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North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix March 11th 2023

Having been to Arizona so many times, I tend to repeat the same activities on most visits. Generally, these activities might include: Spring Training, Sedona, Old Town Scottsdale, hiking or cycling in the Valley of the Sun, visiting friends, visiting a few of the museums, and dining at some of my favorite places. But here is something rather unique for Arizona: When many think of Arizona, they think of oppressive heat, miles of sandy desert, and coyotes chasing road runners, so it might come as a surprise to know that Arizona has an ideal climate for growing grapes. It's actually not all desert — there is a great variety of climates and a vast difference in elevations. Arizona also sits at 40 degrees latitude — the ideal growing conditions range from the 30 to 50-degree mark. ... read more
Giants Spring Training
Great food down here

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix January 24th 2023

First trip of the year...crossing the Pacific a place I haven't been for 9 years! Bali airport is not the best place to get good deals out of the Island of the my ticket is on EVA air, premium economy out of Singapore...and Singapore is just a short hop on SQ! Covid....well...when you read these few words, even in Asia...seems to be ages ago...and yes, it's just few months old! I haven't been or crossed Singapore for over 10 happy to say..the airport is still clean...bigger...and the duty free is still so expensive! Tried the new SQ Gold Lounge in T3...not bad! Next, Eva Airways premium economy. That was a cheap deal booked few months ago. Seats are nice...pillow, blanket and sleepers are is way below what it should be. So I ... read more
Joshua  Tree National Park...
Cactus...and few golf balls...
My favorite on the West Coast...

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix January 20th 2023

Well, here we are, out of town again. On January 16 we flew to Phoenix with Kevin and Raye Guynn, because we had planned to attend an in-person meeting for Marriage Encounter. When it was changed to a zoom meeting, we decided to vacation anyway. Can you believe we had probably the only empty middle seat on the plane! The “Fell effect”? John? The Guynns provided the rental car and we provided the rooms at the Blue Green in Peoria, just like last summer. But, unlike last summer, it was cool (60ish for a high?) with blue blue skies. Our first day we spent another 4 hours at least at the amazing Musical Instrument Museum. I’ll just include one photo – the homemade instruments made by and for school children in Paraguay. No photos can do ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix January 4th 2023

Olivia and Luke came out to Arizona for a visit. Rather than bringing them out to Quartzsite, we enjoyed a hotel in Phoenix during their stay. We visited the Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, drove the 36-mile Castle Hot Springs OHV trail, hiked half of the Cholla Trail on Camel Back Mountain, enjoyed the Medieval Times Dinner, and the Musical Instruments Museum. We dined at Lou Natali for pizza, Butter's Pancake Cafe for breakfast, the Local Donut shop, and Little Miss BBQ. All were delicious! We stayed at the Cambria Hotel in Chandler, north of Phoenix. The rooms were spacious, and they have a workout room, pool, and hot tub. It was a fun, activity packed 3 days.... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix September 20th 2022

First signs of a challenge for us adjusting to different time zone with both of us waking up at 3.30am but managed to get back to sleep eventually. Later had breakfast in the amazing atrium which was included in our rates. I had a freshly made to order omelette (yummy). Today is Saturday and we decided to take the short drive to Old Town Scottsdale and it was really hot. We managed to park the Lexus undercover in a free parking garage near 5th Avenue and went for a walk. Surprisingly the visitors centre is closed on weekends ! The first shop we went to I found a cool coffee mug which was only $9.99 plus taxes and we definitely want to buy a few more on this trip as mementos. Kerry found a nice piece ... read more
The pink dress was only US $2095- !
Opening lyrics to Hotel California by The Eagles
I thought about buying this a present for my retiring boss.

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix September 19th 2022

Alarm went off at 6am and after having had a pretty good sleep and figuring out how to turn the stupid shower on we went down for the complimentary breakfast which they were actually charging non IHG members USD 20- each. I had a light breakfast with some cereal bran with toast and strawberry jam with an interesting strawberry and banana yoghurt (I’m not convinced they go well together ?). I asked for a coffee and they give me a coffee urn (seriously one cup is enough to start the day !). We checked out at 7.40 am and back on the free shuttle for the 10 minutes trip to LAX to get our Southwest flight. We had already been checked in using the early bird check in system when we we left Brisbane and were ... read more
Retail shopping at LAX
Do they pay for a full seat price ?
Southwest Airlines Flight 1909

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North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix December 15th 2021

The travel day is always the worst day of a vacation. This is even truer when you are traveling with your beloved cat. We were up at 4:30 to catch our 9:45 flight and all started well, Tarragon didn’t even fight to much getting in his carrier. One of the many great things about living in Providence is that the airport takes about 10 minutes to check in and get through security (even if we didn’t have TSA pre-check). Typically, when flying with Tarragon it takes a bit longer because he has to go into a special room so they can take him out of the carrier and run it through the x-ray machine. In providence that only takes about 10 extra minutes, unlike the 30 to 40 in Newark. The flight was pretty good, a ... read more
Pool at our Hotel
Happy Hour

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix June 10th 2019

Zunächst einmal will ich Lu und Matthias, die ich von meiner Dubai-Reise her kenne, grüßen, falls sie dies wieder lesen. Gestern haben sie ja meinen Post kommentiert. Der Tag begann heute wieder einmal mit einem guten Frühstück. Ich wechsle ja zwischen Pan Cakes, Waffles und Eggs & Bacon durch. Nur im ersten Hotel in L.A. gab es ein rudimentäres und auch im Preis inbegriffenes Buffet. In den anderen Hotel gab es Restaurants bei denen man à la carte bestellen konnte. Nach dem Frühstück bin ich zur Straßenbahn neben dem Hotel und zum empfohlenen Heard Museum gefahren. Dieses beschäftigt sich mit den indianischen Ureinwohnern Nordamerikas und vor allem aus der Region hier. Eine weitere Attraktion wäre der Desert Botanical Garden gewesen, aber der ist mehrere Kilometer entfernt und die Tram hält auch nicht direkt dort, daher habe ... read more
Im Heard Museum in Phoenix.
Im Heard Museum in Phoenix.
Im Heard Museum in Phoenix.

North America » United States » Arizona » Phoenix June 9th 2019

Heute bin ich die über 400 Kilometer durch die Wüste von Palm Springs nach Phoenix gefahren. Gleich nach dem Frühstück ging es los. Die Fahrt verlief eigentlich ereignislos. In Kalifornien sind 70 Meilen pro Stunde erlaubt. In Arizona 75. Die Grenze bildet bei Blythe auf etwa der Hälfte der Strecke der Colorado. Kurz danach habe ich in Quartzsite kurz Pause gemacht. Aber Strecken dieser Größenordnung bin ich ja durch meine Projekte oft gewohnt. In Phoenix war ich schon einmal 1997 und habe dort in der Jugendherberge übernachtet. Ich glaube, damals war ich auch im Pueblo Grande Museum, bevor ich in die entgegen gesetzten Richtung wieder weiter bin. Ich habe heute nicht mehr viel gemacht. Ich war im Starbucks und im Restaurant in der Hotel-Lobby. Dann habe ich mal wieder Wäsche abgegeben. Und jetzt mache ich die ... read more
All American Breakfast.
Mein Auto auf dieser Reise.

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