Location: San Francisco, USA
We are officially on the countdown to returning home now we have arrived in the penultimate city of our "holiday". We are now in San Francisco, quite rightly known for all of the hills that make up the city, it nearly killed me walking to our hotel and it was only 5 blocks away!
We havnt really had anytime to look around yet so there isnt much to report on, however we wanted to wish everyone that we wont be speaking to over christmas a very merry christmas and a happy new year.
We hope you all have a lovely time and we will be back home soon so prepare yourselves for being bored to death by the close to 1000 pics we have taken!(especially you Lex, afterall i had to sit through your millions of photos...twice)
Lots of love
P.S Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Freddie, Happy birthday to you.....
We love you very much and will miss being with you at your hat party.
Location: Bakersfield, USA
Upon request from the Craners, here is another update....
So the last time i wrote we were in Fiji. From Fiji we had a 10 hour flight to LA. We had 3 days in LA, which i think we both felt was enough. Everyone bangs on about LA but well frankly its not how you see it on GMTV. For the most part LA was dirty and rough. There were nice bits like Rodeo drive and Beverley Hills but unless you are minted you have to make do with the rough bits. Saying all that, we did have a nice time. We did a day sightseeing tour on an open top bus and went to the Kodak Theatre, Chinese Theatre, saw the Hollywood sign, went to the farmers market at the Grove and Rodeo Drive.
From LA we picked up a car and drove to Las Vegas, which i thought was great. James was there last year so i dont think he was as impressed as me. For all those who havent been, it was like being on a film set all of the time. We did a lot shopping at the Malls and visited a few of the main hotels and casinos on the strip. My fav was the Ventian which has a canal running through the hotel and had Gondola rides. Oh and another highlight was the Luxor all you can eat buffet.....yum yum.
After 3 days in Vegas (staying at Hooters!!!) we drove to Death Valley where we satyed for one night. The scenery was pretty breath takin! We are currently in a small town called Bakersfield for one night before hitting the roa again tomorrow to Yosemite.
We are staying in Yosemite National Park for 2 days and then drving to San Fransisco ready for Xmas and then onto to New York for New York...
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas....xxx
Location: Denarau Villas, Fiji
Well we are definately in paradise here....
When we got off the plane the weather just hit us....i had read that it was the rainy season and a cyclone had just passed so i thought i was going to have to brace myself for the worst. Definately not! The weather is in the mid 30's and the sky doesnt have a cloud to be seen.
The main island of Nadi, where we flew in, reminds me a lot of Kenya in that it is plain to see that many people live in poor conditions. I was a bit worried until we took a side turning off and drove on to a seperate island called Denarau Island which has all the spa resorts located on it. The island is lush and green and generally very beautiful.
Our hotel is amazing, it is like what you see on tv advertising places for honeymooners. Our room is lovely and there is an infinity pool right on the ocean and other pools located throughout the resort. There is 18 restaurants and a massive golf course.
Last night we had our dinner on the beach which was great. And the people here are so friendly, even people just in the street who arent being paid by the hotel to be nice. At first i was scared as when we were in the taxi someine passing on foot said "Bula" through the window which scared me as i automatically thought he was starting on us when in actual fact he was saying welcome!!! I think that shows something about England maybe.
We have one more night here in Fiji and then tomorrow we are flying to LA......
Sadie - me a moaning minnie? Never!!!! Textme your number or email it and i will try and ring you on the weekend. Lots of love
Craner(Laura)- Cool well we will definately see each other before you head off and i was thinkin i could come down one weekend and you can take me out and to Primark!!! We are going to LA first and then to Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite Park, San Fran (for xmas)and then NY for New Year.
Nan- hey nanny, not sure if you will get this so can some one (emma or mum or someone) tell her i have sent her a message. Just wanted to say hi and that im having a brill time and looking after myself. Took loads of pics of Holly and will print them off for you when i get back....shes so lush and getting bigger so quickly. I was actually quite sad to leave them all and told Darren i have made my mind up and he must come back to England to live. Dont think he was having any of it.
Mum- is all ok, i have text you a couple of times and had no reply! I will try and ring you tomorrow sometime and will defo text in the meantime. Love you loads and missing you mummy. Oh and hows the tree holding up?
Kj - Hey hun,really glad to hear Mike is getting better. Is he back at home with his mum now then? Have you started the bar job yet and how is teaching going, whats the brats like? take carexxxx
over and out everyonexxx
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of entries recenetly. We have been finding it hard to find the time to do them as we have just started a tour of the South Island of New Zealand with 32 other people around our age.
We strated off in Christchurch which we didnt get to see much of but what we did seemed lovely. Its reminds me a bit of Bristol as it is quite buildt up and has a similar population. From Christchurch we entered the Southern Alps and stayed our first night in Fox Glacier. The views throughtout the journey were amazing!
At Fox Glacier we did a 3 hour hike up bushland and onto the Glacier. It was sooo kool and the views were spectacular. Frankly, i cant believe i actually hiked anywhere let alone up a cliff face! (check me out!!!!)
From Fox we made our way to Queenstown, adventure captial of New Zealand. We decided not to do any throwing ourselves off bridges but loads of the people travelling with us have done one today. We are about to go on a Jet Boat down a canal which should be fun!
Last night we all went out to a few bars including, Minus 5, an Ice Bar. Its was sooo cool (excuse the pun). The whole place was made of ice including the glasses. We were supplied with massive coats, gloves amd Ugg boots to wear and we drank cocktails amongst loads of christmas ice sculptures.
We have taken loads of photos but havent got time today to put them on as it takes over half hour for them to load on shared networks. Will put them on just as soon as i can.
Love to all.....
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
We finally made it to New Zealand in the early hours of saturday morning. We stayed saturday night in Auckland, i much prefer it to Australia! It reminds me a lot more ike England but with better scenery and weather.
On Saturday night James bought us tickets to see Justin Timberlake in concert for my birthday present. Its was amazing and our seats were really good, right in front of the stage. The only annoying thing was that we had a girl sat behid us who complained to the steward that we were standing up and she couldnt see (she was still sat down). To think we were standing at a concert!!!!Shock horror!!! My reply to her was that if she wanted to sit down she should have gone to the cinema!
We got on the Overlander down to Wellington early on sunday morning and Darren (my bro) picked us up from the train station after a 10 hour trip!
After much anticipation i have finally met my little niece and she is absolutely beautiful, really tiny and cute. She has bright blue eyes and blonde hair (and some impressive lungs!!! :))
We are staying with my bro and sister in law and Holly whilst we are in Wellington which is really nice as its a bit of luxury for us what with fluffy towels, plasma tv, comfy leather sofa's and home cooked meals!
Im not sure what we are up to over the next couple of days but we are thinking of going up to Lake Taupo, which is meant to be beautiful, oh and me and James (well mainly James) are cooking Greek Lamb Stew for everyone tomorrow night......will let you know how it goes.
Location: Sydney Airport, Australia
Yes im email from Sydney Airport as we have a 3 hgour delay which seems to be getting longer and longer.
So, we have today left Cairns, which i think is quite nice, a bit like Brisbane without the Mozzies! Whilst we were up there we went on a sailing trip to the Great Barrier Reef. It was sooo brilliant, i am really glad we did it. I had a go at some snorkelling and James did an introductory dive, which he loved. We had an underewater camera as well so we should have some really good photos to show when we get back.
We had the whole day out on the Reef and had a BBQ and went in a glass bottom boat to see the coral and stuff, the colours were sooo pretty but unfortunately because the sun hadnt been at its best the previous days all the red's and oranges werent out. I saw a turtle and some parrot fish and an 80 year old clam.
Oh and im pleased to announce i founs Nemo0 and since his filming has had a baby!
Off to New Zealand (when our plane turns up)......
Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
We are in Hervey Bay at the moment, which is about 4 houirs up the coast from Brisbane.
We have just come back from our trip to Fraser Island. We went along with 8 other people in a 4x4 for 2 nights and 3 days. Its was amazing, the island is mad of mainly sand and fresh water lakes.
We camped and made all our food around a camp fire thingie, i felt like a rale traveller and i even own my own sleeping bag now (it is pikn though, i have to remain true to my girlie routes!)
I had a lovely birthday on the island and even had a birthday cake with candles and happy birthday sang to me in English, German and French! Oh and i wold like to say thank you to everyone who wrote on Facebook, here or sent me texts, they all made the homesick i was feeling a little less.
Something else which put a smile on my face is that on 15 Novemebr i became an Aunty to an amazingly beautiful little girl named Holly Grace Newland. I have seen the photos and can confirm that my good looks have definately been passed on......
We are off up the coast tonight on a 13 hour coah ride over night to take us up to the Great Barrier Reef.
Will load photos of Fraser Island shortly, in the meantime check out the photos of Noosa!
lots of love
Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Hey all, we are now in Hervey Bay after a long 4 hour bus journey up last night.
We came up from Noosa Heads, where we had stayed the previous night. Its was sooo lovely, a real surfers paradise. We went out for a pre-birthday meal and had some lovely sea food right on the front.
We have met our group who we are going to be with on the Fraser Island tour and they all seem lovely, apart from the 3 piss heads who were so drunk through the welcome meeting they just sat and giggled!!!
We are off first thing in the morning and will be back on Saturday morning (your time). Will do another blog upon my return
Oh p.s me and James have been bitten to pieces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Location: Brisbane, Australia
So, we have been walking around the city today, trying to get a feel of the place.
We were starting to get a bit hot so thought we would go and have a drink in Gloria Jeans (like Starbucks). I was sat therr in the window reading my book when i look up and out the window to find a tramp with his willy out weeing right in front of me. I couldnt believe i covered my eyes with the book but when i looked again some time later he was still standing there with it out after peeing down his leg....oh my god, i thought Broadmead was bad, obviously not!
After our eventful morning we have spent the afternoon in the National Parklands with sandwiches.
Staying at James' cousins for a couple of days tonight.......
Location: Brisbane, Australia
We have arrived in Brisbane today and im happy to report that the weather is much better up here. We have checked in to a new hostel which is really nice so no more scary pics of me on a bunk!
We went to the Sydney Opera House last night to see a ballet called 'Destiny'. Now James and i would like to think of ourselves as cultured but after last nights saga i dont think thats the case. There i was thinking, how romantic and how amazing the performance was going to be, oh how wrong was i. Firstly our seats were so far up that we had vertigo just getting to them and then james fely queezy just sitting in his seat. Secondly, the dancers were very talented but it was soooo boring we nearly fell asleep and no joke we probably would have had we not have been sudffering from frost bite at the time!
As i said we are in Brisbane for a couple of days now and will post some more pics just as soon as i find something to take them of....
Location: Sydney, Australia
Its raining again!!!!
Today we went on the Sight seeing tour bus around the whole of Sydney (sat on the open top deck in the rain, like real tourists!). We got off at Bondi Beach, which was completely empty because of the weather even though ona typical sunny day there are around 35,000 people on the beach. We took the costal walk path along to a couple of other paths. Along the way there were sculptures which were being exhibited as part of the 11th annual Sculptures by the Sea exhibition.
We then got back on the bus and travelled around the rest of the city......
Im now very tired and am going to have an early night. Probably off to an out of city mall tomorrow where they have a shop called David Jone's (Australia's Debenhams) I cant wait!!!!!
So yesterday we went to Sydney Bridge and the Opera House.....
It was amazing! The opera House is really impressive and we have booked to see a ballet there on Thursday evening before we leave Sydney. The Bridge was ok (frankly, to me it was just a bridge, big whoop!)
We had lunch in a pub called The Glenmore, which had a roof terrace with amazing views, which would have been better had the Germans not parked their super cruise liner right in the way! All i have to say, is "two world wars and one world cup"!
We then made it back to where we are staying and had a wander around Chinatown and Pitt Street.
Today we were going to have a picnic in the Botanical Gardens but the weather is really poo again so that had to be cancelled. Instead we took a walk (may i add a 4 hour one at that !) around most of Sydney. We came across an area called Kings Cross which provided me with my first ever sighting of a transvestite hooker! Not a good look!
Not sure what we will be doing tomorrow and i think the weather is still meant to be a bit rubbish but if it is ok then we are doing a costal walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte beach......brown girl in the sun tr la la la!
Location: Sydney, Australia
...so, we have made it to Sydney....
We arrived yesterday evening and it was the worst weather we have ever seen. It was thunder and lightenhing, in Sydney for god's sake!
Today is much better and im pleased to say im wearing shorts and a vest (mainly because i havent packed much else). We are off to Circular Quay, The Rocks, The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge today.
Will report on our findings soon......In the meantime, have a look at our photos, more to come shortly.
Lots of Love
Ellie and James
Right just a quickie, i am in the airport waiting to go to Sydney and its free internet access so i thought, why not!
Weare off to get some breckie now but speak soon.
We have arrived safetly in Singapore after a very long 12 hour flight. Unfortunately i only managed to sleep for about 2 hours, unlike James who did enough sleeping for both of us.
So, we arrived and the first thing i thought was öh my god, im sweating'and that was just getting off the plane.
We have been walking around and made it to Orchard Road, which is amazing, however, still very expensive.
I would have posted the couple of photos that i have taken today, but i seem to have misplaced my lead already, but not to fear if needs be i will buy another one so that you can all remember what we look like!!!!
Off to Sydney first thing.......