Halong Bay is My Favourite Place in the World

Well, for now.

It was, without a doubt, a must-see place for me.  It’s somewhere I had researched and researched.  I had looked at hundreds of pictures, read hundreds of blogs, I’d even dreamt about the place.  So, when I visited, it felt extra special.

Tuesday 5th June 2012

After breakfast in Hanoi, we joined a coach full of others and set off for Halong Bay.  Unable to sit next to each other, I spent the journey sleeping and listening to the Regina Spektor album I had just downloaded.  Now, every time I listen to that album, I relive the excitement of that journey.

Following a brief stop, we arrived at the port.  We were offered a strange looking (and strange tasting tea) and settled down to play cards for about twenty minutes.

Later, on the boat, we were treated to an amazing buffet lunch.  Not one for seafood, I accepted that I’d have to be experimental and made a conscious effort to try everything.

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Photographing the Snow in Russia

St Petersburg was very, very cold.  Thankfully, we had packed accordingly, with numerous leggings, thermals and socks.  Even so, my hands did become painfully cold on a number of occasions.  Taking my gloves off to sort out the camera was always a bit of a struggle!

However, I’d say it was worth it.  St Petersburg was beautiful in the snow and while my photography doesn’t do it justice, it might give you a little idea of what a winter weekend in St Petersburg has to offer.

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