Blogs from Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, North America


5/31/2014 DAY ONE: We flew on JetBlue from Las Vegas to Long Beach early Saturday morning. The Long Beach airport is so small and easy to navigate. The baggage claim is outside and it was a breeze to walk out to the shuttle pick up area. We braved the shuttle ride on the 405 Highway (crazy traffic) and arrived at our hotel (Renaissance Long Beach) by 8:30am. To our surprise, the room was ready and we were able to check in early. We threw our bags in the room and went out looking for a breakfast place. We walked up Pine Street on our search....and saw a film crewing filming a Lexus commercial. We found The Omelet Inn about 3 blocks away. The food was just ok but in fairness we had been up since 4am ... read more
View from 26,000 feet
Our hotel
Looking up Pine Street

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Long Beach January 17th 2014

After seven months ashore, it's time to set sail across the high seas. We enjoyed our home time and took several long car trips; one to South Dakota for a family reunion and the other across country to Florida. We managed to do quite a bit of cruising on our own boat when we were in Sausalito, mostly to San Francisco and the East Bay. We spent the months of November and December soaking up the warm Florida sun and then flew home on Christmas Eve in order to get packed for our upcoming cruise. We drove to Los Angeles on Jan 6 and boarded the Silversea Whisper for a two month Pacific Ocean cruise hosting for Cruise Specialists. This is a big change for us as it will be the first time ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Long Beach January 13th 2014

Yay the day I had waited for had finally come!! I booked yet, another great cruise slated for January 2014. What a great way to start off the year, much like last year. Island drinks by the pool, fun stage shows, karioke on board, and endless endless buffets and ice cream. Who wouldnt love going on a cruise? Plus whatever port you go to is usually a beautiful sunny island with great culture, food and cheaper prices on purses, jewlry and clothes! Not bad for a short 5 day vacation. Anyway, we traveled into Long Beach the day prior, on Sunday. Being a 13 hour drive from EL sort of have to start out a day earlier. And just like last year, we stayed at a seedy, cheap hotel just miles from the port. Only, ... read more
Queen Mary
The Dome

I visited the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, with some friends. We went on a week-end and the installations were quite crowded. Still, it was possible to enjoy a good view of the exhibits. I would recommend going during the week, however! There are two stories of aquariums, with an additional outside section on the second floor which has seals and sharks. The aquariums located inside are organised by geographical region. I did enjoy the fact that there was documentation for each of the tanks, as to its denizens and as to its ecology, in a broader manner. The tanks were deep and roomy, leaving plenty of space for the fish and crustaceans to enjoy, and looked very well manicured. Each had obviously received a great deal of attention. There was a movies about ... read more

Marry me girl be my fairy to the world Be my very own constellation A teenage bride with a baby inside Getting high on information And buy me a star on the boulevard It's Californication I like to compare California to an amusement park. If god create the world in seven days, he was in a funny mood when he was drawing California x's and o's. It simply has everything. From the ugly to the beautiful, from the beach to the ski, from the wine to the beer, it has it all. Psychic spies from China Try to steal your mind's elation Little girls from Sweden Dream of silver screen quotations And if you want these kind of dreams It's Californication According to James Truslow Adams the American Dream is a set of ideals in which ... read more
San Francisco

We are up at around 05:30 after we have folded away the beds, and shower and dress. It is 06:30 and the train is just stopping at Barstow, it should have stopped there at 03:30, so we are approximately 3 hours behind schedule. Although the tour guide reckons there is an hour of slack in the schedule and we should be only 2 hours late in getting into Los Angeles We eat breakfast in the dining car at around 06:30. The train eventually arrives at Los Angeles Union Station at around 10:00, approximately 2-hours late as predicted by the tour guide.The guide that will take us on a tour of LA meets us. We board the coach and hit the log jam that is the Los Angeles traffic, it was even worst today as there was ... read more
Chinese Theatre - Hollywood
Di in Hollywood
Queen Mary Cabin

I close my eyes as the plane gains speed, its wheels regretfully lifting off the ground and I can feel the pull of gravity as we move further and furher into the sky. The land falls far below, white clouds move in. I always hate this part: the end of a trip. It's bittersweet, though too often I taste the bitter more than the sweet and I can't help but wish for a delay or that I might have boarded the wrong plane. But I haven't and as China falls far below and I travel back in time over the blue Pacific I think back on the past four months and what they mean to me. I circled the world in hopes of finding an adventure and now I face the important question: did I succeed? ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Long Beach December 25th 2011

I guess they are happy Nana is already here...... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Long Beach August 12th 2011

There isn’t anything sadder than waking up on Debarkation Day. So, the night before we were given the option to pack and place our bags outside the door for Carnival to carry our bags off or keep our bags and self-debark. Given the time we finished with Chef’s Table (and all that free-flowing wine) the decision really was no longer up to us ... we would keep all our bags and self-debark. Which would have been fine if I had at least started packing the bags that day. It was the crack of 7 a.m. when that annoying noise came over the P.A. system (I don’t remember announcements being annoying during the cruise). “Those choosing to Self-Debark are requested to do so at this time ... blah, blah, blah” I got up and was immediately hot ... read more
Doing what I love aboard Carnival Paradise
Rod doing what he loves aboard Carnival Paradise
Carnival Paradise

The next morning we were awakened by what sounded like an announcement being piped into the ship. I initially thought how cool it was that the Queen Mary carried its authenticity through to making cabin announcements like on a working cruise ship. Come to find out (as I came out of my sleeping fog) it was the Carnival Paradise, docked and trying to kick this weekend’s passengers off the boat ... also known as debarkation. And boy, was she loud about it. Woo Hoo, our ship has arrived. So, up and Aft we went. Hello, Paradise! We spent some time up on deck taking photos of both the Queen Mary and Paradise. Behind us was a set of curious doorways. Hmmm, I wonder what’s through those doors? We have time to find out ... let’s explore. ... read more
QM Aft
QM Aft
QM Isolation Ward

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