Hong Kong – Country Parks

Hong Kong at night – our view from the Courtyard  Sha Tin Hotel

It has become a bit of a tradition for us to land in Hong Kong at the beginning of a given year. Flying in on Cathay Pacific business (50K points each from Toronto), we stayed our first night at the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott Hotel (which is right at the airport). The hotel was free since we signed up for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card giving us 75K sign up bonus points (with a minimum spend) + a night free valued up to 35K points. With Platinum membership we were upgraded to a suite , had free breakfast and access to the Lounge which serves food and drinks for free.

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4 days in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Beach

Tel Aviv was our last stop of our 2.5 month Middle Eastern tour. We wanted to save the best for last and that we did. Tel Aviv is considered one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this colorful and fun city combines sandy beaches with a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food (many many options for vegans), UNESCO recognized architecture, and a surprisingly international outlook. 

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Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

Tabgha – Peacock Mosaic

Travelling through Israel we often found ourselves near many Bible Tour Buses – mostly Christians finding holy places from the New Testament. As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are not very religious people – we identify as spiritual people who believe in the “live and let live” philosophy of life. With that said, we try to balance our review of holy places from all perspectives and religions.

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