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Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district October 15th 2015

Left hotel at 7.00a.m. this morning to head about 80klms out of Beijing to the Badaling section of The Great Wall, enroute visited a Jade factory but so expensive but interesting nonetheless. Our guide picked the Badaling section because it is not so crowded...good choice.. there was plenty of room to move around and not be bumping into people. It really was breathtaking! We only walked up a short section of the wall..very steep and steps all different heights etc, very difficult to walk up at some points but the view is so beautiful, looking across the lush mountain side. We both agreed one of the most amazing things we have seen. The whole length of the wall is over 21,196 kilometres, many deaths along the way...as out guide said the Great Wall is a cemetery. ... read more
THE GREAT WALL
THE GREAT WALL
GLAZED COPPER FACTORY

Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district » Chaoyang Park October 12th 2015

Well its been an experience getting here! Such a long flight leaving Melbourne at 11.30p.m. on the 12/10 and arriving in Guangzhou at 6.00a.m. on the 13/10, Gloria having no screen working, so no movies, news or docos....they couldn't give a rats a...... thats China Southern! Another 3 hours to Beijing and sat on the runway for 20 minutes before they could find our bay to go in....??? just in the middle of the airport...down the stairs....bus for a long, long way and then 45 minutes to get luggage... was told they operate on chaos time here....true that! By the way if anyone wants to contact us do it through John's email only: westburyjr@gmail.com as Facebook, Instragram and gmail banned!!! John has his gmail going through apple mail so OK but mine not working. Met our ... read more
TIANANMEN SQUARE
TIANANMEN SQUARE
TIANANMEN SQUARE

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Lancaster September 19th 2015

Had an easy drive up from Washington DC around 3 hours. Staying in Gap which is about 12 miles from Lancaster out in a small town in the countryside.. so pretty! Thought it would be nice to spend our last 3 days 2 nights in the countryside before heading back into NYC. We are staying in an Amish family's home in the township of Gap. Lovely young couple with two little kids 2 1/2 and 9 months... spick and span home with everything you need, they had gone away for the weekend so they rent out their home when they go away.. we have had some wonderful experiences with AirBNB and this is no different. They are not very strict, though no TV in house (which I guess is a good thing) as they seem to ... read more
STONEHOUSE BAR AND RESTAURANT
GAP
INTERCOURSE


After goodbye breaky with Blake and Suzy, left Toronto around 10.00a.m. and headed to Niagara on the Lake, a beautiful little town, probably one of the prettiest we have seen, had a walk around the streets walking along tree lined street with baskets, beds and pots of the most gorgeous colourful flowers everywhere, had lunch in a cute little restaurant.... this area has lots and lots of wineries around it.. so bought a couple of bottles of wine too! Another 25 minutes up the road to Niagara Falls, still as majestic as when we saw them back in 1992, the Canadian side has the best views...seeing we had already done the Maid of the Mist boat ride gave that a miss and walked along the footpaths to get the best view of the falls. We were ... read more
NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
NIAGARA ON THE LAKE

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 13th 2015

Rained nearly all the way of the 5 hour drive into Toronto.. just stopped before entering the Downtown..sooo excited to see our American friends who have driven and flown in for the weekend...Blake and Suzy from Lafayette Louisiana and Tim and Deb driving up from Detroit (about 5 hours).. they all arrived Friday and we arrived 3.00p.m. Saturday... we were a bit late leaving Morrisburg as during the night we learnt that Vonnie (John's Mum) had passed and had a few phone calls and emails to send. As previously planned she would be cremated ASAP and then we would have a memorial service in Nambour when family could be together, so we are continuing on our holiday and coming home as planned. It was a breath of fresh air catching up with everyone in Toronto, staying ... read more
THE STEAM WHISTLE BREWER
KIT KAT
KIT KAT

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 12th 2015

Left Boston and drove up to Portland in Maine along the coast, lovely drive so green and lots of trees with the leaves just starting to turn yellow and orange, bit early for all the fall colors. From Portland we wound up on the Pequawket Trail which was very pretty until we arrived at Conway in New Hampshire and took the Kancamagus Highway through he mountains to Lincoln, what a pretty drive overlooking the White Mountains, obviously a lot of ski lodges along the way but this time of year lush and green! Then crossed into Vermont just after Lincoln and headed to Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is a great little place on the edge of the Champlain Lake, such a beautiful spot with all sorts of boats on the water, hard to visualize it in the ... read more
PORTLAND TO CONWAY
CONWAY
PORTLAND TO BURLINGTON

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 9th 2015

Took us around 5 hours to drive up to Boston - quite an easy drive and found our apartment easily. We are in North End (which is called little Italy) where Paul Revere lived... a very busy bustling area... within 200 metres of 87 restaurants, bars, salumieris, Italy groceries... love it!!! Lots of Mom and Pop stores!! Such a great spot... tiny little apartment but 2 bed and 2 bath. Also about 200 metres to the waterfront in the other direction. Went for a lazy casual dinner and a couple of beers at the Boston Sail Loft on the waterfront.. then back for an early night. Woke early but we are all still with aching muscles, calves after our hectic time in New York. First things first down to a lovely Italian place for breaky and ... read more
AL DENTE
FREEDOM TRAIL
ON THE FREEDOM TRAIL

North America » United States » New Jersey » Union City September 5th 2015

Left Melbourne at around 10.00a.m. and arrived New York 5.30p.m. taking about 23 hrs. Had meet and assist organised for each airport and that worked really well, wheelchair...then taken through almost immediately through the Express counters...glad we did it as some of the walks were really long. Changed planes in LA with about 20 minutes to spare... A380 to LA then 747 to New York.. collected out hire car then drove to our home away from home in Union City. Lovely apartment with a great view of the Manhattan skyline.. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom with everything you need. Took a walk around the neighbourhood and had a pizza and refreshing beer for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Didn't get to our apartment until nearly 8.00p.m. Bed 10.30 and ready for a day of exploring with ... read more
NEW YORK SKYLINE
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
STATUE OF LIBERTY

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Fleurieu Peninsula August 18th 2015

Left Melbourne 6.45a.m. on Friday 14.8.2016 - breakfast with our gorgeous kids in Ballarat and then onwards to the Fleurieu Peninsula arriving in Normanville around 4.30p.m. Have booked a week at the Lady Bay Links Resort in Normanville, a quaint little seaside town, the resort itself is on a golf course, great little one bedroom apartments, Lady Bay Links has a restaurant and bar and just a klm into town. Had this booked and paid for, for ages, so decided still to come with plastered leg etc.....mmmmmm was that a good idea?? Anyway making the most of it.. fell twice...all good...lots of laughs from the males of the outfit.....at the expense of their unco spastic companion.. Mark has sore ribs from laughing but anyway we are having a pretty good time. The weather has been fantastic ... read more
CAPE JERVIS
LEONARDS MILL - SECOND VALLEY
d'Arrys Verandah

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Fortitude Valley June 22nd 2015

Had a small getaway for 6 days, mainly to see John's Mum Von and catch up with a few friends and family. Arrived on Wednesday and picked up our hire car, rained virtually all day. Headed straight to Nambour to see Von and catch up with doctor and case manager etc. Von is still in Sundale Nursing Home and being looked after beautifully - frail and fading but still hasn't lost her sense of humor. Stayed with our cousins Lindsay and Gaye, was lovely to come home each day and relax and hang out with them. Had a couple of nights with our niece Shelley and her husband Dean and their children Summer and Molly - so nice to see where they are living now in North Lakes and also to see their new business venture ... read more
TRYP BRISBANE
ENTRANCE TO ROOFTOP BAR
TRYP BRISBANE




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