Osaka: Park and Castle

Osaka Castle

For our first full day in the city we ventured out into Osaka Park to see the famous Osaka Castle.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Park

Random person photographing the tree. I see an insta-moment happening.

Osaka Business District

The view from our hotel room.

iPhone snaps from day 1

iPhone snaps from day 1

Cable Car Views and Fishy Dudes

Cable Car Views

What trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to Ocean Park? I was beyond excited to jump on the most terrifying roller coasters I could get my hands on.  Though to be perfectly honest, the most stomach turning ride we got on was the cable car.

Cable Car Views

I know, I know how lame could I be? But all the loops, dips, and dives last a second! The cable car is slow… and high… and windy!

Cable Car Views

Amazing view though.

Cable Car Views

Acrobatic interlude to calm the nerves.

Acrobats

I’ve no photos of the rides we got on, Kryz took care of that, I was busy psyching us up. We didn’t have a lot of time so we picked the scariest looking ones and ended up on the Hair Raiser and the Flash. These rides are not for the faint of heart. ;)

Then we chilled out a bit at the Aquarium.

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Tower of fish!!! I was singing: “Just keep swimming” in my head the whole time.

Aquarium

Aquarium

Nemo!! Where are you??!

Next post: jellies!

Jack

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

 

Flying off to Neverland

Fireworks over Aurora's Castle

We decided to spend the holidays out of town for a change in scenery, and found ourselves in Hong Kong. The brisk cold air coupled with trips to amusement parks gave the whole trip a distinctive feel of holiday cheer.

Every year since my oldest niece and nephew were born, we’ve documented our ever-growing family with an annual family portrait.

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This year, we were lucky enough to have our portrait done in Victoria Park. Garbed in winter-esque attire and with the cityscape at our backs, we hurriedly smushed together and yelled: cheese!

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For the benefit of those four cute kiddos you see above (and for me as well, the biggest kid in the bunch) we spent a day in Hong Kong Disneyland. Where Kryz and I ran around, going from ride to ride and acting like a bunch of lunatics. It was awesome. And at the end of it all, we found a good spot and watched the amazing fireworks show.

Fireworks over Aurora's Castle

Fireworks over Aurora's Castle

Fireworks over Aurora's Castle

I hope it’s not too late to great you all- Happy holidays! Here’s to another fantastic year!

-Jack

 

p.s.

If you’re on instagram you must be so sick of pictures of clouds. If so, just turn your browser of now. I couldn’t resist! Here are some snaps of the sunset from the plane.

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