The Azores

Summer 2015

With exceptionally humid climate, getting up into the clouds incredibly easy. Just pick a mountain road and drive uphill for a short time

With exceptionally humid climate, getting up into the clouds incredibly easy. Just pick a mountain road and drive uphill for a short time

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Long exposure beach shot(FB cover photo)

 

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The mountains (Switzerland Roadtrip)

The draw and wonder of being at altitude...

Alpenbegeisterung  

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The Eiger, The Monk and the Virgin

The Eiger, The Monk and the Virgin

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Richmond Royal Park

Just a few miles from the centre of London and below departing flights leaving Heathrow, a mixture of grassy meadows and dense woodland creates a green oasis of flora and fauna.

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On a frosty Sunday morning while the world is quiet, I wandered through crisp, icy hollows waiting for the sun to rise into the clear sky.

As most enjoyed their warm toasty beds on the last day of the weekend, I stalked the woods and copses looking for the herds of Deer that live in the park

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Hong Kong

After my summer trip to the Azores island of Sao Miguel, my middle aged wanderlust still wasn't satisfied!  So over the weekend of 14-15 of November I escaped the onset of winter in the UK, settling for the heat and humidity of the far-east.  I toyed with the idea of visiting somewhere like Hong Kong but ticket prices when I looked earlier in the year were, to be blunt -outrageous.  After giving up on the idea and putting any travel plans on the backburner, the end of the year was closing in and I still had plenty of holiday time owed from work which needed to be used.  This meant a long weekend of Thursday/Friday and Monday/Tuesday was booked off work but still with no plans set in stone.  While browsing through the usual travel websites looking for some kind of long weekend/city break type of holiday, some good deals were popping up for Hong Kong. The seed was planted...

Underneath Terminal 5 at Heathrow are a series of travelators, with no-one around it was time for play around with long-exposures on them!  

Underneath Terminal 5 at Heathrow are a series of travelators, with no-one around it was time for play around with long-exposures on them!

 

With 6 days off, there were plenty of choices of places to visit but it occurred to me that I had not done a long haul trip since 2000.  That was it, no European trip this time - a long flight was in order to somewhere distinctly different.
 The usual flight time to Hong Kong is around 12hrs, would this be too long for what was essentially a long weekend? and with the battle of west to east jet-lag (which is usually the worst direction!) to contend with.  As usual for me and my life, the temptation of adventure overrode my common sense, and after a bit of reading on the TripAdvisor forums my tickets were booked.  I had the idea that with a night flight each way this would just allow me to fit a probably too-long journey into just 6 days total.

 Nature, Landscape and Still-life photography

With a late evening departure with British Airways on the Thursday, and the returning departure late on the Monday night, a plan was beginning to form.

  • Departure from Heathrow at 18.30 on Thursday 12th, arriving at Chep Lap Kok airport on Friday 13th at around 2pm
  • Get to the hotel and check-in by around 4pm, dump bag and head straight back out giving Friday evening free to explore
  • Saturday and Sunday - 2 full days to discover the sights, sounds and smells of the city
  • Monday - check out of the hotel and hopefully find somewhere to store my checked-in bag until I need to be at the airport for the return flight (Approx 8pm) this would give me almost 1 more full day to do stuff and putting off any sleep until the flight back

So on a gloomy thursday evening in November, I parked at one of the long-stay car parks at LHR and made my way over to T5.

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