Pacific Paradise โ€“ Day 28/28

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Saturday, 6th May:
Coronation Day โ€“ Heading Home

Our final day here in LA! So, for the last time (for a while)… “Hello, loyal Readers!” ๐Ÿ‘

They Think It’s All Over…

Well, even by our standards, that was some holiday! They think it’s all over! Almost!

Nice!

Our flight is an overnighter, leaving LA at 10.30 tonight, so we’ve got a bit of time to kill before we say goodbye to California โ€“ and our holiday, as a whole.

Our plan today is to visit nearby Marina Del Rey. This Port is North America’s largest man-made small craft harbour and is home to approximately 5000 boats where construction began under JFK (who wrote the cheque for $36m).

Boats to suit every budget… and seals too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

A quick and light final breakfast – LA style! (the ‘small’ Breakfast Burrito!) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Just like the Burrito – the Marian was a rather large affair (and we only walked less than half of it!) ๐Ÿฅต

A Moment of Reflection

As we head for Gate 133, it’s an opportunity to reflect on (almost) a month away from Blighty and also to offer some thanks! ๐Ÿ‘.

Holidays are so often dictated by the weather โ€“ and ours was no different. Bookending our break, first in San Francisco and then, more recently, Los Angeles, was a delight where we enjoyed some perfect days for wandering about โ€“ not TOO hot and with a breeze. We weren’t quite so lucky on the Ship though, where although trips to the Polynesian Islands were mostly warm and dry, back on the Regatta, they were handing out blankets on our final leg from Hawaii!

OK, all-in-all, it has been a GREAT experience having seen parts of the world we’ve never been to before and as clichรฉd as it sounds, we’ve met some lovely people along the way.

It’s impossible to pick ‘our favourite part’ as it was all so varied, so I won’t try! The relaxing vibe in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco; the beauty of many of the Polynesian Islands; the hustle and bustle of Honolulu; the freezing cold winds from Hawaii and finally, the friendliness of the folk (and the beautiful beaches) in Venice Beach/Santa Monica, will all be lasting memories!

We’ve eaten well and managed to drink in moderation (how????) and only the bathroom scales will reveal the truth when get home on Sunday evening.

Thanks!

Thanks to our good friend Janet back at home for keeping an eye on the house, managing the post and generally keeping everything in order. I’m also very grateful to Matthew from WDL, who, with his usual efficiency and techy expertise got to the bottom of the major issue with this Blog just as we were furthest from home on the Ship. It was somewhat ironic that the issue was down to my webhost back in the UK. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I’ve saved the best until last! Thank YOU for your continued readership, my loyal readers! I appreciate all the positive comments and witty responses. As a result, I was pleased to see that readership per Post AND of the Blog overall, resulted in some impressive engagement numbers! ๐Ÿ˜‰. I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have done it without your interest! Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Total reads: 1101
Best day for readership: Day 19 (Hawaii)
Runner-up: Day 11 (Joining the Regatta)

If you’ve missed any Posts (especially when things ‘broke’ for a day-or-so, around Day 11)
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If you just want to view the photos (fewer than 600 this time!), try HERE

…and as promised, here are Ann’s various watercolour pics from the holiday…

Nice ehh!! ๐Ÿ˜

See you later for a slice of Coronation Quiche! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘‘

“God Save The King!”

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