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Old 03-14-2011, 05:08 AM   #391
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Glad to see you are still enjoying your time in chinatown. All the food that you are eating looks so delicious. It is a pity that your cousin wasn't feeling well, but it is still good that you got to see her. I love the pictures of the lanterns, so pretty.
I was really pleased to catch up with her. I think I would have broken down her door if she wasn't able to meet us in Chinatown.


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Great pics as always!


Yum! I love congee with pork, chicken & ginger! I add a bit of soy sauce and sesame oil. It's great comfort food.

Do they not have WIND there? I'd be afraid the wind would tangle up all the lanterns.
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If you ever come to Melbourne, we'll head to a shop called the Supper Inn. It's opened till way past 2 am and they serve congee there in every variety.

: I think it depends on what sort of WIND you're talking about. But those lanterns seem to be up every time I've gone, so they must have some way of keeping them bolted in place.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:11 AM   #392
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Day 10 - NorCal Final Day!

Our last morning and the Cabrillo Highway


Despite my packing last night, DH decided that he had some last minute packing to do himself. He woke up before the alarm, started to shuffle around in the room and promptly woke me up as well. No chance of a sleep-in for me this morning!

We got ready and finished up the packing as we wanted to load our bags into the car.

It was our last day on holiday and we have a late night plane to catch out of San Francisco. For me, last day on holidays is always bitter sweet. On one hand, I look forward to heading home and sleeping in my own bed. On the other…I will miss the freedom of doing what I want to do when I want to do it.

After all the morning activity, DS was not in the mood to rush out early for breakfast. So, we hung around until close on 9 am, when the breakfast bar would close.

I made sure that I got a shot of my plate of food.




I’ve also been having a bowl of grapefruit most mornings…




I’m sure gonna miss the breakfast here! Or maybe…I’m sure gonna miss not having to cook breakfast.

DH had arranged for us to have a late check-out at reception when he settled the bill. Problem was…no one had told the cleaners.

So, after breakfast, when we went back to the room, DS were not happy to find out that not only were we locked out of the room (the keys had been reset) but there was a cleaner in the room stripping the linen. The cleaner was none too happy about having his cleaning schedule disrupted and I hustled DS out and into the car.

I had originally planned to be in the room till at least noon so that we could rest up and get ready for the late night flight. That was so not going to happen now.

With time on my hands, we decided that the best thing to do was go for a drive….down the Cabrillo and into San Gregorio State Beach.





Sadly for us, the day had turned out to be a typical cold San Francisco winter’s day….




….and there was no one else silly enough to venture on the beach.


Traffic was sparse as we drove down towards Pescadero. It felt like we were on a real breakaway from civilization!




The scenery of Highway 1 was stunning….




…and breathtaking. As I was taking these shots, it was the first time that it felt like winter in California. It was COLD and also misty and foggy…..




….even the cattle had other things to do….




…than to look across the road to admire the view…




….and by this stage, DS had about had enough of the cold weather.


So, we headed on back….


(Continued in Next Post)
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:13 AM   #393
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Final Afternoon and On the Way Home

With the cold day, I managed to convince DS that the best place for us was a MALL! Yes….the weather finally did what I couldn’t get DS to do all week…..let me go shopping.

We stopped by the food court for lunch. DS saw the Burger King and decided he needed a junk food fix.




He got the Whopper with Cheese meal deal.

I decided on the Japanese Teriyaki Chicken rice bowl.




I did some credit card damage on this last afternoon, but nothing too significant, and we also picked up some last minute Lego for DS. Thankfully the bags were in the car, so I managed to squeeze everything in without too much effort.


And with no more room in the bags and an hour to kill before picking up DH, we decided to head to a Donut shop. This particular donut shop is one that I’ve driven past many times but never stopped at. I don’t know why I’ve never stopped in it before! Have a look at the display….










I ordered a pot of tea. We also settled on a Chocolate iced donut…



…a sugar donut and 2 donut holes.




A ridiculous $2.75! I’m definitely coming back!


We finally got a text from DH and it was time to collect him.

One of the benefits of picking DH up from his office campus is that we can head to the sports complex and grab a shower before we leave. There is nothing to beat the feeling of being clean at the end of the day before a long flight home. The facilities provide towels, soap, shampoo, moisturizer and hair drying facilities; everything you could want without having to pull out the toiletries!

And our final meal? We are creatures of habit…so, we headed to the Wholefoods.


DS likes the mac and cheese. The lack of truffles is no hardship for him.




DH and I always choose to have a light meal of soup…




…and salad.




Our flight was uneventful and it was a relief to get off at Sydney airport for some much needed Australian culture!




We boarded a plane back to Melbourne and it was wonderful to be home again.


Post Script

Right to the end…my luck with scavenger hunt items held. I managed to pick up winter sport, whilst waiting for the boys to finish their showers.




…and peppermints just stared me in the face at the check-in counter.




I also got this Valentine Related shot in Melbourne Airport.




Up Next – Final Thoughts


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Old 03-14-2011, 05:31 AM   #394
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So sad it is almost over ! Sorry your last day was cold but at least it let you shop!
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:42 AM   #395
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I agree ... I can't believe it's almost over! Have really enjoyed your TR and look forward to reading your next one! I'm sure it will happen soon!
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:24 PM   #396
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I hate the last day of vacation. I usually try to start planning my next trip as soon as I get home to have something to look forward to. You really managed to get a lot of scavenger hunt items.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:25 PM   #397
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So sad that it is over, I have enjoyed following along with you, and getting some good ideas on things we can do while in California. Thanks for posting so many wonderful photos. Can't wait to hear your final thoughts.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #398
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You got some nice pics ( with out anyone in the way ). Leaving vacation is always bittersweet. I dont like coming home either. You guys look like you had a great time. Cant wait to hear your final thoughts. Sorry about not being able to stay in your room. You have a great TR with many more to follow.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:07 PM   #399
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PIO, another great TR. Your drive along the coast looked beautiful even if it was cold. Thanks for letting us follow along. What am I going to do now that your TR is coming to a close?!??! Any new PTRs to come?
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Sounds like it was still a good day despite the problems.
I'd have been fuming about the room situation and demanded a new room. If they have agreed to it I always try and confirm the late check out the night before.

But at least you could grab a shower at the sports centre

Plus your coastal drive was lovely. You should be familiar with cold coastal drives being a Victorian

LOVE Wholefoods. Wish we had a place like that here. Their soups and stews are divine.

But I gotta say the toast and Vegemite looks almost as wonderful...especially after a trip overseas


Thanks so much for the wonderful TR as always. I'm ready for the next PTR

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What a wonderful trip. I'm sorry that you didn't get to the WD Museum, but that just leaves something for the next trip, you certainly had a full trip with all kinds of fun memories and great times!
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Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Northern California is so beautiful!
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So sad it is almost over ! Sorry your last day was cold but at least it let you shop!
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I agree ... I can't believe it's almost over! Have really enjoyed your TR and look forward to reading your next one! I'm sure it will happen soon!
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You got some nice pics ( with out anyone in the way ). Leaving vacation is always bittersweet. I dont like coming home either. You guys look like you had a great time. Cant wait to hear your final thoughts. Sorry about not being able to stay in your room. You have a great TR with many more to follow.
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PIO, another great TR. Your drive along the coast looked beautiful even if it was cold. Thanks for letting us follow along. What am I going to do now that your TR is coming to a close?!??! Any new PTRs to come?
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Sounds like it was still a good day despite the problems.
I'd have been fuming about the room situation and demanded a new room. If they have agreed to it I always try and confirm the late check out the night before.

But at least you could grab a shower at the sports centre

Plus your coastal drive was lovely. You should be familiar with cold coastal drives being a Victorian

LOVE Wholefoods. Wish we had a place like that here. Their soups and stews are divine.

But I gotta say the toast and Vegemite looks almost as wonderful...especially after a trip overseas


Thanks so much for the wonderful TR as always. I'm ready for the next PTR

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What a wonderful trip. I'm sorry that you didn't get to the WD Museum, but that just leaves something for the next trip, you certainly had a full trip with all kinds of fun memories and great times!
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Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Northern California is so beautiful!

Thanks for following along everyone. I had a great time on my holiday and am currently scheming about my NEXT one....

Unfortunately, planning has hit a slight snag:

Plan #1 - DH and I were keen to hit the Iberian trail...Spain, Portugal and then head towards Morocco and Tunisia. We would have probably managed a side trip to EuroDisney. I think the uprising in Tunisia stopped that one in the tracks.

Plan #2 - I then thought of heading to Egypt and see the Pyramids. That planning didn't even get off the ground. 3 weeks after Tunisia, Egypt was also off the bucket list.

Plan #3 - Japan for some skiing and Tokyo Disneyland. No more said!

I'm scared to even think of going anywhere else.

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Thanks for following along everyone. I had a great time on my holiday and am currently scheming about my NEXT one....

Unfortunately, planning has hit a slight snag:

Plan #1 - DH and I were keen to hit the Iberian trail...Spain, Portugal and then head towards Morocco and Tunisia. We would have probably managed a side trip to EuroDisney. I think the uprising in Tunisia stopped that one in the tracks.

Plan #2 - I then thought of heading to Egypt and see the Pyramids. That planning didn't even get off the ground. 3 weeks after Tunisia, Egypt was also off the bucket list.

Plan #3 - Japan for some skiing and Tokyo Disneyland. No more said!

I'm scared to even think of going anywhere else.

You will find some place to go. You are so adventerous
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What a wonderful trip. I'm sorry that you didn't get to the WD Museum, but that just leaves something for the next trip, you certainly had a full trip with all kinds of fun memories and great times!
You know I stopped in at the museum but did not take the tour. It was 20 for an adult. Have you been there?
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