Tuesday, December 25, 2007

改變‧人生

上星期舉行的講座,在一個像小學課室的地方,坐著三四十人,有些應該是經常出席講座的常客,有些朋友想了解一下部份國家的情況,有些好像真的在計劃著自己的旅程。

在問答的環節中,參加者都對我的旅程充滿好奇,除了很多實際上的技術性問題外,也問了不少的私人問題。而其中的一個,我當時真的不知如何回答-「旅程回來後,你有甚麼樣的改變?」

自己其實也曾經這樣問過自己。但實情通常是當局者迷,就像一個人慢慢老去,每天對著鏡子看著自己一點點的改變,根本無法察覺,只有當遇見久未碰面的朋友,才可從他人口中得知自己皺紋原來又增多了。

還記得,在贊比亞河邊,這是我們獨木舟旅程的第二晚,導遊幫我們點起了營火,遠方不時傳來動物的叫聲,是河馬吧!為我們的交談配上背景音樂。我們一行五人,一對現居於荷蘭阿姆斯特丹的情侣,男的來自愛爾蘭,於跨國公司工作,因為出差的關係,會常到莫斯科、埃及、東京等大城市;另外一對來自南非的夫婦,丈夫熱愛攀石,曾於高處墮下,留院一年多後才康復,但現在仍然不時跟兒子攀石。

我們相識二天,但話題卻由政治,愛情,金錢再談到生活。我說,這大半年的旅程,除了相機外,就只有不到20公斤的背囊。生活,其實很簡單,你需要的是一張舒適的床、熱水洗澡以及好的廚房以供煮食。

“Life is simple, all you need is a comfortable bed to sleep, hot shower and a good kitchen for you to cook.”

回到香港生活三個月了,才漸漸發現自己的生活跟以往真的有點不同,對香港社會,所謂主流意識形態,越來越格格不入。

我不打算在此大談人生道理,只是,旅行會把很多生活的慣性打破,早上喝不到冰奶茶、閒時聽不到廣東歌、病倒時沒有白粥、晚上沒有電視、生日沒有朋友……慢慢地,在你甚麼也沒有的日子,你會發現,甚麼東西才真正對你重要。

生命中重要的東西,其實不是很多。

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Round the World Talk






















總算找到工作上班。要知道,在香港生活,沒有工作,不單是經濟上叫人吃不消,而是我們這個小小的半島,根本容不下沒有生產力的人。要向別人說自己是無業遊民,真需要勇氣呀!

早前跟國際漫遊協會的朋友說過,希望可以有機會於講座中分享自己的經驗。一方面是希望可以回饋一下協會,自己出發之前,其實也出席不少講座,聽過很多不同的經驗,而自己則希望今次可以分享資料給有興趣的人仕。另外,當然也希望分享自己途中所拍的相片,給不同的朋友看看。

講座的日期及時間如下:

日期:12月15日(星期六)
時間:3:00pm - 5:00pm
地點:九龍大埔道6-8號福耀樓3樓 中業校友會


如果你有興趣,有關講座的報名及收費情況可以參考國際協會的網址-這裡

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Round The World Route on Map


My RTW Route, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Finally, I have drawn my route on the map.

It is not very detailed but I have tried my best! You can refer to different transportation methods by,

Blue - Air
Red - Land
Green - Sea

By looking at the map, you will find out that there are lots of places in the earth that I have not visited!!

And, you can always refer to the same map by clicking "Graphic Version" under my "Itinerary".

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Back to normal life in Hong Kong

回到香港也差不多一個半月了,花了不少時間去整理這一年來旅行的開支,家中積存的信件。另外,當然也跟朋友們見過面,吃飯吹吹水。也開始投入香港的生活,正在努力搵工。

跟朋友見面,當然也會提及我旅行的事,我把最熱門的問題 (FAQ),細列如下:

問:你環遊世界,總共花費多少?
答:廿二萬港元。已包括機票、食宿、南極團、保險等
(這一條問題最多香港人會問)

問:你最喜愛哪一個地方?
答:南美洲,厄瓜多爾,加拉巴哥群島。因為那裡的動物非常可愛,又不怕人。無論你靠得多近,它們也不會跑掉。
(其實有很多地方我也很喜愛,分不清最愛是哪裡,但可能厄瓜多爾是我第一個到達的國家,所以印象比較深刻)

問:有哪一個地方你會再去?
答:沒有。世界那麼大,還有很多地方我沒有去過。如果真的要選的話,阿根廷的牛排真的很令人回味呀!

問:非洲是否很危險?很多蒼蠅?
答:東南亞的蒼蠅一定比非洲多。除了奈洛比和南非比較危險,其他非洲國家不但十分安全,人民還相當友善。

問:你如何帶備一整年的花費,你總不會把全部現金帶在身邊吧!
答:我會隨身帶大約三四千美金在緊急情況下備用,一般情況我會使用提款咭,對!是ATM提款咭,你不需另外申請,一般提款咭也可以在海外提款,只需付廿五元手續費。

問:你去那麼久,如何買紀念品?
答:我其實沒有多買東西,有一部份我在土耳其交給了我的爸媽,其他一直帶在身邊。但如果你想買的話,你也可以把紀念品郵寄回家。


另外,我還上傳了兩段短片,分別是於South Omo的Hamer people dancing 以及在Etosha National Park的大象。

Friday, September 28, 2007

Hong Kong


Back to Hong Kong, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Back to Home!

After 342 days, I finally came back Hong Kong in one piece. I have been dreaming of coming back, where I can find familiar faces, tasty Chinese food and Cantonese.

And, I really want to thank everybody who have hosted me in their places. They really make me feel different in my long journey.

Also, thanks for all those reader who read my blog. Your support keep my energy updating this blog.


在返港的航機上,在我的坐位前,放著合味道杯麵。

多少個夜闌人靜的晚上,我在幻想,在期待,期待著用筷子把這熟悉的味道放在口中的一刻,期待回到我出生的土地。

朋友,我期待著跟你們見面。但,在我們相聚的時間,請先不要問我到過甚麼地方。請告訴我,我錯失了多少重要的時刻。因為,你興高采烈的時候,我未能替你高興;你哀傷的時間,我未能在你身旁分憂。

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Johannesburg


Johannesburg, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

My friend, Ian, who I met in canoe trip in Zambezi River, hosted me in his big house in Johannesburg!

I stayed in Johannesburg for one night only and I am going to take my flight back to Hong Kong.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Livingstone


Livingstone, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

The Zambia side of Victoria Falls, Livingstone. I spent my last US Dollar for the microflight, flow over the Victoria Falls, the scenery was great and this is my last activity on my travel agenda.

Time to back home.

Happy Mid-Autumn Fest!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls Bridge, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

This is the end of my overland truck tour. Three weeks have been spent on the truck where laughing never end. Really enojoy every moment and I do miss everyone!

Victoria Falls, at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, spans 1.7km and drop over 100m cliff. However, the water level is low during this season. So, it is not so spectacular.

I did one of the best adventure activities, rafting the Zambezi rapids in the Victoria Falls which is very exciting!

P.S. I had also do Bungi jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge which is just between the border.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Chobe National Park


Chobe National Park, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Chobe National Park is on the bank of Chobe river and its has Botswana's most varied wildlife. Both the game drive and the boat cruise were very good and I saw many many elephants.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Okavango Delta


Okavango Delta, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

The Okavango River rises in central Angola and flows southward to Namibia, then the river begin to spread over the delta. Eventually, the water is lost in 15,000 sq. km of lagoons, channels and islands. It never reach the sea.

I went for an overnight mokoro trip (wooden made canoe) which the polar using a long stick to move the mokoro.

We stayed in one of the islands and we saw water lily, dragonfly, birds, hipos, elephants and Zebra.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Rundu


Rundu, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

n the morning, we visit the local primary school and the church. Lots of photos of the kids, have to send them back!

Relax on the river band, then go horse riding in the afternoon.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Etosha National Park


Etosha National Park, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

The game drive here is not particularly exciting. But, Etosha is very dry so the animals always go to the waterholes for water. So, just wait near the waterholes and you will see different animals.

During the night, I saw rhinoceros!

I just added the vidoe of the elephant!

video

Monday, September 10, 2007

Himba Tribes


Himba Tribes, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

We visited Humba Tribes, where people paint red dye all over their body. They have leather thing on women's head and you can tell their family by their hair style.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Spitzkoppe


Spitzkoppe, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Huge Rock standing in the middle of nowhere. It is tough to climb up to the boulder, but quite a nice view.

This night, we slept outside with no tent, watching the star.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Swakopmund


Swakopmund, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

This is where you can find the desert next to the ocean. I went to quadbiking and it was fun and exciting.

I normally do not play those speed stuff but it was great!

And we have dinner with game meat, with Kudu steak, Ostrich and oyster.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Sossusvlei Dunes


Sossusvlei Dunes, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

My camping overland tour started in Cape Town, our truck drove north to Namibia. On Day 4, we reached the Sossusvlei Dunes, beautiful sand dunes in orange color.

In the early morning of the next day, we hike up Dune 45 to view sunrise. Then, we went for desert walk to Deadvlei. An area inside the desert that used to have water in it. But, it sealed by sand dune later and the trees were dead for over nine hundreds years.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Cape of Good Hope


Cape of Good Hope, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

It sounds not right that you miss Cape of Good Hope when you visited Cape Town. But, the weather is terrible and I hardly saw anything at the lighthouse.

The AFrican Penguin is different from the other I saw before. Still cutie!

Tomorrow, I will start my 20 day overland tour to Victoria Falls via Namibia and Botswana. This is my last journey. And...... my return flight to Hong Kong has been confirmed.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cage Diving with Great White Shark


Cape Town, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

It is an unique experience to see the while shark swimming around the boat. It is more than 3.5 meter long. I saw its teeth under water!

Very interesting but it cost me a lot!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cape Town


Cape Town, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Cape Town in South Africa, so modern that you do not feel like in Africa. I went to Robben Island where Mandela was imprison here. The ex-political prisoners guide told us the stories of the Island. The table mountain, is really flat. However, the table cloth, dense cloud, came and I saw nothing at the top!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Harare


Harare, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

It is surprisingly easy to pass the border to Zimbabwe and back to my HKSAR passport.

And, this is my first time to take a ride by truck, heading to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

Many stories were heard before my trip to Zimbabwe: No food in the shop, lacking fuel for car, water shortage, the official exchange rate of USD to Zim dollar is 1 to 250 while the parallel market is 1:200,000, etc.

And the situation is not so bad when I arrived. This is true that I cannot find Coke in the city centre, the menu has separate pages for the prices due to the huge inflation rate.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lower Zambezi River


Lower Zambezi River, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I joined 3 day canoe safaris on Lower Zambezi River, the nature border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Along the river, you can see elephants and hippos. It is a luxury trip as we have a support boat following us. I can even have cold beer on the camp.

It is good to see elephant crossing the river during sunset and hear the noise made by hippos during the night.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Lusaka


Train to Zambia, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Tazara train connecting Tanzania to Zambia was built by China in 1970. I spent 46 hours for this journey, first class is quite comfortable. I even have showers in the train!

The visa problem did not come easy. The immigration officer in the train did not think that I should have 2 passports and only grant 1 day entry to me. I need to report to teh immigration office in Zambia's train station.

The situation did not get better when I talked to the immigration officer in the train station. At last, they ask me money (~HKD40) for "talk time" of mobile phone to talk to his boss! Finally, I got the entry stamp but I missed the bus.

I walked to the town for bus going to Lusaka. On the way, the bus ran out of gas and we stopped, waited for the passby vechicle for petrol!

P.S. I found that some of my email has classified as Spam in my gmail account. So, pls check your Spam folder.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Zanzibar


Zanzibar, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Once an important trading port of spices and slaves, Zanzibar Island has old stone town and nice beaches. There was many food stalls along seashore of the stone town, the food is good and really cheap.

I spent tow days on the beach, Nungwi, at the north of the island. Every evening, people crowded on the beach to watch the sunset.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Dar es Salaam


Dar es Salaam, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Dar es Salaam, the major city of Tanzania. Besides as a passby city, there is not much to see. However, I have to get my visa to Zambia here and this is the first time I need to apply visa in the neighbouring country in advance.

However, it is not smooth. My HKSAR passport required 7-14 days to processed. That make me feel really bad as I have already bought my train ticket departing next week to Zambia and I am going to Zanzibar this afternoon.

After discussion with the reception of the cosulate, it seems the best way is to use my British passport for visa application. However, dual nationality is not accepted in many African countries. I don't know, just go and see!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Moshi


Moshi, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Moshi, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I am not going to climb theountain but just want to see this highest mountain in Africa. I stayed in Moshi for 2 days but it was so cloudy that I cannot see the mountain at all.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Safaris in Kenya


Lake Nakuru NP, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I spent six days Safaris in three different national parks, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National park. But, I have spent half the time on driving between the parks.

Visiting the national park in Kenya is one of my highlights in Africa and it really was. At the beginning, I do not really know how can I enjoy the tour because I am too busy with taking photos. However, only on the last day, I finally realized that I was really happy when I saw a dikdik jumping or an baby Zebra running or an exhausted lion after hunting a wildbeast. I was happy when I saw the wildlife in their living place which is the reason I am here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Nairobi


Nairobi, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

As the guidebook said, the nickname of the Capital of Kenya is "Nairobbery". So, I arrived here with extreme cautious, no bag, no camera, no watch. I was trying to find the Safaris company in the airport but the price were out of my expectation. So, I headed to town and spend the next day to find better deal.

I did not dare to go out at night, only had dinner in the restaurant nearby my hotel. But, I did go to a bar in the evening (just opposite to my hotel). It is interesting that they have a butcher in the centre of the bar. I asked a local how come it is. And they said that you can have fresh food with the beer!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Best of Europe

I have grouped all photos which my friends have voted into the following set.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leungchitak/sets/72157600743734489/

If you have not chose your photos or you find your favorite photo is not here, pls vote! And I will put them into the same place. So that other people can share your view.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lalibela


Lalibela, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I come here because of the photo of the rock-hewn church. Here, the church was carved from the top of the rock and formed the whole church. You can image the work required during 12-century.

Monday, July 23, 2007

South Omo


South Omo, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Mursi, Hamer, Benna, Karo...... different tribes in South Omo area. Each has their own dressing, hut, hair style, custom. It is quite difficult to access them with public transportation. So, I joined a luxury tour on 4WD for 10 days with another English girl who I met in travel forum over the web.

The people are really still living their own way with nothing from modern world. However, when our jeep arrived at each village, everybody come and ask us to take photos for them which cost around 2 HKD for each shot.

Below pls find a vidoe tape of the traditional dance of Hamer tribes.

video

Friday, July 13, 2007

Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Addis Ababa of Ethiopia, the first place I stepped in Africa. Here, even in Africa but at an attitude of 2400m high, weather are really cool. Not the feel that you will expect in Africa.

The people are really friendly here which I cannot find elsewhere. Most people will smile at you.

The Mercato, the largest market on the African continent, are big with lots of people.

I am going to South Omo Valley by 4WD tomorrow for 10 days to visit different tribes...

By the way, the internet connection here is really really slow.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Too long? Europe





















Another 4 months in Europe and now I am heading to Addis Ababa of Ethiopia. For me, countries in Europe do have some difference in various aspects, but they share a lot of common features. So, I do feel bored sometimes.

My photos in Europe may not as good as those I took in South America. But, I still invite you, to pick the photo which you like most. Your support will make me feel good, always.

Here is the steps to pick your favorite:

1. If you have Yahoo account, go to Step 3. If not, go to Step 2.
2. Sign up for a Yahoo account (free of charge)
3. Sign in www.flickr.com using your Yahoo account
4. Go to my Flickr collection,
5. Pick Europe and browse country by country
5. Choose your favorite photo, only one photo
6. Click on that photo
7. Click the [Add to Faves]
8. Type your name in [Add your comment], or add more comment if you like.

The timeline is 2 weeks and the deadline of this voting is 23 Jul 2007. After counting your choices, I will let you all know the photo which has most votes. I am not sure about how often I can get connected, but I will try my best to let you know.

P.S. Pls leave the photos of Morocco to the voting of Africa.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

London


London, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

London, my last stop in Europe. Here, everything is so familiar, the people, language, the traffic light..... London is very similar to Hong Kong, or should I say Hong Kong is very similar to London?

This time, I stayed in my cousin's place, quiet living district not far from the centre. I also went to the birthday party of their relative. Good fun!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Newgrange


Newgrange, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Newgrange, the Irish passage tomb built in 3000BC of the stone age, i.e. iron and copper were not yet used by human.

It is a big dome like structure where the stone are moved from distance to built it. Inside of the tomb is complete darkness, except every winter solstice, at 8:58, the sunlight passes through the roof box via the passage reaching the tomb chamber. Interesting!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Aran Islands


Aran Islands, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Before heading to Aran Islands, I spent one night in Galway, which located at the west coast of Ireland. It is a nice town with lots of sea birds around the old pier.

Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, has the semicircular Dun Aengus located on the south cliffs. The cliffs here is amazing and no fence is installed. So, you can sit on the cliff, like me.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Dublin


Dublin, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, was famous for Irish Pub and Guinness.

Rain, sun, rain, sun and then rain again. You never know what will be teh weather like next minute, the cloud are moving very very fast. But you should never forget to bring your raincoat.

Here, the Guinness draught seems not so bitter.

I stayed in the apartment of Kristupas, who I met in the ferry from Turkey to Samos. Now, he went back his home country, Lithuania for holiday but he still let me stay in his place. Super good guy!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Warsaw


Warsaw, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, were heavily bombed during WW II. So, most building were rebuilt after war and the old town is not so impressive.

However, I had nice Vietnam noodle for dinner.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wieliczka Salt Mine


Wieliczka Salt Mine, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Inside the mine, they have the largest underground church where lamps were made by salt crystal.

The entrance fee is a bit expensive adn you have to pay HKD30- more for your camera. However, the underground mine is huge even though there are lots of tourists.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Auschwitz


Auschwitz, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

The Auschwitz camp, the largest concertration camp set up by Nazis where 1.5 million people were killed, of which 90% were Jews.

At the gate of the camp, where Jews went to work everyday for their live, you can see "Abeit Macht Frei", meaning "Work bring freedom". This bring hope to Jews that they may be released someday.

Perhaps, we can set this as our office PC wallpaper..... Work bring freedom!?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Krakow


Krakow, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Krakow, a popular city with tourist in Poland. I visited the Wawel Hill with Castle and Cathedal on it.

Inside the Jewish Quarter, I visited ul. Lipowa 4, the Schindler's Factory. But nothing you can see inside, just the gate, which appeared in the movie, Schindler's list.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Cesky Krumlov


Cesky Krumlov, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

A really small town surrounded by river Vltava, click the "Photos - View on Map" on the left and you will see how it looks like from the sky.

The weekend I stayed there was happened to be festival for the Celecbrations of the Rose.

So, lots of events and people dressed in traditional way. Lots of fun, beer and photos.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Ceske Budejovice


Ceske Budejovice, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Ceske Budejovice, Budweis in German, is another stop of my Czech brewery tour. The beer from Budweis is called Budweiser, but do not confuse with the one from US. They are different company with the same name. And of course, this one in Czech is the original.

They told me that they also export beer to Hong Kong. So, try to get the Budweiser Budvar and taste it, it is one of the best beer I have ever tasted.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Plzen


Plzen, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Pilsner lager, the kind of golden beer we drink everyday, was born in Plzen (Pilsen in German) in 1842.

In the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, you can taste the unfilter beer in the brewery cellars straight from the beer barrels.

I also went to a pub where they have tap on each table and you can drink as much as you want. The bill is based on litre consumed. Around HKD22.00 per litre.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Karlovy Vary


Karlovy Vary, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Karlovy Vary is an old spa district along the river. Even though packed with luxury hotels and spa, you can still drink the hot spring water free of charge from the 12 springs along the river.

Normally, tourists will buy a spa cup which you can drink the water via the handle. I did not buy one so I tried to find models for my pics.

Sorry that I cannot find any beautiful gals with spa cup and the above pic is the best model I found.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Prague


Prague, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I was told that Prague is the most beautiful city in Europe. And now I am here and it is really nice. However, I do not have mood to take photos. Don't know why.

I tried to get up early to take pics of Charles Bridge when there is no people (4 o'clock in the morning). But, I failed as I am too lazy. During the day time, the bridge is as crowd as Mongkok.

I spend 4 nights in Prague and watched 2 movies, the cinerma are comfort with really large screen!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Budapest


Budapest, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

My first Eastern Europe city, Budapest in Hungary.

Here, you can enjoy beer for as less as HKD6 for 0.5L of draft beer if you find the right place. You can enjoy the thermal baths in outdoor pools built in 19th century, Szechenyi Furdo.

And now, I can enjoy dining out with the price similar to Hong Kong.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Zurich


Zurich, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I stayed in Anita & Heinz place in Zurich who I met also in Peru. They cooked Cheese Fondue for me, the melting cheese tasted good with bread and mushroom!

I went to Luzern for day trip to visit the famous bridge, Kapelbrucke.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Interlaken


Interlaken - Hiking, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I took the Golden Pass scenary train from Montreux to Interlaken where I spent 3 nights in a party hostel. The weather is not very nice during my stay but the landscape are very amazing, beautiful flowers, waterfalls, snowy mountains, and I did:

- Ballenberg Open Air museum, where zou can see farmyard animals and demostration like baking bread.

- Hking from "First" to Lake Backalpsee, and then walked down to Grindelwald via Waldspitz and Aellfluh. Very nice walk around 6 hours.

- Took the train up to Jungfraujoch, highest train station in Europe. Tough expensive, but still nice that you can play on the snow.

- Stay overnight in Gimmelwald (single room!) and the window of my room is facing the snowy mountains.

- Visited the Trummelbach Falls, the waterfalls inside the mountain.

- Took ferry from Interlaken to Brienz.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Montreux


Montreux, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

The Chateau de Chillon is the famous historial building in Montreux, locate on the lakefront.

I have heard that Switerland is a very expensive country. So, I have stocked some food in France and I went to the supermarket today to check the real price, hmmm, as expected, quite expensive. Like 40HKD for 4 pieces of chicken wings. And the internet cost around 70HKD per hour!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Chamonix


Chamonix, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Chamonix, the town just under the Mont Blanc. I stayedin a traditional apline-style cottage, Gite La Montagne, surrounded by snowy mountains for only 13 euro per night.

Took the cable car to Aiguille Du Midi is a good experience that you need not hike to see the mountains. The sky was clear at the early morning. However, when I reached Pointe Helbronner, another cable car stop. The cloud was getting dense adn this was my first time seeing snowing. Quite excited like a child, watching the snow melted on my hand.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Annecy


Annecy, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Beautiful town besides lake and I planned to stop just a few hours. However, there is no luggage storage in neither the train station nor the tourist information. So, I had to carry my backpack with me during the visit. Really difficult to make photos.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Lyon


Lyon, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

I thought I can find little prince somewhere in the city. Yes, but only a small part in a wall painting.

They had festival near the church and people dressed like middle age and children enjoyed much in the counters about different things of their history. Why don't we have something similiar in Hong Kong for us, but not only for tourists? May be it is good to let our children know how chinese people live two thousand years before now.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Marseille


Marseille, originally uploaded by Tak from HK.

Nice city near the port. Here, I had my first meal in French restaurant to taste the bouillabaisse, a rich brown soup with fish.

Today, may be something special for their football team. People celabate around the city!