Juneau

Arrived in Juneau about 6:30am and as we hopped off the ship we had to meet Coastal Helicopters to take us on our helicopter/air boat tour at 7:30am. Such an early start. As we arrived at the heliport we were weighed and seated in the helicopter according to our weight. We suited up with waterproof pants and special boots that slid over our shoes that had cleats on them for walking on the ice. There was 4 people including us in the ‘copter and I got to sit in the front seat – score 😀

This was my first time in a helicopter which was pretty exciting and after taking off our pilot flew us straight over the mountains. There was so much snow and it was truly breathtaking. 


We then landed on a platform which was on the glacial lake where we boarded the air boat. We had to put on a water and wind proof jacket. 


We had to wear earphones on the boat due to the noise and it was absolutely freezing. The driver took us to a glacier but we couldn’t get too close as it was still calving into the water. We then went to another glacier which we could go right up to and touch. The ice is amazing as it is so dense it takes absolutely ages to melt. It also weighs just about nothing. 


We were then picked up by the helicopter and taken to another glacier where we landed. The colour of the ice is amazing and when you look down the cracks they go down as far as the eye can see and the sound of the water running below is very loud. 


Here are a couple more photos of our ride. 


After the helicopter ride we got dropped off in town so we could explore a little. The weather was rather warm in town and seeing as we were in Alaska, I wanted to find somewhere to order Alaskan king crab legs. We ended up going to Tracey’s crab shack and I ordered one king crab leg and a massive claw for $34.00. It was awesome. Shame hubby doesn’t eat crab as you could get a whole bucket of legs for $99 but it was way too much for me to eat alone. 

Next stop -Ketchikan

Skagway

Upon arriving in Skagway it was quite cold and we were quickly loaded onto a bus to take us to the White Pass train. The train goes up the mountain to the summit and down again. Close to the top there was still lots of snow on the ground and it was even colder.  We went over some very high bridges. A few pics of our day below. 


We also saw a steam train which hubby was quite excited about
Next stop – Juneau.  

Cruise to Alaska (Disney Cruise Line)

This cruise was fabulous!  The ship is amazing, the food is great and the service impeccable.  It’s a floating Disney hotel.  Best thing is, once onboard everything is included, well almost everything. You have to pay for your alcoholic beverages but all soft drinks, tea, juices, most coffees, milk etc. are included. Room service is even included. There is one restaurant called Palo that has a $30 surcharge but it is fine dining and so worth it. 

Below are some pics of the food and drink we experienced on our cruise…

The pretzel in the photo above was sugar coated with a cream cheese filling. It was divine. I only had one which I now regret. Sigh. 

Here is what our cabin looked like.  Disney even have their own toiletries. It was small but comfortable and we were only ever in it when going to bed. 


Here are some other pics from the ship. 


Watching Alice through the looking glass in 3D

The beautiful glassworks in the atrium

 

Every night when we got back to our cabin we had a towel animal. Here are a couple. 


Many people decorate their stateroom doors and they go OTT. Here is just one of them.  The doors are magnetic so you can only stick magnets to them. No tape or they make you pay a repair fee. 


One of the restaurants we dined at is called Animators Palate. I had 2 lobster tails and king crab legs here one night. 

Hubby lying in one of the portholes leading into the restaurant. 

Vancouver (pre-cruise) 22 May 2016

Off to Vancouver on what happens to be my 50th birthday.  Got picked up at 4:20am to go to LAX. I hate flying within the USA. They always seem unorganised. If ever you want to complain about an Australian airline, then don’t!!  We have it way better and much more organised. Overhead lockers fill up really quickly so if you have hand luggage then you need to get on the plane asap or you risk having it checked at the gate. Also our seats were not even assigned until we boarded as they don’t do it at check in. Well not on Delta anyway.  We were told they over-booked the flight so there was no way we were going to miss that sucker as we were going on our cruise the next day. 

We arrived in Vancouver on time along with three A380 planes from China!  I think the whole population just arrived. Getting through immigration was a nightmare.  Many of them needed an interpreter so they had to go to a different line but didn’t understand that they had to do that and they held up the whole airport. I wonder if border security was filming at the time as I expect they would have had some good fodder for their show. 

We were collected by a guy holding up his iPad with our name on it and loaded into a huge Lincoln. We could have had a party in the back of that thing there was so much room. 

We arrived at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel around 1pm and the lobby was crazy busy. Many people had just arrived and were leaving on cruises. 

Thankfully we got into our hotel room straight away. And below is the view from our room. 


When we checked in the hotel gave me a voucher for 2 complimentary glasses of champagne for my birthday. After dropping our bags we headed out for something to eat and went to a pub called The Steamworks. We weren’t sure what beer to have so we ordered 2 flights of 8 different beers. 


My family organised a bottle of champagne to be sent up to the room which was delivered around 5:30pm. After drinking champagne we ordered room service as I was too lazy to go out.

Disneyland

We stayed at the Grand Californian hotel which is right inside Disney California Adventure (adjacent to Disneyland) and this hotel is quite spectacular. 

Here is a photo of the outside of the hotel. 


Here is a photo of the door leading into the lobby and the lobby. The photos really do not show its true beauty. 



Our room. 


We had quite a good view of the nightly fireworks from our balcony. They are very loud and the first night they whole us on the dot of 9:30pm. 


Here are just a few random photos 


The weather was pretty good. There was a chill in the air but not too freezing. Certainly needed jeans and a number at night. 

One of our favourite bars is in the Disneyland hotel called Trader Sams.  The drinks are good and very colourful. 


We ate some amazing things while we were here. Below are just a couple of pics. 

17 May 2016

Spent the first day in Disneyland, actually the first half of the day in the Star Wars area of the park. If you love Star Wars then this is the place for you.

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For the ladies there are bags, shoes, dresses, tops, t-shirts and the list goes on. There also some awesome collectables. I particularly like the light sabre lamp and there is a lifelike yoda doll.

We also took a trip to the Lego store and there was an awesome tie fighter for the adults to put together.

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We also visited a few of the locals…

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Departure day 16 May 2016

Departure day 16 May 2016
Finally made it here. Feeling anxious about leaving my little dog for so long as she hasn’t been apart from both of us before. I am sitting in the Air New Zealand Lounge with 90 minutes to go before boarding our flight to LAX. I waited u till I got here to eat breakfast and now I wish I hadn’t. Coffee – terrible. More like brown dish water. At least it is getting me prepared for the coffee in LA 😀. Powdered eggs were also terrible and are now sitting in my stomach.

The view from the lounge is nice. Can see Brisbane city and the Gateway bridge.

Next post – the plane!

Going home…

We are packed and waiting for our transport to Kennedy. I am very sad to go and I will definitely be back. Some last  shots of the Beacon. 

  Gonna miss this market 

  Had many drinks in this bar

  Saw these on the way to the airport. Anyone recognise them from MiB?

  Saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s little sister

  On our way from NYC to LA on Virgin America

  Food was pretty good  but we had to pay for it this time as flying economy

Food is ordered directly at your seat and paid for with a swipe of your credit card. Virgin Australia, are you reading this??

  This is Virgin Australia premium economy. There is never enough room for my stuff. 

   

 Food is pretty good

  Breakfast

  Ebola card completed

  View from our seat

  Flying over work on our way in

  Home in Brissy

  Unpacking with my helper who is glad we are home

Until my next journey…..

Last day in New York

1 January 2015. Our last full day in New York City after another amazing holiday. 

I wanted to take some pictures in Central Park so we walked for hours. The day was very cold so we rugged up and headed out mid-morning. 

I really was hoping to get a bit of snow while I was there as I wanted photos of snow in the park, but that didn’t happen and it was the only part of the holiday I was disappointed with. Mother Nature is totally beyond my control but hey I see it as another opportunity to visit in the future. 

What did we do and what did we see?

I love the warm nuts from the vendors which we visited not once, but twice.  A squirrel or two put on a show for us and the lakes were starting to or had frozen over. We had some fun tossing stones through the ice, or at least we tried to. The ice did not break nor crack. 

   

   You can see the ice in the pond behind us just starting to freeze. 

  Bethesda fountain – empty

   

The beautiful tiles in Bethesda Terrace

 

 Cheeky squirrel

 

  Love this pic for its depth of field

  Trying to capture the essence of New York

  Ice from the lake

We came across something rather incredible. On the ground in the park was a hawk eating its prey. I have only ever seen this on TV but seeing it so close was nature at its best (or worst depending how you interpret it). It was quite happily eating while people gathered around. 

  If anyone knows what type of hawk this is, please let me know. 

  We had a bite to eat at Tavern on the Green while outside a couple were getting married. They came into the restaurant and sat next to us. Obviously only a small gathering. We had a very eventful day. 

   

 Buying more nuts – just love them

That’s it. Our last day is drawing to a close. 😦