A Spoonful Of Sugar

19/09/2014

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'The happiest place on earth'

This is my last holiday post and considering how much we did I think four posts is pretty respectable. I haven't shared my trips to Yosemite National Park or the Grand Canyon because with the exception of a couple of iPhone snaps I decided not to take any photographs. I wanted to experience them fully without faffing around with my camera and I don't think any photograph could capture the feeling of looking down into the Grand Canyon.

Anyway, my 40 year wait finally came to an end when we visited Disneyland and I'm not ashamed to admit there were a few tears as we approached the entrance via tram. The park was full of sugar-coated sweetness and I wandered around in my Minnie Mouse ears like a 40 year old who should have known better. Buy hey, you only live once right?

This post is a bit of a smorgasbord of Los Angeles highlights. LA was a whirlwind of excitement and adventure, so much so I rarely had time to get my camera out. I think that's definitely the best way to be!

I hope your weekend is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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Moments of note..

Seeing the Hollywood sign.

The Studio Tour at Universal Studios which included a trip down Wisteria Lane.

The beautifully pristine palm tree lined streets of Beverly Hills.

A shrimp dinner at Bubba Gump on Santa Monica Pier while watching the sun set.

The Californian sky. 

Needing no excuse to indulge on burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Name spotting on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and visiting the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars.

Searching for Bambi and meeting Minnie Mouse at Disneyland

Seeing the former home of Marilyn Monroe. 

Simply being in LA!

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Highlights from my trip: If You're Going To San Francisco / Viva Las Vegas / Vintage Vegas

Vintage Vegas

12/09/2014

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'Man, I really like Vegas'  Elvis Presley

These photographs were taken in Downtown Vegas which felt like stepping onto the set of Viva Las Vegas. I loved the vintage charm and it's strange to think these slightly kitsch light displays were once the epitome of glamour. We wandered around, for as long as we could handle the heat, then had a well earned drink at the Golden Nugget, one of the oldest casinos in the city. This sightseeing business is thirsty work especially in 40+ degree temperatures!

Downtown Vegas is quite a distance from The Strip. We caught a taxi there and a bus back enabling us to see a bit more of the city. I especially loved the return journey because it took us past the Little White Wedding Chapel (where Judy Garland married Mark Herron and Frank Sinatra married Mia Farrow), Cupid's Wedding Chapel and lots of pastel coloured motels. I have to say it was all a little too much for my candy lovin' heart!

Since returning I've become obsessed with vintage Vegas memorabilia and it's taken some restraint not to snap up a few things on eBay (I've a bit of a soft spot for kitsch souvenirs). And as for my new love of Elvis, I'm already planning a trip to Graceland. Uh huh!

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You can view my post about the Las Vegas Strip here.

Kate Bush, Before the Dawn

09/09/2014


Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

'Let me be weak, let me sleep 
And dream of sheep'  

The post-Kate Bush gig blues are bad. I think it's a mixture of knowing I'll never see her again (she last played in 1979 and the Hammersmith concerts are by all accounts a one off) and realising I've been to the greatest gig of my life and nothing will ever compare.

I've not really been able to sum up the concert. Friends and colleagues have asked what it was like and all I've managed to do is mutter things like drowning, trapped under ice, birds and a helicopter! A journalist wrote that he was desperate to see Kate again because he spent the entire gig in shock and felt he missed out on the details. I can relate.

The truth is I'm unable to find the words to describe seeing Kate Bush and the reason is there aren't any. Kate is someone I've loved and listened to all my life, so how can I even try to express the emotion of hearing her perform the songs that are so entwined in my life I don't know where I end and her music begins. Kate was there at the time my sister was born, when I started school, she followed me through university, my first job and beyond. She has been there during the good times and the bad, and now, at 40, her music is as fresh and current and part of me as it's always been.

I tried to listen to "The Ninth Wave" yesterday - the name given to the entire b-side of Hounds of Love which she played in its entirety - and it made me cry. I never ever imagined seeing Kate Bush would turn me into an emotional wreck, but I guess that's just what happens when one of your dreams comes true.



Hounds of Love, back cover, from www.katebush.com