California Roadtrip Part 6: Doctor’s Appointments, Las Vegas and 114F heat!

California Roadtrip Part 6: Doctor’s Appointments, Las Vegas and 114F heat!

I’m back! So let’s jump back into it!

DAY 11

Day 11 was the extra day we had to stay in L.A because I was still quite ill, so nothing really happened, we just hung round the hotel and then I had another appt in the afternoon.

DAY 12

I had one final doctors appt and then we headed off to VEGAS! We didn’t know until we got there that there was a major music festival going on in Las Vegas the exact same time that we would be there, so on the way, everywhere we stopped people were talking about it! It was the longest time in the car¬†we had done, but the change in landscape was spectacular and when we eventually stepped out the nice air conditioned car, the heat hit you like an oven!

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We finally made it legendary Las Vegas! Oh boy, it does not disappoint! We checked into our hotel The Monte Carlo and got ready to hit the strip!

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We had dinner outside on the strip which was magical, surreal and crazzzzyyy busy! I’ve never seen so many people! And it was still 32 degrees C at 10pm! We then watched the fountain display outside the Bellagio hotel which you have to see to believe! Then headed back to our hotel rooms!

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DAY 13

Today was the day we planned on going out to the Hoover Dam. We stopped off for a quick breakfast on the road and also had a little stop off at the Vegas Sign!

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Quick note, it was like BURNINGLY HOT that day, and it was only going to get worse. We arrived at the Hoover Dam in 114F heat, which we later found out had been the hottest place on the planet that day.

I have to say, it felt like it. I was still recovering from being in hospital and I struggled to walk the length of the dam. I started to feel sick and dizzy and it was just insane the heat. Luckily the view and the size of it, took my mind off it and I did in fact make it to the other side. On the other side they had set up a massive cooling fan in the shade which whilst eating an ice lolly I sat next to for half an hour trying to calm my breathing down!

Then came the walk back! We made it just about, but boy were we glad to get back into that air conditioned car! That a side, the Hoover Dam is AMAZING and I highly recommend going if you can!

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On the way back from the Hoover Dam we stopped off at a place called Willow Beach/Lake Mohave famed for its FREEZING WATERS. It wasn’t really ‘a beach’ but the water was VERY cold and refreshing!

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Then we headed back to our hotel, we had dinner in the casino at a place called ‘Dragon Noodles’ (Chinese!) and then headed off to bed!

Stayed tuned for part 7!

Lucy xxx

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California Roadtrip Part 5: Beverly Hills, Universal Studios & Back to A&E

California Roadtrip Part 5: Beverly Hills, Universal Studios & Back to A&E

Hello again!

So I’m back with another part of my California road trip!

DAY 9!

On the 9th day we headed out from our hotel into Beverly hills! We parked up and took a stroll down Rodeo drive. For those that don’t know Rodeo drive is a road of extremely expensive shops where the rich and famous go! We didn’t see many famous people in fact only one and I didn’t know who she was! haha! Jessica Alba?? Apparently she’s quite famous!

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We had breakfast on the way back to the car we had brunch/lunch at a cute little bagel place and ate them in Beverly Gardens Park. Then we hopped back in the car on a mission to find the Hollywood sign!

My first sight of the sign was from the road…

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We went on a search of a better vantage point…

and found the Griffith Park Observatory!

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It had some great views of L.A and the Hollywood sign, it was extremely warm up there!

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We found the trail in Griffith park to walk to the sign, but after talking to some walkers that had just come back, we decided not too! It was quite far and we weren’t really dressed for it and there was other places we wanted to explore!

We drove back towards the hotel through L.A and then had some lush cocktails by the pool and chilled out!

For dinner we went for indian at India’s Claypot!

DAY 10!

Day 10 was probably one of my favourite and least favourite days all rolled into one. It started out amazing, a couple of days before we’d bought tickets to go to Universal Studios, somewhere I’d always wanted to go.

We got there and decided to upgrade to the VIP tour, which was incredible! We had our own little private area with breakfast, drinks, our own toilets and it was the place we met our (with a few others) personal tour guide.

On the VIP tour you go round in smaller groups on the tour and you get to actually get out and walk around some of the sets, prop and costume departments, it was amazing! Obviously I took a hell of a lot of pictures that day, but unfortunately it would probably take you took long to get through them all so I will narrow it down to just a few…

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However the day ended badly as not much later I was taken by ambulance to A&E again ūüė• I won’t go into details, but lets just say, I wasn’t happy. It also then effected our plans as we had to stay in L.A for an extra day which mean’t missing out Death Valley.

Till the next time!

Lucy xxx

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

Hello!

Again its been a bit of a gap since we last spoke but I’m really getting into the ‘getting ready for uni’ vibe and its taking up a lot of my time. ¬†Anyways, today I’m going to be reviewing a book!

I love books and this book kind of got me back into reading again!

I’d heard a lot of good things about this book, a few people had recommended it to me so when it was half price in my local bookshop I decided to give it ago!

Quick note, I have the hardback edition as the paperback isn’t available till January, if that makes a different for you!

So The Girl On The Train is what I would describe as an intense, crime thriller thats easy on the crime. What I mean by that is that its not so heavy on police/crime jargon to the point which you won’t understand whats going on. It’s easy to follow in that sense.

However the story itself is quite complex. They’re’s a lot of things going on, a lot of names to remember and lots of intertwining relationships which are important to the story. It is also told from 3 different women’s perspectives which again adds to the complexity of the story. Saying all this its not impossible to follow and actually once you get into it, and you get really involved in the characters its easy to keep track. It’s not a book you can go without reading for a week, you kind of need to stick with it, however I almost had the opposite of that problem with it!

As suggested the story is based on the events of a woman who gets the same train at the same time everyday. We learn more about her life, her past, and that she’s named a couple who live in a house opposite the tracks. From the blurb we know she sees something ‘shocking’ but its not what I expected. The plot has many twists and turns and a great ‘who dun’ it?’ feel.

Whilst all the book is great, its the last third or so that made me unable to put it down. That is when the lives of everyone in the book start to coincide, things start to come to light and we learn what really happened. I have to say the ending is simply incredible, I could have really been there the way it was described.

I don’t want to give much away but if you like a good gritty, sometimes dark crime thriller then you will LOVE The Girl On The Train! I would highly recommend it to nearly anyone!

If you’ve read it, please let me know what you thought!

Lucy xxx

California Roadtrip Part 4: Highways, Beaches and Mel’s Diner!

California Roadtrip Part 4: Highways, Beaches and Mel’s Diner!

So I am back with another part of my California Road trip!

DAY 7!

So today was the day we were headed to Santa Barbara so we had breakfast on the road, in fact we had breakfast in Safeways! Then it was on the road to Santa Barbara!

We headed out on highway 1 along the big sur, which has some of the most beautiful views!

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We then stopped off at a lovely beach in San Simeon….

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There’s nothing like sitting on a warm Californian beach with a cool, soft breeze blowing through your hair….

However all too soon we were on the road again and before we knew it we were in Santa Barbara! We checked into our hotel, which was really nice by the way and then headed down town for dinner in a fancy Italian.

DAY 8!

Today we decided to stay by the pool for a bit, just enjoying the sun and the peace and quiet after we had had breakfast at the hotel.

We explored down town a little, then headed off to the beach for a walk along the pier. IMG_0875

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Then after much too shorter time in Santa Barbara, (we only had 1 night there) we were off to L.A!!

We did however get horribly lost on the way to Los Angeles, at one point it was like a scene out of The Hills Have Eyes.

However finally we arrived in the famous Los Angeles! After only dreaming of being there I could touch it, feel it, smell it! Our hotel was The Sportsmans Lodge and it was a snazzy hotel situated in North Hollywood.

We checked in and then headed into central L.A, Sunset Boulevard to be exact, to have dinner at Mel’s Diner, best place ever! It’s open 24hrs and the food is great! All retro and beautiful and a lot of the tables have little juke boxes on them so you can choose music to listen to whilst you eat.

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Then it was off to bed! As we hadn’t seen much of L.A yet we were so excited for the next day!

However I will leave that for the next post! It’ll be a big one!

Lucy xxx