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Christmas At The Venetian

The Venetian is my favorite resort and hotel in Las Vegas.  I absolutely love it, and have only stayed there once.  Every time I go to Vegas, I want to stay there, but sadly price wise…I have to stay away.  I wonder how packages from the UK are so affordable to other countries, including to the USA, yet we can’t seem to get any bargains like this from here?  For instance, my sister just booked a trip to the USA where she stayed 4 days in New York, and 4 days in Las Vegas (during this summer). Her hotel in New York was the Marriott Marquis right in Times Square, and her accommodation in Las Vegas was the Venetian.  Her price for the trip was £1,000 UK pounds per person (for a family of four), and this includes airfare and hotel cost.  When I flew to the UK in 2014 (in the summer) it cost me $1,500 per person (for a family of four), and this did not include the cost of hotels.  I am so jealous, ‘cos I want to stay at the Venetian for four days!  However, since it’s my sister….I’m happy she is staying at one of the best places in Las Vegas.

Last time I wrote in May about Las Vegas, I told you I would include pictures of inside the Venetian, so here we go.  Sorry, it has taken me such a long time to get around to it.  I even fit one more trip to Las Vegas since Christmas  – this summer – not the same time as my sister unfortunately, and I did not stay at the Venetian 😦 .  Here are the pictures that include Christmas inside the Venetian, and some that were taken this summer.  Oh, and the gelato – it’s absolutely delicious!  Incase you are wondering, Christmas is a great time to be in Las Vegas, and especially at the Venetian.

 

 

Venetian Magic

Venetian Magic, Venetian splendor!  Oh, how I love the Venetian grandeur.  This hotel/resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, is my absolute favorite out of all of them there.  I have stayed at the Venetian many years ago, and absolutely loved it!  I wish I could always stay there when ever I visit Las Vegas.  Even when I stay elsewhere, I make it a point to go visit the Venetian.  If you can’t go to Venice, at least go to the Venetian – it’s a bit of the real thing.  Here are some pictures:

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

My kids outside the Venetian, last Christmas

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

Isn’t this place pretty?  Isn’t it magical?  Wish I could have a permanent suite there!  These were all pictures taken outside of the Venetian, next time I will show you some pictures taken inside.

 

Thanksgiving At The Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Lobby

Oh, I love to feel grand and what better place to have that feeling than at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, located in downtown San Diego, near Seaport Village.  Guess where an incredible Thanksgiving took place?  You might have guessed…..at this grand hotel!  Yes, we had our Thanksgiving meal there in 2015.   So thankful for this beautiful hotel, because not only was the food good, but the entire experience – like spending the afternoon there just lounging around in the bar area, and walking through the lobby, and generally just feeling grand!  I’ve also stayed at this hotel several times, and it has beautiful views of Seaport Village and the bay.  This hotel is beautiful!  Here’s some pictures:

A few more pictures for you, again this is a beautiful hotel, and the artwork incredible!  I could sit here for ages and stare at the paintings or stare at their decor – masterpiece!

Can’t believe it’s 2016 already!  By the way, Happy New Year!

A Visit to Knotts Soak City And Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Today was August 15th – Happy India Independence Day!  We left our hotel at the Hilton Garden Inn, and got to Knotts Soak City at around 11:00 am, not at 10am as we should have done, but it was close enough.  It was a really hot day, a great day to be in a Water Park – at least for the kids.

Knotts Soak City is close to Disneyland, and right next to Knotts Berry Farm, which we will have to visit next time.  Here are a few pictures of Knotts Soak City since we had to leave early, it was way too hot!  In retrospect, we should have gone on Friday when we had arrived, and I shouldn’t have listened to the kids.  We still would have had five hours almost.  As it was, today, they wanted to leave at 2:45 pm, so we only had about three and a half hours there.  It was really hot today, I think it actually was over 100 degrees, also, it was too crowded,  That’s why it would have been better to have come on Friday.

Still, can’t complain, as the kids enjoyed it, and it was our family mini-vacation.  We also got to go to Farrells Ice Cream Parlor later and celebrated my son Luca’s birthday again (you can never celebrate one’s birthday too many times).  His actual birthday had been earlier in August.

Here are some pictures of Knotts Soak City:

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

My kids got to cool off in the Lazy River while I watched their things for a while.  It was ever so hot though.

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Just at the entrance/exit to Knotts Soak City was this lovely little area with these little fella’s in it, do you like this one’s hair style?

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

They tried a few more water rides, and then wanted to leave, and they were hungry, so off we went to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, which we had seen on the way into the Water Park – it is very close by, just on the same road in fact.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

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We ate lunch first, and then had to try the ice-cream – it was delicious!

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Next, it was time to enjoy the rest of the evening at the Indian Independence Day Parade/Festival, which was close by in Artesia Park.  My son and youngest one did not want to go to the event, they were tired so I left them at the hotel at the Doubletree by Hilton in Norwalk.

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

I wish my two youngest had come with us, as it’s a shame they missed out on the Indian Independence Day activities, but then later on I thought it was actually a good idea as me and my oldest daughter did not get back to the hotel until about 10:40 pm.  It was good we stayed another night in the LA area, even though we only live one and a half hours away in San Diego.  I would not have enjoyed driving at that time of night though.  Also, as you can imagine – I was very tired – that was a lot of things today, a trip to Knotts Soak City, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, and the Indian Independence Day Festival in Artesia in the evening.  I think I deserved a break – an extended stay in the LA area!

In my next post, I will post more of the Indian Independence Day event pictures and the video of the performances that took place on August 15, 2015.  Happy Week!

The Delphin Imperial, Antalya, Turkey

The Delphin Imperial is too nice to put off any longer.  I can only show you a few pictures of this resort in this post though. Of course, I have many more to share and will probably do quite a few posts on my trip to Antalya, Turkey which is where the Delphin Imperial is located.  If you want an all-inclusive resort, and want to try something in this part of Europe, do give this resort a try.

Here’s a few pictures until next time, and all I can say is:

Ooh, the building!

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The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

Ooh, the outside, and the pools!

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Ooh, the lobby!

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Ooh, the Turkish Delight!

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Ooh, the rooms!

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Ooh, the desserts in the cafe!

The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

Ooh, the landscape!

The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

Did I tell you that this is a first class resort, that can cost you up to $4,600 for a family of four if you go in July or August, and sometimes even more.  Of course, if you go during off-peak times, it might be less expensive.  Well, until next time!

A Trip To The Savoy Hotel, London

Ahoy there, I went to the Savoy!

Well, what you may ask is so special about that?  It is that I got through the doors of this establishment and was able to take pictures without having to pay hundreds, if not thousands of pounds a night for a room.  I spent forty-five minutes or so, went in and took pictures and got out – and had quite a pleasant experience.  This is after all, the hotel that is supposed to be London’s most famous hotel, and one where many celebrities have stayed.  It is located on the Strand in the City of Westminster.  Here are some pictures:

Savoy Hotel, London

Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy, London

The Savoy, London

This is the lobby area as shown in the two pictures below, then if you walk down a few stairs, you will see a beautiful gazebo, and a restaurant/bar/lounge area

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

Savoy Hotel, London

Savoy Hotel, London

You might just want to get a little something sweet in their delightful little treat shop

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

Also, I have to mention, the bathrooms in the Savoy are quite an experience too.  Best bathrooms in the world!  There was even a cloakroom attendant outside the bathroom, and I should have had my camera with me just to take pictures of the entry area of the women’s bathroom.  Oh, my gosh, there were framed pictures – it was like an art gallery.  I think there was music too.  Perhaps, it was good that I didn’t have my camera, and had left it upstairs with my family!  I think people would have thought I was a little odd taking pictures there.

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel, London

So, what do you prefer – the Savoy or the Ritz?  It depends on your level of glitz.  I have shown some pictures of the Ritz in an earlier post.  As for me, I was quite happy with the London Trafalgar Hotel – it suited me just fine.

Sunsets At The Hotel Del

The sunsets at the Hotel Del, well…..they’re just swell!  What more can I say.  It’s just swell at the Hotel Del!

By the way, the Hotel Del in Coronado is just about a ten minute drive from downtown San Diego.  Did you know that Coronado is an island that is accessible by crossing the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge?  Now you know that, you just have to make your way there.

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

The Hotel Del, Coronado

So, I told you it’s swell at the Hotel Del………and that’s just the sunsets!