Zoe Yates

Zoe and Bella

Zoe Yates

North America » United States » Hawaii » Volcano October 5th 2019

Days 25-28 Waikiki shores Tuesday was a long day at the beach. Nice swim and snorkel and throwing the gridiron ball with Josh, Tom and Ben. We all copped a bit of sun, so the afternoon was a little slow indoors l, while Kym had a pedicure. In the evening we had chines take away in the condo with another great view of the sunset. Wednesday we hired a car and went for a drive around the island. Susie drove brilliantly and ben’s navigation was accurate (and informative). We had a nice walk along sunset beach and then a great swim at the famous Waimea bay where the waves were powerful but fun to contend with. Every so often we hit the sand fairly hard. Ben josh Tim and Zoe swam with a turtle just beyond ... read more
Waikiki sunset
Last holiday snap
Hula girl

North America » United States » Hawaii October 1st 2019

DAY 24 - Waikiki Shore After three weeks of fairly steady travel and sightseeing it was great just to sit on the beach. First up there was the early morning dip in the 26 degree waters of Waikiki. We found a nice little spot where most of the the underwater rocks had been cleared. A small sample of US military might was on show not far away as five jet fighters took off an early morning patrol. Fast and furious! At about 11 we locked in our banana lounge and umbrella for a few hours on the beach proper with some snorkelling thrown in. Some nice long fish were feeding on the seabed and were fun to chase. The Vertigan Mitchell clan arrived early afternoon heralding another swim and throw of an American football. Beautiful large ... read more
View for pre-dinner drinks

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Venice Beach September 30th 2019

Day 23: Farewell LA hello Hawaii On our last morning in LA I headed out early for breakfast at one of Delia’s suggestions The Butcher Daughter and was not disappointed. It was probably my favourite cafe so far with its scrumptious vegan food and seriously nice decor and vibe. It was on Abbot Kinney Blvd and there was a fabulous market being set up. Knowing how much my family like all things vegetables ?I told them to come and meet me. That gave me the chance to try a juice sampler much to the amusement of everyone. It was hard to choose only 4 juices from the incredible selection!! We then had a wander along the market before heading back to the bungalow to pack. I really wasn’t ready to leave and would love more time ... read more
Cool cafe - I want this in my house!
Yummy breakfast

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Beverly Hills September 30th 2019

Day 21: Universal Studios We started the morning bright and early to get ready for the day at Universal Studios. We caught an Uber there then brought the tickets. Dad got us the express tickets which means that we get to skip the normal line and go in the express lane but you can only use these tickets once at every ride, after that you have to go in the normal lane. Once we got in the theme park we split up Bella and mum went together because they like the calm rides and not the scary one. And dad and I went to together to go on a few scary ones. The first ride dad and I went one was a simulator Transformers ride. At one point we jumped off a skyscraper which was quite ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles September 27th 2019

Day 20 - Disney day We left our apartment bright and early so that we could get through the gates of Disneyland Park at a reasonable time. We were through and ready for our first ride by 9am. First up we visited Tomorrowland and tackled: the Buzz Lightyear ride; Star Tours; the Finding Nemo submarine; and Autopia. Autopia allowed Zoe and Bella to show us their driving skills for the first time - not bad either! Then to Fantasyland where Bella was in her element: Pinocchio’s Daring journey; Snow White’s scary adventure; Sleeping Beauty’s castle; Dumbo the flying elephant; Mr Toad’s wild ride; the Storybook Land canal Boat ride; “its a small world” boat ride (and no I cant get that tune out of my head); and Bella’s absolute favourite, the Casey Jr Circus train. Frontier ... read more
The day begins
Its a small world after all!
Minnie Bella

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey September 26th 2019

Day 19: LA with Brad and Haruki Today we were treated to some local sights by a friend of my Brad and his fabulous four legged companion Haruki. I originally met Brad when he lived in Melbourne twenty years ago. I also stayed with him 18 years ago on my way to and from the Galápagos Islands! A lot has happened since then so there was lots of catching up to do! We met Brad and Haruki at a local coffee shop. It was possibly the coolest I’ve ever seen and it was great fun sitting out the front chatting to locals. Dean was very happy with the coffee and went back for a second cup before we headed off for breakfast. Our breakfast spot was an Australian Cafe that didn’t disappoint with the food or ... read more
Kym and Brad
Coffee bliss
coffee stop

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Venice Beach September 25th 2019

We started the morning at 5:30 to get ready to hop on the train. The Uber picked us up at 6 and we got on the train at 6:30. The train ride was about 3 and a half hours. When we got to New York we got an Uber to the airport. At the airport we waited in a lounge and then got on the plane. When the plane landed we got an Uber to the house. When we arrived at the house in Venice Beach and we looked around and then went for a walk on the beach. The beach was really nice and had los of palm trees and lots of shops. On the beach we got ice cream, I got the chocolate ice cream with a vanilla swirl and chocolate chip cookie dough. ... read more
Venice Beach
SantaMonica sunset
Venice Beach

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington September 25th 2019

Day 17 - Lazy day We started the day when I woke I just played on the iPad, because dad had gone to Arlington Cemetery (and saw where J.F.K was buried) and the Air and Space Museum. Zoe woke up an hour later and we got an Uber at 1 to Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. Then we went to Shake Shack, which was delicious, I got crinkle-cut fries and a vanilla shake. At the shops I got a tee shirt and Zoe got a dress. We caught up with dad and went to a nature museum. We then got an Uber to Georgetown and got a yummy dinner calamari/pizza. Ps I’m feeling much better everyone. Thanks for all your messages!... read more
Zoe seeing what she would look like as a Neanderthal
Pick the odd one out
Plastic in the ocean makes me sad

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington September 23rd 2019

Day 16 - family tours Washington Early Sunday morning we joined a small tour with an American family to see the major sights of Washington. We visited theCapital, the Jefferson memorial; the Luther king memorial; Lincoln Memorial (from which Martin Luther king had a Dream). Plus then memorials for WWII; Korea; Vietnam and for the marines at Iwo Jima. And then we finished at the White House which was really cool. There were Australian flags ??everywhere. They must have known we were in town. Oh yes and scomo was In town as well! We also had a quick trip to The Washington children’s hospital as Bella was suffering from an ear infection. Let’s just say she did not figure prominently in the family photo at the White House!! After a few trips across town to pharmacies ... read more
View of the Capital from the Mall
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington September 22nd 2019

After a quick trip to Macy’s we bid a fond farewell to Mike, Caroline and Franzi. We’ve had such a wonderful week with them exploring the sights of New York and will really miss them all terribly. It really is so much fun meeting up in a different country every few years, catching up and discovering new places together! Dean had a last trip to his favourite coffee shop on the corner - I think their revenue will drop significantly! I’ll miss looking out the front window at the Fire Station and Brooklyn Food Co-op with all the volunteers carrying shopping to customers car. Our bags seemed a little heavier as we lugged them on the subway for our Amtrak Train to Washington DC. It was just over three hours on the train and we arrived ... read more
Our Brooklyn hood
Brooklyn Food Co-op and Fire Station
Subway bound

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