At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”
Another day out we managed during the recent trip home to the UK was to Cliveden (pronounced CLIV-den) House.
The house itself is a hotel but the gardens are open to the public and managed by the National Trust. This is also the venue for a large flower show annually run by the Royal Horticultural Society; we just went on a normal day though.
Cliveden has a rich history; Once the home of Nancy Astor Continue reading “Gardens at Clivedon House”
I’ve been in the UK for the last couple of weeks visiting family and saying goodbye to my father who passed away.
Whilst there I visited a few places one of which is Blenheim Palace which is a large country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. Continue reading “Blenheim Palace”
As the Angeles National Forest is now barely a 15 minute drive from my house, I decided to take the Pen-F digital out for some landscapes – it seems rude not to when these views are so close
This weekend myself and S took our 1969 Prowler (towed by our 1990 Bronco) on our first expedition to camp at Cachuma Lake. All went reasonably well, we had some issues but generally it was a success.
The journey up was pretty uneventful though it was scary as hell Continue reading “Cachuma Lake and Solvang”
Just got back from a great trip to the Caribbean on the US Virgin Islands. This was a joint birthday treat for my fiancé and I.
We flew a redeye Monday night via Washington arriving Tuesday lunchtime. The flight was long and I got ill on the first leg; the first time I have ever been not well on a flight and I’ve no idea what caused it. All was well be the time we arrived at St Thomas. Continue reading “Four days in the US Virgin Islands”
from the archives
Had a great weekend in Phoenix last week which will (for reasons I won’t go into) be a most memorable one.
Anyway, we stayed in an AirBnB apartment near the centre having driven all evening on Friday. Yes, through all that rain; it was dry when we arrived however though that did not last as by next morning the rain had caught us up. Continue reading “Phoenix and Scottsdale”
You may be aware of the Le Mans 24 hour race which is held at the La Sarthe circuit near Le Mans in France which is held every year and is a real test of motoring endurance. Every two years however they also hold Le Mans Classic which brings back cars from every era over the last 95 or so years. Continue reading “Le Mans Classic”
As I enjoyed writing the posts about Belgium, Kauai and Palm Springs, I thought I would write a few posts about other places I have visited. Some of these will be partly from memory, which at my age is starting to fail (or maybe it’s already failed – I can’t remember).
I’ll start with a trip I enjoyed to Northern Ireland a few years ago. Continue reading “Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast”