Beauty of San Francisco

I remember how ”Save Me San Francisco” by Trains has always been one of my favourite songs, luckily this time last year I finally had a chance to experience the beauty of San Francisco! 😀

Renowned for its rolling steep hills, cool summers, fog. All of which marked a stark contrast to Los Angeles where I traveled from and made me realise how ill prepared I was at packing for this trip. Yeah, I only brought one thin blazer and the rest consisted of shorts and t-shirt. Basically I had nothing to keep me warm for the early mornings of San Francisco. The weather reminded me of the typical Welsh weather, foggy, chilly then some sunshine in the afternoon. But of course, San Francisco is about 100 times more fun ;)! Our tour guide Will told us how most people in SF are skinny, well let me tell you, it is not a surprise when you have to walk up all of those steep hills just to get a croissant for breakfast! haha.

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A Touch of Europe in California – Solvang Village

Good day lovers, I haven’t post a travel blog in a while now, today was extremely sunshine in the Welsh Valley and it reminded me of my USA trip. I’ve been wanting to write about the Solvang Village for a while now so here you have it 🙂
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My VIP Grand Canyon Helicopter tour

I had an amazing opportunity to take a VIP helicopter tour at Grand Canyon, all I want to say is what an experience!!!

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My USA adventure – LA

Los Angeles has always been a fascinating place for me, you know the perfect blend of sunshine & hollywood glam. I remembered that when dad told me I get a chance to go in 2012, I squealed with excitement!! So here I was driving through this magical city where we got the chance to follow the Walk of Fame, the place where usually glamorous events like Golden Globe Award, Film Award take place and of course its Universal Studios!!!

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(picture taken from our tour bus, the weather was perfect 😉 )

The Walk of Fame was pretty cool, just star signs dotted around the pavement with some of the most famous actors, actresses and even some brand. I found L’oreal which I thought was pretty amusing. The famous Chinese theatre just nearby too !

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(Oo look who I’ve found 😉 )

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(Pictures of me and mum walking on the Walk of Fame and posing outside the Dolby Theatre a place hosting red carpet events)

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Upon my arrival, there were dancers at the entrance making moves and even asked some visitors to join in. This was an extremely lively place, more than I could ever imagine from the ”rural” Wales.  With such an excitement, as I entered the gate, there were people dressed in film characters greeting me and here I also spotted the Donkey from Shrek behind a donut kiosk. Just like the personality of Donkey in the film, he too was yelling: I LOVE WAFFLES!!! 😀 haha

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We spent our time in the Universal Studio hopped on a train that took us to all the sites where movies had been filmed and all the props/ technologies being used to create certain effect during the movie’s production, such as earth quake effect, gun fighting scenes, rainstorms etc. The site had different sections according to their theme where I saw modern cities, the wild west and even a street full of posh houses used in The Desperate House Wives.  At one point, we were stuck in the fighting scene between King Kong and a T Rex, a 4D experience basically that was pretty frightening. After seeing the film production site, I finally came to realise how much stuff are artificial being used in films, shocking but the same time fascinating because how real it all seem on-screen !!

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We spent the rest of our day visiting different venues that staged some show/ films based on the original hollywood films like Shrek, Star Wars etc.  Oh and not to mention dad tricked me into attending what he called as a thrilling live pirate show which turned out to be like a water show and the audience were soaked from buckets full of water by the host and to make matters worse he made some excuse and escaped to the very back left me in the very front seat – oh yes the wet zone. After I was drenched from head to toe for almost an hour, I didn’t care less so we ended the day with a fun ride on the Jurassic Park.

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My USA adventure

Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

I guess everyone has fantasized about Las Vegas at least once during their life time,an ever-changing fantasy-land of a city, has seen unbelievable expansion since it emerged from the desert just over 100 years ago. In August 2012, I finally got the chance to visit! Hurraaaaay! My stay in Vegas was a short one ( three days) because once again we went on a sightseeing tour around west coast of America for 10 days.

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