15.08.2012 - 17.08.2012 28 °C
G'day everyone from Engadine Sydney,
Well, as you can see we have made it home after the most wonderful and exciting holiday ever, so back to Wednesday to finish the details of our last few days.
Wed 15th August 2012 day 33
After signing of in Vancouver Airport just before boarding time, our China Eastern flight departed on time for Shangai, 11 hours flying time to the west. ( Not many blue eyed blondes on the plane!!!!!!!).
Our flight path took us over the southern part of Japan and as it was a clear day we were able to see many of the islands, mainland and coastline.
Thursday 16th August 2012 day 34
After a 4 hour layover in Pudong International Airport, Shangai - (the size of the airport is huge, about 10 times Sydney) we took off at 8.30pm for the 10 hour journey home.
An amazing sunrise greeted us as we flew south and after a scenic flight over Sydney we touched down at 9am on schedule.
Friday 17th August 2012 day 35
Home - bugger
Highlights and other random comments:-
Swimming at Waikiki Beach in July
Many Japenese tourists and signage all throughout Honolulu - funny this, no go in 1941 but now!!!!!
Las Vegas - no other city in the world can compare
Grand Canyon - one of the great natural wonders of the world
Death Valley - very well named as nothing is living here
Yosemite National Park - wonderful scenery - Tioga Pass into the park - must be driven to appreciate it............
Me walking on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Club,
Driving over Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
New York - see above for Vegas - so big and busy but seems to function well, safe, great customer service, friendly people, yellow cabs
Central Park - Boat House Brunch and boat ride on lake - Leonie's highlight
Washington - wonderful monuments and buildings
Vancouver - if we were to live in any other city in the world, this one wins hands down, great harbour, people
Canadian Rockies - the most amazing scenery we have ever seen- blue lakes, glaciers, canyons, rushing rivers, waterfalls.
Banff Springs Golf Club - their golf season is only 6 months of the year - under snow the rest,
The American People and their customer service, not only in hospitality but also in retail - we have many lessons to be learnt here, maybe the tipping system is the way to go!!!!!!!
American beer - no idea - no more to say
Canadian beer - no idea but found some good ones towards the end of our trip, especially on Vancouver Island
Canada - great people and great country, many aussies working here in pubs, cafes etc. they are always ready for a chat...........
High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, Vancouver Island
Car ferry to/from Vancouver Island - efficiency at its very best
We enjoyed the best weather throughout USA and Canada, it rained a total of 3 times, 20 mins in Boston, 30 mins in Washington, 10 mins in NYC, temp ranged from low 20's in San Francisco to 43 deg in Death Valley, average about 30 every day
Hosts in our B and B's in Canada - excellent, excellent
Thank you reading our blog, for all of your comments and feedback - I have really enjoyed writing it.
Us aussies in USA and Canada - everyone loves Australia and its people.
Already thinking about the next one...............................................................
Pete and Leonie