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NEW ORLEANS

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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NEW ORLEANS - JAZZ, SWAMPS & FANTASTIC FOOD!

NEW ORLEANS WAS MY FIRST CHOICE OF DESTINATION IN THE US. I AM HAPPY
THAT WE FINALLY MADE IT HERE! NEW ORLEANS FULFILLED ALL OF MY DREAMS.

THE QUAINT BUILDINGS WITH FANCY WROUGHT IRON TRIMMINGS, HORSE &
CARRIAGE, JAZZ MUSIC EVERYWHERE, FOODIE HEAVEN! INTERESTING HISTORY
INCLUDING AMAZING GRAVEYARDS, AND FABULOUS PARTY ATMOSPHERE! :)

A HOLIDAY DESTINATION WITH SO MUCH VARIETY AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCES.

STREETS OF NEW ORLEANS.

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NATCHEZ STEAMBOAT JAZZ DINNER CRUISE.

THIS IS A 'MUST DO'! THE DUKES OF DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND PLAYED THE BEST JAZZ
I HAVE HEARD IN A LONG WHILE. I JUST HAD TO BUY THEIR ALBUM.

THE FOOD WAS WONDERFUL... A TASTE OF CREOLE WITH THE FAMOUS
JAMBALAYA, GUMBO AND FRESH SEAFOOD.

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WALKING THE STREETS WE STOPPED AND ENJOYED THIS JAZZ BAND OF
YOUNG ONES. THEY WERE REAL GOOD. I ALSO TOOK A VIDEO WHICH
HOPEFULLY I CAN ADD HERE LATER :)

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I FOUND US A NEAT APARTMENT RIGHT IN THE FRENCH QUARTER ON
FRENCHMANS STREET. THE STREET HAD A LOT OF RESTAURANTS AND
MUSIC PLAYING IN EACH. THIS BAND WERE PARTICULARLY GOOD.
THEY PLAYED GREAT FLAMENCO MUSIC.

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FRENCHMEN ORLEANS AT 519 -

IMAGINE HAVING APARTMENT ACCOMMODATION IN THE HEART OF NOR.
IMAGINE SITTING ON COMFY SEATS ON THE BALCONY LISTENING TO THE
JAZZ MUSIC IN THE STREET. IMAGINE BEING ABLE TO WALK OUT OF YOUR
ACCOMMODATION IN THE FRENCH QUARTER IN FRENCHMANS STREET &
HAVING PUBS, RESTAURANTS, TAKEAWAY AND A CONVENIENCE STORE
RIGHT THERE. WELL THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY!

NOT ONLY DID WE HAVE THE LUXURY OF ALL OF THE ABOVE, BUT THE
PRICE WAS VERY REASONABLE..... FOR NOR. AND DOWNTOWN WAS JUST
A CASUAL STROLL AWAY. WHEN WE WERE TIRED, THEN WE CAUGHT THE
STREET CAR ALONG THE RIVER FRONT INTO TOWN.

WALKING THROUGH THE MARKETS INTO DOWNTOWN WAS ANOTHER
OPTION. AND THE FAMOUS BOURBON STREET WAS CLOSE BY.

I WOULDN'T WANT TO STAY ANYWHERE ELSE. THE STAFF WERE HELPFUL.
THEY EVEN GAVE US SOME WASHING POWDER FOR OUR CLOTHES.
YES, THEY ALSO HAVE COMMUNAL WASHING MACHINES.

THERE IS ALSO A POOL OUT THE BACK AND QUIET SITTING AREA IN THE
GARDEN.

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MARKETS
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"YO'ALL SPEAK FUNNY! WHEREYA FROM?"

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HOW COULD WE RESIST A HORSE & CARRIAGE TOUR WITH THIS
FUNNY DUDE CARLOS :)

SAINT LOUIS CEMETERY HORSE & CARRIAGE TOUR -

NEW ORLEANS IS FULL OF AMAZING HISTORY. THE CITY IS
SURROUNDED BY GRAVE YARDS THAT HOLD SO MANY STORIES
OF DAYS GONE BY.

THIS MAY SEEMS LIKE A TACKY TOURISTY THING TO DO BUT I
TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT! WE WERE FOLLOWE BY OTHER GROUPS
BEING SHOWN THE SAME GRAVES..... BUT IT WAS WELL TIMED AND
PROFESSIONALLY DONE AND THE STORIES CARLOS RELATED WERE
CAPTIVATING.

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THE GRAVE BELOW THAT LOOKS LIKE AN EGYPTIAN PYRAMID IS OWNED
BY NICHOLAS CAGE. YES, HE BOUGHT HIS OWN GRAVE AND WILL BE
BURIED HERE.

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ALSO WE SAW THE GRAVE OF THE PERSON THAT INVENTED SUGAR
MANUFACTURE AND OTHER HISTORIAN GRAVES AS WELL AS A
FAMOUS VOODOO PRIESTESS. CARLOS ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THE
GRAVES WITH WROUGHT IRON SIGNIFY RICHES.

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THE PHOTO BELOW WITH THE STATUE THAT HAS A DAMAGED ARM....
THIS WAS DONE BY A FILM COMPANY. THEREFORE FROM 1969 MOVIE
COMPANIES WERE BANNED FROM THIS GRAVEYARD.

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SOUTHERN COUSINE

NEW ORLEANS HAS FOOD THAT IS UNIQUE TO THIS AREA, GREAT
SOUTHERN COUSINE. MY FAROURITE WAS THE PO BOY (HOT DOG).

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GUMBO WAS NICE BUT NOT THE SEAFOOD GUMBO THANKS.
COMING FROM AUSTRALIA WITH FRESH SEAFOOD.... SORRY...
I PREFER MY SEAFOOD NATURAL.... WITH PLENTY OF LEMONS.

JAMBALAYA SPICY CAJUN RICE WAS GOOD. BUT WE GOT A BIT TIRED
OF HAVING EVERYTHING BATTERED AND DEEP FRIED.
LITTLE BIT TASTELESS FOR US.

FRANK'S RESTAURANT - MY NEW ORLEANS FAVOURITE!

FAVOURITE..... NOT BECAUSE OF THE FOOD. WE ATE BETTER ON THE
NATCHEZ STEAMBOAT CRUISE.

FRANK'S WAS THE BEST BECAUSE THE STAFF WERE WELCOMING,
ATTENTIVE AND FUNNY! THEY KEPT US AND OTHER GUESTS ENTERTAINED.

THE ATMOSPHERE MADE THE EXPERIENCE SPECIAL FOR US. IF I LIVED
IN NOR I WOULD FOR SURE BE A REGULAR HERE :)

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NEW ORLEANS STREET CARS -

WE USED THIS TO GET FROM THE FRENCH QUARTER TO DOWNTOWN.
THERE ARE TWO STREET CARS IN NOR. THEY ARE FUN JUST TO RIDE AROUND
ON TO CHECK OUT THE PLACES YOU WANT TO SEE. BIT LIKE THE HOP ON HOP
OFF BUSES IN OTHER CITIES.

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FUNNY SIGNS - EVERY PLACE HAS THEM ;)

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ONE OF THE UNIQUE THINGS ABOUT NEW ORLEANS IS THAT YOU CAN GET A
COCKTAIL TO GO :) YEP, HERE YOU CAN WALK IN THE STREET WITH A COCKTAIL
IN YOUR HAND. HOW COOL IS THAT!! RESTAURANTS, PUBS, SPECIALIST
COCKTAIL SHOPS..... ALL WILL POUR YOU A COCKTAIL TO GO IN A PLASTIC CUP :)

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CAFE DU MONDE -

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WHO WANT'S TO WAIT FOR AN HOUR TO PROGRESS IN THIS QUEUE......
JUST FOR A COFFEE?
WE KEPT WALKING ;)

OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

SWAMP AIR BOAT TRIP -

ANOTHER HOLIDAY FIRST - ZOOMING THROUGH THE SOUTH LOUISIANA SWAMPS
AND BAYOUS ON OUR FIRST AIR BOAT RIDE. HOW EXHILARATING!!! :)

I BOOKED THIS TOUR WITH VIATOR AND THE BUS PICKED US UP FROM NEAR OUR
ACCOMMODATION FOR A SHORT TRIP TO THE SWAMP.

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WE HAD A LOT OF FUN IN NEW ORLEANS! IT HAS AN AWESOME LIVELY CULTURE,
THE PEOPLE ARE SUPER FRIENDLY, FOOD INTERESTING AND FUN ADVENTURES :)

NEXT STOP - OCOEE TENNESSEE

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OCOEE TENNESSEE

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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SMOKY MOUNTAINS COLLAGE

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WE HAD EXPERIENCED THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND A MAGNIFICENT
CULTURAL ADVENTURE IN NEW ORLEANS.

NOW IT WAS TIME TO DO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS.

WHY IS IT THAT MOST FLIGHTS IN THE US DON'T FLY DIRECT?....
IT'S ONLY AROUND 3 HOURS FROM NEW ORLEANS TO CHATTANOOGA
HOWEVER WE HAD TO FLY VIA ATLANTA....?

I HAD PLANNED TO DRIVE UP VIA LYNCHBURG AND CHECK OUT THE
JACK DANIELS DISTILLERY. DID YOU KNOW THAT LYNCHBURG IS A
DRY STATE?.... LOL.
ANYWAY, THERE WAS NO ACCOMMODATION IN LYNCHBURG
BECAUSE THEY HAD SOME SORT OF COOKING COMPETITION IN TOWN.

OH WELL.......... OK..... PLAN B - FLY.

I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SPENT A FEW DAYS IN CHATTANOOGA
EXPERIENCING MORE GREAT MUSIC AND THE CHATTANOOGA CHOO
CHOO RAIL. WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME.

SO WE ARRIVED IN CHATTANOOGA, PICKED UP OUR AVIS RENTAL AND
HEADED TO OUR FIRST DESTINATION - OCOEE NOT FAR OUT OF TOWN.

I DISCOVERED OCOEE DOING MY USUAL GOOGLING BETWEEN TOWNS.
OCOEE IT SEEMED WAS THE WHITE WATER RAFTING CAPITAL OF THE US.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT! ;) THIS SEEMED TO BE A GOOD PLACE
TO STAY ON THE WAY UP TO ASHEVILLE IN THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS.

I HAD ALSO WANTED TO EXPERIENCE CABIN VACATION LIFE THAT USA
DOES SO GOOD. A CABIN IN THE WOODS COMPLETE WITH LOG FIRE
AND A GOOD RED WINE....... AHHHH.... HEAVEN! :)

WELCOME VALLEY VILLAGE CERTAINLY FIT THE BILL! LOCATED RIGHT
ON THE OCOEE RIVER AND IN THE WOODS, OUR CABIN WAS ABSOLUTELY
DEVINE! IT COULD EASILY ACCOMMODATE SIX OR SEVEN PEOPLE.

OWNERS KEVIN AND JENNY WERE FANTASTIC HOSTS. THEY EVEN
HAD WRITTEN OUR NAMES ON THE WELCOME BLACKBOARD HANGING
ON OUR CABIN :) LOVE THE PERSONAL TOUCH!

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THE WOODS WERE FULL OF SQUIRRELS :) WE COULD HEAR THE BIRDS.
AND THE RIVER...... JESSE JUMPED IN! COLD!!
I MADE HIM DO IT 3 TIMES TO CAPTURE A FEW GREAT PICTURES LIKE
THE ONE ABOVE ;)

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ON THE RIVER THERE WAS A CABANA WITH SEATING TO ENJOY THE
RIVER VIEWS. ALSO THEY HAD PLACES WHERE YOU COULD MAKE A
FIRE.

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS - FALL IS IS A BLAST OF GLORIOUS COLOUR
WHEREVER YOU LOOK. IT WAS HERE IN OCOEE WE GOT OUR FIRST
GLIMPSE OF THE MAGNIFICANT FALL MOUNTAIN FOLIAGE.

CHEROKEE MOUNTAINS - OUR DAY HERE WAS JUST FABULOUS!
WE WENT TO A PLACE CALLED CHILHOWEE RECREATION LOOKOUT.
THIS HAS CAMPING FACILITIES SO WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE FOR
HIKERS AND BIKERS TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE :)

IT IS VERY POPULAR FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS. I CAN SEE WHY.
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS TELL ALL.

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FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY -

"WE'VE GOT CHERRY Piii, APPLE Piii, STRAWBERRY Piii, PECAN Piiii........"
I CAN STILL HEAR IT NOW :)

HUBBY WAS TAKEN BACK WITH THE SWEETS MENU AT THIS CAFE IN OCOEE.
IT SEEMED LIKE THEY HAD EVERY SWEET PIE UNDER THE SUN! :)
HUBBY WAS IN HEAVEN!!

ALL I WANTED WAS A BEER.....

I DIPPED OUT. HUBBY WON!

IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER THE WAITRESSES HAD ADVISED ME
THAT THEY DON'T SELL BEER AND THAT THEY WORE QUAINT
OLDEN DAY DRESS - BIT LIKE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE LOL...
WE SOON REALISED THAT WE WERE SITTING IN AN AUTHENTIC
AMISH CAFE!! WHAT FUN!! :)

I AM NOT A SWEETS FAN BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND HUBBY'S
DELIGHT AT ALL THE SWEET DESERTS ON OFFER. SEEMS
LIKE THEY HAD JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF.

BUT THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES HIGH PITCHED VOICE IS WHAT WE BOTH
THINK ABOUT WHEN HUBBY AND I RELIVE OUR MEMORIES HERE LOL.
IT TOOK ALL OF MY ENERGY AT THE TIME NOT TO TOTALLY CRACK UP
LAUGHING..... I CAN STILL HEAR THAT VOICE RINGING IN MY EARS....

LONG STORY SHORT....... IF YOU LIKE SWEET PIES..... YOU JUST
HAVE TO PAY A VISIT TO THE WHITEWATER GRILL IN OCOEE!!! :)

WHITEWATER GRILL - OCOEE RESTAURANT TIP -

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IN SUMMARY, OCOEE WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. OUR CABIN
ACCOMMODATION WAS FABULOUS! I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT.
THE FALL SCENERY AND COLOURS WERE THE BEST IF HAVE EVERY SEEN!
AND THE LOCALS WERE VERY FRIENDLY. IT WAS ALSO A GOOD
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY THROUGH THE GREAT
SMOKY MOUNTAINS.
IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE.... OCOEE IS WELL WORTH A VISIT!

NEXT STOP ASHEVILLE - GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

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ASHEVILLE - GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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SAMMY THE SQUIRREL!!! ISN'T HE JUST TOOOO CUTE!! :)
MORE ABOUT SAMMY LATER....

WE HIT THE ROAD EARLY AS WE HAD HEARD THAT THIS PART OF THE TRIP
HAD WINDY ROADS. WELL YES IT DID ..... BUT WE ENJOYED THE MOST
GLORIOUS FALL COLOURS AND THE TRAFFIC WASN'T AS BAD AS WE
IMAGINED. IT WAS A NICE JOURNEY :) OCOEE TO ASHEVILLE.

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CHEROKEE INDIAN VILLAGE

I AM GLAD THAT WE STOPPED OFF AT CHEROKEE INDIAN VILLAGE.
I HAD PROMISED TO BUY OUR OLDER SON DYLAN AN AUTHENTIC
INDIAN PONCHO. DYLAN IS LUCKY THAT HUBBY SQUEEZED IT INTO HIS
TRAVEL BAG ;)

WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE STAYED HERE FOR A NIGHT.
CHEROKEE LOOKED REAL NICE. REMINDED ME A BIT LIKE OUR NIMBIN
(HIPPY TOWN) BACK HOME.

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ASHEVILLE

I HAD GRAND PLANS FOR ASHEVILLE. UNFORTUNATELY WE DIDN'T GET TO DO
ANY OF THEM.

HOWEVER THERE IS ALWAYS PLAN B. AND SOMETIMES PLAN B IS BETTER!!!

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES :) MORE ABOUT THAT SOON.

ASHEVILLE WILLOW WINDS CABINS

THIS PLACE STILL EMAILS ME NOTIFICATIONS ON THE LATEST DEALS.
EVERY TIME I RECEIVE ONE.... I SOOOOO WANT TO GO BACK!! :(

I HAD PICKED ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO STAY! OUR CABIN CALLED
MOM'S MANOR WAS DECORATED IN RICH WOOD AND LOADS OF RED!
IT HAD ALL THE MODERN COMFORTS INCLUDING A FABULOUS
VERANDAH AND A SPA!! WHERE WE ENJOYED SOME WINE EVERY
EVENING OVERLOOKING THE BEAUTIFUL PARK SURROUNDINGS AND
LAKE COMPLETE WITH FOUNTAIN.
BTW, RED IS MY FAOURITE COLOUR...

SAMMY! THE RESIDENT SQUIRREL PAID US A VISIT EVERY DAY.
HE IS JUST ADORABLE!

I SO RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!! ONE DAY WE WILL BE BACK! :)

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DID WE MISS OUT ON ALL THE FUN STUFF TO DO IN AHSEVILLE?...

I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT MAYBE IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO
COME BACK! SO.....

INSTEAD OF VISITING THE FAMOUS BILTMORE CASTLE, INSTEAD OF
WANDERING AROUND ASHEVILLE AND SOAKING UP THE FUNKY
ATMOSPHERE..... INSTEAD OF GOING ON A PUB CRAWL ON THAT QUIRKY
BEERMOBILE OR ....... BALLOONING!!!!.....

INSTEAD.......

WE WENT WHITE WATER RAFTING FOR OUR FIRST TIME!! :)
WHAT AN AMAZING ADVENTURE!! :)
IT WAS EVEN MORE SPECIAL BECAUSE I HAD PLANNED FOR US TO
DO IT IN OCOEE BUT THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE THE DOWN
STREAM WATER CONDITIONS WEREN'T RIGHT.

INSTEAD, IN OCOEE WE SAW THE MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOURS
AND HIT THE WHITE WATER RAFTING HERE IN ASHEVILLE.
DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER!!! :)

BLUE HERON WHITEWATER RAFTING ASHEVILLE

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SON JESSE OPTED TO TAKE HIS OWN TRANSPORT.
HE FELL OFF..... BUT REMEMBERED HOW TO GET BACK ON BY HIMSELF.
MUM WAS PROUD :)
YOU DID A GREAT JOB MATE!! :) XX

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WE STOPPED ALONG THE WAY FOR JESSE TO JUMP IN! HE'S GAME :)

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TRIBUTE TO SANDY OUR INSTRUCTOR. SHE WAS FANTASTIC!
THANKS FOR TAKING GOOD CARE OF US. IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT WE
WON'T FORGET IN A HURRY :)

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COPPER RIVER GRILL - BEST MEAL IN ASHEVILLE.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD STEAK? WHAT ABOUT FLAVOURSOME SMOKED
CHICKEN WINGS?.... LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE COPPER RIVER GRILL.

OUR WAITER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE MAKING SURE WE FELT AT HOME...
HE EVEN PLAYED THE LAND DOWNUNDER FOR US.... TACKY FOR US LOL
BUT VERY CUTE ;)

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CHICKEN WINGS WERE THE BEST IN THE
SOUTHERN STATES AND WE AGREE!! YUMMY!! WE GAVE OUR WAITER AN
EXTRA TIP FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE :)

THE COPPER RIVER GRILL HAS WON THE LAST 3 YEARS IN A ROW FOR BEING
THE BEST ALLROUND RESTAURANT. NO WONDER WHY!
DON'T MISS IT WHEN VISITING ASHEVILLE.

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AND A COUPLE OF PICTURES OF WHAT I MISSED OUT ON..... :(
NEXT TIME.

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NEXT STOP SAVANNAH....

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SAVANNAH

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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SAVANNAH PHOTO COLLAGE -

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WE WERE TOTALLY ENCHANTED WITH SAVANNAH!! IT WAS OUR SECOND FAVOURITE
PLACE OF THE WHOLE TRIP. JASPER CANADA BEING THE FIRST.

OF COURSE WE HAVE ANOTHER SECOND BEST.... CANNOT DECIDE.
MORE ABOUT THAT IN A LATER BLOG ;)

THE THING ABOUT SAVANNAH WAS THE WARM WELCOME BY EVERYONE!
THEY CALL IT GREAT SOUTHERN CHARM DON'T THEY?
THE MAGNIFICANT BUILDINGS! THE HAUNTING HANGING MOSS!
THE WONDERFUL HARBOURSIDE WALK.
AND THEN.... THERE'S THE OLDE HARBOUR INN.... :)

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SAVANNAH REMINDED ME OF NEW ORLEANS BUT WITH MORE CHARM.
STATELY BUILDINGS EVERYWHERE AMONGST SMALL OLD 18TH CENTURY
PIONEER COTTAGES AND OLD 2 STORY HOUSES WITH DECORATIVE WROUGHT
IRON GAVE SAVANNAH A SORT OF UNIQUE FUNKY PIZZAZ.

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SADLY WE ONLY HAD 2 DAYS HERE AND IT RAINED..... :(
SO THE TROLLEY HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR WITH PERFECT!

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ADD TO THIS MIX THE MYSTERIOUS HANGING MOSS THAT IS SUCH A TYPICAL
SIGHT IN SAVANNAH..... AND IT IS OBVIOUS WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS
GORGEOUS CHARMING PLACE :)

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OLDE HARBOUR INN - BEST ACCOMMODATION IN SAVANNAH!!! -

"HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!"
FANTASTIC GREETING HERE ALONG WITH THE HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS WE
WERE SEEING EVERYWHERE :)

I WOULD MOST CERTAINLY STAY HERE AGAIN! THE OLDE HARBOUR INN
IS LOCATED RIGHT ON THE RIVER WALK AND NEAR A TROLLEY STOP.
STAFF WERE MOST FRIENDLY AND BREAKKY WAS INCLUDED WHICH IS
NOT SOMETHING YOU SEE MUCH IN CANADA AND THE USA ON
BOOKING.COM.
THEY ALSO HAD FREE PARKING OUT THE BACK. ANOTHER BONUS.

BUT!..... THE BEST THING WAS THAT AFTERNOON WINE AND APPERTIZERS
WERE INCLUDED FOR ALL GUESTS! (WINE FROM AUSTRALIA)
AND IN THE EVENING, THEY BROUGHT UP ICE-CREAMS FOR EVERYONE.
IF YOU HAPPENED TO BE OUT, THEY WOULD PUT THEM IN YOUR FREEZER.
WHAT NICE ADDED TOUCHES!! IT'S THIS SERVICE THAT KEEPS CUSTOMER
LOYALTY AND SPREADS BY WORD OF MOUTH ..... AND WRITTEN BLOGS :)

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HUBBY DROVE THE CAR UP TO THE STREET ABOVE AND WE COULD
JUST WALK ALONG THE OVERHEAD WALKWAY FROM OUR HOTEL ROOM
TO THE CAR WHICH MADE IT EASIER THAN CARTING OUR BAGS DOWN
THE STAIRS.

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HOPPING OFF THE BUS IN TOWN, WE FOUND THE MARKETS MOST
ENJOYABLE. THE STREETS OF SAVANNAH ARE ALIVE WITH QUAINT
GIFT SHOPS AND FRIENDLY SMILES FROM THE LOCALS.

STAYING RIGHT ON THE RIVER WALK WAS ALSO A GREAT IDEA.
WE HAD LOTS OF GIFT SHOPS, CAFES, RESTAURANTS AND PUBS TO
CHOOSE FROM.

HERE IS WHERE I TOOK MY NIGHT PHOTOS. IT WAS A BIT SCARY
BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE STREET AT THE TIME.

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TUBBYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT.

UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T HAVE A GOOD TIP FOR A RESTAURANT
IN SAVANNAH. THE BEST TIP I CAN GIVE YOU IS TUBBY'S SEAFOOD
ON THE RIVERFRONT WALK. AND THAT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF THE
VIEW.

THE SEAFOOD WAS BATTERED AND FRIED LIKE WE HAD TASTED
IN NEW ORLEANS. COMING FROM AUSTRALIA WE LIKE TO HAVE
OUR SEAFOOD FRESH AND NATURAL.....

BEERS WERE GOOD THOUGH AND THE VIEW WAS NICE.

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WE HAD LEFT ASHEVILLE IN NORTH CAROLINA WITH AMAZING
FORREST LINED ROADS AND STUNNING FALL COLOURS.
COMING INTO AND HEADING OUT OF SAVANNAH THE LANDSCAPE
CHANGED TO LOW LYING SCRUB AND THE ROADS BECAME FREEWAYS.

IT WAS UNUSUAL FOR US TO SEE BIG USA CAMPERVANS (RV'S).
WE DO HAVE SMALLER ONES HERE IN AUSTRALIA BUT PEOPLE TEND
TO JUST HIRE CARS AND BUY CHEAP TENTS. AND WE HAVE THE WICKED
CAMPERS WHICH ARE CHEAP (VW KOMBIES).

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NEXT STOP ORLANDO FOR A BIG INTERNATIONAL VIRTUALTOURIST
MEET UP.

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ORLANDO

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR....
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THAT SONG! :)

AND YES.... IN ORLANDO, ALL MY DREAMS CAME TRUE!...... MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

IT JUST SO HAPPENED THAT WHEN WE VISITED EPCOT DISNEY, THEY HAD A FOOD AND
WINE FESTIVAL. WELL I WAS IN HEAVEN!! ... LOL

POUR ME ANOTHER GLASS OF ITALIAN ROSE THANKS ;)

IF OUR SON WAS NOT WITH US I PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE VISITED DISNEY.
I AM SO GLAD I DID THOUGH. I WAS BLOWN AWAY!

BEING A LOVER OF ROLLERCOASTERS, I WAS IN MY ELEMENT HERE :)
YOUNG JESSE GOT US FRONT SEATS ON THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN ROLLER
COASTER - A FIRST FOR ME. SCARY, BUT LOTS OF FUN!

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EPCOT - MY FAVOURITE ;)

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BUT THE ULTIMATE WAS THE FIREWORKS TO "WISH UPON A STAR".
I CRIED LIKE A BABY HAHA. I HAVE A VIDEO THAT I MAY TRY TO
UPLOAD HERE ONE DAY.
WE GOT PRIME VIEWING OUT ON THE TOP DECK OF A HOTEL IN ORLANDO
ARRANGED BY OUR FRIEND ANN.

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SPEAKING OF ANN.... ANN AND CHARLIE, OUR GOOD FRIENDS MET ON
VIRTUALTOURIST, LIVE IN THE TAMPA AREA OF FLORIDA AND HAVE A CONDO
IN KEYS WEST ORLANDO DISNEY. WHEN THEY HEARD THAT WE WERE
COMING OVER, ANN ARRANGED A LITTLE MEETUP THERE..... WHICH TURNED
INTO A BIG INTERNATIONAL VT MEET. WE HAD PEOPLE FROM THE UK,
DENMARK AND MEXICO AS WELL AS OTHERS FROM THE US AND CANADA.

KIMBERLY FROM VT HEADQUARTERS WAS ALSO THERE AND BROUGHT US
SOME VT GOODIES AS USUAL :) SADLY... IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME WE
WERE TO SEE KIMBERLY AS JUST RECENTLY.... FEB 2017 THE OWNERS OF VT
TRIP ADVISER DECIDED THAT THEY WANTED TO DELETE THE COMPETITION.
A SAD DAY FOR ALL OF US VT'ERS.....

SO HERE ARE A FEW MEMORIES OF OUR MEET AND A FEW OF THE
CONDO IN KEYS WEST. THE GOOD THING ABOUT STAYING HERE IS THAT
YOU GET A DISNEY BAND TO WEAR AROUND YOUR WRIST AND IT GETS
YOU ON THE BUSES PROVIDED AND ON THE FERRY. IT IS WELL SET UP.

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LOVE THIS PHOTO OF HUBBY! DEPP..... EAT YOUR HEART OUT!! LOL
HUBBY LOOKS SO SEXY ;)
NOW RUN AWAY YOU VA'S ..... I WANT HIM ALL TO MYSLEF!! :)

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DISNEY SPRINGS IS OUTSIDE OF DISNEY WORLD BUT IN AMONGST
THE THE DISNEY ACCOMMODATION. IT IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR MORE
ENTERTAINMENT, SHOPS, RESTAURANTS ETC.

WE WENT OVER ON THE FERRY PROVIDED AND HAD A WANDER AROUND
AND NICE MEAL.... SORRY NO RESTAURANT TIPS.... CAMERA DAY OFF ;)

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ALL OF MY LIFE I HAVE WANTED TO VISIT CAPE CANAVERAL. SEEING A
ROCKET LAUNCH WOULD BE JUST THE ICING ON THE CAKE :)
SO.... I ASKED ANN IF SHE COULD TEE UP A DAY FOR THOSE OF US THAT
WANTED TO GO TO SEE NASA. CHARLIE KINDLY OFFERED TO DRIVE US.0

LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT A FEW WEEKS BEFORE WE SET OUT ON OUR BIG
TRIP.... I DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A ROCKET LAUNCH
AT THE TIME OF OUR VISIT... WOOHOO!!! WOW!! I COULDN'T CONTAIN
MY EXCITEMENT! I WANTED TO DO CARTWHEELS!! LOL.

SO IT WAS ARRANGED. WE BOOKED TICKETS FOR THE ROCKET LAUNCH.

BUT.... SO SADLY THE ROCKET LAUNCH DID NOT HAPPEN ON THE DAY :(
APPARENTLY THEY HAD A PROBLEM WITH SOME VALVE.
BUT APART FROM THIS DISAPPOINTMENT...... WE STILL HAD A GREAT DAY.

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BUT NEXT DAY AT DISNEY I RECKON I SAW THE ROCKET GO OFF. SEE
PIC BELOW. WHAT DO YOU THINK?....

PSSS.... PLEASE DON'T RUIN MY THEORY....

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WE LEFT OUR LOVELY FRIENDS AND CONTINUED ON TO OUR NEXT DESTINATION -

BELIZE!

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