Teresa Swinbourne

Joined May 2017
  • Day23

    Day 22 - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon

    June 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    Up early, pick up by bus to a small airport.

    We all survived the plane ride. Plane only fits 21 people including pilot and co pilot. Not much room and we all had to be weighed and sit a particular seat to balance the weight of the plane.

    Grand Canyon is the 7th Wonder of the World.

    1st stop Eagle Point - named this by the Hualapai People because of the large rock formation which looks like and eagle flying. This rock formation was made be nature.

    There was a trail with the types of mud homes and teepees the Hualapai people live in.

    2nd stop Guano Point - amazing all round views of Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Photos do not do justice to this amazing view. We climbed to the top of a small rock formation and had almost 360° views. Truly a wonderful experience not to be forgotten.

    After arriving back at our hotels we all decided to split up till later. The Australian Rat Pack all met up again at the Nine Fine Irishman Pub. Stephen and I stayed till 1.30am dancing to the band and talking to a group of Celtic supporters celebrating their teams World Cup win. While the other oldies went to bed we had a blast.
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  • Day22

    Day 21 - Las Vegas

    June 5, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    After a leisurely breakfast we finally all met and decided our plan of action for the day.

    As it was going to be over 40° golf was cancelled. Stephen decided to have the day to himself. Gail, Liz, Leigh and I decided to hit the South outlets. Following us were the rest of the men.

    Unfortunately we found the savings not that great. Gail and I bought a few things but Liz and Leigh win queens of shopping for the day.

    For tonights entertainment we went to see the show Las Vegas. It was about the old Vegas days with Showgirls, Wayne Newton, Sammy Davies Jnr, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, Elton John, Elvis, Gladys Night, Sonny and Cher, and Tom Jones.

    There was also an act called the Quibblers which did the Village People and they were very funny.

    The show was lots of fun.

    Onto dinner at a Brazilian restaurant with plenty to eat and lots of white and red sangria - delicious.

    After dinner we walked through the Miracle Mile Shops. It was pretty amazing as it felt like you were walking outside because of the blue ceiling and the lighting - Stephen thought at first it daylight.

    They had some very strange artwork for sale including a metal sculpture which to me looked like a cockroach. A short walk back to our hotel as tomorrow we are off to the Grand Canyon.
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  • Day21

    Day 20 - New York to Las Vegas

    June 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Today we head to Las Vegas to meet the 4 Foxes.

    We flew over the snow capped mountains of the Rockies it was a truly beautiful sight they stretched far into the horizon.

    Arrived at Las Vegas airport and there were slot machines everywhere.

    After checking in had a quick look around casino.
    Finally decided to try a shake at The Shake Shack a very popular chain in USA.

    Last minute decision Stephen and I decided to go to 7pm The Beatles Love Show by Cirque Du Soleil and meet the rest of the Australian Rat Pack for dinner afterwards.

    Show was a absolutely fantastic works every penny.
    Can't described how visually amazing it was really worth while seeing if you get the chance.

    Ubered to dinner Mexican at the Cosmopolitan to meet the rest of the gang for dinner.

    Walked past Bellagio Fountain after dinner fantastic water fountain performance to Billy Jean. Very impressive.

    Left others then back to our hotel for coffee and bed.
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    Day 19 - New York City Day 6

    June 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Today we headed straight for Union Square about a 20 minute walk from where we were staying.
    We found a cute little park with lots of squirrels running around and some flower markets.

    We walked further towards Soho to find some more markets of fresh fruit and vegetables and other market Knick Knacks.

    Soho was a very nice upmarket area with lots of boutique shops.

    Here we stopped at Pandora and Stephen bought me a lovely charm for my pandora travel bracelet that you can only buy in store in NYC - you cannot get it anywhere else but NYC not even on line.

    We found Little Italy wow wow wow. Everything I thought it would be lots of Italian Restaurants and little touristy shops we had a wonderful time. Wish we had found it earlier in the week would have definitely gone back here for dinner one night. We did not miss out we had a lovely lunch of lobster ravioli, pasta and pizza with a bottle of Pinot Grigo to drink.

    After lunch we walked through Chinatown - much like any Chinatown in the world including Sydney.

    After this as it was such beautiful weather we decided to travel to Staten Island on the Ferry. It has magnificent view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. We have never seen a Ferry so big it was three times as big as the Ferries in Sydney. A lovely trip to Staten Island and back on the ferry.

    Back to our apartment after a stop off to get nibbles for dinner and then to pack as tomorrow we start another adventure to Las Vegas to meet the 4 Foxes.
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  • Day19

    Day 18 - New York City Day 5

    June 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Off we set to try and see the Cherry Blossoms at Riverside Park but unfortunately did not see any as they bloomed early this year and we missed them.

    Stephen and I continued on through the park and then through this beautiful suburb. It was a very pretty part of the city. We found hot dog croissants in a french bakery. We did not try these but I reckon you could only find them in NYC.

    We met Gail & Tony and Marie at the entrance to Central Park. Marie was a great tour guide and took as a bit around the park. First we went to the Merry-go-round and Gail and I had a ride. Then as we walked through the park saw lots of play areas filled with children who were on school holidays. We had lunch at a lovely cafe in the park and then continued on to see the John Lennon Memorial, the sidewalk outside the hotel he was shot and then on to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The park was amazing with lots of other features.

    Stephen and I found the Alice in Wonderland statue and garden it was fabulous.

    At dusk Stephen and I caught the subway and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was dusk and the view of the City of Manhattan and Statue of Liberty could not be fully captured in a photo.

    Tony and Gail went to see Miss Saigon and to meet Marie for a drink after her performance in Phantom of the Opera.

    The end of another amazing day in this wonderful city.
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  • Day18

    Day 17 - New York City Day 4

    June 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Statue of Liberty Day - hurray

    Wow it was fantastic. G&T went to the pedestal level but Stephen and I climbed to the crown (thanks Janice for telling us to buy our Crown tickets on line months ago as Crown tickets were sold out on the day).

    Never knew the Statue of Liberty was made out of copper and hollow inside. It is green because of the chemical reaction which happens when the air hits it. The Crown was a spiral staircase very narrow with 383 stairs (no lift). Well worth the climb.🤗

    Ellis Island was not very interesting for us but if your family immigrated to America you would be able to read and research lots of interesting facts.

    Next 9/11 memorial. Very busy around this area paid our respects. We chose not to go to the museum no sure I wanted to see what we all saw and heard on TV again.

    Wall Street next.

    On to Bloomingdales - very expensive and a look around Tiffanys. Unfortunately I didn't have enough money to even buy 1 earing in sterling silver let alone anything else.

    Chinese for dinner in those little boxes you see on TV.

    Tonight Stephen, Tony and I went on a long walk by the river. Gail was resting her poor feet.

    The walk was on the river and as we discovered later went almost the whole of Manhattan Island. Of course we did not walk the whole island only a short part.
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  • Day17

    Day 16 - New York City Day 3

    May 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    As Gail and I headed off to Macys for a morning of shopping the boys headed off on their own.

    Tony headed off to Greenwich Village and then Spanish Harlem to find White Castle (a burger chain) to get one of their famous sliders.

    Stephen headed off to Central Park on his adventure
    Stephen Central Park. He walked around the park got lost but found many sites on his way like the famous Boathouse cafe/restaurant which appears in several movies. He said it was the best morning in NYC. Wonder if that was because he was women free.

    Meanwhile Gail and I were shopping up a storm in Macys shoe department. Our HVG mascot Kimberley got lost in the shoe department but 2 hrs later she was still waiting for us. It was Gail's fault.

    We all met up for lunch at a Celtic Pub near Time's Square. I had beef sliders - the best I've ever had.

    Tonight we went to see Kinky Boots at AL Hirschfield Theatre. AMAZING ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.👢👢👠👠
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    Day 15 - New York City Day 2

    May 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    This morning we walked the High Line over the city through the Meatpackers District and finished at Chelsea Markets. The High Line is an old abandon railway line which has been turned into a walkway and has beautiful gardens which are maintained by volunteers. It was very lovely to walk above the city and see it from a different perspective.

    Chelsea Markets was mainly a food market with lots of places to eat especially seafood.

    We ventured back to Times Square and then headed for home to get ready for the baseball.

    We went to see the Mets play Brewers, had hot dogs and Tony even tried deep fried dough with icing sugar (a heart attach on a plate).

    The Mets won 5-4 but we left after the 5th inning as it started to rain.

    Thanks to Stephen and Tony we arrived home safety from Queens where the game was.
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    Day 14 - New York City Day 1

    May 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Today we went to the NYC Museum of Natural History.

    Dinosaurs all over the place an amazing museum.

    Sections included different cultures eg. African, Mayan, Aztec, even Australian Aboriginals.

    We spent over 3.5hrs at this museum it was fabulous.

    P.S. Kimberley was everywhere.

    We went to a play 'The Perfect Crime' the longest running play off Broadway (been running 30years) and we caught it on its last week.

    Strange play but lead to interesting discussions afterwards on how to commit the perfect murder.

    After this we went to the Rainbow Room on 65th level of Rockefella Centre.

    A drink and an amazing view of the Empire State and the whole of New York City.
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    Day 13 - Washington DC to New York

    May 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today we caught the train to New York City. A very easy trip approximately 3hrs on the train.

    After arriving at the station catching a yellow cab, getting lost we finally found our apartment for the next 7 days on the corner of 23rd and 3rd.

    The subway is very confusing and not sure how anyone who lives here understands it. Caught the subway to close to Times Square but first passed Empire State Building and decided to cross it off our bucket list.

    It was very very windy at the top. The view was amazing.
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