A Travellerspoint blog

November 2005

A Busy Island Summer

Our First Summer Together

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The summer slipped quickly by on our island as James got to grips with a new task - cleaning the roof and gutters...


But his work wasn't done and he soon began the mammoth task of clearing the site to build a labyrinth...


Summer was still in full swing when a group of Chinese teachers took over our kitchen and created a perfect Chinese meal...


It was authentic and delicious,


While James got back to work on the labyrinth Sheila took off to the nation's capital to spend some time with friend Eileen...


The capital buildings, and Eileen, were resplendent in the warm afternoon sunshine...


And then it was time to launch Jame's latest mystery novel...



Next stop - Las Vegas. See you soon.

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Las Vegas

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Regular followers of our blog might be surprised to read that we are in Las Vegas, Nevada. And we are not even gamblers. However, for anyone wanting to get a feel for some of the most recognisable tourist spots in the world, Las Vegas is a great place to start. For instance - the New York skyline soars into the sky above 'The Strip' and we loved riding the giant roller coaster that loops around this enormous building...


But New York is hardly exotic when you can visit Beijing, Venice, Tuscany, Buenos Aires or Paris all within easy walking distance. We stayed in the Tuscany Suites and simply loved the fabulous French buffet breakfasts under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We took a gondola ride in Venice and watched the dancing Italianate fountains of Bellagio. This is the fabulous Chihuly glass ceiling in Bellagio...


There are a thousand things to do and see in Las Vegas - if only we had taken more photos!
Maybe the moral of this blog post is - If you really want to see the world you could start here in Vegas.

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The Grandest of Canyons

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We took the scenic route from Las Vegas across the desert to cross a familiar landmark - the original London Bridge from England...
In the early 1960s, officials in England discovered that London Bridge was falling down. The 1,000-foot span had stood for over 130 years and survived the Blitz, but it was unequipped for modern traffic and was slowly sinking into the River Thames. Renovations were impractical so the City of London resolved to build a more car-friendly replacement. The 19th century granite bridge seemed destined for the junkyard, but a city councilor marketed the monument to prospective buyers in the U.S. The sales pitch raised a few eyebrows in the United States, but businessman Robert McCulloch had purchased thousands of acres of land near Arizona’s Lake Havasu and needed to attract developers. He bought the bridge and had it dismantled and shipped to the Arizona desert where it linked a small island to the shore.
Then he built the city which is now home to over 50,000 full-time residents and boasts a thriving tourist industry. London Bridge, still standing after 185 years on two continents, remains its most recognizable landmark.

With London Bridge behind us we carried on to the community of Williams from where we could launch an early morning assault on the Grand Canyon ...


At more than 2 miles deep it is a truly awesome sight...


Many people climb down into canyon but we simply enjoyed the many spectacular vistas from the rim.

A nearby spectacular sight is the painted desert where numerous different geological layers have been exposed by wind and rain...


Not far away is the equally fantastic Petrified Forest on the lands of the Navajo and Apache Indians.


These petrified trees were swept into a vast swamp 225 million years ago and were gradually turned to stone by the chemicals in the water...


Who cut them into perfect rounds is an absolute mystery!!!

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