Page 2 of Chris n Lou Travel Blog Posts

North America » United States » New York » New York March 21st 2011

This is going to be a little strange, as we arrived home three weeks ago. But, after publishing 40 blogs I think we need the final instalment. I think Americans call it ‘closure’. So if you’ve heard all this already – tough shit. I’m not making you read it. Ok, where were we? Oh yes, Washington DC. I really liked it as I’m a bit of a history buff. Lou didn’t mind it, which is a compliment in itself. We had a nice hotel in the Foggy Bottom area (seriously, google the name if you don’t believe me). We were really close to Pennsylvania Avenue and therefore the Whitehouse, so off we went for a fun-filled day of historical monuments. Yeah baby! The Whitehouse was cool, although it was a surreal experience. The famous side is ... read more
Reflecting puddle
Mini Lincoln
Capitol building

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago February 23rd 2011

Chris's Section Las Vegas, what can I say? I thought I knew what to expect, but seeing slot machines in the airport was the first of many surprises. We later saw them in shops - even a pharmacy. This is a crazy place, designed and built to separate people from their money. It does this very well too! Our hotel, The Luxor was really nice. It's massive, like all the casino hotels. Another surprise was indoor smoking. It's been banned so long in the UK it came as a shock to see people smoking all around. As a consequence air freshener is pumped throughout the hotels and casinos. We kinda got sick of the artificial smell, but I'm sure it was better than smoke and the smell of people! Our first night on the strip ... read more
Outside The Luxor
New York New York

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood February 13th 2011

Louise's Section We landed in San Fran very tired, cold and in a slightly muddled state owing to severe lack of sleep on our 12 hour flight and 5 hour wait at LAX airport. One good point was that the in flight meal from Auckland was bloody great, beef in red wine and mash, cheese and biscuits and salad and a mint chocolate. I was so happy. I usually love plane food (I know this is weird) but in our 10 months of travelling it had all been crap. San Fran was beautiful. Although I have only ever been to New York so not much else to compare it to, I could definitely see myself living there. It's busy like any city, full of weirdos like any city but doesn't have the pretentiousness or mentalness ... read more
San Fran street
Sealions at Pier 39
The Rock

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island January 27th 2011

Chris's Section This may be our last blog from New Zealand. We only have a couple of weeks left before we head off to the USA. We'll be back in the UK in about 6 weeks - March 2nd to be precise. We have mixed feelings about it all. We are a little sad to be on the homeward leg of the trip, but we are pretty travel weary and we're looking forward to getting home. Plus, the US leg of the trip is pretty exciting. Once we're home we just have to worry about finding jobs, some place to live and all the other stressful shit – like our rapidly depleting funds! 275 days gone, 34 to go! Anyway, for the past couple of weeks we've been touring the South Island. The word 'wow' has ... read more
Banks Peninsular
Sheffield...tra la laaa
Lake Pearson

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty January 3rd 2011

Chris's Section A lot has happened since we last blogged. Xmas on the beach was cool. Very different to what we're used to and I couldn't really get my head around it. Many thanks to the Suttons for making us so welcome. Just after Xmas Lou, Paul, Nisi and I set of for a road-trip to explore the far north of New Zealand. We had some great laughs – most of which were alcohol fueled! Lou seems to be better at remembering the names of the places we visited. I struggle as they all sound similar to me (e.g. hihi, mihi, hohou, paihou type names). It was an action packed trip. First we went to surf some sand dunes. Imagine a sand dune about 90 metres high. Then imagine laying on a body board and riding ... read more
The Gang
Xmas on the beach
Xmas on the beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty December 16th 2010

Chris's Section We're loving New Zealand so far. Our first stop was Auckland. Although we only spent a day here (we'll be returning before we fly to the US) we like what we saw. We headed to Rotorua to stay with Lou's family. It was so nice to have a few home comforts – thanks guys for being so welcoming. The main challenge here was to buy a car for under $2000 (£1000), which we'd been told would be difficult. I think we were lucky as we found a good car for $1600 and so far it's been a little star! Rotorua is a really nice place. It's famous for its thermal mud pools and ever-present sulphurous odour. The place stinks of rotten eggs. You kinda get used to it after a while. Rotorua is also ... read more
Redwood forest
Luge in Rotorua

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Neutral Bay December 2nd 2010

Chris's Section We haven't blogged in a few weeks. We were quite conscious of the increasing dullness of our blogs so we thought we'd give it a rest for a bit. Although we enjoyed Oz it was getting a bit samey. Then we hit Sydney – yeah baby! The sun was shining as we made our way to meet our friends, Paul & Rita. They generously offered us a room for a few days and we planned to drop off our stuff before returning the van to the rental place. They have a place overlooking Neutral Bay and the views are amazing. A real wow moment when we first went in. The photos don't do the view justice. We had to return our home for the previous 10 weeks. Although we have loved the freedom of ... read more
Palm Beach aka Summer Bay
The money shot
The bay at night

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Sunshine Coast November 5th 2010

Louise's Section This may be the first time we are actually writing the blog as we go rather than all on one day so bear with us if it seems we're leaping about a bit. Sunday: “errrm is this Surfers Paradise, it looks like Blackpool on steroids, but without the lights, shall we keep going?” answer from Chris “Yes!” Hope we haven't offended too many Aussies , but it's not as picturesque as we thought. Coolangatta was nicer, even with a cockroach infested bathroom and pool that had been closed owing to high electricity levels (if someone can explain this, please do, as electricity is surely bad in a swimming pool whatever the level!!). We hit Brisbane and after a stressed out drive in through the city centre we arrived at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Chris ... read more
Lou and Koala
Brisbane Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Surfers Paradise October 31st 2010

Louise's Section Yay, it's me that gets to write first again and I have had some beer and now onto the vino so sorry if this makes no sense. We have now made it to Coolangatta (South Gold Coast). It's hot and there are beaches everywhere. I am continuously strolling along beaches and collecting shells and stones like a small child ready to make a nice bathroom decoration on my arrival home. Even Chris has started taking part and enjoying finding 'the special shell'. As much as I am liking the Gold Coast since arriving this morning I am not so impressed with the huge amount of mahusive cockroaches in the amenities block near our van. I think someone has tried to kill them as there are loads of dead ones but ewwwwww!!! Needless to stay ... read more
Big Banana
A whale
The van

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » South West Rocks October 21st 2010

Louise's Section Ahh sitting in the sunshine, with a cool breeze and contemplating a glass of wine...this is the life. We are now midway between Sydney and Brisbane in a place called Harrington. We haven't done much apart from strolling about and looking at the local sights except going on a dolphin/whale watching cruse. It was nice to get out but my god the weather was shit!! I got to see the back of a dolphin and a baby whale and 3 fur seals, all for $60!! I know they cannot guarantee good sightings but I was still a bit disappointed. Oh well, hopefully more whales to come in New Zealand. I have further clarified to myself that I do not like Pelicans, they have evil eyes (see picture to demonstrate said evilness). We had a ... read more
Look how easy...
Blue Mountains
View at Crowdy Bay

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