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PrincessInOz 05-15-2011 01:17 AM

What do you mean? There’s more to the US East Coast than NYC '07 TR? Homeward bound
How this Trip Report came to be

The hard disk on our Apple Mac G5 died last week. It just didn’t get out of bed one morning and when we visited the Genius’ at a MacStore , they only confirmed that the hard disk was dead.

All our data is unretrievable and the only things of value there would have been our pictures, which thankfully DH had backed up on an external drive.

I’ve been slowly transferring the pictures across from the external drive to my laptop (and my external drive) and loading the ‘better’ of them into photobucket for backup purposes.

In a way, it's a blessing in disguise because without a trip to look forward, I can look at some of the previous holidays and pretend that I'm there instead. Definitely one way for me to beat the no-holiday blues.

I mentioned the pictures to my Friends in a Box, particularly the 2007 trip, and a number of them thought I should put a Trip Report together (challenged me to it is more the case…). So, here goes.....

In June 2007, DH had one of those 1-week work meetings to attend. I was given 6 months advance notice for this meeting….which of course meant T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

Six.Whole.Months. for me to scheme and plan! :rolleyes:

And when you add the fact that both DH and I had an excrement bucketful of leave, that only meant D-O-U-B-L-E T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

DS had just started prep in 2007 so …….


I turned a 1-week work meeting into a 6-week vacation for me (5 weeks for DH). I think the hardest bit about the planning of this trip was for DH to get the time off from work…..but given how much leave he had owing; in the end it was no contest.

DH and I debated about where to go on this vacay. Being summer, Alaska featured high on the list. And we almost did go up the NorthWest Passage; but my chicken tail-feathers quivered at the thought of cruising.

So, we turned our eyes towards Canada.

Yes – that other Commonwealth country that insists that they speak differently to us and US(A).

Not ‘just’ Canada; but the EASTERN part of Canada…the part that was still toying with succession ideas….and French speaking. About as close to going back to Europe without actually getting there!

We mentioned the trip to my parents…and my mum was really keen to come along; dad didn’t like the idea of all that touring. In the end, mum told me she was in and dad was staying home.

So….here are the Disclaimers:
1. Pictures have been taken by both DH and myself, in the days before I knew how to spell dSLR; so I consider them to be real holiday snaps.
2. Pictures are taken from Point and Shoot cameras that have single digit megapixel capability only. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the quality or lack there of.
3. Believe it or not….there is NO food porn. I appreciate that I’ve already lost a number of you with this statement….what can I say? It was 2007 afterall!
4. There will be gaps in my swiss cheese memory. What can I say? Again…it was 2007.
5. My mother came along on this trip. I will not be posting any pictures that include her; but she will probably be referenced in the TR.


ps. I have no idea how this TR is going to turn out....:rolleyes1

PrincessInOz 05-15-2011 01:18 AM

The Itinerary
The Itinerary

Placeholder for the trip report and for providing links as the TR progresses. Additional details/posts may be added during the writing of the TR.

San Francisco - Where I've left my Heart. Where else would we start?
Toronto - On a Clear Day, you can (almost) see Forever! Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
Niagara Falls - Smoke on the Water! Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
Quebec City - La Vie en Rose. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Montreal - All That Jazz! Parts 1, 2
New York - New York, New York! Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Boston – Follow the Yellow…er….Red…..Brick Road. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Kennebunkport - Where there is a Will, there is a Whalebone! Parts 1, 2, 3
Back to Boston - On the Road Again. One Part only
Disneyland - When you wish upon a Star. Parts 1, 2
California Adventure - And we'll have Fun, Fun, Fun? Parts 1, 2
Legoland - Don't Let me Be Misunderstood. One Part Only
Venice Beach and Canals - The Boys of Summer. One Part Only
Sacramento - The Banks of Sacramento. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
Napa Valley - The Days of W(h)ine and Roses. Parts 1, 2, 3
San Francsico - Homeward bound. One Part Only


PrincessInOz 05-15-2011 01:23 AM

We start in….where else….San Francisco
We start in….where else….San Francisco

Those eagled eyed amoung you will note that we are NOT flying United nor Qantas. We are indeed on an Air New Zealand long-haul ticket. Service was good and I have no hesitation in flying with them again (although when I was in a plane that got struck by lightning - it was an ANZ flight).

We always seem to start in San Francisco; but DH did have a week’s worth of work meetings to attend.

Here are some of the things that we got up to whilst DH was busy working.

One of the things I love most about San Francisco is all the different modes of transport that are available in the city. Here’s one that is a little bit off the beaten track.

DS – in the time where he still loves his trains.

We spent some time eating and shopping (at Stamford Mall)…

…and heading into the downtown area.

Union Square..


Pier 39…

(Mum - I think I need a toilet….)


The fresh air is good for me…and I would hate to be on that Rock behind me today!

Did I mention that DS really loves the San Francisco transports?

On this trip, we decided to head to Sausalito as my mum had never been there.

I didn’t have any problems convincing DS nor my mum to jump on a ferry.

..afterall, the views were pretty good that day.

I do have pictures of Sausalito….but mum was in all of them.

There is a burger place in Sausalito; on the right hand side of where you get off the ferry. Burgers are out of this world but the service is so bad that most people visit the joint for the bad service. We were disappointed…our service was really good that day.

We also went shopping in the art galleries in Sausalito. I came home with an original watercolour of the San Francisco skyline.

It wasn’t all work for DH….they did let him out for good behaviour during this week.

My cousin lived near Alamo Square during this time, so we drove to go see the Square….(and her).

The Painted Ladies ….

(no, I'm NOT referring to my cousin!!)

More Victorian architecture in the area.

We had dinner with her and her boyfriend before heading back to their apartment. I believe DS took these pictures…


queenie82 05-15-2011 01:31 AM

skiingfast 05-15-2011 02:12 AM

So now I find myself hungry, don't get any food to look at but have another TR to read? Just great.

AussieDisneyNut 05-15-2011 02:17 AM

I'm here! popcorn::

Snickals 05-15-2011 02:54 AM

Wow great photos...what a beautiful place :) Look forward to reading more!

franandaj 05-15-2011 07:31 AM

Cool! Bummer about the lack of food porn, but I can live with that!

shushh 05-15-2011 09:01 AM

Was wondering how you were going to cope without a TR or PTR to write...:lmao:

You've got me drawn in! Looking forward for more!

tiggrbaby 05-15-2011 11:18 AM

Joining in for the ride in your time machine!

usnuzuloose 05-15-2011 06:26 PM

I'm here.

DisneyFirefly 05-15-2011 11:37 PM


PrincessInOz 05-16-2011 05:14 AM


Originally Posted by queenie82 (Post 41113837)


Originally Posted by skiingfast (Post 41113948)
So now I find myself hungry, don't get any food to look at but have another TR to read? Just great.


Originally Posted by AussieDisneyNut (Post 41113961)
I'm here! popcorn::


Originally Posted by Snickals (Post 41114033)
Wow great photos...what a beautiful place :) Look forward to reading more!


Originally Posted by franandaj (Post 41114431)
Cool! Bummer about the lack of food porn, but I can live with that!


Originally Posted by shushh (Post 41115057)
Was wondering how you were going to cope without a TR or PTR to write...:lmao:

You've got me drawn in! Looking forward for more!


Originally Posted by tiggrbaby (Post 41116320)
Joining in for the ride in your time machine!


Originally Posted by usnuzuloose (Post 41120851)
I'm here.


Originally Posted by DisneyFirefly (Post 41124150)

YAY! The gang's all here! Thanks for reading. :goodvibes

All and more are WELCOMED!

PrincessInOz 05-16-2011 05:30 AM

Toronto – On a Clear Day, you can (almost) see Forever!
Toronto – On a Clear Day, you can (almost) see Forever!

We flew out of SFO on United. I think it was a mid/late morning flight out on a Saturday but I know with the change in time zones, we got into Toronto in the evening. I think my less than favourable view of the United service started on this trip. We had purchased our tickets as International travelers and for some reason, their electronic ticketing system could not cope with the tickets printed out in Australia…..their counter staff didn’t cope any better either.

We hired a car out of Toronto airport and with the time needed to collect our bags and pick up the car, coupled with the late evening arrival time, we opted to stay near the airport rather than in the downtown Toronto area. We found a Marriott Courtyard in Missassuaga and we all crashed for the night. My swiss cheese memory remembers having pizza for dinner that night.

The next morning, we decided to spend time in downtown Toronto. Here’s what we saw.

With a car to worry about, we needed to park somewhere. DH and I must have decided to take a picture of where we parked so that we could find our way back there if needed.

It was still rather early in the morning and the city was still waking up….

…some....were still sleeping in (I was very upset to see this).

I remember DS being rather moved by this guy. The street car proved to be a welcome diversion and DS wanted to go on a ride.

We convinced him to walk instead, with the promise of a ride - later.

Toronto prides itself on its art and we loved seeing some of the street art, all within 10 minutes of us parking!

The Toronto skyline is much like any big city in the world…with one key distinguishing feature….

The CN tower.

We walked towards the tower and eventually found some life in the streets….

The people here were selling tours or city pass type tickets…

…this is an amphibious vehicle…otherwise ubiquitously known as a “Duck tour”.

We opted to purchase a ticket that provided us with a significant discount to visit the top of the CN tower and another attraction. We could have added the Duck tour; but we weren’t sure that time allowed us to do all 3.

Up close, the CN tower is impressive.

…and the entry has more of that street art….

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PrincessInOz 05-16-2011 05:35 AM

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With out tickets in hand, we headed up to the top where the views were pretty impressive. Toronto is located on Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, and on a clear day, you can almost see forever. Somewhere out there, on the other side, is Niagara Falls….and upstate New York.

There is a glass floor at the top of the CN Tower…

(Look Ma! No Hands!)

You can see straight down….

(Who needs ToT??)

Our ticket included a walk round the Observation deck…

(Look Ma! I can use my hands here!)

….and after a walk round the gift store, we headed on out…where there were a few more people out and about.

We took a close look at that water feature we saw from the top.

(Sure looks a lot bigger from down here than up there.)

We still had another activity to do…so we walked over to where we needed to go. The views were pretty good from there of that Tower.

We were headed out towards Toronto Island and got to the waterfront for our ride out.

Which boat was it going to be?

I think DH was secretly hoping this was our ride.

Wait for it….

Yup! That’s it.

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