Yvonne Wilkinson

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Yvonne Wilkinson




North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 14th 2018

New Orleans Louisiana We reached our destination. - New Orleans. It is often called NOLA – New Orleans NO Louisiana LA. We arrived mid afternoon on Friday 9 Feb. Our choice of accommodation for the next 5 days was an AirBnB, located just outside of the city area. As with most residential areas close to the city there is a mix of nice and nasty in terms of buildings and people. This is probably one of the disadvantages of AirBnB – not easy to work out where the accommodation actually is in the context of the broader area. MARDI GRAS During the Mardi Gras period which starts on 6 January in New Orleans, there will be many parades; some simply walking and others with floats, marching bands and so on. Each of the parades are organized ... read more
Waiting for our first parade
Parade - Krewe of Iris
Mardi Gras NO

North America » United States » Georgia February 7th 2018

31 Jan 18 Today was pretty much spent driving to Memphis. We left Dallas before 8am and travelled by interstate across Arkansas. At about 3.30pm we crossed the Mississippi and found ourselves in Memphis. What we first noticed was the difference in the buildings and a distinct lack of vehicles on the streets. We had to check the day of the week as I felt it was a Sunday or so a public holiday. No it was a typical Tuesday in Memphis. We are staying in what is called Midtown Memphis in an AirBnB place. It is an old house (105 years old apparently) with wooden floors in most rooms. It is very cold here. A quick check on the temperature and it was 12 degrees C. It surprised me as it felt colder than that. ... read more
Looking at the Mississippi River from Memphis
Peabody Hotel Ducks
Front Entrance of Graceland

North America » United States » Texas January 23rd 2018

23 Jan 18 Left Tuscon and headed west to El Paso (or some might say Hell Paso). The trip took about 6 hours all up including a stop for lunch at a little place called Lordsburg. The Kranberry Family Restaurant here promised down-home-style cooking. It was rather quaint and very busy. Mainly locals or regulars as they seemed to know the staff. I saw Chicken Fried Steak on menu and had to give it a go. It was covered in a white pepper sauce. You could choose a side so I chose the loaded potato. The dish is like a schnitzel where the bread crumbing outer layer was KFC style. The food was quite nice, and I am glad that I tasted Chicken Fried Steak but I won’t order it again. I would hate to think ... read more
Heuco Tanks outside El Paso
Pictographs at Heuco Tanks outside El Paso
Road Runner seen at Sabino Canyon Tucson

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 22nd 2018

17 Jan 18 We arrived at the long term car park 3 hours before our flight only to discover I had forgotten to book a place for the car. I remember I had priced it but failed to continue through to actually booking a space. We were lucky we were able to leave the car there. We continued our run of luck with a rather nice driver who dropped us off to the airport and we made our way to the lounge to wait for our flight. We boarded the 777-300ER and found our seats; they were very comfortable. After our lunch we found the bar. It was pretty good. We chatted to a few other passengers for about an hour or so. One of the passengers was Jane Davenport from Byron Bay who is an ... read more
The bar on Business Class
Entrance to the Gaslamp Qtr
Walking toward the Mexico border

Europe » Spain » Andalusia April 1st 2017

22 – 23 March 2017 We left Lisbon early and travelled to Cordoba. We drove through Badajoz on the border of Spain and Portugal. It is quite pretty. There are many arroyos (towns) along the way. The terrain is quite mountainous, and there are many olive groves and vineyards. We arrived in Cordoba around 4pm. I had used the GPS to take us to our accommodation. After a few issues we found ourselves in a fantastic apartment (not the one we had originally booked), more by luck than good judgment. We decided to spend our first day looking around Cordoba, which is a very interesting city, as well as make an effort to get our clothes dry. It rained intermittently all day long. 24 March 2017 We decided to go to Gibraltar this morning – so ... read more
Cordoba
Cordoba
Cordoba

Europe » France » Brittany March 30th 2017

17 March 2017 We decided to spend some time at Mont St Michel. I am so glad we included this in our itinerary. This church was constructed in the 10th Century, and dedicated to St Michael. It has served different functions since then and has been refurbished over the years. I was in awe as we wandered around the church buildings on this little island. We were lucky to be there to see the tide out and to see how a person could cross to this island at low tide. The photos are self explanatory 18 March 2017 We left Dinge early and headed toward San Sebastian, which was our overnight stop before arrived in Portugal. We took the main roads and found that the tolls in France are quite expensive. We paid almost 30 Euro ... read more
Mont St Michel
Causeway connecting Mt St Michel to the mainland
Mont St Michel

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto March 29th 2017

19, 20 & 21 March 2017 Arrived in Porto at around 4pm. There is a time difference of an hour between here and Spain, so we were able to get out and wander. What an amazing city. It is a Sunday afternoon and it seems everyone is out enjoying the beautiful weather and the markets on the banks of the Duoro river. The area of Porto is known mainly for being the original Port Wine developers. We went into a “cave” (we might call it a wine store) and there I discovered that Port wine comes in white, ruby and tawny. It all tasted pretty good to me. There are many Port Wine caves and we are told some are better than others. In Porto the people really enjoy cod I am told, so that evening ... read more
Pont Luis I
View to an old Fortress
A bridge with 2 platforms

Europe » France March 24th 2017

13 March 2017 Arrived in Paris at 8pm and got to the Hotel Monge at 9pm. We raced to the Laundromat but it was closed but would open again at 6.30am. Undeterred we went for dinner and consumed another bottle of wine between us. What the hell, we are only in France for a short time – make the best of it. 14 March 2017 We managed to get our clothes washed and dried and check out of the hotel by 9.30am. Got to the hire car company by 10. We decided to upgrade our car to a BMW grand tourer. So off we go into unknown traffic systems in car worth more than my annual wage! My stress levels can only go up from there. Once out of Paris (after a few wrong turns, screaming ... read more
On display at Historial de la Grande Guerre or Historial, Museum of the Great War
On display at Historial de la Grande Guerre or Historial, Museum of the Great War
On display at Historial de la Grande Guerre or Historial, Museum of the Great War

Africa » Morocco March 19th 2017

7 March 2017 Our early flight out of Iceland, saw us arriving in Paris at midday. We took a taxi from Orly airport – 30 Euro flat rate. The taxi driver was mute I think, as Walter tried to make conversation but the fellow didn’t respond. We arrived at Hotel Monge and were very impressed by the hotel and the staff. It is a boutique hotel, with very elegant furnishing and fittings. Very beautiful and classy, and very welcoming too. We had access to the coffee machine in the foyer at any time. This was great for us, as we have both missed open access to having a coffee when we wanted it. We did some washing then walked to Notre Dame. It was a 15 min walk. It is a city of splendor. On our ... read more
Pigeons everywhere
Casablanca Market
One of the stalls in the market at Casablanca

Europe » Norway March 10th 2017

We turned back south and headed back toward Bergen. Our first stop was Vardo. There is a fortress dating back to 1737. It had been snowing heavily and our photos show how much. We stopped at Hammerfest. It was a Sunday where there is nothing open except churches. This is a pretty town, with a lot of snow. It is reputed as being the world’s most northern town. It took a bit of hammering during WW2. During this war Norway avoided the hostilities by capitulating to the Germans. Unfortunately, when the Germans retreated they destroyed most of the buildings of where they had been. Pretty cruel actually. Hammerfest as been rebuilt and is quite a lovely sight. Our cruise has taken us again through Tromso this time at midnight – but no northern lights in view. ... read more
Walter and I at the fort at Vardos
A close up of the fort
Fishstock on the back deck of the Spitsbergen




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