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North America » United States » New York January 12th 2015

Geo: 40.7614, -73.9863Up early today, need to get some washing done otherwise we will have no socks or underwear! Weather somewhat unpleasant, RAIN but no snow, however a considerable temperature improvement at 3 degrees.Found a Laundromat not far from the hotel called Zanussi at 750 10th Avenue so not too far away, so ff we go. Everything left to be washed so now we are off by taxi again to Upper Midtown heading for the New York City Museum first today to check out the history of the looks so interesting! Plus they put on a free breakfast from 10:00 to 11:00 so why not ?Had a great time at the museum then headed out in the rain to the sub-way on the corner 103rd and Lexington. Subway very grubby and trains very narrow, alighted ... read more

North America » United States » New York January 9th 2015

Geo: 40.7614, -73.9861Just woke up, now 07:20, quickly checked outside the window and yes it's a very bleak day, -2 degrees and snowing so the kids will be very excited again when they finally wake up. Will obviously put a dampener on our tourist activities and restrict our views from the tall buildings we were planning to attempt today! Any way it's a holiday so let's just enjoy whatever we can..Breakfast this morning is on the cheap, cereal from a local deli, bowls from the little shop downstairs ( they were very kind) and spoons from Celina's handbag collection. This will be our breakfast for the rest of New York followed up with a Starbucks Coffee. It took us over an hour to find our hop on, hop off bus this morning after getting redirected I ... read more

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241Snow still lying around but very sunny temperature much colder than yesterday -7 but feels like -15.8. Now we most of our bags we can repack all the "emergency purchase" have breakfast and make our way to Union Station.I spent the first two hours chasing down Emma's missing bag, on phone to United plus many emails. The bag is in Washington somewhere but we are leaving at 12:00 noon for station. United appear to have it in hand and we expect to finally see Emma's bag sometime whilst we are in New York. In the mean time we have had to purchase 3 more suitcases online because the locks have all been busted by TSA and are now useless, they are being delivered to our hotel in New York within 3 days so by ... read more

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241TempWoke 7Breakfast in hotelBought Big Bus hop on hop off tickets for a tour of WashingtonGeorgetown Lincoln MemorialXXXXXXGetting a little concerned about missing bags and hearing nothing....Rang Covermore to find out what the process was. Advised once bags delayed 24 hours we could purchase emergency clothes etc to value of $375 per adult passenger but would need a "Property Irregularity Report" from United to be able to lodge the claim which we can't obtain until case closed.Not to miss an opportunity, off we went in haste to Macy's. Cold 1 degree but felt like minus 7 but we really need to get some underwear and at least a jumper. We had our jackets but it was COLD!!!Back the hotel for dinner, it's 19:30pm and whilst we are getting emails from United every 6 hours ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Miami January 4th 2015

Geo: 25.7843, -80.194128 today clear blue skies .. Beautiful ! Today we have just 4 hours to check out the sights of Miami before heading further south to Miami International for the flight to Washington DC (via New York - Newark airport)Up @07:00 and all packed and ready to depart at lunch time. So it's time to grab a cab and first stop Miami beach to take In the.atmosphere and have breakfast. Had a great breakfast (see the evidence) only $8.95 each but after coffee & smoothies & attendance fees it cost all up $76 so will be careful next time! They even offered Mojitos here for breakfast (see photo). Walked down beachside boulevard before hailing a cab.On the way back to the hotel we had the cabbie take us through "Little Havana" where we saw ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Miami January 3rd 2015

Geo: 25.78, -80.2185Hired a Hertz Rental for the trip to Miami. 7 seater Dodge SUV. Picked it up from the Marriott Courtyard Hotel (25 minute taxi ride) and had to get used to driving on the wrong side of road quickly & surprisingly I found my way back to Art of Animation Without a hitch.After having a quick breakie & packing the car (it all squeezed in, but only just-we now have 3 large , 2 x medium! Sports bag, 4 x back- packs & of course the handbag) left Art of Animation around 09:00am and headed for Kennedy Space Centre! aided by the navigator on the phone. Almost there and you guessed it the fuel alarm went off, fancy renting out a car with less than quarter a tank? Luckily we found a BP And ... read more
The rental car

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando January 2nd 2015

Geo: 28.3508, -81.5482Blizzard Beach is a water park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. All water areas are heated, with the exception of the melting snow in the ice cave of Cross. All water areas are heated (at approximately 80 °F or 27 °C), with the exception of the melting snow in the ice cave of Cross Country Creek.The park opened on April 1, 1995 and was the third Walt Disney World water park. In 2012, the park hosted approximately 1,929,000 guests, ranking it the second-most visited water park in the world, behind its sister park, Typhoon Lagoon.The majority of the major attractions at the park are hosted atop of Mount Gushmore, an artificial hill with an elevation of 90 feet (27.4 m). Mount Gushmore is split into ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando December 31st 2014

Geo: 28.3508, -81.5482Epcot is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. It opened as EPCOT Center on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres (120 ha), more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park. It is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a "Permanent World's Fair." In 2013, the park hosted approximately 11.22 million guests, making it the fifth most visited theme park in the world. The park is represented by Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere that also serves as an attraction.The Seas with Nemo and FriendsCaptain EOMexican lunch @ la Cantina de San Angel where we enjoyed authentic Nachos (without the Jalapeños)Spaceship EarthInnovations"To all who come to this place ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando December 29th 2014

Geo: 28.3507, -81.5482Another big sleep, up at 08:00am and off to breakfast before 09:00am then off to Animal Kingdom. Weather is great and is currently 26 degrees. It was a relatively quick bus ride today, stopping off at Blizzard Beach (water park) to drop passengers, then on to our destination. First stop couldn't call what we had at breakfast, coffee!Let the Animal Kingdom adventure commence....Kali River Rapids, we travelled through the turbulent rivers of the jungle on a raft rideMaharajah Jungle Trek, this was self guided walking tour of South East Asia, home to tigers, bats and the Komodo DragonExhibition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, a ride on a speeding train through the Himalayan mountain while avoiding the clutches of the "Yeti"Kilimanjaro Safari's, a safari ride through the lush African savanna searching for ... read more
Kilimanjaro Safari
Mount Everest Expedition

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando December 28th 2014

Geo: 28.3508, -81.5482After sleeping through to 10:00am we were up in a flash,showered and shampooed before dashing off on the walk to breakfastBreakfast complete onto the bus for the trip to Magic Kingdom. What a crowd! We stopped and watched the Festival of Fantasy Parade before experiencing Stitches Great Escape. Then it was of to Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover for a monorail ride. We got organised with our Fast Pass whist ration on our Magic wrist bands and successfully missed the first ride. We saw now in a standby queue and have been for about 60 minutes waiting on Seven Dearf's mine train which is now temporarily shutdown for technical difficulties. We did however receive a Fast Pass redemption ticket for our troubles. Oh well, off to more walking and a ride on Dumbo the ... read more

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