Windy at the Peak

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Feeling extra touristy, we took a spontaneous trip up Victoria Peak- the highest overlooking view of Hong Kong. After a taxi ride, a train ride, and a multitude of escalators we finally made it to the top. And it was freaking windy! Word to the wise: a dress is not the kind of outfit you want to plan on a trip to the Peak. Unless you want several Marilyn-esque close calls with a bunch of total strangers. Stand to close to the edge and this happens

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But the view was well worth the chill.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

Jack

 

HK: Landing

Day zero – the landing. Flying over long stretches on nothing but blue skies and blue waters can be strangely calming. Here’s to three hours of chatting and enjoying the view. Some tips if you plan on shooting from a plane window:

  1. Don’t lean against the window. The vibrations will make focusing a nightmare.
  2. Focus manually.

These were all shot by Kryz, I just edited them in post but they were pretty amazing to start with. I tell you that girl has got a gift. ;)

Up in the Air
Up in the Air
Up in the Air
The View from Up Top
The View from Up Top
The View from Up Top
Islands Below
Islands Below
The View from Up Top

These shots of the fog and the mountains have got to be my favorites.

Mountains in the Fog
Mountains in the Fog

Finally, we arrived at Hong Kong International Airport. And the adventure begins!

HKIA
HKIA

Jack

Peak District: Chatsworth House

Spent the day running around (and getting lost) in huge hedge mazes and going “ohhhh pretty” at all the flowers. Was really too hot to be doing anything with a huge camera bag on your back. Kind of wish I had just lounged around on the grass like this guy instead.

Also, really sad I didn’t bring this little guy from the gift shop home with me :(

 

Jack

 

 

 

 

Paris: Up the Eiffel Tower

Some things to consider if you plan to visit the Eiffel Tower. The site was over crowded with tourists, there were no clear instructions on where to line up and where to go which was extremely frustrating. We arrived early and lined up almost immediately.

But by the time we got to the front the sun was setting fast. Not having a tripod with me, I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to take any photos at all. When we got off the elevator the sun was almost completely gone, but oh my gosh what a sunset!

I just kept thinking, I can’t wait for all those city lights to come on! You can’t see it in this photo but there were dozens of flashing lights from the people on the ground taking photos of the Tower. Then, all of the sudden there was a warm glow coming from behind me. I turned around, just in time to see the light show. It was like standing an arm’s length away from thousands of stars.

And as if on cue, the rest of the city flicked on their lights and voila, magic.

Though this day had absolutely horrid moments, in the end the view made it all worth while. The lights sparkle and all your anger and anxiety just melts away. At that moment I wanted to scream, I get it! I totally get it! There’s a reason why people fall in love with Paris. Definitely one of my favorites from this trip.

For smooth sailings when you go to see the Eiffel Tower, I would definitely recommend going online and booking your tickets ahead of time to skip the line. Also, learn the phrase, where do I go from here? in French. That would have been extremely helpful to know. I was so afraid there wouldn’t be enough light for me to take photos handheld I kept shooting video clips along the way. Just because I wanted to remember the moment. Then I learned, there’s a reason I’m not a videographer (lol). Here’s Le Tour Eiffel.

Music is Je Veux by Zaz and the french is by Kryz.

x,

Jack