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#201 IVL

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

Thanks for adding me to the list, will make sure I check back to see how each of you go and get some good recomendations.

Jo_P Vegas alone was great. I stayed at the Cosmpolitan which is one of the newer casinos and my room faced the Belagio fountains so it was wonderful to sit outside on the terrace with a glass of wine and my Kindle for company. I actually took my Kindle to dinner with me at one of the nicer restaurants. I travel quite a bit for work and don't mind doing this. I also found that shopping alone was fantastic. I got to look at the shops I wanted to and buy exactly what I wanted. Normally I have my girls with me so I made the most of this rare opportunity. I bought back 32kg of luggage and I think I left with about 5! I also spent one afternoon at the day spa and had a facial. As I was there for a conference I did spend a few evenings with some people I met there so I did have company most nights. I also got enjoy catching up on movies in business class which is not something I normally get to do when the family are with us. I also did a tour of the Grand Canyon and because we were in a small helicopter I got to sit up front and chat to the helicopter pilot for most of the trip. I think traveling alone can be great, you get to do exactly as you please, and lets face it this is not something that parents experience all that often. I think everyone should do it at some stage. If you get lonely there is always Skype!

#202 Jo_P

Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:24 PM

Lena, I have added you to the list original.gif

IVL, Your trip to Vegas sounds fantastic. I've been umming and ahhing since this time last year about taking a holiday alone, but here I am and I still haven't gone! Obviously money plays a big factor in my decision also, my sister asked me to go to New York with her but it would have been over $3000 just for me and I just can't justify that when that is the cost of two airfares for us all to go back. I'll get there one day on my own, maybe when my youngest dd is in school, it would be a lot easier for dh to not have to take a week off work.
Thank you for your reply original.gif

Edited by Jo_P, 11 April 2012 - 02:24 PM.


#203 thebarnwellb4

Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

Hi.
I putdown a brief story for in the last thread, but here goes, with the rest
We are leaving on the 26th of November flying V Australia. Land in LA. Drive up to San Simeon.
Have 1 night there then drive to San Fransisco for 2 nights down rough Yosemite Np to Mammoth lakes for a night ( any suggestions on cheap places to stay? ) over to Las Vegas for 3 nights Anaheim for 5 and then LA for 2 nights. coming home on 09/11/12
We are so excited especially the kids. We are looking at getting the Southern California city pass. Has anyone gotten this before??
Sorry about All the questions, we haven't been to the US mainland for over 15 years. Any hope to make this a truly memorable experience for the kids.
Cheers
:-)


#204 snugglybug

Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

There are sooo many going in Sept! I am totally planning on getting a yellow duck key ring or something to hang off/stick on my bag to be identifiable biggrin.gif so if you see me say hi!

#205 Jo_P

Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

Snugglybug, what dates are you in Las Vegas and Anaheim?

Look what I just found   Ducky keychain
Everyone should buy one!!

Edited by Jo_P, 11 April 2012 - 06:38 PM.


#206 snugglybug

Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:16 PM

We'll be at the Park Vue and Disneyland from the 22-27 Sept, Vegas form the 2-5 Oct and Anaheim again at HoJo's from the 9-14 Oct. Totally buying a couple of those ducks!

#207 Jo_P

Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

Are you on disboards?! Your hotel bookings look familiar!
We'll be in Anaheim from the 7th-13th Oct so I'll be looking out for the yellow ducky!! I'm buying a couple too wink.gif

#208 Peanut

Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:07 PM

Where do you get yellow ducky keyrings from?  I'll be over there in September too, how hilarious it would be to see another EB-er there!   biggrin.gif

LOL, I've just read your post again Jo_P!

Edited by Peanut, 11 April 2012 - 10:09 PM.


#209 traceybrown

Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:57 AM

Okay I have updated my signature to include the blog link.  I should get around to making a fancy looking one one day, make that one day this week.  I hope the link works.

We stayed 3 nights and could have easy added 1-2 extra.  There is lots to do, I think the Canadian side is better, def better views.  

It was worth the money to stay at a fall view hotel, even the kids appreciated it.  Marineland wasn't open yet, bit of a shame as everyone said it was great.  Missed the Maid of the Mist by a few days, it isn't open yet due to the weather, no snow arpnd but they still have ice in the water.  Didn't see any and we had beautiful weather.  I am doing a snapfish album now.

The sunrise over the falls was beautiful, the first morning I got to watch it all by myself.  Just stunning and peaceful

JoP not sure yet, waiting on deals to come up at the moment.  Should be before August, maybe May??? original.gif

IVL, I love my kindle, his name is Kenny and he is great company.

#210 ~mony

Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:15 AM

Just quickly ducking in. Will be back later but for now whipmix - here is the link to buy US sim cards from  Oz.

#211 snugglybug

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:39 AM

Jo_P, Yes I'm excitedSam on Disboards....I was very exctied when I signed up! laughing2.gif But there are a LOT of others going to be there around the same time. Maybe we should start an Anaheim list?

Snugglybug - Anaheim
Park Vue 22-27 Sept
HoJo 9-14 Oct

We actually fly out on the 14th, but not til almost midnight!

#212 Peanut

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:02 AM

TraceyBrown, thanks so much for putting up your blog entry about the Falls.  My DH and I were just starting to look at where we should stay when we visit in September, so this was excellent timing on your part!

I've read that many people prefer the Canadian side to the American side.  Just curious as to why?  Is it less built up or better views?   unsure.gif

#213 traceybrown

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:33 AM

Peanut, glad to be of assistance!  I thought it was better set up, less tacky, way better views Canada scored better on which falls are theirs (horseshoe), pretty parks etc.

#214 Jo_P

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:36 AM

QUOTE (traceybrown @ 12/04/2012, 12:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
IVL, I love my kindle, his name is Kenny and he is great company.


I LOL'd at this!! I thought I was the only one that named her electronics...and appliances  blush.gif
Thank you for the blog link, I'll be reading it later on today. I just quickly looked and saw that first photo from the room...  wub.gif  the view!!!!

snugglybug, I'll add an Anaheim list to the bottom of the other list, I thnk that's a great idea  wink.gif

BBL, taking four kids to the shops this morning  ohmy.gif

ETA...Seems I'm very smiley happy this morning biggrin.gif

Edited by Jo_P, 12 April 2012 - 08:37 AM.


#215 ~*Marti*~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (snugglybug @ 11/04/2012, 06:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There are sooo many going in Sept! I am totally planning on getting a yellow duck key ring or something to hang off/stick on my bag to be identifiable biggrin.gif so if you see me say hi!



Anyone else going to be in NYC in September??

My passport came today - woooohoooo!

#216 Reader

Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:34 PM

Marti, we will be in NYC in September, from the 18th. Can't wait! Where are you staying?

#217 ~*Marti*~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE (Reader @ 12/04/2012, 02:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Marti, we will be in NYC in September, from the 18th. Can't wait! Where are you staying?


I am staying at The Herald Square, and there from the 12th - 19th!

#218 wilson99

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:07 PM

have finally started to plan our USA trip. Sadly it won't be until march 2013. 12 days in LA going to Disneyland, Legoland and San Diego Zoo. Will have 4 kids ages 13, 11, 9, 7. Have to wait until then for work reasons.

Can I ask who you have all booked through? My first estimate is about $14K for 12 days including flights, accommodation and then plus spending money. No idea if this is way more then needed.



#219 Peanut

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE (~*Marti*~ @ 12/04/2012, 12:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone else going to be in NYC in September??

My passport came today - woooohoooo!


Yep, I'll be there from 8th to 11th then heading upstate!   biggrin.gif

#220 Reader

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:12 PM

Where are you going upstate Peanut? We have two weeks on the east coast, starting with 7 nights in NYC. We haven't decided what to do after that, apart from Washington DC for a couple of days.

#221 Peanut

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

I'm still working out our itinerary, but so far it will be only a few nights in NYC then we'll drive up the coastline through Boston to maybe as far as Portland.  Then across to Vermont for a wedding.  After the wedding we are keen to visit Canada.  I am thinking we might drive up to Quebec City, then follow the St Lawrence Seaway down to Montreal, maybe visit Ottawa and Toronto and then around to Niagara Falls.  

After the Falls I don't really know.  We are considering driving down to Washington DC, but this part is the trip is still a bit vague.  I've read up on so much too quickly that I'm currently suffering information overload!   wacko.gif

#222 Reader

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:52 PM

I know what you mean Peanut! We're thinking we'd like to leave most of our second week on the east coast unplanned, and just see what we feel like doing - whether we want to stay in NYC, or go to Boston or whatever. But I'm not sure if that's a good idea - I wonder if it would be hard to get reasonably priced accommodation at short notice.

I think we need to have a break from planning for a bit!




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