Hong Kong - Looking back #MondayBlogs #Photographs #Travel

I first visited Hong Kong as a 16 year old in April 1967. I was living with my family in Singapore & we decided to take a mini-cruise to Hong Kong on the Achille Lauro.  The delicious Italian ice cream on board made up partly for the cockroaches in the cabins, but we really enjoyed our 3 days in Hong Kong moored alongside the Ocean Terminal in Kowloon.  It was the time of Mao Tse Tung’s Little Red Book and there was dissatisfaction with the British authorities.  Later that year there were riots so we found the atmosphere not as friendly as it was in Singapore.

In 1993 my husband was working in Hong Kong for a few months, so I flew out with the children for a short holiday.  This time we found a happier, friendlier place with dramatic changes in architecture and I would love to have stayed longer.

The Star Ferry

In 2005 Peter and I decided to find out how Hong Kong had changed since it had been handed over to the Chinese government. It was quite remarkable how, on the surface, nothing seemed to have changed. It was still a wonderful place to visit, with ultra modern buildings contrasting ancient, intriguing remains from the past.

Light displays in the harbour twice a week.

Brides and grooms were frequently in the parks posing for wedding photos.

In 2012 we returned for another holiday in Hong Kong. This time we were concerned by how much of the harbour has become reclaimed land but we still enjoyed discovering new things to see.

For my photographs of the old walled city park in Kowloon click here

A resident of Hong Kong Park in Central

Next week I will show you Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha on Lantau island.

La Rochelle a beautiful port in France #MondayBlogs #photographs #travel

La Rochelle, in Charente-Maritime, was an important seaport between the 14th and 17th centuries, and is now a popular tourist resort.  We have enjoyed two holidays in the town, enjoying eating at one of the many seafood restaurants by the port, visiting the Île de Ré and taking boat trips along the coast.

Now it is a significant sailing spot.

The lantern Tower built during the 15th century is one of the three towers of the old port.

Medieval half-timbered houses and cool shady streets make this a pleasant environment during hot, sunny days.

The Chain Tower, joined by a chain to St Nicholas Tower at night, prevented entry to the port without paying dues and taxes.

 St Nicholas Tower, built during the 14th century, was used to imprison the Huguenots during the revocation of Nantes.

During the early 17th century, La Rochelle was a Huguenot stronghold but when the town was surrounded by the King's troops in 1627-28, British forces tried to relieve the Protestants.  They were unsuccessful and the Huguenots had to surrender to the Catholic monarchy.

You may remember Fort Boyard from the challenging TV programme.