DaveandIssy's Guestbook



16th September 2019

Welcome back home
We know that long haul 'beyond zombie state' very well, and coming back east at the end of a trip is always so much worse than flying west at the start. The furry little ones must have been very pleased to see you after three months :)
16th September 2019

Dive
I'm so disappointed you wriggled out of the wedding photo gig! No doubt it would have been an 'interesting' episode :)
17th September 2019

Wedding photographer
Not nearly as disappointed as they would have been if they'd been relying on very amateur me to record their event for their grandkids.....
15th September 2019

Ze plane, Ze plane
Those pool side sessions are great for reading those crime novels and sipping drinks with umbrellas or a cold beer. Your flight sounded very nice.
15th September 2019

Crime novels
We enjoy these also but not all authors are created equal. Some of our favorites are Michael Connolly, Vince Flynn, Lee Child, Perri O'Shaunghnessy and Richard North Patterson.
17th September 2019

Crime novels
Thanks for the advice on the authors. I'm always on the lookout for good ones. One I particularly liked was Michael Robotham.
15th September 2019

U.S. tipping
The premise is that wait staff work provide excellent customer service if they know they can impact their pay. I'm not sure it works all the time but the plan is 10% for good, 15% for better and 20% for great service. Some places are adding suggested tips at the bottom so people don't have to do the math.
15th September 2019

Alberta
Rich in history and beauty. Thanks for sharing your stories.
13th September 2019

Thanks for your advice regarding Kauai...
Given the amount of rain and the sea conditions I think we will give it a pass. I like soft white sand beaches with calm seas and a slight breeze rustling the palm trees!
13th September 2019

Very Enjoyable
After three months I'm sure you will enjoy being home. But I want to say a word of thanks for the very entertaining posts you have put on Travelblog! I eagerly followed each day and you have a great sense of humor! (Hope the Starry Night charming House gets what it deserves).
17th September 2019

Our trip
Thank you so much for your kind comments. The main reason for us doing the blog was so we didn't forget anything when we looked back, so it's an absolute bonus for us to know that somebody else is reading it (something we can't get our offspring to do!). Your comments are greatly appreciated.
11th September 2019

An interesting last day...
I also had a massage at my hotel on the Big Island just before we were to depart for the airport for our flight home. After the massage I returned to my room about noon for a quick shower. The water was brown so I skipped the shower. I still had oil all over me until we got home about midnight. My daughter picked us up at the airport and asked what the smell was! Anyway, we've been to every major island in Hawaii except Kauai. Would you recommend we go there and stay at the Kauai Beach Resort? Have a good flight home...it's been an amazing three months following you and your humorous blogs!
13th September 2019

Kauai
Ugh, that sounds like a dreadful experience. The Kauai Beach Resort was quite nice. The pools are good for relaxing around, but the beach is really rough and windy. The surf was pounding in as it apparently almost always does, and you'd need to be a really powerful swimmer to brave it. The hotel is a bit isolated, so we needed to get in our hire car to go out to eat most nights. The staff were attentive, and the rooms were quite OK. The real highlights of Kauai for us were the drive to Wiamea Canyon, and the joyflight we took over the Na Pali cliffs. Both of these were absolutely amazing, and made the trip to Kauai worthwhile for us. We both always get a bit nervous when people ask us for travel advice, because tastes seem to vary so widely. Anyway, hope our advice is useful. Many thanks for following our trip, and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for any of your future posts!
10th September 2019

Scenary
How beautiful is that scenery? The colours are stunning. Re: the tipping thing - we have very similar feelings to you. We're so used to only tipping for good to expectational service over here! It's sad that the minimum wage is so low that waiting staff are at the mercy of customers to make a living, but jeez, a tipping menu? :)
11th September 2019

Tipping
Yep, very annoying. Ah well, back to sanity later today.
7th September 2019
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour

Pearl Harbour
This is an amazing memorial.
11th September 2019
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour

Pearl Harbour
Yes, an amazing memorial indeed.
7th September 2019

Oh Canada
Mountains, waterfalls, hiking.... it has it all. Spectacular scenery. Emma is a strong woman - that is a tiny house.
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7th September 2019

Welcome to the States...
I hope you can get away from Waikiki during the day. At Fort De Russy there is a Armed Forces Recreation Center hotel...the Hale Koa. We stayed there. As for Aussies, they are probably going to catch the repositioning cruise from Honolulu to Sydney. That's what we were there for. The cruise was 90% Aussies, 9% Kiwis and us Americans. We had a great time!
7th September 2019

Waikiki
Thanks for that. We’re off to Kauai today for four nights, which will I’m sure be a bit quieter than Waikiki! Went to Pearl Harbour yesterday - almost a spiritual experience.
6th September 2019

I enjoy living in a country of ridiculously polite people that enjoy enormous food portions. It has something to do with the long winters. Hope you had a nice time, eh?
6th September 2019

Canada
Many thanks for your comment. You are so lucky to be Canadian!! We had a fantastic time in your wonderful country. I wish we could import some of the courtesy and politeness to our neck of the woods. I don’t think we heard anybody raise their voice or be rude to anyone the whole time we were there. And the scenery!! Fantastic.

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