A picture really is worth a thousand words! (WPC – Smile)

From the very beginning, my father and my son had a very special connection. Within months of my son’s birth, he was in my father’s arms as he sat at the dining room table doing crosswords.

Five years later when we were wandering around the Colosseum in Rome on a particularly blustery day, a piece of newspaper landed on the back of my son’s legs. For reasons unclear at the time, he kept ahold of this paper until we stopped for lunch.

Once our lunch orders had been taken my son requested a pen. Why? He needed to do the crossword of course. He then sat diligently filling in the squares. The fact it was in Italian was of little consequence. Oh how I love that boy!

And how I love how my son even now, over ten years later, still equates crosswords with his grandfather. This memory will always makes me smile tears of joy. Smile is this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raindrops…

It rained today like I haven’t seen it rain here for a long time. Naturally it was the day I had a “to-do” list as long as a fresh roll of toilet paper. Murphy’s Law huh?!

Skagway Raindrops glistening in the morning light!

Don’t know what it is but raindrops on fresh foliage for me is such a beautiful sight, and if this rain persists as forecast, you’ll be looking at all my raindrop captures shrieking… “mum, how much longer?”

 

Victoria for Victoria Long Week-end!

It’s not often one comes into port at midday not leaving until midnight but today was one of those days at Victoria, BC – Canada. This gave us enough time to pack in readiness for the midnight collection of suitcases in preparation of disembarkation tomorrow, boo hoo. 😦

Rain had originally been forecast for today but you would never had known it as we toured this beautiful, beautiful city. First stop was Craigdarroch Castle, not really a castle but a descendent home completed in 1890 for the then richest man in Western Canada, Robert Dunsmuir!

Craigdarroch Castle

We spent an hour exploring Craigdarroch Castle and another hour touring Victoria before visiting the Royal BC Museum. What an incredible place, complete with IMAX theater where we watched a documentary on the Lemurs of Madagascar. This was followed by an early supper at “The Empress”, Victoria’s very stately, very grand old hotel overlooking the harbor.

Victoria's Empress overlooking the bay!

What a way to spend an afternoon, basking in the sun enjoying fresh, local seafood!

Supper on the Verandah

After such a feast all we wanted was a nap so we took a walk past the Inner Harbor and Parliament House.

Parliment House Totem Pole

From here we found a perfect mode of transport back to the ship, horse-drawn carriage!

Victorian Horse Drawn Carriage - the perfect way to end our day!

What an idyllic way to conclude such a fabulous day in such a beautiful city on such a wonderful cruise. The only question now is regarding our next holiday and… “mum, how much longer?”

Cruise time begins in Los Angeles!

Let the good times begin!

Flying into Los Angeles late Thursday night was just beautiful, as was the hotel Hubby chose. Although we did almost embarrassed ourselves when we saw these cookie barrels sitting in the foyer of the hotel full of cookies and went to help ourselves. Fortunately we saw the “Doggie Deli” sign before we helped ourselves!

Doggy Treats

We treated ourselves to a sleep-in the next morning, then after breakfast yesterday we went for a wander around Long Beach before heading over to the ship. We stumbled upon some very interesting artwork.

Miss Ten looking cool in Long Beach

The fire-hydrant though was our favorite.

Gold Fire Hydrant - how glamerous!

Arriving at the ship terminal we didn’t have to wait long at all, especially once they took our booking confirmation. It was so funny as there was obviously a “concern” with our booking as many people were consulted. Master Twelve convinced himself our booking had been cancelled but it was quite the opposite.

Turns out we were “VIP’s” so were immediately escorted through security before being introduced to our “on-board” concierge who then had us taken to our cabin. Needless to say Master Twelve was more than appeased with this new situation, especially when our “butler” arrived with a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries. Now you see them, now you don’t!

The beginning of Vacation time!

What a way to begin our vacation, and what a way to farewell Los Angeles, sipping our champagne and nibbling our canapés. One could become accustomed to this life, lol! Watching the police zipping around the ship on their jet ski was quite interesting also.

Police on Ski-doo

Others weren’t too fazed either way with our departure. I just adore how sea-lions, no matter how large, still have to lie what appears to be right on top of one another!

The farewell committee

Watching the sun sink on Los Angeles was just glorious.

Farewell Los Angeles - hello wonderful cruise!

Tomorrow is our first port of call – Cabo San Lucas – VIVA MEXICO. Bring it  on… “mum, how much longer?”

Good Morning Tampa!

Let the sun shine!

Good Morning!

How disappointing, there are still things on our “to do” list to do but today is the last day of our cruise. We had put our names down for a tour of Tampa before heading to the airport but alas, we were too late. If we had gone we may have seen…

City Hall I think...

As they say though, things happen for a reason and this morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and quiet time on the ship. There were people sitting on the stairs for hours waiting for their group to be called, odd!

Going through the city of the Tampa we couldn’t help but notice more traffic lights that are hung side-ways instead of down. We’ve seen this a lot on the east coast. Makes sense in a crazy kind of way.

Side-ways traffic lights

Some of the billboards on the way to the airport were just hilarious. This one really caught my eye. Is nothing sacred?!

Baby fat... WTF!!!

Sadly though, the planes are on schedule and we’re heading home. It will be good to see the cats again. Goodness knows what state the house will be in after two ticked off cats have had full reign. Oh my… “mum, how much longer?”

We’ve arrived!

We’re in Quebec City and loving it. Admittedly, staying in the old city certainly does enhance the experience!

I don’t know though, I’m scared as once again, everything went as clockwork – planes were on time, staff were helpful (mostly…),  luggage arrived with us, cabs were government controlled so there was no “feeding the meter”, and even our room was ready at 9am when check-in wasn’t until 3pm.

I even managed to extract the children from our upgraded room to see the resplendent Chateau Frontenac amongst other things!

Here is the wonderfully decorated City Hall. This was just a mere portion of what they had but with Miss Nine there it does give you an indication as to the scale of it all… HUGE!

But the biggest discovery was that Batman was here! Okay, so it was one of the Popes but when you have Batman in your suitcase awaiting Halloween, it looks like Batman!

Wandering the city this afternoon was so much fun but we didn’t even scratch the surface. To stay a week would be perfect… “mum, how much longer?”