My entire motel room smells like kiwifruit vodka. I suspect it’s probably masking worse odours. This is the kind of motel a hooker would be ashamed of. The shower is just a pipe with no head that leaks an erratic spray roughly equivalent to a scalding hot sneeze. On days like today, I’d usually sit […]Read more "Hollywood Drama"
We intended to stay in Yosemite for two days, but, as fate would have it, impenetrable fog descended on our second day and we chose to leave the area rather than spend the day moping indoors. Luckily we had really made the most of it the day before, because it turned out to be our […]Read more "One Day in Yosemite (in Photos)"
San Francisco is renowned for being one of the most liveable cities in America, and it has a respect for the arts and sustainable living that puts it on par with Europe’s most forward-thinking cultural hubs. There are so many exciting activities that the hardest part of putting together the killer itinerary is deciding what […]Read more "The Killer San Francisco Itinerary"
On our last day in Hollywood we finished off the last few things on our LA bucket list. We tried to book rush tickets to see The Ellen Show tape live, but there was no chance. It’s a bummer, as we registered months in advance but they don’t accept anyone from outside the US unless […]Read more "Last Day in Hollywood"
Wary of crowds, we arrived at Disneyland when it opened. Partly thanks to their Fast Pass system (where you can be in line without standing in line), we found the queues quite manageable. Unsurprisingly, our favourite things at Disneyland were all in the new park – California Adventure. It seems aimed at an older demographic. […]Read more "Disneyland"
We left San Diego just after 4:00 (about three hours later than planned). The Californian mountains looked like enormous piles of boulders as we drove east for six hours, most of the way parallel with the Mexican border. To pass the time as we drive, Paul is reading aloud the classic American road trip novel, On […]Read more "On the Road"
After we got back from Mexico, we headed to a place that felt like its polar opposite. The Hotel del Coronado is ridiculously opulent and has become part of American History for three really cool reasons [putting my trivia hat on]: Not only did L. Frank Baum say it was his inspiration for The Emerald […]Read more "The Emerald City"
San Diego Zoo today. We made the mistake of starting our day with the snakes, spiders and scorpions… I spent the rest of the morning jumping every time something touched me! Not so clever. They have a baby hippo, and its mum was pushing it around the water in a way that reminded me of the […]Read more "Hippos and Pandas and Bears, Oh My!"
After checking out from our drab Hollywood motel this morning, we headed to the Annenberg Space for Photography. They had an exhibition on called Extreme Exposure which was incredible! It focuses on photographers who risk their lives for the perfect shot. Paul in front of the Annenberg Space for Photography When we left, we drove […]Read more "The Pacific Coast Highway"
I’m completely exhausted. Going to Universal Studios, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in one day will do that to you! We got up early to make it to Universal Studios just after opening. We got the rides out of the way first, to beat the queues. On the Jurassic Park ride, Paul’s jeans got soaked […]Read more "Three-in-One"