Sunday, 19 November 2017

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That Inevitable Victorian Thing: review.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing
This is a book with ballgowns and dances, princesses and commoners in a not so distant future in which the British Empire rules. But above all, this is a book with a TWIST you won't see coming, an unexpected turn of circumstances that will shock the reader. Indeed I was so astonished that I had to read several pages twice to fully understand what was going on.

The world created by the author is fascinating, an original idea that may interest many readers including the ones who don't agree with Victorian Colonialism.

However, I deeply disliked the apparently friendly relationship servants and employers (masters) had, which never crossed the limits.

The fact that, in my opinion, the ethnic diversity in the powerful classes was due to economic and politic interests made me feel sad.

To make matters worse I found Helena, the main character, really selfish. She just wanted to have it all and I just couldn't believe how she managed to convince other people to accept her ideas. (I know this is a bit vague but I don't want to give the plot away).
I guess they all truly follow this quote by Charlotte Brontë: "Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness, it has no taste ".Although I'm afraid that Helena is going to be the only happy person in this story.

All in all, I found the book surprising, to say the least, and I recommend reading it if you are looking for a different kind of futuristic novel.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin, China.

Withing walking distance of the centre of Guilin you can see a famous rock shaped like an elephant trunk. It is inside a park which I found a bit expensive  (75CNY for adults). There are other attractions in the park but I didn't find it very appealing because there was a very strong smell of alcohol in the area which was quite unbearable in the summer heat.


























Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Itamae Sushi in Causeway Bay , Hong Kong , China

Itamae Sushi is located in East Point road in Causeway Bay and offers good food at a very good price.  It is full of local people and for me, that usually means that the restaurant is good value.












Sunday, 5 November 2017

What to see in Macau : egg tarts and more.

Macau or Macao is an autonomous region on the south coast of China across the river from Hong Kong. It used to be a Portuguese colony until 1999 and it's the best place in the world to eat egg tarts.
Macau is also famous because of the many casinos on the island, but what attracted me most was its architecture.
All visitors must hold a passport to enter Macao and depending on your country of origin you may also need a visa.

We travelled to Macau on a Turbojet ship in economy class and the voyage was quite pleasant. I strongly recommend planning your visit carefully because if you go there on a day trip you may end up exhausted if you want to see everything. It's better to choose what really interests you and to take it easy.

Scroll down to see all the pictures and to find out about the best website to plan your trip!.






 


 From the Outer Harbour Terminal, we took a bus to Lou Lim Leoc garden which was very beautiful. After that, we went downtown to follow a route on our own and we saw  ST. Augustine's Square, Dom Pedro V Theatre, St. Laurence's Church. Later we visited the Mandarin's house, we passed by the Moorish Barracks and ended in A-Ma temple.













































 

 We didn't stop for lunch, we just bought delicious egg tarts on our way to visit the sights. Read my post on the best egg tarts in China here.












 








































 














The best information provided by the government on the tours you can do on your own in Macao can be found here. For information about entry requirements click here. For information about TurboJET click here.

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