Come along with us and share our travel journey. So many places to visit so many photos to take.
This trip has been amazing. This is just the beginning - we will definately be back.
We headed off to Bob's Cove for a walk. It was beautiful such lovely blue water. Great place to take your dog by the looks.
An early night was welcome as these busy days were catching up with us.
We spent the afternoon relaxing in our new accommodation before heading off for dinner at Rump for Angus' birthday.
Dinner was up the top of the gondola and it was a feast. It was a perfect way to spend our last night with the team.
It was another late night but totally worth it after the day we have had.
Day trip to Milford Sound - the day the bus broke down.
We headed off to bed excited about what we would see tomorrow.
Luckily McKay was on hand to help people get connected ('so you can’t get wifi in airplane mode?').
O’Regan was not as into shopping as the rest of us. To combat this he sat and ate some pizza and a drink.
There is a lot of action going on in the park as they are building quite a few new sets including a massive Harry Potter World.
There was a big Disney shop which we swear was filled with happy gas as the atmosphere in the shop was infectious.
The valet parking is a thing in a lot of places. For six dollars a guy took the car away and returned it when we had finished dinner.
On the road up there are warnings about the steep grade and to turn your air conditioning off so your car wouldn't overheat - we risked it and kept ours on.
We had pre-booked dinner weeks before hand at Cafe Orleans and so were lead in past the line up to our table at the raised patio, great views.
There are a couple of sights we haven’t taken the boys to which are up in LA so we set off for Bel Air (as in the Fresh Prince thereof).
This morning was a late breakfast at Denny’s before going into to Warner Bros Studios for the 2 Broke Girls recording.
After a quick lunch at Carl’s Jr we packed up to get to Griffiths Observatory which overlooks LA.
We had lunch at the Cowboy Express Steakhouse, unashamedly a western restaurant. Almost too much, almost.
Dinner was at Yummy Garden, a small Chinese restaurant. The food was delicious.
Up in the sky we noticed a plane pulling a sign that read '... will you marry me ...' - so very valentines.
While we were waiting O'Regan had a completely unexpected seizure. The staff were amazing and could not have done more for us. They were so capable and called for their onsite nurses who were with us in minutes.
Back to the hotel for a rest. Angus went to for a run and braved the cold pool after for a swim.
Shower after a long day and off to bed. McKay was unimpressed with the short shower head.
Can't wait to come back again and explore some more.
So, this is a thank you to Disney for sharing with us the happiest place on earth.
But today is about Universal Studios which is like Warner but with a theme park as well. We made our way straight to the 'Frankenstein’ Valet Parking.
Then we got the hoodie back! What a day.
Dinner was at Polly’s Pies and needless to say the best cherry pie we have had. Might have to break our rule of not eating at the same place twice and have that again.
Then there was the drive up to Longbeach, which is in the southern part of LA and home to the Queen Mary.
We visited the Beluga whales and the solitary walrus. Also the penguins in the Arctic zone but the polar bears are off 'breeding ' at another zoo.
We are off to Sea World tomorrow so another early start.
What could be more satisfying than finishing the evening with a trip to the laundry? Perfect.
Lombard St is known as the crookedest street. It descends (it's a one-way thank goodness) and bends back on itself.
Another brilliant day in this beautiful city. No plans for tomorrow yet might just take our last day in San Francisco easy.
Then to Mel’s Drive In Diner for dinner, first of the Mel’s Diner chain as seen in Hollywood also.
No sooner had we tucked in the alarm went off. This morning we had to get to the famous Fishermans Wharf area and get on our bus tour.
And finally a tunnel and there it was – the Golden Gate.
The secret here is they use a waffle dough and they come out crispy and bready. We both had maple bacon but they do a range of sweet as well.
Tonight back to the Roosevelt, sad that tomorrow we will need to farewell Seattle.
After dinner we got a ride back to the Roosevelt, again compliments of the Mariers, which was very welcome. We have done a lot of walking today.
Pikes Market in Seattle is one of the oldest in the world. We went down to this area and watched the marketeers do their thing.
The tour finished at the Zietgeist Coffee House. Ed had been feeding up attractions and walks to consider along the way and over coffee we were able to recap over a map.
As we left Portland and Oregon to go north to Seattle the rain carried on for the whole three hours and at times was very heavy traffic was also busy.
Then there was the long haul back into California and north into Oregon (not O'Regan, as Angus keeps saying).
We had McDonalds for dinner, 2 pies for a dollar.
The final climb up and over the mountains was steep, snowing and in shadow.
Early night is called for as it’s check out tomorrow - so on the walk back we relented for a McDonalds dinner. Cherry pies are still 2 for a dollar.
With sun set it was a dark drive back to the City of Light, Las Vegas.
Every shop greeted us with a cheery hello and were most helpful and friendly.
The rest of the show was outrageously funny with shooting, poisoning and stabbing culminating in the unveiling of the murderer.
We finally went to bed at 1.00am. We were buggered. Night all.
We had our kettle and toaster, our attempt to keep food costs down, to get rid of. We also had a stash of food that we had stopped eating because we had grown bored with it.
The first thing that Angus said once we got into the traffic was “where’s my bag?”
Next was the Simpson’s ride, on our way we saw the characters and had our photo with them – that was a very surreal experience.
As we leave we see there is a huge crowd of people and a stage, we asked some people and found out they are waiting for JLo to make an appearance.
The trip was quiet, the kids having both dropped off as soon as we left Vegas. The views are amazing as you come out of Vegas the mountains are spectacular and as it was late afternoon by this stage there was changing light and shadows.
We then went to Denny’s for dinner and ahhhh “proper“ service.
McKay enjoyed jumping up and down making it shake and scaring the Japanese tourists, very funny.
We popped back into the M&M shop to pick up some things we missed yesterday and saw their 3D movie – it was very cool.
Lunch was at Outback Steak House – it was themed Australian LOL. The food wasn’t that great so we felt at home. The service was great though (lots of coffee).
Drive back to the hotel down the strip – was amazing there is so much happening in all directions. All the hotels are massive and amazing. There is constant action from sundown at each of the hotels, each trying to coax people in.
The drive was beautiful and the scenery was stunning in places, lots of rocks and mountains. The views were very like the scenes from Cars the cartoon with the steep inclines and these sweeping valleys.
We set the GPS for Fresno and off we went. Being only a couple of hours away we would arrive early afternoon.
We had dinner at Denny’s, quite near our current home of the Hilton Garden.
In the mall there was a bit of a flap as there were photos with the ‘Easter Bunny’ which has been on since April 1 (like Santa photos but for Easter).
"After a quick ferry trip we arrived at the island – we were given some brief instructions – like no eating on the island and you had to leave by 6.10pm, there were others but we weren't really listening."
"Most importantly, for Angus at least, was the endless coffee."
"We left about 3pm and travelled for about 30 mintues and the kids were hungry so we stopped at ‘Taco Bell’ this was a first for us. It was pleasantly not too bad. "
"We checked out of the Desert Palms which was a bit sad – the end of the first phase of the journey."
"We entered California Adventure and headed straight for the large roller coaster 'California Screaming'."
"Every experience today at Disneyland has been totally memorable in every way. Each and every ride has been totally worth the wait in line."
"By the time we got through to the airside we had no time to browse all the duty free shops."
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