Travelling for Sandy

Travelling for Sandy

Travelling for Sandy




Asia » Vietnam January 18th 2018

See what we did there...clever that. (Saw the show in London in '97...good, but no Les Miserables!) Awoke to finer weather in Hoi An. We are being picked up at 9 am so close up the packs and it's a good thing we bought the spare third pack as the purchases are piling up for the younger members of the team. Then head across for a final breakfast by the river at the resort. Best breakfasts of the tour to date for me. Driver punctual and by 9:05 am we are on the road to the airport at Danang. Retracing the route to the airport in daylight is interesting. Different perspective in daylight. Check in at Danang is quick and painless. We take an interest in an American college or university group of about 20 checking ... read more
Ho Chi Minh statue...
Notre Dame...
...noodles at Pho 2000..

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang January 14th 2018

When last we left you, which makes the bold assumption someone is actually reading this drivel, our intrepid travellers were just departing Halong Bay by coach returning to Hanoi and then onto Danang and Hoi An. Agreed, intrepid travellers is a bit over the top for this particular trio, but then so is referring to a bus as a coach as tour operators seem to be prone too. Our bus was a little late out of Halong Bay, or rather the marina there. It's a bit of a zoo actually, although these tenders coming to the docks and sea wall from the bigger boats and disgorging score after score of tourists for the return to Hanoi. It all takes a bit of time to move a swarm of people through a small terminus and onto a ... read more
...not as cold as it looks. Very mild.
...old Japanese Bridge..
...the shrine room..

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Dien Bien January 13th 2018

Any one whose been to Halong Bay probably gets the significance of the number 1,969. Its the recorded number of islands in Halong Bay. But we had to get there first. Early Wednesday morning in Hanoi and feeling very organised. Packs closed and locked and heading up for breakfast at 7:30am. Bit over the breakfasts at the May De Ville. Three is enough. Food is good and there is a chef doing fresh eggs (cooking, not laying) and omelettes. Just time for a change. There's a first world problem right there, bored with your breakfast options. Driver was picking us up at 8:30 am. He, rather 'the gang' turned up at 8:20 am. We were ready. The gang is 18 of our travel companions for the next day or so. Lots of Australians, trio of Argentinian ... read more
Sung Sot Caves
...inside the Sung Sot Cave
..inside the caves...

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi » Đống Đa District January 9th 2018

Early start on Sunday. At Changi Terminal 2 for 7:20 am for the 9:20 am flight from Singapore to Hanoi. Couple of minor hiccups trying to check in automatically as Caitlin and I were fine but Reuben's Vietnam visa for some reason wouldn't register. Took a few minute to sort then through. Departure formalities here very easy and straightforward. Really good flight with Singapore airlines. And for the trainspotters it was a Boeing something 200. Seemed to have a little more room. Service was excellent. Arrived Hanoi around midday. Disembarked and formed a queue for border control. This was old school. Long lines moving slowly, but moving. Got bored and worked out they processed 2 people in an average of 56 seconds. Doesn't sound long but put 60 plus people in the line and you do ... read more
Temple on the lake...
Walking to the French Qaurter...
Hanoi Opera House

Asia » Singapore » Chinatown January 6th 2018

Leaving at 1:15 am made for a long day leading up to the flight. Reubs and Caitlin both buzzing and by midnight just slightly annoying. Better than whinging so no complaint made by dad. Departure formalities a breeze. Interesting part was when Customs pulled Reub's day pack off the conveyor belt for inspection. Turned out the machine gets a bit suspect on day packs that are too 'light'. The boys day pack consisted of a GoPro, charger, cell phone and his headphones. All the vitals for the teenage traveller in 2018. Silly us with first aid kits and other such nonsense. Despite concerns about the storm coming in we got out without delay or issue. Apparently I am now told its important to know something about the plane your travelling on. I did not know this. ... read more
Team photo...
Miss Photogenic...
The Gardens...

North America October 4th 2012

...admittedly the train is a stretch! Only one we used was in Vancouver to get to and from one side of the city to the other but 'Gondola' doesn't really rhyme with anything that helped...so we stretched it a little. Last day in California was a little bit of a fill in day really. Only had to be fair 5 or 6 hours to fill so not long enough to get too adventurous and a little too long to just sit around. Also a little wary of LA freeway traffic as needed to be well amongst it to return Frostbite to Alamo and get to the airport for before 7pm. Left Carlsbad Seapoint Resort a little after 10am. This place was great, a little pricier than we normally pay but the services, set up and apartments ... read more
Home with their mate...

North America » United States » California » Carlsbad October 1st 2012

No, not time for a George Orwellesque insightful assessment of first world living in a capitalistic material possession obsessed 21st century. We went to Legoland. California. As opposed to Legoland anywhere else in the world if there was any misunderstanding. An opportunity for children to play in a place they related to from their daily interaction with their everyday educational toys...might sell that to Lego! The children were harried and harassed, pushed and prodded, cajoled and cursed at to get them to the car by 0845 hours stat because by any of the dieties you elect as your personal preference, life style choice or faith inspired belief - Sandy was going to have us there for 0900 hrs, at the gate for 'opening time' all of which we had carefully planned through the magic of the ... read more
Couple of 'Wallys'...
Battle of Genosis...
Chicks just 'hanging'...

North America » United States » California » Carlsbad September 30th 2012

Saturday arrived and was day two for us here in Carlsbad. The plan was, weather permitting that we would go to the Safari Park which is near here and now one of the San Diego regions leading tourist attractions. Weather was permitting, in fact was superb, but we got all ready to head out, went to leave...and then realised we really didn't want to. Kids were more interested in swimming in the pool, Reubs wanted to play tennis here and they both just wanted to 'hang out' for the day. So we did just that with the exception of an outing later in the evening for several hours at the outlet mall to knock off the bulk of the clothes and shoes shopping we had planned. And that pretty much sums up Saturday... Sunday, we were ... read more
...and up for air!
A Dad's favourite...
Reuben's fav...

North America » United States » California » Carlsbad September 29th 2012

...if you got the title...'your old'. The 'hit' song 'LA International Airport' was first recorded in 1970 and shame on us, it actually went to No.1 in New Zealand. But first, woke up in Vancouver on Thursday to another beautiful BC day. Packed up and checked out and stored our bags downstairs at Time Squares Apartments and ordered a taxi for 12.45 for the trip to the airport. As to Times Squares Apartments, with the exception of the noisey air conditioning unit it was centrally located and very comfortable in a fairly active part of town a mere two blocks from Stanley Park. The staff are very friendly, but who isnt in Canada it seems, and very helpful. Located on Robson Street, this is very much an artery into the central city and easy to access. ... read more
The range...
'Frost-bite'
Little girls eyes light up...

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 26th 2012

The cruise ended very much with a whimper as opposed to a roar... The final night of the cruise seemed a lot noisier for no particular reason and as a result we were awake at midnight looking out over the coastline of Vancouver Island. Looks like we were passing Campbell River and the coastline heading south. We were so close that it was a little disappointing that again we were doing this sailing at night. Docked at 7am, our luggage had all been collected at 10pm the previous night, did final packing of day packs, last breakfast at the Island Restaurant and then up to the main theatre to await our allocated disembarkation time. Done in stages so as to avoid a mad rush and a OAP riot. Those zimmers are solid. Some of our travel ... read more
Muppets and Puppets...
Toy Ferry...
Brass Sculptures...




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