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2015 HK Canada USA Belize

HIGHLIGHTS


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  • *Disclaimer. There are photos here that are from my previous travel site virtualtourist. VT has shut down. Please ignore that VT flag, thongs, VA's and other paraphernalia that may appear here.**

FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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HOLIDAY COLLAGE -

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HOW DOES ONE DECIDE WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE?
HUBBY LIKES MOUNTAINS SO MY FIRST 2 CHOICES WERE THE
CANADIAN ROCKIES AND THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS.
I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE VANCOUVER AND NEW ORLEANS
SO THEY WENT ON THE LIST.
WE PROMISED OUR GOOD FRIENDS ANN AND CHARLIE THAT IF
WE EVER CAME TO THE STATES, WE WOULD PAY THEM A VISIT, SO
FLORIDA WAS MOST DEFINITELY ON THE LIST.
WE HAD OUR YOUNG 15YRO SON JESSE WITH US THIS TIME SO WE ALSO
HAD TO CONSIDER HIS NEEDS.

OUR HOLIDAY WAS COMING TOGETHER.

I WANTED TO END THE HOLIDAY SOMEWHERE IN THE CARIBBEAN.
THAT IS WHERE VT AND SOME OFF THE BEATEN PATH TIPS CAME IN HANDY.
THE CHOICE?...... BELIZE AND CAY CAULKER.

WE DECIDED ON FLYING WITH THE NO.1 AIRLINE AT THE TIME - CATHAY PACIFIC.
SO HONG KONG WAS ADDED INTO THE MIX.

THERE ARE TOO MANY HIGHLIGHTS TO MENTION HERE. WHEN YOU ARE ON
HOLIDAYS THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING AROUND EVERY
CORNER.

SPEAKING OF NEW AND INTERESTING..... WE CAUGHT THE BUS UP TO
GROUSE MOUNTAIN IN VANCOUVER. HERE THE MIST WAS SO THICK THAT WE
COULDN'T SEE MORE THAN 3 FOOT IN FRONT OF OUR FEET. WHAT FUN!! :)

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EEEK! IS THAT BEAR TRACKS TO THE......?!!!

SEEING RACCOONS FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS COOL!
AND A CUTE RESIDENT SQUIRREL CALLED SAMMY :)
OH AND THE AMAZING HOWLER MONKEYS IN BELIZE!! WOW!!

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THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS WERE A REAL HIGHLIGHT. PITY WE DIDN'T SEE SNOW....
WELL ACTUALLY WE DID AT THE ICEFIELDS BUT WE COULDN'T STOP TO FEEL IT ;)

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THEN THERE'S THE FALL COLOURS :) TIP..... BEST TIME TO GO TO CANADA & US!

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WE HAD PLENTY OF ACTION!!

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MIXING WITH THE LOCALS WAS FUN. A LOCAL IN NEW ORLEANS
HAPPENED TO MENTION "YOU'LL SPEAK FUNNY...... WHERE YA FROM?" :)

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SO GRAB A DRINK OR 3 AND SOME SNACKS AND ENJOY THE RIDE -

NEXT BLOG AND FIRST STOP..... HONG KONG.

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HONG KONG

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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COLLAGE OF HONG KONG -

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IN PLANNING OUR BIG TRIP I CHOSE CATHAY PACIFIC AS THEY HAD A GOOD
DEAL AND HONG KONG SEEMED LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO TAKE A BREAK BOTH
GOING AND COMING BACK SO THAT THE LONG HAUL COULD BE BROKEN UP.
NOT TOO IMPRESSED WITH CATHAY SO WON'T CHOOSE THEM AGAIN.
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

WE DIDN'T GET TO DO MUCH IN HONG KONG AS BOTH TIMES WE WERE THERE
IT RAINED. IN FACT WE GOT THE TAIL END OF A BIG CAT 5 TYPHOON.

FAVOURITE THINGS THAT WE DID DO WAS OCEAN PARK AND THE AVENUE OF
STARS WALK.... AND OF COURSE SHOPPING AND ENJOYING THE FOOD :)
AND NOT TO MENTION THE LOVELY VIEWS OVERLOOKING HONG KONG WITH
THE BIG BUILDINGS AND JUNKS SLOWLY SAILING UP AND DOWN.

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WE TRIED 2 HOTELS - BEGINNING OF THE THE TRIP WE STAYED AT THE
HARBOUR GRAND IN KOWLOON WHICH IS ON THE WATER FRONT WITH A
VIEW OVER HONG KONG AND NOT FAR FROM THE AVENUE OF STARS.
THIS IS A PRIME HOTEL FOR WEDDINGS. WE SAW A COUPLE DURING OUR
STAY. IT IS CLOSE TO STAR FERRY OVER TO HK AND THEY HAVE A FREE
SHUTTLE SERVICE TO THE AVENUE OF STARS.
BREAKKY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE AND TOO EXPENSIVE.

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ON THE WAY BACK WE STAYED AT THE CROWNE PLAZA EAST KOWLOON.
THIS WAS A MUCH BETTER STAY. TRANSPORT INTO HONG KONG IS RIGHT
THERE ON THE MTR. SHOPPING CENTRE IS ALSO RIGHT THERE.
BED WAS COMFY AND THE CLUB ROOM AFTERNOON HI-TEA AND
EVENING DRINKS WELL WORTH IT. I WOULD STAY HERE NEXT TIME.

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IT DIDN'T RAIN THE DAY WE WENT TO OCEAN PARK. BE PREPARED FOR
LINES. WE BOOKED AND PAID THROUGH THE HOTEL AND THEY PROVIDED
US WITH THE EASIEST WAY TO GET THERE - MTR AND BUS.
I AM A ROLLERCOASTER FAN SO BOTH YOUNG JESSE AND I TOOK THE
HAIR-RAISING ROLLERCOASTER WHICH LOOPS OVERLOOKING THE WATER.
EXCITING!! :)

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AVENUE OF THE STARS WAS FUN..... IN BETWEEN SHOWERS ;)
I KIND OF FELT LIKE A STAR HAHA. CHECK OUT THE KID DOING A SELFIE
WITH A DUDE CALLED JACKIE CHAN :)

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TO GET AROUND USE THE OCTOPUS CARD. WE GOT OURS AT THE MTR
STATION AND YOU CAN TOP THEM UP THERE.

AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET.... CATHAY PACIFIC WASN'T GOOD TO US.
WE WERE NOT SEATED TOGETHER DESPITE HAVING BOOKED EARLY.
OUR FLIGHT OUT OF HK WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE TYPHOON AND
WAITING FOR A CONNECTING FLIGHT FROM CHINA. WE LEARN'T ABOUT
THIS LATER BUT THEY MADE US WAIT OVER 2 HOURS WITHOUT NOTICE
AS TO WHY THE DELAY.
COMING BACK... THOSE THAT HAD E-TICKETS WERE NOTIFIED OF A
CHANGE OF FLIGHT TIME - 2 HOURS EARLY. BECAUSE WE BOOKED
THROUGH A 3RD PARTY, WE DID NOT GET NOTICE AND CONSEQUENTLY
OUR PARTY AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS HAD TO FLY ON JAL VIA JAPAN
TO HONG KONG. AND CATHAY AT THE TIME WAS NO.1 AIRLINE!!??
NEVER AGAIN! SINGAPORE AIR IS BY FAR SUPERIOR!

THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAT I HAD PLANNED. BUT THAT IS ALWAYS
AN EXCUSE TO COME BACK TO HONG KONG :)
NEXT TIME IT WILL BE HK, SHANGHAI AND A TRIP ALONG THE YANGZEE.

NEXT STOP - VANCOUVER.

Posted by aussirose 01:20 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged travellerspoint usa canada belize hong hk kong 2015 aussirose Comments (0)

vancouver

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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VANCOUVER CITY PANORAMA -

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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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COLLAGE -

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VANCOUVER WAS EVERYTHING I HAD IMAGINED AND MORE!
THERE WERE SO MANY HIGHLIGHTS. WE LOVED VANCOUVER!! :)

BOWEN ISLAND, CAPILANO BRIDGE, GROUSE MOUNTAIN, STANLEY PARK,
VANCOUVER AT NIGHT, GASTOWN AND THE CLOCK, GASWORKS BREWERY,
GRANVILLE ISLAND, GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWERY, A DAY OUT WITH GLENN
FROM VIRTUALTOURIST.... AND THE BEST OF ALL FOR THE BOYS -
SALMON FISHING ON THE FRASER RIVER WITH SILVERSIDES FISHING.

STAYING ON GRANVILLE ISLAND WAS A GREAT CHOICE. I LOVED CATCHING THE
LITTLE AQUABUS INTO YALETOWN - SUPURB VIEW OF THE 'CITY OF GLASS'.
YALETOWN HAD SOME HUGE YACHTS MOORED.

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THE GRANVILLE ISLAND HOTEL WAS CLOSE TO THE MARKETS AND THE ISLAND
HAS A REAL COSMOPOLITAN ATMOSPHERE.
THE HOTEL ITSELF WAS VERY COMFORTABLE AND QUITE REASONABLY PRICED
FOR THE LOCATION. BREAKKY INCLUDED WAS A BONUS AND REAL NICE TOO
WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS.
I WOULD HOWEVER MISS DINNERS HERE. TOO EXPENSIVE AND THE FOOD IS
AVERAGE.

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IT WAS AN EXCELLENT SPOT FOR NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY :)

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THE GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWERY WAS A FUN PLACE TO CHILL WITH A
BEER AND HAVE A CHAT WITH THE LOCALS.

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GASTOWN.

TAKE A SHORT TRIP FROM YALETOWN TO CANADA PLACE AND GASTOWN.
CANADA PLACE IS WHERE THE BIG CRUISE SHIPS COME IN.

GASTOWN IS A QUAINT QUIRKY AND CHIC ARTISTS HANGOUT WITH IT'S
NUMEROUS GIFT SHOPS, CAFES AND RESTAURANTS.
IT ALSO HAS AN OLD STEAM CLOCK THAT GOES OFF EVERY15 MINUTES.
MAKE SURE YOU GET THERE AT AROUND 12 NOON. FUN TO SEE :)
IT RAINED A BIT WHEN WE WERE THERE WHICH WAS GOOD BECAUSE THE
STEAM WAS MORE PROMINENT IN OUR PHOTOS.

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YOU SHOULD NOT MISS LUNCH AT THE STEAMWORKS BREWERY.
BESIDES GREAT BEER TASTINGS..... THEIR CHILLI CHICKEN WINGS ARE YUUUM! :)

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MAKE SURE YOU VISIT THE MOUNTED POLICE GIFT SHOP UP THE ROAD.
WE LOVED THIS LITTLE SHOP COMPLETE WITH FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL OWNER.
I BOUGHT THE MOST CUTEST KEY RING OF A MOUNTED POLICE BEAVER AND
IT NOW HOLDS PRIME POSITION ON MY CAMERA BAG :)

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CAPILANO BRIDGE.

THIS IS A 'MUST DO'! WE GOT ON THE FREE BUS FROM CANADA PLACE.
CAPILANO HAS A NICE LITTLE TREE TOP WALK. WE WERE HERE IN THE FALL.
COLOURS .... MAGNIFICANT!
I BECAME AWARE FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT HUBBY IS A LITTLE AFRAID OF
HEIGHTS. TIP..... DON'T LAUGH AT SOMEONE THAT IS FEELING A LITTLE
UNEASY .......... LOL .....SORRY ;)

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THE SWAYING BRIDGE ITSELF IS MOST WORTH WHILE WALKING ON.
YES.... IT SWAYS..... AND YES, IT'S SCARY ........ IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE
WITH HEIGHTS......
BUT YOU WILL KICK YOURSLELF IF YOU DO NOT DO IT!
THERE'S SOME FABULOUS VIEWS TO BE HAD HALF WAY.
AND YOU CAN CHILL AFTER AT THE CAFE WITH A WELL DESERVED BEER ;)

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GROUSE MOUNTAIN.

WE TRAVELLED ON AND UP TO GROUSE MOUNTAIN ON THE BUS AND THEN
CABLE CAR.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN WAS COLD! THE FOG WAS THICK AND SWIRLING AROUND US.
WE COULDN'T SEE MORE THAN A SHORT DISTANCE IN FRONT.
STILL.... WE WALKED SLOWLY IN SILENCE, FOLLOWING THE PAINTED BEAR TRACKS
WITH ONLY THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE AND OUR EXHALING BREATH FORMING VISIBLE
VAPOUR..... ADDING TO THE THICK WHITE FOG THAT SEEMED TO SWALLOW UP
ANY EVIDENCE THAT WE WERE HERE.
SCARY.... :)

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STANLEY PARK.

A TRIP TO VANCOUVER IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS YOU CHECK OUT STANLEY PARK
BEING THERE IN THE FALL WAS A BONUS. THE COLOURS ARE MAGNIFICANT :)

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WE ALSO ENJOYED THE ANTICS OF THE RACCOONS. OUR FIRST SIGHTING WAS OF
THEM RAIDING THE BINS. WE UNDERSTOOD IMMEDIATELY THE SIGNS THAT
ADVISE NOT TO FEED THEM. IN AUSTRALIA WE HAVE THE SAME FOR OUR NATIVE
WILDLIFE.

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I HAD SOME CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY FUN IN STANLEY PARK :)

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

BOWEN ISLAND.

HUBBY AND I LIKE TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING DIFFERENT. NOT YOUR
USUAL TOURIST STUFF. WE LIKE TO GET AWAY AND HAVE A BEER WITH
THE LOCALS :)

SHORT BUS TRIP AND THEN FERRY RIDE (NOT EXPENSIVE AT ALL).....
AND WE ARRIVED. BOWEN ISLAND HAS A LOVELY MARINA.

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BEING LIMITED FOR TIME, WE ENJOYED A SHORT STROLL UP THE ROAD.
FIRST PUB WOULDN'T ACCEPT YOUNG JESSE.....
BOWEN PUB AT THE TOP OF THE HILL..... DON'T BOTHER GOING THERE.
NO PROBLEM. WE JUST SAUNTERED DOWN THE HILL AND FOUND A
BETTER PUB ;)

DOC MORGANS WAS MUCH NICER :)
THEY HAD A LOVELY VERANDAH OUT BACK WHERE WE ENJOYED A NICE
LUNCH OVERLOOKING THE WATER WITH FANTASTIC VIEWS OF THE BUSH
AND FALL COLOURS.
THE STAFF WERE JUST LOVELY AND WE ENJOYED CHATTING WITH THEM.
HUBBY HOWARD OR AS GOOD FRIENDS KNOW HIM ....... HOWIE
EVEN FOUND HIS OWN BEER!!
I RECOMMEND COMING HERE :)

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THE VIEWS FROM THE FERRY ARE STUNNING!

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COMING BACK IN TO HORSESHOE BAY WHERE WE LEFT FROM.

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~~oOo~~

NOW FOR A FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY.....

CHECK THIS OUT! HAHA :)
THIS GUY WAS ON THE SAME CRUISE. IT WAS QUITE A TALKING POINT
THAT HUBBY AND HE HAD SIMILAR CURLY MOUSTACHES.
I WANTED A PHOTO, HOWEVER EXTRA CURLY MOE WASN'T PLAYING BALL ;)
DOESN'T LIKE HIS PHOTO TAKEN.

WELL AFTER WE GOT OFF THE FERRY..... OVER STROLLS....
YEP YOU GUESSED IT ;)
AND THIS IS THE RESULT :)

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FISHING!!

THE BOYS WERE SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS.
THIS WAS TO BE ONE OF THE HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS FOR HOWIE AND JESSE :)

I BOOKED ON-LINE WITH SILVERSIDES AS THEY HAD GOOD REVIEWS.
OWNER BRIAN HAPPILY DIDN'T CHARGE ME AS I WAS JUST THE PHOTOGRAPHER ;)

WE WERE PICKED UP BY BRIAN'S WIFE AT OUR HOTEL AND TRAVELED DOWN
TO THE SPOT ON THE FRASER RIVER WHERE WE MET BRIAN.... STOPPING ON THE
WAY TO GRAB SOME SUBWAY AND A DRINK TO TAKE WITH US FOR LUNCH.

WELL I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS TRIP! THE BOYS WERE RIGGED FOR
SALMON FISHING. THIS SORT OF FISHING IS DIFFERENT TO WHAT THEY ARE
USED TO BACK IN AUSTRALIA. DON'T QUOTE ME AS AN EXPERT HAHA....
BUT THEY WERE TRYING FLY FISHING FOR THE FIRST TIME USING A LURE
RATHER THAN JUST BAIT AND THROW.... LET IT SINK AND SLOWLY REEL IN
LIKE BACK AT HOME. FLY FISHING IS USED IN RIVERS WITH FLOWING WATER.
THE LURE IS FLUNG OUT AND TRAVELS DOWN THE RIVER.... THEN YOU WAIT
FOR A HIT!

IT WAS A LITTLE FUNNY SEEING HUBBY AND JESSE DRESSED IN THE GEAR.
WEIGHED DOWN WITH WEIGHTS IT TOOK THEM A WHILE TO WADE OUT
INTO THE COLD RIVER HAHA. IN AUSTRALIA WE FISH IN SHORTS.

BOTH BOYS CAUGHT SOME GREAT SALMON! A COUPLE BRIAN KEPT FOR HIS
DINNER AND THE REST GOT THROWN BACK.

AS PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE DAY I ENJOYED TAKING SOME GREAT SHOTS :)
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY SO I DON'T NEED TO EXPLAIN.

I TOTALLY RECOMMEND BOOKING A TRIP WITH BRIAN AND SILVERSIDES.
IF YOU LIKE FISHING...... OR A PHOTOGRAPHER LIKE ME.... YOU WILL LOVE IT!

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HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS BLOG.

ON SUNDAY WE CAUGHT THE VIA RAIL FOR A NICE SLOW TRIP TO THE ROCKIES.
THE TRIP WAS PRETTY COOL AND MUCH CHEAPER THAN TAKING THE
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER. ONLY COST US $150AUS EACH AND INCLUDED A
VIEWING CAR WITH GLASS ENCLOSURE FOR CHECKING OUT THE SCENERY.

SO CHECK OUT NEXT STOP JASPER INCLUDING SOME PHOTOS OF OUR
TRIP ON VIA RAIL.

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JASPER

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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ROCKY MOUNTAINS COLLAGE -

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JASPER! TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!! BY FAR THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP!

STUNNING SCENERY - LAKE MALIGNE, ATHABASCA FALLS, PYRAMID LAKE,
BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN LANSCAPES.

THE ABOVE PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT PYRAMID LAKE EARLY MORNING.
I AM VERY PROUD OF THIS SHOT :)
IT WON ME A TRIP TO NEW YORK IN MAY 2017. I ENTERED IT IN A TRAVEL
COMPETITION THAT WENT FOR A WHOLE YEAR WITH AUSPHOTOGRAPHY.
I WON OVER ABOUT 36 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOS AND BEAT THE ADVANCED
WHO WON OVER AROUND 45 PHOTOS. HOW GOOD IS THAT! ;)
SO WE ARE OFF TO NY FOR AN ALL EXPENSES PAID PHOTO TOUR WITH
U DESIGN PHOTO TOURS INCLUDING A PHOTOGRAPHY CHOPPER RIDE
OVER MANHATTAN. WOOHOO!!

WE STAYED AT PYRAMID LAKE RESORT. THE CHALETS HERE ARE VERY
COMFY AND OVERLOOK PYRAMID LAKE. BREAKKY AND DINNER AT THE
RESTAURANT ALSO HAS STUNNING VIEWS OF THE LAKE.

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I WAS HOPING THAT WE WOULD SEE SNOW. IT WAS CERTAINLY COLD
ENOUGH FOR IT.....BRRRR. I BOUGHT A NEW COAT WITH FLUFF AROUND
THE HOOD. BOUGHT IT ESPECIALLY FOR OUR ROCKY MOUNTAIN
EXPERIENCE. I WAS SNUG :)

MALIGNE LAKE.

EVERYWHERE WE WENT WE ENJOYED GORGEOUS VIEWS!
UNFORTUNATELY THE BOAT HERE WASN'T RUNNING BUT THAT WAS
OK BECAUSE THE VIEWS THEMSELVES MADE UP FOR THAT.
WE ALSO SAW OUR FIRST SQUIRREL HERE.
WE HADN'T HAD MUCH LUCK SEEING OTHER NATIVE ANIMALS -
JUST A BABY BLACK BEAR AS WE ARRIVED ON THE TRAIN.
AND A FEW MOOSE THAT CROSSED THE ROAD AS WE WERE DRIVING
TO THE RESORT.

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MOUNTAIN VIEWS.

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ATHABASCA FALLS.

THIS IS A STUNNING SIGHT. THE BOARDWALK IS EASY TO WALK ON
AND THE FALLS ARE ONLY ABOUT 100M IN. PATHWAY IS ALSO
WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY.

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WE ARRIVED HERE ON THE VIA RAIL. IT WAS A LONG JOURNEY
LEAVING VANCOUVER AT 8PM ON SUNDAY AND ARRIVING AT 4PM
ON MONDAY. BUT MOST DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!

WE ONLY PAID $150AUS EACH AS OPPOSED TO THE ROCKY
MOUNTAINEER WHICH COSTS AROUND $2,000!!
THE TRAIN HAD A FEW LITTLE CABINS UP TOP WITH PERSPECTS
DOME SO WE COULD ENJOY THE MOUNTAIN VIEWS ALONG THE
WAY. WE ALL THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS JOURNEY.
UPON ARRIVAL AT JASPER, WE PICKED UP OUR AVIS HIRE CAR,
SET THE GPS AND HEADED 10MIN OUT OF TOWN TO THE RESORT.

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JASPER TOWN IS SMALL. WALKING AROUND THE QUIET STREETS
WAS A PLEASURE.

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LAST DAY BEFORE WE HEADED OUT OF TOWN WE HAD BREAKKY
AT OUR FIRST AMERICAN STYLE DINER. IT WAS PRETTY GOOD
BUT THERE WERE DIFFERENCES TO WHAT WE ARE USED TO
HAVING FOR BREAKKY. THEY HAVE POTATOES FOR BREAKKY...?
THAT'S DIFFERENT. I ASKED FOR TOMATOES WITH MY EGGS
AND BACON.... TOMATOES WEREN'T COOKED HAHA :)
BUT A MOST ENJOYABLE BREAKFAST STILL THE SAME.

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NEXT STOP - BANFF VIA ICEFIELDS PARKWAY.

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BANFF

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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BOW LAKE - BEFORE LAKE LOUISE WHICH IS BEFORE YOU COME INTO BANFF.
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

I LOVED THE MAIN STREET OF BANFF WITH IT'S IMPRESSIVE MT RUNDLE
TOWERING OVER THE TOWN. I WAS SO AWE INSPIRED THAT I FORGOT TO
TAKE PICTURES LOL.
WELL HERE ARE A COUPLE OF OK PHOTOS JUST TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE
MAIN STREET LOOKS LIKE.

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I CHOSE TO STAY AT BANFF CARIBOU LODGE. I HAD SEEN PHOTOS ON
BOOKING.COM OF THIS HOTEL COVERED I SNOW!! I SO WANTED TO
EXPERIENCE THIS..... SADLY NO SNOW :(
BUT IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE STILL THE SAME.

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CARIBOU LODGE HAS PLENTY GOING FOR IT AND IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE.
THEY HAVE AN IN-HOTEL POOL & SPA, GREAT RESTAURANT CALLED THE KEG,
FRIENDLY STAFF, BREAKKY WAS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE (SOMETHING NOT
READILY FOUND IN CANADA AND THE USA ON BOOKING.COM).
WE ALSO GOT BUS PASSES INTO TOWN. THE BUS IS OUTSIDE THE FRONT
DOOR. I WOULD NOT HESITATE IN STAYING HERE AGAIN!

THE ROAD FROM JASPER TO BANFF WAS SCENIC AND A COMFORTABLE
EASY DRIVE. FIRST STOP THE ICEFIELDS. THIS WAS COLD! BRRR.
HUBBY AND SON HAD SHORTS ON! ..... HAHA.
FIRST TIME SEEING SNOW UP CLOSE FOR HUBBY AND SON.

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THERE WERE LOADS OF BUSES TAKING TOURISTS OUT TO THE NEW
GLACIER SKYWALK. LOOKED A BIT TOO TOURISTY FOR US SO WE
HURRIED BACK THROUGH THE ICY COLD AIR BACK TO THE CAR AND
CONTINUED OUR JOURNEY.

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BOW LAKE - NEXT STOP.

BOW LAKE WAS MY FAVOURITE. PROBABLY HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH US HAVING THE PLACE TO OURSELVES. THE VIEW HERE WAS
STUNNING! :)

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LAKE LOUISE - JUST BEFORE BANFF

WE ARRIVED AT LAKE LOUISE LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND THEREFORE
A LITTLE STRAPPED FOR TIME. HUBBY WAS GOING TO DRIVE STRAIGHT
THROUGH TO BANFF BUT I WAS DETERMINED TO STOP HERE
BECAUSE I HAD SEEN SO MANY GLORIOUS PHOTOS.
I AM GLAD THAT WE DID :)

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BANFF.

JUST LIKE IN JASPER WE ONLY HAD 1 DAY TO ENJOY THIS PLACE....
NOT ENOUGH TIME.

WE DECIDED TO TAKE THE BUS UP THE HILL TO THE HOT SPAS.
GOOD CHOICE! WELL THIS WAS ANOTHER HOLIDAY FIRST FOR US....
WALKING OUT IN ABOUT 8C (FREEZING COLD FOR US) AND SINKING INTO
THE NATURAL HOT SPA. NICE! :)

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BANFF BREWING CO - BEST BEER IN BANFF.

BANFF BREWING WAS A GREAT CHOICE FOR LUNCH AND A FEW
BEER TASTINGS. THE CHILLI WINGS HERE WERE PRETTY GOOD TOO
ALONG WITH A BOWL OF CHEESY FRIES AND GRAVY. YUUUM.
BOTH DISHES, CANADA AND THE US DO WELL :)

A TIP TO ALL OF YOU AUSSIES OUT THERE.....
DON'T ASK FOR CHIPS OR YOU WILL GET CRISPS HAHA.
WHO HAS CRISPS WITH THEIR BURGER??!! LOL.
FISH AND CRISPS ANYONE?....... NOOOO!!! :)

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LEAVING THE FABULOUS ROCKY MOUNTAINS BEHIND WE DROVE TO
CALGARY FOR THE NEXT LEG OF OUR JOURNEY - NEW ORLEANS IN USA.

I ARRANGED FOR US TO STAY RIGHT AT THE AIRPORT IN THE DELTA HOTEL.
THIS WAS A GOOD CHOICE BECAUSE AVIS CAR RENTAL WAS JUST UP THE
ROAD FROM HERE ALONG THE AIRPORT PICKUP AND DROPOFF STRIP.

THE AIRPORT DELTA HOTEL WAS REASONABLY PRICED, HAD A NICE
INDOOR POOL AND A RESTAURANT. AND THAT MADE IT EASY FOR US
IN THE MORNING TO CHECK IN ACROSS THE ROAD AT THE AIRPORT FOR
OUR EARLY MORNING FLIGHT TO NEW ORLEANS VIA HOUSTON.

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FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY -

NEXT DAY WHILST CHECKING IN THROUGH CUSTOMS, THE OFFICER
WAS ASKING US THE USUAL QUESTIONS. JUST BEFORE HE LET US
THROUGH HE CRACKED A WIDE GRIN.....

HUBBY WAS WEARING HIS BLACK T-SHIRT WITH SMALL WHITE WRITING
ON THE FRONT THAT SAYS "NOSY FUCKER ARN'T YOU" :)

NEXT DESTINATION - NEW ORLEANS.

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