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The start of our World Cruise Voyage Segment.

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A Red-Sailed Junk Boat Is Signature Hong Kong 

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I mist! Early morning fog gives a bit of punctuation to the Aerial Feng Shui grammar. Although I am not fluent in metric, the 2.5 kilometer walk somatically felt like a good mile. It was brilliant. Here are a few select shots of one of the most fascinating cities on the planet:
The Vertical Club

1500 feet above sea level

Excuse me while I kiss the sky

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Next time we will use a flash to illuminate our faces

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 @ the most densely populated piece of real estate on the planet.Hong Kong is built vertically to accommodate. We'll be exploring this aerial Feng Shuii tomorrow, taking a ride on the Peak Tram. A 7 minute climb to the top of the hill.Tens of millions of people from every corner of the globe have taken the ride. It gives a great panorama of the city.
Excuse us while we scrape the sky

Point And Shoot: With the largest number of skyscrapers in the world. A good photographer focuses on one image, and let the rest be a backdrop.


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Picking up the Queen Mary 2 on her final Voyage Segment this month, from Hong Kong.

Ports of call include: Barcelona and Cadiz, Spain;  Cochin, India;  Colombo, Sri Lanka;  Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Muscat, Oman; The Suez Canal  via Port Said Cairo, Egypt; Hong Kong, China;  Kuala Lumpur ,Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia; ; Limassol, Cyprus;  Naples and Rome (from Civitavecchia) Italy;  Nha Trang, Vietnam; Petra, Jordan (from Aqaba); Phuket, Thailand; ; Singapore; Southampton, United Kingdom (SOTON)

While in Capetown last month, we had the good fortune of meeting up with The Mary:

Keep Calm. Ship Happens! 

What an  amazing feeling when boarding a ship we have sailed on. The QM2 is no miraculous exception.  This is not your typical cruise ship. In fact, it is the last of the great oceanliners- passage ships designed for 12 months brutal Atlantic crossings NY to SO'TON. Her keel sits higher above  the water line, 7 decks instead of 5, which makes it cut water better and makes for a smoother ride. Today, the first voyage segment SOTON to Cape Town is completed. This is part of the 2018 World Cruise Itinerary. We last sailed on her in June 2017:

Prior to that, In July  2014, We sailed on her.The Mary cames to Hamburg for her tenth jubilee and  she got a special celebration by the locals 
QM2 @sea July 2014

After 6 sea days, we took a voyage, not a cruise onboard the Queen Mary2. This is the shortest bridge between New York and Europe. Airplanes, afterall, are like diets - I don't like being on them.
The QM2 allows dogs onboard-cute!
The Queen Mary 2 comes to Hamburg every year.
 For her tenth jubilee she got a special celebration.
I took lots of videos, and posted them for my my friends on Facebook, but this one pretty much sums up the crowds enthusiastic response  as the flagship sails away down The Elbe River to open waters in the North Atlantic...
Sailing across The Pond to NY

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