Page 2 of Great American Ballpark Tour Travel Blog Posts


North America » United States » Arizona April 24th 2015

Here we go, Headed off at about 6:45am and headed north towards Aspen. Plan to stay overnight in a place called Blanding in Utah. Comfortable drive and stopped in Flagstaff for breakfast at Dennys. Have become a bit of a fan of the breakfast, freshly cooked and almost drinkable coffee. Noticed the temperature had dropped sharply from Pheonix. 78°f down to 53°f. Flagstaff is at 7000ft so that will do it. Suitably fed, we headed off intending to go via Monument Valley. Pleasant drive through Navajo country with lots of small settlements. Arrived at Monument Valley (http://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm) and was suitably impressed with the country side and the vistas so reminiscent of all the old cowboy movies you see. Souvenir shop was full of John Wayne memorabilia. Spent about 2 hours taking p... read more
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North America » United States » California » Fullerton April 22nd 2015

Hi all The adventure has started and not without a few hiccups. Left my satchel at the restaurant we ate at prior to going to the airport. This contained passports, flight details, shuttle service and hotels booked. Luckily it was recovered and the journey began. Flights courtesy of Virgin were good as we were in Business. They supply you with PJ’s which are quite comfortable and saves you from coming off the plane looking like a crinkle cut potato chip. The food and service was excellent, probably the best airline food I have had. Even though we had lay flat beds both Gaynor and I had trouble sleeping, but 1st world problems aside we landed in LA at 7am and contacted our shuttle who duly delivered us to our Hotel in Fullerton. It’s about a 45 ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam » Amsterdam Zuidoost December 13th 2013

Have been slack In the last 5 days we have had lot of things to as well as some illness. A passenger went down with a severe bout of flu on Day 2 and didn’t surface for at least 3 days. She has managed to infect pretty much the whole ship with even the cruise director Evonne getting ill. On our sail to Nuremburg Gaynor managed to develop a serious cough. I was not the best either so we decided that we would have a day on the boat, keep ourselves warm and hopefully kick the bug. One fellow traveller Dianne offered to buy us some cold medication whilst ashore, we gave her an order for some lemsip and cough medicine. It was quite relaxing although Gaynor was going downhill rapidly. Dianne returned with some goods ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg December 6th 2013

Hi Guys and Gals Since we last spoke we were heading off to Vienna. So where do I begin. Vienna – We arrived around 5.30 o’clock. We went to the Liechtenstein Palace for a Viennese Concert that was a tribute the music of Strauss. Everyone got tarted up, I wore my suit and all the girls had there sparkly things on. The show had a bit of everything, Music, opera and some dancing which was well performed. Show went for 1 hour, then back to the ship for evening drinks and planning for the next day. We went on the Schonbrunn Palace tour which was good, had some free time there so Gaynor hit the Christmas markets in the forecourt and I went for a walk to get some more photos. Had a squirrel crawl up ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda December 1st 2013

Well, here we are again. Landed in Budapest around 5pm, taxi to hotel. The Sofitel is very nice and quite reasonable with club lounge access which means if you don't have to eat out if you take advantage of the spread they provide. You also don't check in in the lobby, but get taken straight up to the Club lounge and check in there. Very civilized. Gaynor is getting stuck into it with her champagne journey around Europe. We spent the evening chatting with a couple of ladies from England Sue and B who are here on a girls weekend away, and loving it. The lounge closed so we off to bed to ready ourselves the next day of sightseeing. In the morning after breakfast bought a Hop on-Hop off bus ticket and went around the ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest November 29th 2013

Hi Guys Good to find time to get back. I think, well I know the last blog got us to Oxford to see Ray. From there we headed off to London via the A40. Everything was travelling smoothly until there was displayed a message about a delay near the Target roundabout. A DELAY. It took us close to 2 hours to travel the couple of miles to the accident site (a semi-trailer roll over). This was frustrating enough with some twat in a van in front of us constantly letting car after car in front of us. Sometimes 5 & 6 at a time. I was not happy to say the least. I changed lanes to get by him, which wasn’t hard as he was still letting cars in, only to notice he had a clipboard ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Westminster November 27th 2013

Well There has been a lot of water under the bridge since I last spoke. I think the best way to due is dot point form in chronological sequence. Bath:- We awoke to the typical English B'fast which was OK but the service, albiet polite, it was when they came to you with very little pro-activity in the way they did things. We headed up the road adn waited for a Hop on-Hop off bus to turn up. We have always found these a great way to get around. They have running commentary and stop at various points to allow you to sight see at your leisure, then rejoin the bus when you are ready to continue around. You can get on and off as many times as you like in the day. We traveled round ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath November 20th 2013

Well A lot has happened since my last epistle. When you left me last I was getting ready for the next leg. The 12 and 1/2 hours to heathrow was bearable considering the digs, but it is still tiring. Gaynor's aunt met us at Heathrow and escorted us to the tube to take us to South Harrow, which included a change of trains at stations which are not designed for people with enough luggage to comfortably justify an explanation of " Oh, yes we are moving house, why do you ask?" But an hour later we were at South Harrow station and following Aunty Gaynor for what seemed like an interminably amount of passageways, fire doors interspersed with left and right hand turns. For 2 people, jetlagged, it was confusing, to the point that we actually ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Changi November 17th 2013

Just a quick update. Flight to Singapore was good. Changi airport is huge. It makes Tulla look like a bush terminal, albiet the shops and outrageous prices are the same. I suppose that's the case with all airports. It is such a guilty pleasure to fly up the pointy end. You could almost fit 4 people in the same space ( and they probably do down the back). The seat folds down into a bed ( photos to follow ) and you can tell the frequent travelers in that class because as soon as the seat belt sign goes off they jump up, convert the seat to bed format, press the "do not disturb" sign and sleep for the entire flight. I had to get the hostess to make my bed up. I think I managed ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Traralgon November 14th 2013

Hi All Have started my leave and am in prep mode for the odyssey with Gaynor (aka Fairy Godmother). 3 days out and I have yet to start packing. Gaynor has mostly done hers but she heads off tomorrow for a girls weekend away in Sorrento leaving me to finish the laundry, clean up the kitchen and make the bed. Planning has gone well with only being over budget by about 10% so far. Not bad considering some of the extravagance we will indulge in. My spreadsheet has become fairly expansive. Gaynor believes I get more joy out of the planning phase than I do about the actual trip. I admit I do enjoy it, but it does help avoid nasty time consuming problems that could or should have been resolved at the planning stage. It ... read more




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