Page 2 of SlimBlue Travel Blog Posts

Hi Friends and Family, As promised - the long awaited extra blog about the sunset. It was such a delicious sight and absolutely amazing. We had been advised about the best points to be on in order to get the advantage and we weren't the only ones! Cars were zooming and screeching all over the "highway" and the whole international community seemd to be converging at the same place. At the same time! We were all so excited and there was a lot of scrambling and leaping and jumping over small "rocks" in order to get to just the right position as the sunset took place for only about 15 minutes before a blanket of darkness would descend all over the Canyon. The sunlight was blazing and twinkling all at the same time! What a view ... read more
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Hi Friends and Family, GRAND CANYON II Good Morning! We continued our adventure at The Grand Canyon on the way out to another canyon! Our hotel, The Grand Canyon Plaza Resort was right next to the IMAX (which I thought was rather amusing ‘cos why watch a 3D film about the canyon while we were but a few minutes away from the real life Grand Canyon) and The National Geographic Visitor Centre where we got maps and a ticket for entrance to the park the day before. The prices are pretty neat and very affordable as each National Park cost $25.00 per car and is good for 7 days or one could buy a yearly ticket that cost just $80.00. What a bargain. ‘Such a shame that we weren’t staying a little longer! The Resort was ... read more
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Hi Friends and Family, THE GRAND CANYON I We arrived at our hotel – „The Grand Canyon Plaza Resort“ in the evening and after checking-in, went straight for the dinning room ‘cos we were very, very hungry! We were really looking forward to experiencing everything that The Grand Canyon had to offer. The hotel was really nice and we had a deluxe room which backed out near to the indoor spa area and had two vanity areas, a huge flat screen TV, a terrace backing into the wintergarten and free WIFI! It would be so lovely in the summer. You could see that it really was low-season as there were very few guests and most were Japanese tourists, three American families and ourselves! I had been a little sceptical of this hotel as this wasn’t our ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Tusayan January 24th 2011

Hi Friends and Family, We checked out of our lovely LA hotel this morning and decided to have our breakfast en-route as today, we were going to Arizona. We decided to go down Down Town to see whether we would get a different flavour of LA. So we did! The day before, we noticed that a not more than 15-20 minute drive would take you into the Mexican-Indian communities and the trams. Who knew that LA had trams? What brought us into this area? Snow chains? We needed snow chains as we were going to four (4) National Parks and at least (3) of them had the strong potential of being in heavy snow situations so we needed to be prepared and had been advised to go to a special automobile shop which would have such ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood January 23rd 2011

LA AT NIGHT OK. So we’re still in LA and after our bus tour we walked around a little in Hollywood and took in the sights before having dinner. As for the photos, I’ve decided to put in the night time photos of Downtown LA as well as Hollywood. For variety! I don’t know whether it’s ‘cos its low-season or it’s winter but there weren’t really a lot of people about and it made moving around much easier. I was expecting a mass of crowds that you would have to heave through or something, according to the TV shows! I noticed there there seemed to be a lot of Macy’s shops around. I wonder whether they’ve gone downscale?! I also saw that The Screen Actors Guild would give out their awards at the end of January. ... read more

Hi Friends and Family, So we're still on the topic of Santa Monica - the beachside of LA! We took so many photos that it needed a blog of its own. We had been on the Hop-on-Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of "StarLine Tours" and were on the Yellow Route which went through Santa Monica Pier and Aquarium, 3rd Street Promenade, Rodeo Drive, Westwood Village, Fox Studios and Marilyn Monroe's grave side at Westwood Memorial. Again, it was a very warm day and the place was packed with both tourists and locals as the place not only had a pier but also a mini amusement park and a Hippodrome (carousel) which is a National Historic Landmark. It was built in 1909. We wanted to step foot on the Pacific Ocean so it was important that we frollicked in ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood January 22nd 2011

Hi Friends and Family, Its our second day and after a well deserved rest, we decided to check out the rest of the city whilst looking for breakfast. Honestly, the buildings are so tall and shiny that they're quite overwhelming and its not even anything close to the skyscraper entity of New York! As I told you the day before, we're in the Financial District which means on Saturday everything is shut and boy did we find that out the hard way. We spotted a nice restaurant that we thought would fit the bill of being local and child-friendly, however when we got there, we discovered its closed on Saturdays and Sundays. In fact, everything was! So, we decided to go to The Grand Central Market surely, there would be warm home-cooked food at a market. ... read more

North America » United States » California January 22nd 2011

Hi Friends and Family, We're here and have arrived safe n"well. We're still suffering from a little jet lag but suffice to say we have been all over Los Angeles and have just returned from having dinner in Hollywood. That's right. You heard me. H-o-l-l-y-w-o-o-d! Right! We arrived in the noon and took the shuttle bus to pick up our car from the car rental company - Alamo. After sorting all that out we took to the road. Wow! We're in America. In LA. It felt slightly surreal as we had seen the city on TV but perhaps Berlin seems like that to other Europeans too! Driving was a little weird as there were potholes and one could see little signs of shabbiness here and there but the drive was nevertheless, smooth and easy. And the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam January 21st 2011

Hi Friends & Family, We’re finally off. Yeah baby! Wooo!! We practically didn’t sleep at all ‘cos: 1. The excitement. 2. We have to get up at 04:00 at the very latest. 3. I was doing the housework – cleaning and mopping in order to have a tranquil house of calmness after the madness of travelling all around California in under 3 weeks AND combating jetlag! This was our first trip to North America but definitely not our last. Funnily enough, I always thought that my first trip to the USA would be to New York but due to the fact that we had TWO family tragedies in 2010 and we needed to have a holiday TOGETHER- All three of us-we opted for California instead. A wonderful mixture of sunshine, snow, mountains, beaches, cities and rural ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles January 20th 2011

Hi Friends and Family! Its that time of year again - holiday time and wow wasn't last year interesting! I went to Great Britain three times admittedly in different parts - London, the Isle of Wight and Northern England. My family and I also went to Potsdam and the suburban parts of Berlin / Brandenburg for some days, Wales for the summer and now we're off to the United States. So exciting. Phewey! Frank, "The Small Young Gentleman" and I are going on a customised "fly and drive" around the lovely state of California, hitting on Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Why? 'Cos its time to do so man and why not today? No point in putting it off until tomorrow. Tomorrow, I wanna go to China LOL! Anyway, the plan is to go to Los Angeles, ... read more

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