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Oct 19, 2015 - Day 1.....And....We are Off......

Left home at 6.45am, many thanks to Alyce for taking us to the Airport, our flight left on time and we were off...... Arrived Sydney without drama, and caught the bus to the International Airport, where we had a 7 hour wait. Thankfully we were able to check in our luggage, and wait with just our hand luggage. We spent most of this time using the Sydney Airport free Wi-Fi. Interestingly, Paula spotted one of our waiting passengers, she's certain this was Robert Redford...certainly looked like him, dressed very casual & unshaven, once the...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Universal studios

Today we got up early to deal with the traffic and be at Universal Studios as it opened. I was anticipating big crowds but luckily we seemed to time everything right and we got to see everything before the major crowds hit. It didn't have as many rides as I thought it would but the ones it did have had amazing detail. We didn't have to wait too long for any of the rides so that was great! We went on the minion ride first and it was a pretty good warm up for the others. Next we went on the Simpsons ride and it was a simulated ride like the...

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J in the USA!

Oct 14, 2015 - We are in LA!

We have come to realise a few things lately.... 1. Speed limit signs are few and far between and even though it says speed limit is... It seems to mean that's the slowest you can go.... 2. Indicators are optional. It's quite rare for Californians to use it and they are oblivious to traffic around them and will pull out in front of you or even while they are next to you ( 3 trucks have nearly side swiped us today doing that alone) I think I need as many eyes as a fly to see all angles. It's certainly testing my driving skills! 3. It's either...

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J in the USA!

Sep 13, 2015 - Los Angeles, California

We are camped at Valencia Travel Village in Santa Clarita because our grandson, Clayton, and his fiancee, Brittany, live in North Hollywood. We spent two special days visiting with them. On Saturday they took us to Hollywood to see some "interesting" people walking along the sidewalks. We ate lunch at Mel's Diner, had a very sassy waitress and then toured Grauman's Chinese Theater which opened in 1927. Since Clayton is an aspiring actor and writer, he was especially impressed with the architecture and history there. It has been the home for...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Mammoths and Saber-toothed tigers in the middle of LA

Our last night was spent at the Best Western motel in the Cajun Pass near the ski fields of Wrightwood. After a leisurely breakfast we drove the Angeles Crest Scenic Hwy to LA. This scenic byway ascends up and winds its way through the Angeles National Forest along the highest and most scenic ridges of the San Gabriel mountain range. Apparently it was closed for several years due to landslides, but was repaired and reopened 2009. Grae remembers driving it over 30 years ago on his first trip to the USA. Once we got to LA we visited the...

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Aug 25, 2015 - We have arrived.

Well that was fun... First flight was nearly two hours late leaving, which meant we missed our connecting flight, then picked up our pram in LA to find the handle has been smashed off. Our replacement flight was about 3 hours later, in 6 different locations on the plane for LA to Houston. But after that we were collected by Darvin and Betty and brough home for a beautiful meal.

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Aug 13, 2015 - Los Angeles

The flight saga with the 'new' American Airlines. Arrived at the airport 2.5 hours before boarding with the intent to sit in the Admirals Club, as we're on an International Flight, and flying Business/1st class. Admirals Club informs us we can't use the club as we're only flying domestic today; the flight itinerary has a night-over in Los Angeles. I inquire why this is not considered the first leg of a single ticketed International flight ? To no avail. We get a coffee and wait for the flight to LA. Things don't seem the same with American...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Getting Started

Hey, guys, thanks for checking out the blog. I have to leave for the airport in two hours and haven't started packing yet, so this will be short. I'm leaving with 3 friends from church to travel to Armenia. We'll be working with people from the Company to lead a youth camp for teenagers. Should be a blast. We will be camping on Lake Sevan, supposedly one of the most picturesque locations in Armenia. Hard to believe. I've been there once and Mount Ararat is pretty impressive. I'm leaving this evening with Michael and Samari, both teenagers....

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Crossroad to Armenia

Jul 7, 2015 - Day 44

I'm pretty sure this is Day 44 of this trip around the world. I'm meeting Sang and Diane in about 30 minutes to have lunch, then they will put me on the airport shuttle to Incheon. I decided to come sit down at Saturbucks for a little while--got an iced latte and am just relaxing. Decided to add a blog entry, perhaps the last one for this trip. Sang and I grabbed a quick breakfast before his staff meeting this morning. I'm afraid I got kine of sappy with him. I've been thinking back over this adventure. The cruise was so nice. Saw a couple...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Hollywood + Universal Studios

Nous sommes maintenant à Los Angeles, l`extravagante L.A. Capital mondial des rêves de gloire et des mirages hollywoodiens. Impossible de ne pas se rendre sur le Hollywood ‘’Walk of Fame’’ ou les célèbres étoiles rose attirent chaque années des millions de visiteurs. Impressionnante la devanture du ‘’Grauman`s Chinese Theater’’ classé monument historique, ou des générations de stars ont laissé leur empreintes dans le ciment. Des acteurs déguisés en Édouard aux mains d`argent (Olivier est très impressionné), Mickey Mouse et Marilyn font la...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Judy's House, Los Angles, CA

You all may be tired of reading about our phone and car problems and I promise this is the last one and it is kind of funny. We were half way to Joshua Tree when the "check engine light" and the "loose gas cap" lights both came on. We did not even had the energy to call Ford dealer in my sister's town. I may have skipped a couple of stops at At&T stores but did visit the one near my sister's house only to be told we had to contact Apple. Went to the Apple Store and received a new phone. The replacement phone was broken. Thus ends our trials...

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Takin the Slow Road

May 31, 2015 - Arrived in June gloom before we'd even left home

As our Delta flight touched down in LA the flight attendant announced we had arrived in June Gloom (even though the date was May 31). June Gloom is a southern California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy overcast skies during late spring and early summer. The clouds are formed over the ocean and the winds brings them onshore. Thirteen plus hours is a long time to spend couped up in an aeroplane and we wondered how the poor dears in First and Business Class were feeling? So here we are in LA having arrived three hours...

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