We were up bright and early again--we are still in "jet lag recovery mode", I guess. At least we both managed a few hours of sleep last night, even if our days and nights are still a bit upside down!
We started our day with room service breakfast, courtesy of David. He made an early morning run to our neighborhood market and bakery, and we enjoyed a nice breakfast of fruit and a pastry. The markets sell pomelos from Thailand! They were my very favorite of all the exotic tropical fruits we tried on our Thailand trip--so I plan on eating them every day while we're here!
Despite our very early (middle of the night) wake up, we didn't leave the hotel until about 10 am. Hong Kong may be the city that never sleeps--but they do sleep in, because many shops don't open until 11 am or so. That isn't working too well with our upside down sleeping pattern, but in a couple of days we should be adjusted.
Originally, we'd planned to visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to see an exhibit of Faberge jewelry, including 4 Faberge eggs. But for some reason this morning we just weren't in a museum kind of mood.
Instead we decided to visit the Kowloon side of Hong Kong--across Victoria Harbor from the island. We took the MTR under the harbor, made a couple of line changes, and got off in the Mongkok neighborhood. It's one of the older areas of Hong Kong, and is very densely populated.
Our first stop: The Flower Market. We love any kind of market, and flower markets are always on our list of must sees. This market had many small shops selling every kind of flower and/or plant imaginable, but as usual the orchids were my favorite. If I lived here I'd have beautiful orchids in every room! Here are some of the prettier ones:
Spicy Schezwan Noodles in a "peanuty" broth--mmmmm good!
And steamed dumpling filled with minced pork and red & green peppers. VERY tasty!