I did post briefly before we left Sydney, but that post has disappeared. I must have exited without saving it. Sorry about that. I have updated my last post, so if you want to see pictures of knitting, scroll down.
So, patient readers, our adventures to date. We have been high. No, we have not partaken of illicit substances. Yes, we have flown in aeroplanes. And we have also been accommodated many, many metres above the ground. First in Hong Kong, with Susan and Pamela, who live on the 21st floor, well up the mountain (in Central District, if you know Hong Kong). The view was amazing. It was a wonderful weekend and there will be a photo album to illustrate that. In the meantime here are some samples.
We went to the Stanley Markets and spent a miniscule amount of money for lots of cute and stylish clothes - a denim jacket trimmed with printed cotton, a stunning light-weight tweed jacket in terracotta, gold and brown, an elegant dark khaki jacket, lots of other things, and all for less money than you'd pay for one jacket in Sydney. Susan is a terror when she gets her hand in a bargain bin. We dined at a wide variety of restaurants, managing to sample quite a few of Hong Kong's cuisines.
Also, I received an early birthday present in Hong Kong: my very own camera! So no more excuses for not posting photos.
Now we are in Yokohama and it is also wonderful. The hotel originally put us in a twin room, with this view. We complained (about the beds, not the view), so they moved us to a double room with this view...
Sad, huh? We are on the 55th floor. Can you believe that? And there are 15 floors above us. This is a very posh hotel. The toilet has warm sprays that wash different parts of your undercarriage from different directions - although the flush was hard to locate. It has the biggest hotel bathroom I have ever seen, with two washbasins, a shower over the bath plus an enormous shower cubicle. It is hard to believe that we are able to stay here.
Last night we ventured forth and found a cafe full of Japanese family groups and ordered off the menu. We weren't sure what we would get but it was very good - a noodle dish with mushrooms and ham, and tempura fish, chicken and what seemed to be cheese - tofu?. Coleslaw. Onion soup. Rice. I like the flavours of Japanese food, although I'm not always sure what dishes are called. But it gave us confidence to try again.
There is an upscale mall behind the hotel (Minimoto, Tiffany) with five floors of shops. I bought some knick knacks for my granddaughters and drooled over some soft, soft, soft cotton striped shirts in J Crew. The finish was superb, so much stitching detail - but at $100Aus each I don't think so. I also saw rows and rows of the cutest toe socks I have ever seen. I may return.