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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX March 30th 2019

Today we finally got to start a cruise vacation which has been in the planning stage for more than a year. Well we didn’t actually get to the cruising part today, but we have left home and got to Los Angeles where we will board the Star Princess tomorrow. But let’s go back and tell this story from the beginning. In planning this trip, we set clear ground rules that no one was to get sick or injured while we were away. In the past couple of cruises there have been a variety of medical issues – none are allowed this trip! I guess we should have included staying healthy leading up to the trip too. Our granddaughter Tessa had a reaction to the stitches they used last week to remove pins from her arm, so ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles February 22nd 2019

Wow has that been a week already? Definitely went by pretty quickly over here! I'm very happy to say we did a few more touristy things this week which were great fun. Let's start with Saturday - I was told we were going to UCLA, a university near Santa Monica, because it's “very beautiful”. I can confirm that it is indeed beautiful and looks like a brilliant uni. I even found out afterwards that a friend of mine will be starting there soon which is really cool. So my plan was to try and get us down to Santa Monica pier which is meant to be a really nice spot, but then Butter said we were going to Hollywood! Can't complain. It was great to finally see the iconic sign, even though they didn't want to ... read more
Walk of fame
Obligatory handstand
Mini beach trip

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX February 21st 2019

Tony and I arrived at LAX nice and early today... We have 14 hours to Brisbane with a 2.5 hour layover and then 2.5 hour flight to Christchurch, New Zealand. Let the adventure begin!... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim January 23rd 2019

Riley and Richard take off on a boys only trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! We had five days to live it up and let Mum relax. We went to California Adventure for two days, Disneyland for one and everyday in the hotel pool. Our first stop was Cars land where Riley saw Lightening McQueen, Mater and Red. His first ride was the Cars land race that scared him off rides for a bit. We also saw Woody, Cap, the Black Panther and Spidey. We saw the Guardians of the Galaxy in a dance off party. We met with Goofy, Mickey, Donald and Groot. The next day we entered Disneyland. Riley was brave and tried the Indiana Jones ride. But his favourite ride was 'It's a Small World'. Riley took photos with Snow White, Cinderella ... read more
Riley on the plane on the way to Disneyland
First stop at the Disney Store

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles January 7th 2019

Arrived at the ship mid day and got settled in our room The Holland America Amsterdam. Weather is lovely, the crew are very nice looking forward to our journey through the Panama. As usual ship delayed leaving but a fine dining room and a good night sleep in our level 2 aft cabin after a very long journey by car and air. Looking forward we have 2 days at sea before we get to Puerto Vallarta and must entertain ourselves aboard ship. There are numerous activities, taken in the lectures, windows photo and email clinics, the pool on the outside sun deck and bingo. Tomorrow we Dock at 8am having being to PV numerous times we will just take the city bus to the old part of town ourselves.... read more
Leaving San Pedro
The theatre
LA by night

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles December 16th 2018

Our ship docked early in the Port of Los Angeles and we were disembarked not long after 8am. We quickly found a taxi and went to our hotel in Long Beach. It was not very far so we were there before 9am. We were pleased when the receptionist told us that there was a room ready and we could check in straight away. After the big last night we were glad to be able to rest in the room for a couple of hours. Our hotel was on Long Beach Boulevard and the waterfront was at the end of this. The receptionist said it was about a thirty minute walk, but undaunted we set out under a warm and sunny sky. There was not a lot to see along this stretch of road and we soon ... read more
Long Beach Performing Arts Centre
Shopping area
Rainbow coloured buildings

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim November 2nd 2018

Most people in L.A. probably don't write a blog about going to Disneyland, but we are not like most people. Plus, it was Rosie's 2nd birthday, and Disneyland is big vacation for anybody even for one day. While we are adding additional part-vacation posts, why not add a picture of some cute Halloween pictures of front of the pumpkins and Halloween costumes.... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles October 27th 2018

24 octobre 2018 : Nous quittons San José et le Costa Rica et retournons à Los Angeles. 25 octobre 2018 : Nous allons à Santa Monica, qui était la fin de la route 66, et mangeons au Bubba Gump. Les Américains qui exploitent tout ont repris l'épisode de Forrest Gump (le film) dans lequel il part avec Bubba pêcher des crevettes.Ils ont donc ouvert un restaurant où on peut manger ces crevettes (et du poisson) qui sont par ailleurs excellentes. 26 octobre 2018 : Demain, nous prenons l'avion pour retourner chez nous très tôt. Nous ne voulons pas déranger Irène et Robert au milieu de la nuit dons nous prenons une chambre d'hôtel près de l'aéroport de Los Angeles. Nous y allons vers midi et nous nous reposons avant le long voyage qui nous attend. Nous ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles October 24th 2018

Dateline: Tuesday, October 23, 2018- San Pedro Harbor, Los Angeles, California 3:30pm, lifeboat drill. Important to note that we will not see or touch a lifeboat during this drill, neither will we put on or touch a life jacket. The 300 or so of us assigned to Muster Station D will however, go to Deck 7, the Explorers Lounge and find a comfy chair to await instructions. On the stage, our drill instructor is a funny and lovely ship’s officer from Chile. She tells us that staff will be coming around to scan our cruise cards to make sure that everyone shows up for this important briefing from the Captain. She tells us every few minutes that the Captain will be addressing us shortly on the Emergency Broadcast System on the ship. We wait, we wait. ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles September 26th 2018

Los Angeles! City of the stars! We had a very basic continental breakfast at the hotel. Basic, but it included coffee so we’re good. First stop, Avenue of the Stars. We parked in the mall parking nearby and found the avenue. Obviously this was the wrong place. A wide avenue, very upscale office buildings, lots of Lexus and Teslas driving around, but not a hint of a star. Well, we did see a Lotus, which is a star among cars. I called Noah for directions and what we needed was Hollywood Boulevard. Oops… never mind, we had a nice walk, got ourselves woken up and even did a little shopping in the mall (well, Tamar did). Then we went to Hollywood Boulevard and found somewhere to park (expensive). We enjoyed walking up the boulevard, looking for ... read more
Getting near Hollywood Boulevard
Top of the Boulevard
Tamar and The Doors

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