BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE
So here is Part 2 highlighting our recent road trip.
Day Nine – Day in Los Angeles
We woke up early to explore the big City of Angels. We started off with a studio tour of Warner Bros where I became a serious victim of Harry Potter consumerism by purchasing a wand and a Gryffindor scarf. Next was the Hollywood Walk of Fame which kept me yelping with glee as we walked through. We then went to Beverly Hills, window shopping in Rodeo Drive, finalized by cocktail hour in the Beverly Wilshire hotel, known for where Pretty Woman was filmed. We spent the evening at our hosts’ home with Chinese food, Sauvignon Blanc and some great music and chat. L.A. was my favorite spot to visit.
Day Ten – Drive from Los Angeles to Laughlin, Nevada – about 490km
This was our longest drive on the trip so far. We drove through Joshua National Tree Park on our way to Laughlin and the scenery yet again was worth the long distance to it. We arrived in Laughlin very late in the evening only to find that our travel agency had made an error with our room reservation. We then had to stay in Colorado Bell Hotel instead; it is a 608 foot authentic replica of the Mississippi Paddlewheel riverboat. I have to mention this hotel because it one of a kind. I will not say anything more because it is something to be experienced but all the reviews you will see out are what make it legendary!
Day Eleven – Drive from Laughlin to Flagstaff, Arizona – about 300km
This drive was a pit stop leading us to Grand Canyon via Route 66 but since we had already seen it by air, we drove straight to our hotel for a night in with some Panda Express and a movie.
Day Twelve – Flagstaff – Page/Lake Powell, Arizona – about 220km
Page and Lake Powell were one of the highlights of the road trip. The Navajo people inhabit this great space. Lake Powell itself is serene, still, heavenly and surreal. The deep blue water against the red, copper and orange stone and rocks creates a fabulous contrast of colour. I would say that everyone should go to Lake Powell at least once in the lives. It is a real treasure. Unfortunately I read that due to global warming the reservoir was a recreational haven until 2005, when it fell to one-third of its capacity. It is truly a shame that future generations may not be able to experience such a wonder.
Day Thirteen – Page/Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – about 250km
A very long drive where our destination was covered in snow and frost. Unfortunately most of the shops and restaurants were closed for the winter and there was not much to see because of the this, so we stayed in and I cuddled up to my boyfriend with Rolling Stones magazine and the chance to listen to The Lumineers’ album.
Day Fourteen – Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas – about 435km
We left Bryce Canyon at the top of the morning and drove to Las Vegas. I wanted to treat my boyfriend after all the driving he had been doing so we stayed in Caesar’s Palace. We checked into a gorgeous room in the newly built Octavius tower and went to the bar immediately to toast the end of the road with some Cosmopolitans.
Once in our room boyfy treated us to champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, which we enjoyed in the bubbly jacuzzi. We then went to meet our partners in crime for dinner in the legendary Cheesecake Factory for our ‘last supper’ in Vegas and then to the hotel casinos for cocoktails.
Day Fifteen to Eighteeen– A bit more Vegas and then home time!!!!
Our trip to the airport on our way back to Europe was interrupted by me having an allergic reaction and having to stay in the hospital, which lead to us missing our flight home. We stayed an extra three days in Vegas until our next flight which meant that we had to look on the bright side and enjoy Vegas for bit longer. We now had the chance to watch Cirque du Soleil – Zumanity (very hot and sexy with a bit of humour) and the Bellagio fountains dancing. We also had time to discover New York New York, Paris and simply enjoy the city more. In conclusion, an unfortunate incident lead to an extra special few days in the ‘Disneyland for grown-ups’ with my love.
All in all a road trip says what it does on the can. The journey can be long and tiring but it is eventful, pretty awesome and definitely unforgettable! Happy to help with any tips required!
Favorite Road Trip bits
Most popular cocktail of the trip :- Cosmopolitan!
Favorite discovery: The Jolly Rancher cocktail in the The Sugar Factory. For those who like watermelon Jolly Ranchers like I do, it takes exactly like that – Ridiculously sweet and delicious!
Favorite moment with boyfy:- I have two – Valentine’s Day dinner at Bagatelle in West Hollywood, Los Angeles and the champagne and strawberries in our Octavius Tower toom at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Favorite moment with the group:- The drive through Yosemite National Park, watching the sunset and singing and clapping to Joyful Joyful (Sister Act 2 version) with glee!
Most fabulous indulgent moment:- Champagne treat in the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills and cocktails in the Bourbon & Branc in San Francisco.
Funniest moment:- People watching in Las Vegas and in the Colorado ‘totally different world’ Belle Hotel & Casino in Laughlin.
Most notable souvenirs:- 1. Harry Potter’s wand and my Gryffindor scarf 2. Sugar Factory – Couture Lollipop.
Favorite dining experience:- Dinner in the Sugar Factory with boyfy on the strip in Vegas.
Favorite Casinos:- Planet Hollywood and Caesar’s Palace.
Song of the trip – Die Young -Ke$ha
Album of the trip – The Lumineers – The Lumineers