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California Trip

Yet another great trip back home in California and already looking forward to the next.

The link below is just a few of my top places to go in Cali, there is so much more to explore which will be happening in 2019/20.

These reviews have been broken down a little but will be published in the Spring/Summer edition of PERUSE due out at the end of May.

Feel free to leave any comments on what you read or what else you would like to know, I will try to have a photo-role via my Flipagram as soon as I can which I will upload here I have some stunning photos to show.

California Trip



California – #belindatravelstheglobe

Los AngelesSan DiegoOceansidePalm Springs
Las VegasCarlsbadCoronado IslandCatalina IslandPala

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.

If you need any travel tips be sure to leave a comment below and please look out for my photos and full reviews on everything California – Hotels, Food and Drink & Events.



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My Journey Begins

My Journey Begins.

My journey began really when I left Edinburgh for Dublin were I caught my connecting flight for Los Angeles.

Although I’m still a little Jet-Lagged and having had a full day of rest, I’m already packed for the next leg of #belindatravelstheglobe.

Oh, and by the way it’s 4.48am here in San Diego. I’ve been awake since 2.30am however I now need to make sure I stay away for the drive to Palm Springs.

So for the next two days I will be taking in the beauty of the mountains that are surrounding my hotel, which I will reveal once I have arrived and unpacked.

I hope to do a live feed within those two days but let’s see how I’m coping with the Jet-Lag, after all I don’t want to be on camera looking like a bag of bolts 😉

I’m pretty sure I won’t though, and I’m looking forward actually to what has to come, before I’m on the road again bound for Las Vegas.

Another of my favourite trips when in California, I’ll be taking in two shows while in Vegas, The Australian Bee Gees Tribute & The one and only Diana Ross.

So there will lots to chat about and plenty of photos along the way, now I’m debating ‘should I try to grab an hours sleep or just stay awake?

I think I’ll stay awake, my eyes are wide open not even a nip of tiredness, time for a cup of tea I think.

Belinda 😘

San Diego, California



Information Credit to: Discover San Diego

Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean, and a year-round daily forecast of 70°F, and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of the state is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions like SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and LEGOLAND California.

Relax at legendary retreats like Hotel del Coronado, find art and culture in San Diego and surrounding cities like luxurious La Jolla, and enjoy world-class golf at Torrey Pines, and enjoy culture and diversity, all at the edge of a sparkling blue sea.

My Views…

San Diego, what can I say? It’s my home from home and I wouldn’t want to stay away too long.

Stunning views – Great food – Lovely people what more could I ask for? I love San Diego the beach at Oceanside is by far the pretties beach I have seen and I have seen may.

But I have to say you can’t beat the shopping there too, and top of my list has to be (Credit to) Old mission of San Luis Rey Talk about Tranquility this is the place to be, I love everything about it from the history to the way it looks.

Founded in 1798 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, the Mission was named after St. Louis IX, King of France, who lived during the 13th century. The history of the San Luis Rey area reflects five periods of occupation: Luiseno Indian, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization, American Military, and Twentieth Century Restoration. Because of its large size the mission has been nicknamed “King of the Missions.”

Old Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, founded in 1798, is the oldest cemetery in North County San Diego still in operation. All are welcome to come and experience the beauty and tranquility of the historic Old Mission Cemetery. Contact Cemetery Directors at (760) 231-8445 for more information about funeral planning or cremation services.

The Franciscan Retreat Center at Old Mission San Luis Rey offers a place for solitude, healing, and revitalization with a wide variety of spiritual and educational programs. Create your private day away, join us for a half day or evening session (Twilight Retreats) or treat yourself, or a loved one, to a complete weekend of spirituality and sacred space. The Friars and staff are here to assist you on your spiritual journey.

Franciscans are those people and groups (religious orders) who adhere to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of Saint Francis of Assisi. Franciscan friars first came to the west coast in 1769, with the arrival of Franciscan Friar Blessed Junipero Serra in California. Franciscans from Mexico and Spain continued Serra’s work, establishing a total of 21 missions from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay region.


San Diego- Home From Home



My home from home and I love it, California’s second largest city and renowned for its idyllic climate, miles of pristine beaches Oceanside being my all time favourite.

It’s hot – It’s clean and most of all it has some of America’s finest restaurant’s and for me the best customer service.

And the shopping is great too, the best bit for me as I always come home with an extra suitcase full of goodies.

To the south, it’s a whole different country, Mexico which has its own cultural offerings in various towns along the border and coastline, including Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada.

I visited Ensenada two years ago when I done the Carnival Cruise Ship I’m not a huge fan of Cruises but I did enjoy the whole experience as well as the stop in Catalina Island on the way to Mexico.

To view some of my Best Shots jump on to my Facebook Album

Belinda 😘