Friday, 29 August 2014

Flying, Landing and a GromitFest!

Lots to catch up with from the last three days. Many thanks to Su for posting the blog while I've been travelling. My journey started on Wednesday, but before I left I took Bella for her morning perambulation and admired the continuing flowering of this ground mallow.
I also appreciated the way the sun filtered down through these leaves. 
Signs of Autumn on the way. 
Su dropped me down to the bus station to catch my coach to Heathrow. We went past the Abbey on our way out of town. 
Heathrow didn't offer too many photographic opportunities, but I was really taken with this view from somewhere over Europe as we headed East.
The first stop was Amman, where I had to wait a couple of hours for my connecting flight. Liked this roof design.
Our next stop some 8 or 9 hours later was sprawling Bangkok which was cloudy and steamy, it being monsoon season. Had to stay on the plane, so this is what I saw of Thailand. We plan to go back - for the food if nothing else :-)!
Arrived at Hong Kong after dusk. This is the apocalyptic vision driving in from the airport - very Bladerunner
I liked the clouds against the skyscrapers. 
Today I went to the Western edge of Kowloon, up Austin Road. I decided to walk there in 33ÂșC and humid conditions - so I was glad to find the shelter and quiet of Kowloon Park for some of my walk.
Lots of construction work going on around Austin MTR station - workers leave their hard hats in public spaces while they take their lunch break. Wouldn't still be there afterwards if it was the UK, I suspect.
An unfortunate labelling system for the accident statistics table… 
Looking across the traffic and construction cranes towards Hong Kong island - sums up the place!
My destination was the Elements shopping centre based above Kowloon MTR station. After the heat and humidity of the walk there, it was great to come into a giant shopping mall with an ice rink just inside the door.
Apart from getting some exercise after my travels, my motivation for going there was this character in all his many guises. 
 Just as well that I went today, for these statues are only there for another two days. From this point on, I'll mainly let the pictures of various Gromits speak for themselves

"Me Old China" - most appropriate, given the location :-)

 The creator's original!

Back to the roundabout, where the Gromits on the inner ring on the bottom tier were mounted on plinths that gradually raised and lowered. If the whole thing had gone round as well, it probably would have been too much!
 The roundabout from various aspects.

 The more I looked, the more Gromits I saw!

 Heading back out of the shopping centre…

 Last, but not least, and - again appropriate, given the setting: "Year of Gromit"
This day a year ago, we enjoyed a lovely mackerel sky in Bath at the start of the morning.

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