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North America » United States » California » Dana Point January 4th 2016

Hi Everyone!!! We left the house at 4am yesterday and we all woke up super happy and ready to GO!!!.Thank you so much mom for taking us to the airport and thank you for the hand made beanies you made for all of us to keep us warm, we will absolutely wear them and ALL love them. We got into Long Beach around 8am and headed over to Allison's apartment and met my new fur niece, Hadley, she is such sweet pup. Once we settled in and did more of the mountain of homework the kids have we decided to get out of the house, so we walked down to the beach. It was an absolutely perfect day and cannot believe what summer is like here. Once Allison got home from work we went to dinner ... read more
Yes! This will be good
Airplane Joy
Preparing for Russia

North America » United States » California January 3rd 2016

Santa Maria and Carmel By The Sea By Michelle So after our dodgy experience in Malibu we drove on to discover Santa Barbara. What a gorgeous spot. We arrived as it was getting dark so had a wee walk as we watched the sun set over the hills (beautiful) then found a local RV park to stay at. Monday 28th and we slept in until 9:30, we’re starting to get tired! Went into Santa Barbara and walked the pier until we found a place to get coffees. We had a good look around and decided this place is awesome. Left around lunchtime bound for Santa Maria. Beautiful drive through the Los Padras National Park but we didn’t understand why the landscape seemed so bare. Found out later that the area had recently been destroyed by fire! ... read more

North America » United States » California » Indio January 1st 2016

Movie review blog #1. I can see why people ask me how a movie was after I’ve been to the show. I’m known for having a very high standard for movies. While my interests are not diverse, I have a keen eye. I also tend to see humour where others don’t, and may be known for laughing when others aren’t. Assuming it is a quirky foreign film or a rom com, I’m there. I do suspect that some (? most ?) people ask me in order to do the opposite. Oh, and I know the names of very few actors, except for the best ones (like Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore). Best movies of all times (this will be an on-going list): Bridget Jones Diary, Fargo, African Queen, anything with John Candy. Yes, anything! If you ... read more
Ed pre Star Wars.  We were early.

North America » United States » California » San Bernardino December 31st 2015

To my family, and all of the amazing people I met during my travels and adventures... Happy New Year!! You have taught me that the world truly is a beautiful place ... read more
St Augustine
View of Long Island City from UN Gardens
Mom and me :)

North America » United States » California December 29th 2015

The Start by Mike After a fab Xmas we did the last of our preliminary packing and readied ourselves for our afternoon flight to LA. Things were pretty cruisy in the morning due to some preparation and having time on our hands. The wonderful Tevita Viliami (David Williams for you palagi) picked us up at 11.30am on the dot. I was so musy chatting to him I was sitting in the car waiting for Michelle to get her shit together and a voice comes down from the top of the drive…”ready to go are we?” “Yes dear” I said trying to be as polite as I could… ”Do you want to take your wallet and phone then?” trying to be as polite and unsarcastic as she could…crisis averted! I run up to the kitchen trying to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles December 29th 2015

Time is flying by...and Monday, Leslie is going back to school. For Tiffany, more to come. We have been for the last week in a place with very slow internet, so I had no chance to upload this little entry about Los Angeles. This is not the first visit of Tiffany and Leslie here. But as for every kid coming to Los Angeles, the first few stops are often first for Universal Studios, the serious water park, or a little further to LEGOLAND and SeaWorld. Leslie even slept in Westwood just short of a year old! All the parks have been done, by both kids, so this time, it's pure Los Angeles time. No Mustang this time, it's winter after all, and we just come back from colder Las Vegas! But we did sleep in Beverly ... read more
A classic!
LA by night!
Beverly Hills


Two years of blog neglect. I’ll blame work and school. And really poor follow thru on my part. And some fear. We went to Japan last April with our niece, who is far sharper and more observant than anyone I know. Yes, anyone. So there is intimidation on trying to capture that vacation. I will do that another time. The hotel in Hiroshima with the see-thru bathroom and the extremely late night Ramen Museum tour ‘I’m good to go’ really need to be shared. Soon. I have notes in my Blackberry (yes, I still have a Blackberry, like all good Canadians) that remind me of the things I was going to write about. At this point they are starting to look like the rantings of a lunatic! When we travel, I make little notes to trigger ... read more
Rock cut
More rocks
Easy climb

North America » United States » California » Death Valley December 27th 2015

This entry was not in the plan, few days before Christmas, the Death Valley was not even in my mind. So if you ask, and I can do last minute too! While driving from LA to Las Vegas, I saw 2 or 3 times "Death Valley" at intersections. Our original plan for this 27th December was to take the relax drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and stop on the way to the outlets for some more shopping. But here it is, I just made my math, and we have too many kilos for the small plane we are going to take in a few days time. So no more shopping, let's try to keep it as simple. I went to google map, and find out driving from Las Vegas to the Death Valley and ... read more
This one made us laugh a lot!
On the way for the Death Valley
Back to the Salar!

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 25th 2015

R: Christmas Eve was our first day in the city. First things first, we skyped into the Christmas Eve drinks in MK. Then, we started out by exploring the gas lamp quarter (it has electric lighting now!) which is a fun area full of bars, restaurants and shops in a "historic" style. Historic in America generally means anything before 1997. It's quite sweet and has changed a lot since my last visit in 2007. We took a stroll across the convention centre to the water front - it's not the sea though, San Diego bay is protected by a large spit called the Coronado. Along the waterfront is the seaport village - a little community of Spanish style bars, shops and and restaurants. We thought it about high time for a Margarita in the sun. There ... read more
Christmas Dinner
Gaslamp Quarter
Balboa Park buildings

North America » United States » California » Fresno December 22nd 2015

Hello TB Followers... We wanted to leave 2015 with wishes to all of you for a fabulous New Year. With so much going on around the world and here at home, and stopping to give thanks for our friends and family, seems like a good thing to do. As we travel everywhere we always keep close to our hearts the many wonderful times we've had family and friends new and old. Our trips to Asia and South America were full of surprises, amazing friendly people and unbelievable vistas. This year we will once again travel near and far. Already planned are trips to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta, Sacramento, Oregon and Florida. On the international front we'll be taking you with us to Portugal, Spain and Italy, then on to England, Scotland, and Ireland. Just after ... read more




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