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What does Santa want for a snack?

We were talking about Santa. Emma decided he would like chocolate and milk for a treat at our house. Then a bit later Emma said she was worried he will get stuck in chimney (due to a song we’ve been singing). I said “He’s magic and he’ll be...

Everybody gone!

We were staying at Mum and Dad’s in NZ and Gavin has just left today to fly home to the UK.  As there are enough rooms Emma and Sam sleep in separate rooms at Mum and Dads. While putting Emma to bed tonight she got really really upset.  I asked what the problem...

Farmer’s Market in San Luis Obispo

We began the day with breakfast at the Big Sur Bakery…beautiful setting to enjoy the early morning sun.   We then continued our drive down Highway One.   The scenery is amazing and the sea is very dramatic as it hits the cliffs.   The car did well as it climbed...

Cute Carmel and the Big Sur

Dinner was on the patio at The Village Corner.   This Mediterranean styled restaurant had patio heaters and a large outdoor fire to keep us warm.   Food was great. Our morning involved exploring the cute shops and alleyways that made up Carmel shopping centre.   A...

17 Mile Drive

Today we left San Francisco behind and travelled down Highway 1 which hugs the Pacific coast. It was great to drive along by the ocean and watching it crash over the cliffs with the sun shining. Very calming. 17 Mile drive had been recommended in all the guide books...

Tourist day in San Francisco

Today was tourist day…we saw/went to… Alcatraz Pier 39 and the sea lions Boudin Soughdough Bakery Fishermans Wharf Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae shop (at old choc factory) Lombard Street Had a cable car ride Birthplace of Fortune Cookies...

Sonoma and Napa Valley

We picked up our rental car today so decided to make good use of it.  Firstly by driving over the Golden Gate bridge.  It really is as spectacular as you’d expect.  Scott had given us directions for the best view so we parked the car and climbed...

Shopping and Chocolate and Sleep

Again another freezing day awaited us as we found a great breakfast spot.  The Taylor Coffee shop.  I had the southern scramble – a very interesting scrambled egss with guacamole, bacon bits and kidney beans.  It tasted great but it was green! A miserable day...

California Road Trip

Due to a lot of airmiles and American Express Credit cards we were able to book a fantastic 16 night business class trip to the East Coat of USA  San Francisco is our first port of call. A detailed trip itinerary can be found on the yahoo trip planner site. The...