North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » YVR June 28th 2018

Had to pack our bags this morning, last time, unfortunately time to go home. Had breakfast again in a Paris cafe, stood in a long line to checkout, then taxi to Las Vegas airport. It is huge, planes coming and going all the time! Then a 2 hour, 40 minute flight back to Vancouver, and an 8 1/2 wait for our connecting flight to Sydney.... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas June 27th 2018

Started our day in Paris, then went to Venice, New York and back to Venice for dinner and a show, then back to Paris! Breakfast in a Paris cafe this morning, then we braved the heat to see some more of the strip. Bruce (bus driver from the Rockies) had told us about the Deuce Bus, a double decker, air conditioned, bus service that runs up and down the strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) 24/7, only $8 for a 24 hour pass, so bought our passes and got on a north bound bus, right in front of our hotel. Only rode two stops, but was a lot further than it looked on the map, so pleased we didn't walk. Got off at The Venetian. Another wow! The outside has canals, complete with gondolas and many other famous ... read more
The Venetian
The Venetian
Gelato Burgers??

Hotel pickup was at 7.45am this morning, for our Grand Canyon Tour. Then a bus ride out to Boulder City, a town built to house the workers who came to work on the Hoover Dam. It is just south of Las Vegas, and gambling is prohibited within city limits. The airport had lots of helicopters coming and going, as well as light planes. Boarded a small (19 seater) aeroplane for the one hour flight to the Grand Canyon (complete with 12 year old co-pilot - well he looked about 12 years old). Saw the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, which are on the Colorado River, on the border of Nevada and Arizona, from the plane. Amazing and beautiful colour, blue one end, green the other. Plane landed at Grand Canyon Airport, near the south rim of ... read more
With the co-pilot
Hoover Dam
Colorado River

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas June 25th 2018

Did not wake up to blue sky and sunshine this morning because we were up before the sun! (But it was blue sky and sunshine later!) Apparently if you have a flight out of Toronto Pearson International Airport before 10am, you need to be there 3 hours beforehand. Our flight was 8am (it changed from 10am) so needed to be there at 5am. Decided to live dangerously and get the 5am shuttle from the hotel which would get us to the airport at 5.10am. Took us a whole 25 minutes to check in and go through security, immigration and customs. So glad we set that alarm for 4.15am! A 4 1/2 hour flight to Las Vegas, and a 3 hour time difference meant we landed in Las Vegas about 9.30am (Vegas time). They have poker machines ... read more
Still inside the Paris hotel
And again
Yet again!

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 24th 2018

Rain, rain - was raining when we got up this morning, and still raining when we finished breakfast, could barely see the falls out the window. Decided to wait a little while before heading to the "Journey to the Falls Boat Cruise". There has been a constant stream of people in rain ponchos (red for the Canadian side, blue for the US side) coming and going from these boats since we got here. There are four boats that go all day, 2 from the Canadian side and two from the US side, and the Canadian ones run at night as well (must be making a fortune). They seem to be in synch, only one is right up at the Horseshoe Falls at a time, and only one on each side is docked at any time. Walked ... read more
Boat getting ready to leave from the US side
Boat the same as the one we were on
American Falls up close

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake June 23rd 2018

Had a wine tasting tour in Niagara on the Lake booked today, including a visit to a lavender farm and a ginseng tea shop. Weather forecast was awful, so set off with rain jackets and umbrellas to the pick up point (which was the hotel next door). Ended up with a group of eight, in a small bus, a mother & daughter from Michigan, two couples from Orlando, Florida and us! First stop was Neob Lavender (were a little concerned when the guide/driver said we were going to a lavender shop, but there was more to it). They have a lavender field, a greenhouse where they grow different sorts of lavender and other essential oil producing plants and a distillery for the essential oils. Had a tour of all of this, very interesting, then into the ... read more
Neob Lavender greenhouse
Ginseng Tea Shop
Lakeview winery

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 22nd 2018

Goodbye NYC, had a ball, don't think I could live here, so busy, all the time. Walking the footpaths is next to impossible, and crossing the road, not for the faint hearted! Our airport transfer arrived on time this morning, no drama like when we arrived. Lots of traffic on the way to Newark, but still there in plenty of time for our flight to Toronto (on a much smaller plane than we have had so far). Airport transfer all went smoothly in Toronto as well, but traffic between Toronto and Niagara Falls was pretty bad. Took us close to 2 hours, but all worth it when we looked out the window of our hotel room with a view! Could see all the falls, the American, the Bridal Veil, and the Horseshoe. And also the Rainbow ... read more
Rainbow Bridge
People on the zipline
Skylon Tower

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 21st 2018

We used the Hop On Hop Off bus as a taxi today, so got on one headed uptown, and got off at the start of Central Park. Walked along the edge of the park to the horse and carriages, plenty lined up today, a bit cooler than Monday. Had a short ride through Central Park, then the carriage has to go out onto 5th Ave in all the traffic to get back to the start - that was a little interesting. Decided to go across to the Plaza Hotel, found the food court downstairs, so sat and had coffee. Time for some (window) shopping along 5th Ave, past all the high end stores (and a few churches), only one we went into was Lindt! Also walked past the Trump Tower (the one he lives in when ... read more
Central Park
On 5th Ave
Yep, that's us!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 20th 2018

We were undecided today whether to go up the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre - ESB is taller, but further away (would need us to use the bus again, and hard to get back), Top of the Rock (the observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre) is not as tall, has a timed entry (so could be waiting a while) but easier to get to. Had our lazy hats on, so Top of the Rock won! Walked to the main entrance on 50th St, found the ticket desk, they asked did we want to go up straight away, so did not have to come back for a timed entry. Just had to psych myself up for the elevator ride, which goes up to the 67th floor in 42 seconds. Top of the elevator is clear, ... read more
Statue of Libery (from TOTR)
Looking down on the lower deck
Central Park (from TOTR)

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 19th 2018

Headed Downtown on the Hop On Hop Off bus today, starting back in Times Square, then past Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, Macy's, Flatiron building (some of which we had seen last night) and into the financial district. Got off at Trinity Church which is at the start of Wall Street, and close to Ground Zero. It was covered in debris on 9/11. Walked down to the 9/11 Memorial (Ground Zero) to see the waterfalls and reflecting pools that are in the footprint of the Twin Towers. The name of every person who died is inscribed around the edges of the pools, and the staff place a white rose next to a name on that person's birthday. Couid also see One World Trade Centre (the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and the main building ... read more
Madison Square Garden
Empire State Building

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