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Old 10-11-2011, 12:01 PM   #151
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DH bought the Millenium Falcon in the USA on his last business trip in August.
It's sitting in the suitcase waiting for DS's birthday next month.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:43 AM   #152
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How on earth has it taken me so long to find this thread????? It's at page 11 and I had not read or even seen it before. I have just spent the day (on and off, not literally all day ) catching up on this TR after finding it this morning ! I love love love it PIO!

Niagara Falls looked amazing, I had no idea there was so much to do there, it's somewhere I have been wanting to do for so long and will be a must do next time.

Now I am all up to date and look forward to the rest of the TR, even though I think it's nearing the end of the trip
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:01 AM   #153
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OK, so I know you are not Kimmar....did we finish this report or are you at a writer's block?
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:09 AM   #154
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Wait, are you suggesting I fund my trip to Australia by smuggling in LEGO kits with me?

It is a thought.....but Pandora charms are about 10 - 25% cheaper in the US than over here...smaller and easier to carry.


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DH bought the Millenium Falcon in the USA on his last business trip in August.
It's sitting in the suitcase waiting for DS's birthday next month.
I hope DS enjoys putting it together.


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How on earth has it taken me so long to find this thread????? It's at page 11 and I had not read or even seen it before. I have just spent the day (on and off, not literally all day ) catching up on this TR after finding it this morning ! I love love love it PIO!

Niagara Falls looked amazing, I had no idea there was so much to do there, it's somewhere I have been wanting to do for so long and will be a must do next time.

Now I am all up to date and look forward to the rest of the TR, even though I think it's nearing the end of the trip

Page 11 before you even spotted it??? Better late than never; and I'm glad you're enjoying it.


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OK, so I know you are not Kimmar....did we finish this report or are you at a writer's block?
You got that one right!

I still have Sacramento and Napa Valley coming up. And no, not writer's block.....just procrastination. When I finish this TR, I won't have anything else to write about....

I'm hoping to get to putting the next update up by the end of this weekend.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:20 AM   #155
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I still have Sacramento and Napa Valley coming up. And no, not writer's block.....just procrastination. When I finish this TR, I won't have anything else to write about....

I'm hoping to get to putting the next update up by the end of this weekend.
Don't give me that phooey! You will always have plenty to write about.....just whether or not you will have forum in which to do so! I'm sure you will find one....how about "the ongoing festivals of Melbourne" Seems to me you could make an entire TR just on THAT! I'm sure we would all listen!
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Don't give me that phooey! You will always have plenty to write about.....just whether or not you will have forum in which to do so! I'm sure you will find one....how about "the ongoing festivals of Melbourne" Seems to me you could make an entire TR just on THAT! I'm sure we would all listen!
How about this phooey instead???

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:48 AM   #157
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It is a thought.....but Pandora charms are about 10 - 25% cheaper in the US than over here...smaller and easier to carry.
I had to look that one up...thought it had something to do with the new Avatar themed area planned for WDW.

Is there a big market for these in Australia? I could set up a booth at a street fair one of the days I'm there!

Seriously, though. If you needed me to pick something up for you before we come, let me know. (Pandora charm, Millenium Falcon or other.)
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I had to look that one up...thought it had something to do with the new Avatar themed area planned for WDW.

Is there a big market for these in Australia? I could set up a booth at a street fair one of the days I'm there!

Seriously, though. If you needed me to pick something up for you before we come, let me know. (Pandora charm, Millenium Falcon or other.)

Thanks! I'll keep it in mind.

Knowing me, it's more likely to be some Mickey Macadamia Nut Turtles from Marceline.
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Thanks! I'll keep it in mind.

Knowing me, it's more likely to be some Mickey Macadamia Nut Turtles from Marceline.
I didn't see any of those when I was there yesterday, but I wasn't looking.
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Thanks! I'll keep it in mind.

Knowing me, it's more likely to be some Mickey Macadamia Nut Turtles from Marceline.
OH...that we could DEFINITELY do!
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Venice Beach and Canals - The Boys of Summer


The year was 2007 and we were in California. This was the year that my one and only first cousin from my father's side was based in Pasadena with her husband. And whilst we weren't making a side trip to Pasadena, she and her husband made the trip out to LA to visit us. And what a trek it was for them....

Believe it or not, they didn't have a car when they were living in Pasadena and were getting around using public transport.

We had called them when we were in San Francisco and had arranged to meet up on this day in Venice Beach. It would take them about 3 hours and 2 bus changes to get to Venice from Pasadena, so it was definitely a labour of love on their part.

I really like this cousin of mine. Her and her husband are as prompt as I am about getting to places at the appointed time. We got there about 5 minutes early and they got there about 30 seconds after us. No hanging around and waiting for either of us!

I’m guessing that it was a warm and sunny day….





….because I have this in my collection and figure it might be one that I trot out on the 21st.





I know that I came home with a green towel on this trip. We obviously bought it at Venice Beach.


After DS had his frolic in the sand and surf, we got round to the serious business of checking out the joint.




There was someone trying to sell motorized remote control cars. DS was keen…



… but I managed to swerve around getting one.




We also must have gone looking for the Boys of Summer along Venice.








Didn’t see any muscle-bound men; only some that could jump.





I had been to Venice twice before, and I knew the beachside didn’t hold much appeal for me. So, I persuaded the family to take a walk towards the Canals. Another reason why I really like that cousin of mine….her and her husband were more than happy to go seeking peace and quiet as well.


The canals are set about 2 – 3 blocks back from the beach. Enough tourists know about them and go walking along them for it to be a fairly safe exercise these days. You walk along the path….




….that pretty much looks into the local resident’s backyards.




Most of them maintain a pretty garden and keep their windows opened. So, window peeping into their houses is a given.







And there are bridges over the canals….that add to the ambience of the place.





It was a lovely walk and catch-up for the family. We ended up at a Burger place for lunch and all in all spent about 2 – 3 hours with my cousin and her husband. And then it was time to leave. They still had that bus ride back to Pasadena…and we……we were flying out to San Francisco and heading to the Californian capital city!



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Hehehe. I LOVE the photo of your DS lying on the beach. It reminds me of the movie "From Here To Eternity" minus the girl of course...
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I love your TRs because you show me parts of CA that I've never seen and I've lived here for (yikes!) over 40 years!
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Thanks. Nice to 'see' you again! It's been a while.

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I love it too.

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I love your TRs because you show me parts of CA that I've never seen and I've lived here for (yikes!) over 40 years!

Well....you know where to go....
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