Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hong Kong Stories: Part 1-- Ferries, Geppetto and High Tea


My next stop after Shanghai was to the wonderful Hong Kong! I was especially excited for this portion of the trip, not only because I would be traveling with Mama Deb, but also because she has many special memories in Hong Kong with my father.

We started our trip to Hong Kong as anyone should-- riding The Star Ferry across to the Calhoun side for dinner.




This ferry is the same ferry my mother used 25 years ago and still cost pennies. A one way ticket costs literally a quarter! Talk about reasonably priced transportation.

The next day we awoke bright and early and headed to the world famous Sam's to get fitted for our custom blazers. Sam's has been frequented by celebrities and politicians from Julia Roberts to Nancy Pelosi. The outside doesn't look like much, but magic happens on the inside.








My mother explained that when going to Hong Kong, one must get a suit tailor-made. Prices have skyrocketed since she was last in Hong Kong though, so we opted simply for black blazers.




We absolutely adored our tailor-- he was just too cute. He reminded me of Geppetto.

That evening, we went to a traditional Cantonese restaurant that was delicious. We stuck so the safe items, but I will never forget watching a whole pig go by our table followed by a lobster as big as the pig!

This was the most delicious fried rice I've ever had!





Check out the size of this crab. It's terrifying.



The next day, we spent the morning shopping and finished just in time to have Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula. If ever there is a place to have tea, it is The Peninsula. With a string quartet high up on a balcony, we enjoyed people watching and lovely conversation to the sounds of Bach.









Stay tuned for Part 2 of our trip to Hong Kong!

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