Los Angeles – San Diego – Oceanside – Palm Springs
Las Vegas – Carlsbad – Coronado Island – Catalina Island – Pala
Edinburgh – Dublin – Los Angeles
After a very pleasant flight with http://www.aerlingus.com from Edinburgh via Dublin arriving in Los Angeles and feeling quite exhausted I had the drive to San Diego, which normally takes around one and a half hours if the traffic is good.
However it was a busy night on that highway so it actually took a little over two hours, when I arrived home in San Diego it was a quick cup of tea then bed.
My jet-lag has always been when I arrive in the US not when I go back to the U.K. So it came as no surprise that for the first week I woke a little after 2 am then 4 am and so forth.
I arrived on Friday 16th of Feb then left on Monday 19th for Palm Springs , I stayed at the Hyatt Hotel which I would definitely recommend if you ever go there.
The hotel itself was extremely clean with very helpful staff, nothing was a bother to them. Each evening they have ‘Happy Hour’ in the hotel with Wine, Beer, Cocktails and Food, and the best part is; you only have to give a tip for the pleasure.
If your out and about there is plenty to keep you occupied, Casinos, shopping and places to eat.
I would recommend you go to Pinocchios without a doubt the best, $4.98 for bottomless Champagne ‘You like that right? I sure did, so much so I got drunk on the first night. Oops!
The food was ‘Top Notch’ I had the Chicken Caesar Salad, Omg it was AMAZING.
On Wednesday 22nd I left for Las Vegas staying at New York New York Hotel & Casino.
Although NYNY is a very nice hotel I did feel it is in need of a little tlc, It was clean enough but not what I expected.
Having said that I did enjoy my stay there, I suppose that on my previous visits and having stayed in nicer hotels. E,g LINQ and the MGM. I have also stayed in the Golden Nugget (Downtown) So, if I were to recommend one of those it would be the MGM for sure.
I had the pleasure in going to see ‘The Australian Bee Gees’ (Tribute) at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, highly recommend. I wasn’t so sure prior to the event that they would be much good, but so glad I had the chance to go because they were excellent.
You can check them out on Facebook and their website http://www.abgshow.com for future shows.
On my second night in Vegas I attended the ‘Diana Ross Concert’ In the Encore of the Wynn Hotel, now just so you all know she was fantastic and will be returning again in November 2018 check out their website Wynn Las Vegas, Entertainment for the dates, and just for the record when I go back to Vegas I will be staying at the Wynn Hotel & Casino I was in awe of the beauty and cleanliness of this hotel, you need to check it out.
I will do a separate album with photos of my trip on the drop down category box for you all to see (belindatravelstheglobe)
So then it was back to San Diego on the Friday for a few days before I then visited Coronado Island. Unfortunately by the time I got there it was quite dark, and didn’t have the time to return during the three weeks away, but I will do when I return to California and this time I will book myself a couple of nights stay at the Coronado Hotel, which I have been told is amazing.
Back to SD where I spent some time with family & Friends including party night for the Oscars. Food, Wine and all round great company with host Tirzah. Michaela, Chanel, Brittany and not forgetting Princess Harlow an absolute must again in 2019.
Monday 5th March I traveled to Catalina Island on the Ferry to spend the day shopping, eating and of course a few drinks.
I love Catalina Island, it’s not the first time I have been there, back in 2013 I landed on the Island while on the Carnival Inspiration Cruise to Mexico.
My last couple of days was spent in Oceanside before driving back to Los Angeles for my flight back to the U.K.
Other places of interest are Carlsbad which to me looks like a mini little city driving through the streets on the way to Coronado Island and well worth a visit.
San Clemente – Shopping Mall is beautiful, at the moment they are still opening more top brand shops and the prices are very reasonable too, once finished this place is going to be super with it’s ocean views and amazing places to eat.
Lastly I must mention that the day before I left California I went to Pala. I spent the day at the Pala Casino Spa Resort Which has a four diamond award for their accommodation, I went to lunch had a drink then onto the casino, did I win some money? Well, that would be telling.
Pala, sits amongst the Palomar Mountains In Northern San Diego, which is Pala Indian Reservation situated in the San Luis Rey River Valley ‘This pleased me I have to say’
Talking of San Luis Rey, unfortunately I was unable due to my schedule to get to the Mission this time.
This was a disappointment as I should have been there to light candles for two friends who have recently passed away and to light a candle in Memory of Andrew Jones, Liverpool who was sadly murdered back in 2003, there is an ongoing fight for justice for Andrew so please check it out online.
All the rooms at the hotel have internet access so that’s a plus right away, they do some pretty good packages too and the shops are well stocked with only the finest.
There is Swarovski Boutique, Impulse Gift Shop, Pala Gift Cards the list goes on, and for you golfers out there you MUST checkout the golf course, for businesses they do banquets and meeting, that’s not all, they do wineries too.
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