Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Slept in this morning and met Gene and Gena for breakfast at 8 am; we’re going to the Museums in
We left the hotel at 9 am and walked across the street to the subway. Purchased our tickets at the machine and headed to the blue line towards Sheung Wan. We did the Chinese cram and managed to get on the first car. A very clean and efficient subway system! We’re all very impressed with Hong Kong; very clean, modern and much like visiting
Leaving the subway at Central we were surprised when the exit machine kept our tickets; we’d planned to keep them for souvenirs. Somewhat lost we had a nice gentleman who stopped to give us directions to the ferry building. We thought the ferry was free for seniors but found we had to pay HK$3.20 each and then found that it was a different boat. But, we had a nice visit with a Chinese girl, here from Mainland
When we landed we were not where we’d planned to be but as luck would have it we were closer to the Hong Kong Museum of History at this location. We arrived right at 10 am, opening time, and since Wednesdays are free admittance the place was packed with groups of school children of all ages. But, it was fun watching them as we worked our way through the museum. Many of them ran from exhibit to exhibit with their digital cameras and others were diligently taking notes. They were almost all in their school uniforms that made it easier for the teachers to keep track of their groups. This Museum opened in 2001 and has over 7000 sq ft of exhibit space. I learned more than I’ll ever use but it was very interesting. I think the best part was on the Japanese occupation during World War Two and the exhibit on the Opium Wars.
About 1:00 pm we stopped at the Museum Coffee Shop and tried to order sandwiches; they were on the posted menu on the wall but no such luck. We ended up with noodle soup; ours had a fried egg and two slices of ham on the top. Very tasty and filled the bill. Gene asked for a glass so he and Gena could share their drink; he was told to take two straws.
Afterwards we walked towards the Hong Kong Museum of Art with a stop along the way at the very old and elegant Peninsula Hotel. We strolled in and snapped a few photos before we were politely told that we were not allowed to take photos. Beautiful hotel and they were having high tea at the time complete with live classical music; but we were definitely not dressed to stay for tea!
The Hong Kong Museum of Art was built in 1991 but is also very modern and well laid out on four floors. We spent an hour there viewing their exhibits, Actually, I found a soft seat with views of the harbor and enjoyed my hour a bit differently from the others watching the boats, the view of
Our trip home to
Tonight we had our farewell dinner in the hotel. It was a first class buffet with seafood, beef, duck, chicken and vegetables of all types and preparations, salads; so much more than any of us expected. The desserts were a minefield of delights; tiny samples of multiple delicacies that melted in your mouth. And, the meal was served with style and a smile by a very attentive staff. It was sad to say goodbye and goodnight to half of our group, but they’ll be with us in spirit as we’ve really become a “unit” under mother Jo’s guidance and care.
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