John and Gloria Travels


John and Gloria love to travel

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas March 28th 2015

Have had a couple of fabulous days with Deb and Tim, they left this morning to head down to Palm Desert - had a great breaky at the Ellis Island Casino - a local haunt - prices are real old Las Vegas prices and good quality as well. Spent the day walking the strip - did 18klm today - lots to see and do - 30 degrees here today so very hot when walking a long way - I don't think we want to see another slot machine, casino or gambling for a long time - then had Blake and Suzy around for drinks before we headed north up the strip to Florida Cafe - a neat little Cuban restaurant - John and I ordered a few tapas plates and then shared a main - perfect! ... read more

North America » United States » California » Barstow March 21st 2015

Easiest US border security ever, officers came on board into the conference room and processed us all before we got off the ship, off the ship and to car rental at LAX 8.30a.m. Then meandered our way to the Barstow Freeway, are overnighting in Barstow enroute to Vegas as our accommodation in Vegas not ready til Sunday so will do some outlet shopping at Barstow. Barstow very a much a "tumble weed" town and saw some blowing across the road - the Route 66 Museum was a quirky little place and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Had a fantastic steak at the Idle Spurs Steakhouse - an out of the way place - not even in town - but sometimes these are the best places to eat. Tuesday 25.3.2015 Had an uneventful trip out to Vegas through ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 18th 2015

What a welcome site this place is, probably very touristy, but so pretty! This ship company just don't get it right, only 8.00-3.30 here today, so much to see and such little time! We would definitely like to come back here, so relaxed, lots to do, great restaurants and bars. Took a private tour with two other couples, sooo good - our tour guide Hugo was such a gem and loves his city, even with all the changes over the years - he would have been at least 65 years old - so friendly and I bet he has a sore throat, didn't stop talking for 4-5 hours - took us to the newer parts of Puerto Vallarta, the old and into the rain forest and also to a Tequila Distillery, more samples!!! and margaritas as ... read more

Docked in the horseshoe bay of San Juan Del Sur 7.00a.m. and tendered to the dock. Teamed up with Val and Merv from Sarena (Rae they are friends of Des and Chris from the World Cruise and who are going on the Japan cruise with Vic and Chris and you and Jim), lovely couple, we decided to share a taxi to Granada. Two hour drive to the city which is an old colonial town settled in 1540 and sits on the edge of the magnificent Nicaragua Lake (this lake is 110 mile long by 45 mile wide, largest in Central America), thought to once have been ocean but a volcano explosion separated it from the ocean as there are sharks and fish in this lake that are found nowhere else in the world, they had to ... read more

So stinking hot here today, don't remember it being this hot when we were here last. Two ships in port today, so didn't know how we would go with organising our own driver - but all went well found Francisco, a lovely local from Puntarenas - as we had been here 3 years ago and done the capital San Jose and Sarchi the craft area - we decided to do a more country and nature type tour today. Costa Rica is just so rich with wildlife -birds, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys etc - set out to see what we could find just in the wild. Saw the cutest little cappuccino monkeys. To get to see all these things we travelled along the Pan American Highway for about 30 kilometres. Huge mango, melons, cashew growing area as well ... read more

South America » Peru » Callao March 9th 2015

Its not even 3 years since we were here last and spent a few days so there wasn't a lot we wanted to see. The cruise supplied a shuttle to a local shopping mall, so we then just got a local taxi and went down to Miraflores which is an area in Lima which we love to go and walk along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean - there seems to be still a lot of erosion and of course this area is prone to earthquakes - had another great Ceviche lunch and a few beers overlooking the gardens and the ocean, had a lovely 5 klm walk around the Miraflores area - a lot of people were a bit scared as the ship puts the fear of death into you about the increase in robberies ... read more

South America » Peru » San Martín March 9th 2015

Another early morning docking 7.00a.m. and to be back by 4.30p.m. Looking out from the ship, just like a moon scape - I guess a lot of Peru is like this but we thought being close to the sea it may be different - you wonder who in the hell would want to live here. The port of Pisco was established in 1640 for the export of pisco. You certainly could not walk anywhere! Princess had shuttle buses going to the township of Paracas for $16.00 return - rip off! With Carlos in tow we tried to get a guy to take about 8 of us to Paracas and then to Pisco but after much talk backwards and forwards in Spanish - Carlos said - this guy is just trying to rip us off. So we ... read more

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » Coquimbo March 5th 2015

Docked early and our private tour we booked from home was for 9.30a.m. so a leisurely breaky and off we go again. Nicholas was our guide - a local boy in his final year of mechanical engineering - being a tour guide part time - very nice guy and we had a great day! We had wanted to get out in the Elqui Valley - to see a Pisco distillery and the countryside - the mountains around are just so bare and desert like and then you have this very fertile valley growing a lot of grapes, veges and and array of fruits as well as peaches and oranges. The valley is watered by a huge dam backed up halfway along the valley but the water catchment to this area has been very little and they ... read more

Supposed to dock at 5.30a.m. but ended up getting the ship on port around 8.00a.m., broken crane had to be removed/repaired - docked in working port - bused to port terminal around 2 miles. Been here around 2006 when we went to Santiago the first time. Very cute place - with all the unique houses scaling the surrounding hills, from the ship you can see numerous fununculars. Teamed up with 5 other couples, three from the world cruise 2012, and off we headed for a fun day. Very lucky we are with Carlos - Spanish/Chinese decent - living in San Fran - knows the lingo - so caught the local bus up to the plaza - first stop a pharmacy so people could stock up on prescription drugs etc - then took a walk through the ... read more

South America » Chile February 28th 2015

This town is perched just 26 miles off the Strait of Magellan, it can't claim Incas as part of its history, just gold, sheep and little penguins. Had to tender in as the port is not deep enough for our ship to dock - were not in any hurry as decided we would just walk around town and soak up the atmosphere - there's definitely a difference between Argentina and Chile with language - everyone in Chile tries to speak English. This is probably one of the last untouched landscapes on the planet - it teams with wildlife. Lots of tourists around town from all over the world - John badly needed a haircut - ticked! Hairdresser wanted to know here we were from - Australia - "Oh Crocadilly Dundee" - a very nice guy! Tried ... read more

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