27 July 2010

Las Vegas – The Strip

We were walking down the strip surrounded by an amazing variety of people from mums and dads to hookers and drunk homeless men and lots of mexicans advertising strippers.  2 young black boys on bikes rode by us almost falling off their bikes with excitement.  One boy then commented to his friend that Vegas was the greatest place in the world.  I think they had just passed a semi naked girl of some sort, very small clothes at least.

Vegas has got the most amazing people watching of every sort from glamour to drunk teenagers being supported by drunk mums and old bald men getting their pics taken with silicon hookers – all very interesting.


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The pool are at the MGM, about 8 different pools, lots of cocktails and hotties

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New York, New York

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The MGM lion

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The wife looking radiant

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Thats where we stayed

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Interesting architecture of buildings near aria

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The Aria casino, very new and very snappy.  We hammered the buffet here, lots of lobster, crab, prawns, sushi etc

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The wifey with the Bellagio in the back ground, the fountain shows at night were spectacular again

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The foyer of Caesars palace

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The high rollers club

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David, a nude man

Las Vegas – The Celebrity Spa Suite, MGM Grand

After we left New Orleans we flew to Las Vegas for the start of our Road trip and 3 nights in Vegas for part of Corinne’s 30th Birthday adventures.  We stayed in a snooty large room with a great spa.  The room was very comfortable with multiple rooms, lounges, huge bathroom etc.  It was great to come back from a hot session on the strip of people watching and cocktails and rest in our room and have a spa.

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A spacious bathroom for all our beauty goods and grooming sessions, spa in the mirror

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The Spa and shower.  A great way to relax before, after and during the day

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The king size bed, soooo big you don’t even have to go near each other, if that’s your thing

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The lounge, for all our business needs.

23 July 2010

Hadrian’s Wall Walk

Back in June we went for a walk with Shannon, Myles, Danny and Emma.  We planned to walk along the route of Hadrian’s Wall.  The wall was the idea of the Roamn Emperor Hadrian and started around AD122.  The wall stretches from Newcastle on the East coast of England to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast of England.  The whole wall was about 70-80miles wide.  We walked from Corbridge to Bowness on solway because the inital newcastle bit is not that nice.  We started on monday morning and walked about 10-13 miles (16-20 kms) per day.  We stayed in pubs and B&B’s each night and ate and drank ourselves stupid, including a lot of black pudding.


The Crew, in Corbridge, ready to start – rain and about 13 miles that day, sore feet but cold beer at the end of it all.


Corinne inspecting the wall for cracks


Shannon crying with joy after finding the wall


Walking through the woods, the girls leading the way, bear bait.


Corinne and Emma

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The crew in a field of buttercups


Off down the road


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looking gorgeous even without colour


Rhinus contemplating her illustrious past


Shannon and Myles, just hangin out by the wall, looking sweet


Danny and Emma, notice the troll hair


Converging walls, which one to follow?


Fence, grass and tree

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Sycamore Gap, a popular photo opportunity

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Myles at the pub in Bowness – what a sweety

18 July 2010

USA Trip – New Orleans 1

Hidey Ho,
We have recently returned from 5 weeks holidays.  We spent a week walking the Hadrian’s Wall trail from the east to the west of England.  After that we travelled around the US and Canada for 4 weeks.  I have managed to get some pics edited from New Orleans so will put these up before Hadrian’s. 
We spent 3 days with matt and kay at their house in Mandeville, which is across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

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The lake is massive and the bridge across it is amazing.  The bridge and lake is about 20 miles wide, you can’t see the other side of the lake at all. 
We hung out with M and K, visited New Orleans with them and generally sweated a lot as it was about 38 degrees and 400% humidity. 
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Matt and Kays house from their back yard.  They have a cute house in a ‘Desperate House Wives’ type estate where everything looks manicured.  They have a pool and a huge garage and most importantly, air conditioning.  New Orleans was far hotter than anything we had ever experienced in Australia. 
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Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk.  These guys were hanging around the neighbourhood.  The garden had so many cool birds it was hard to concentrate.
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Squirrel, quite small and slim looking and much less furry than squirrels from colder areas
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Addie (Adelaide).  She is off course a rescue dog.  She was a little frightened of me but enjoyed the pool.
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Corinne hammering a bit of toast
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Matty making us a BBQ first night there.  We had some great steak, corn etc.  A few local beers, food and friends – perfect.
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Kay and Corinne looking sweet.
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Scruffy, Its his couch
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Carolina Wren.  These tiny guys were building a nest in one of M and K’s pot plants by their kitchen window.  They were very hard working and very cute to watch.
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Female Cardinal, a bit drab compared to her boyfriend but still good looking with the orange beak and crest
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Young Male Cardinal.  This guy does not have his full vibrant colours but he is still impressive.  I got a blurred pic of an adult male but no good pics.  His crest is folded down.  These little birds were very common and cool to watch.
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Green Anole or Florida Chameleon.  This amazing little lizard was doing a little dance on the insect screens on the window.  He has the ability to expand his throat right out and it is bright red.  I could not get him to do this at an appropriate time.  He was also doing some sort of little dance which was very funny to watch.

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Kay by the pool, looking great