Christchurch is known as the “Garden City” due to its warm weather, abundance sunshine, flower beds and an expansive Botanic Garden. the city center of Christchurch was devastated of being the epicenter of an earthquake in 2011, and it might take a long time for the restoration work to be done. Hopefully it will recover very soon!
The second encounter that I had in Lisbon was rather musical. A live performance at the historic São Jorge Castle… Every note from each strumming was bouncing on the stone wall and echoing in the courtyard.
Never had I thought my trip to Lisbon would become so many memorable encounters with people. My first encounter was, however, not so pleasant, it was with a pickpocket on the infamous tram#28.
Unlike many Europe cities, Porto is hilly. Although it doesn’t has a spectacular harbor view from the peak like Hong Kong, it has a double-deck iron bridges that spans the Duoro River. Standing on the hundred-year-old Dom Luis I bridge I could view seagulls soaring freely over the body of water, and layers and layers of houses making a concerted effort to Porto’s spectacular skyline.