Robert Saunders

Rob Saunders

Robert Saunders

Graduate from University of Southampton. During my Gap Year I travelled around Kenya (where I worked in a school), Thailand, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji. I have also travelled a fair bit within Europe although I'm yet to complete an Inter-railing trip I have been planning for several years.

Hello all. I've (Tim) taken over blogging duties from Rob as his laptop has died, temporarily we hope! Unfortunately that means no photos for now.We had a good second day in San Francisco. After breakfast at the hotel, we took a bus up to Golden Gate Park to visit t... read more

Hello everyone, today's entry details our first day in San Francisco and the trip the Alcatraz Island. We rose early once again as we had been advised to book onto the first boat of the day at 8:45 so that the island wouldn't be too crowded whilst we were there. This was good advice as it did indeed become very crowded as we were leaving at 11. The boat trip out across the bay was great as it gave us a chance to look back at the city skyline although the weather here could rival England. It is much colder then we have experienced so far this holiday, struggling to reach above 20 degrees so those of us who had the foresight to pack a jumper have been fine whilst others have quickly bought one. When ... read more

I am being slightly lazy in that I'm going to combine today and yesterday's blog into one so I hope you can all forgive me for that. Kit has asked me to voice his displeasure at some of the comments I have been making about him, so now I have mentioned that I have another quality comment from Kit. Dad had just said to Fred that he could be the one to introduce Smooth 70s radio to Franklin House when he starts at Canford to which Kit pipes up, no Joe already listens to 80s and 90s music! Once again, Idiot! Now that is out of the way I will proceed with an account of yesterday's activities. We rose slightly later than anticipated meaning that a hike in the national park would have to be postponed ... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 31st 2013

Hello everyone, our last day in Vegas was a fantastic one. In the morning Fred, Kit and I went to the sports exhibition where they have laid out Hall of Fame prizes and shirts from all the different American sports. There were also practical exercises you can do to test yourself against the pros. Kit managed a 6'6" standing jump, half of what the best American Football players can do. We then had some ice hockey drills which Kit beat me at by 1.5 seconds so I'm claiming victory on that as I haven't picked up a hockey stick in years. Then came my chance to tell the Americans that Nascar isn't a proper sport and that F1 is much better as we got the chance to perform a pit stop. Nascar for those who don't ... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 29th 2013

Hello everyone, here is the next instalment of the Saunders family road trip. The evening of our first night here we ventured out up the strip to see Vegas at night. When I say we ventured out I mean we walked through interconnected hotels designed to prevent you from going outside. However, we did get some good snaps of the Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, Monte Carlo, The MGM Grand and of course the Bellagio (all hotels). The following morning we ventured down to the casino floor in search of some breakfast where Fred and Kit found something called the Ultimate Breakfast so naturally we stopped there so they could have it. We then moved to the Aquarium, which is all still inside a hotel, which has lots of predators of the seas in tanks ... read more

Hello everyone, apologies for the delay in blogging we are all still alive and well so here is an update on our activities over here in the US. So I think I left you anticipating our trip into Old Scottsdale. In brief it's not very old (Est. 1912) and there isn't very much there so we went to a massive shopping mall in Scottsdale where more shopping was done and dinner was eaten. The next morning after collecting the hire car we drove the 350 miles North to the Grand Canyon North Rim a longer drive than to the South Rim but it has 10% of the tourists. The scenery on the way up was spectacular and it only improved as we neared the Grand Canyon. We stopped at a view point where the bridge crossed ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale July 24th 2013

Hello everyone, we have managed to pay for one day's Wi-Fi which is now on its 2nd day of being active, more evidence of Americas incompetence with internet, so here's a quick update from sunny Arizona. The weather here is fantastic topping 40 degrees most days and providing excellent tanning conditions. Everyone is enjoying a bit of downtime and hence we haven't really done anything worth mentioning. This evening we will be heading into Old Scottsdale which is apparently pretty cool so will give you an update on that later. Kit and Mom have had a game of tennis which Kit only won 6-3 which has led me to believe that if I was still capable of running around a court I would still be able to beat him. Last night's dinner in a very nice ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale July 21st 2013

Right then apologies for the delay in the blogging, the Americans haven’t quite got the hang of free Wi-Fi like the rest of the world so we will not be picking up emails or iMessage texts for much of this week. During our last day in NYC we visited the National History Museum which is a truly awesome place with hundreds of displays and exhibits from extinct dinosaurs and mammals through to current species. The displays are very life like with stuffed animals in the foreground and painted backgrounds blending seamlessly together making it often difficult to see where the real stuff ends and the painting begins. The life size model of a Blue Whale hanging from the ceiling is also quite impressive and gives you an idea of how big this museum is as this ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 19th 2013

Hello everyone, 2 down and 1 to go in NYC. On the agenda today was a walk through Central Park where we found some breakfast before heading to the largest museum in the world the Metropolitan Museum of Art where you can find part of a pyramid among other incredible historical artefacts. The musical instrument section was particularly interesting showing the evolution of different instruments over the years. We then returned to the hotel for a spot of lunch and a swim whilst we waited for evening to arrive. Late afternoon we met at Grand Central Station after Fred had done some shopping and had dinner at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central which offered a huge variety of sea food dishes. We then walked down to the Empire State Building where we had incredible views ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 18th 2013

So we have survived the journey and day 1 in New York City (NYC). The weather is weather has been lovely and hot, a little too hot for walking around all day but we are all surviving. We have all adjusted to the jet lag bar Dad who is waking around 3:30am the fool! Yesterday we started by going up the Rockefeller Center to the 70th floor where you get fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline. We then moved downtown into the financial district where we took the obligatory pictures of Wall Street and the NYSE before visiting the American Museum of Finance and the Fraunces Tavern Museum which tells of how the couragous Yanks defeated the British (not something I particularly enjoyed!) We then took a boat tour via the Statue of Liberty and Ellis ... read more

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