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North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas September 12th 2008

Here are a few photos of the rain in (Vegas) mentioned on the last blog on Monday 8th September... read more
The Strip, Vegas

North America » United States September 10th 2008

We have been told that some of our photos from the "More Big Sur" blog don't download. We don't know how to change them so re-printing two of them now... read more
Big Sur
Elephant Seals

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas September 10th 2008

From L.A. to Las Vegas 6th - 9th September 2008 Santa Monica early mornings are not so different to others in California except that there are more joggers, cyclists, Tai Chi enthusiasts and bag people on the promenade. All week I have been waking early due to the time difference (and I am an early-riser anyway) to creep outside, leaving John sleeping for Spain, the UK and the US (I envy him) to have a fag and watch the world go by. By 6.30 there are always dozens of people about doing their thing and strutting their stuff. I don’t envy them, however, because most of them eat far more burgers and fries than I do. I just enjoy watching them. It is a calm time of the day, mist rolling in from the ocean as ... read more
John, Mojave
Terrible's Resort
Viv, Vegas

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood September 6th 2008

CITY OF ANGLES, Los Angeles CA 4th September 2008 “LA is a great big freeway” as the song goes. Indeed it is, however it is surprisingly easy to get around. We stayed in a motel at Carpenteria near Santa Barbara last night. Santa Barbara was a bit pricey so we went further along the beach to its less-glitzy neighbour. The motel was a bit down at heel but it was clean and very cheap so OK. This morning we left early and got to LA around 10 a.m. coming in to the city on Highway 101 from the west. As we got closer to Hollywood the traffic thickened up so we got off the freeway, stopped for coffee and drove over part of the Santa Monica mountain range, down Laurel Canyon and straight on to Hollywood ... read more
Rattlesnake canyon
John Hollywood
Viv Hollywood

North America » United States » California » Big Sur September 3rd 2008

Wednesday 3rd September Yesterday was great, walking the beach. Saw more seals and lots of pelicans. For most of the day we had the whole beach to ourselves. However, the Pacific ain't the Med. Water was freezing so like true Brits we paddled! Seagulls helped to eat our picnic. Heading South again today towards LA which will probably take a few days at the leisurely pace we are travelling.... read more
elephant seals
San Simeon Beach

North America » United States » California » Big Sur September 2nd 2008

THE BIG SUR, MONTEREY COUNTY Sunday 31st August Today we drove down to Santa Cruz, had coffee at a little beach town called Capitola and then on to the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel. Capitola is real hometown America at its most charming. Tomorrow is Labour Day so lots of families were at the beach for the weekend. The old jetty was built in 1857 and like the town itself is unashamedly rustic, basic and simple. Along the riverside people were preparing floats of flowers for the celebrations the next day, whilst others played or watched a “horseshoe throwing” competition on the sand. Other families had made a golf course out of sand castles on the beach. Amazingly, this was all happening by 9 a.m. We had left Palo Alto really early at 7 a.m. because we ... read more
Capitola wharf
Capitola bridge

North America » United States » California » Big Sur September 2nd 2008

ON OUR WAY Saturday 30th August We’ve been in England for one week now and have been enjoying the cool weather and green countryside, after the heat of Spain in recent weeks. Today we braved Terminal 5 at Heathrow and “Yes” they still have problems there. We arrived in good time and were told that the only seats available to us were numbers 29F and 30E, in other words, sitting apart in different rows and also cramped between other people in the middle section for eleven hours. I don’t think so! Anyway, after a visit to Customer Services we finally got two seats together (having previously been told quite emphatically at check in that the flight was full and there were no spare seats “whatsoever” on the plane!!! As it turned out, the plane was nowhere ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante July 30th 2008

PENSION GAP : FINAL PREPARATIONS 22 July 2008 1. Paperwork After recently reading in the press about James Pennington, a nineteen-year old from Wimbledon, who sustained severe injuries after a moped accident in Vietnam and then discovered that his insurance policy didn’t cover the costs of medical care and repatriation, one gets a little bit paranoid about travel insurance. This boy’s parents thought that they had done a good job of researching policies on offer to ensure that their son was well-covered for his Gap Year travels. He had the accident in May, just four months in to his travel year and it cost the parents 25,000 pounds. As the boy’s father said to the press, when disaster strikes, insurance companies will happily find a loophole! We are notoriously bad in our family when it comes ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante July 22nd 2008

1. DECISIONS- made in Spain April 2008 Why should a “Gap Year” be the prerogative of the young? The idea of a Gap Year is to have a break between the world of study and the world of work; in other words, between university and career. Well I never got the chance to do that. Therefore, a gap between the world of work and retirement seems thoroughly appropriate. With this in mind I’m starting to plan a trip around the world to gentle myself in to the strange concept of not having to get up on Monday mornings to start the working week. It is an alien concept. I’m actually a bit scared of it. Having spent years saying that when I retire I shall do this and have the time to study that, the thought ... read more

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