 Room Only, Standard Room • Regional departures are also available This offer price is for travel on the 8th December 2017 departure and based on 2 adults sharing. Book by 30th March 2017. Call 0800…

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4 Night Reykjavik City Break From £495pp

Visit Reykjavik for 4 nights in December 2017 to experience all the wonders of Iceland. Fly from Manchester on Thursday 14th December 2017. Stay 4 nights in bed & breakfast accommodation at a 3* hotel. Search for the Northern Lights Tour Included. Ask us for full details of other excursions and things to do in Reykavik. Call 0800 810 8404 to contact us for full details.

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