BOB AND JULIE'S TRAVEL PAGE
Welcome to our humble Home Page! Julie and I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Why all the travel photos? Well, when I was starting this Home Page, I went through all our photos, and 90% of them were vacation photos. Hence, a travel page was only logical.
We both love to travel. So far, we have travelled (together) to:
- Las Vegas
- California (Disneyland and Burbank)
- New York City
- Miami and Ft. Lauderdale
- Nassau, Bahamas
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
- London, England
- Amsterdam, Holland
- Germany (Munich and St. Goar)
- Vienna, Austria
- Italy (Venice, Rome, Vatican City, and Florence)
- Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
- Paris, France
The first place that Julie and I travelled to together was Las Vegas and California. We stayed at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas.
It was the first trip there for both Julie and myself. After touching down at the Las Vegas airport, I saw Jeff Bridges in the bathroom (I won't elaborate about this little anecdote).
Little did we know that the day we arrived was also the christening of the new Planet Hollywood in Vegas. Later that evening, we parked ourselves outside the restaurant, pathetically hoping to get a glimpse of celebrity.
In fact, we did see a few celebrities. Sylvester Stallone ran past me at Caesar's Palace (he's shorter than me... ha-ha!). We also saw Stallone's mom, Tony Curtis, and James Belushi.
Although neither of us really gambles, we both had a blast in Las Vegas. The one thing I remember is the wall of heat that enveloped us the second we stepped out of the airport terminal.
Since we've been there, there have been a number of new hotels that have gone up. We'd like to go back and see the new hotels sometime soon.
Fremont Street in Las Vegas. But I still haven't found what I'm looking for.....
We also took a side trip to California during our trip to Las Vegas. We rented a Nissan Maxima and hit the highway.
The first day in California, we took in a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The next day, we went to Disneyland.
To this day, Julie hasn't forgiven me for wanting to leave before the nightly fireworks display.
Disneyland is too big to see in its entirety in one day. Alas, that's all the time that we had allotted for Disneyland.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
The next year, we visited a friend in Toronto, then took a Greyhound to New York City.
I can honestly say that of all the cities that I have seen in the world, New York City is my favourite.
New York has something for everyone, and has an irresistible energy and vibe.
Despite spending over five days there, we would like to visit New York again and see the sights we missed, including the South Side Seaport,
Wall Street, and the United Nations. The sights that we did see include:
- the Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- Yankee Stadium
- the Brooklyn Bridge
- Central Park
- the Dakota
- Lincoln Center
- the New York Public Library
- the World Trade Center
- the Empire State Building
- Broadway (where we saw Miss Saigon)
- Times Square
- Grand Central Station
- Trump Tower
- Greenwich Village
- the Washington Arch
- Little Italy
- Radio City Music Hall
- Rockefeller Center
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Guggenheim Museum
- Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and Barney's
Central Park, New York City. The Plaza Hotel is in the background.
We stayed at the Howard Johnson Hotel, in the Broadway district,
just a few blocks from the Ed Sullivan Theatre, where David Letterman's show is taped.
Every time we walked by the theatre, we would see a huge crowd around the side entrance. So one day we decided to see who would come out the theatre entrance.
We eventually saw Tom Hanks, Larry King, Regis Philbin, and Van Morrison.
Julie in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Julie walking the "mean streets" of NYC (she's the one in the white shirt, crossing the street).
For our honeymoon, we decided to take a cruise via Holland America cruise lines.
The cruise ship started from Florida, then headed to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and then back to Florida.
The cruise was definitely the most relaxing vacation I have ever taken. And after the chaos of our wedding, we definitely needed the relaxation.
St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our cruise ship (the MS Veendam) is in the background.
Cruises are definitely for those people who enjoyed being pampered. From the room stewards, to the dining room busboys, the entire cruise staff treat the passengers like royalty.
A typical dessert on the cruise.
The food alone is worth taking a cruise. The cruise provides all-you-can-eat gourmet food, such as filet mignon, caviar, smoked salmon, baked Alaska, lobster, and prime rib.
The ship serves about seven meals a day. Almost every day, I tried all seven meals, much to Julie's chagrin. I even ordered room service when I wasn't that hungry.
The consequences of eating too much dessert (note the unfinished cake in my right hand).
July & August, 1997
Since we don't travel nearly enough (that's a joke), we decided to make a big trip and go to Europe.
Although I travelled to Europe five years earlier with two friends, Julie had never been there.
We decided to take a Contiki tour of Europe, to reduce the amount of hassle involved in travelling
(Contiki plans the transportation, accommodations, and some of the meals). It was a lot of fun, although very grueling.
And on a scale of 1 to 10, the bathrooms in Europe range from 1 to about..... 2.
The Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France.
We saw a lot of sights during our three weeks in Europe. Some of the places that we visited in Europe include the following:
|Julie ate a snail! (Well, it was escargot)|
- London (Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben)
- Amsterdam (the Red Light District, the canals, the Diamond District)
- Munich (the Glockenspiel, Olympic Stadium)
- Venice (the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Square)
- Rome (the Forum, the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain)
- Vatican City (St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel)
- Paris (the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc De Triomphe, the Champs Elysee)
Culturally, Italy probably had the greatest history and variation in all of Europe.
Unfortunately, that also applies to their bathrooms (ugh!). Also, it was unbearably muggy and humid in Italy.
Yet tourists were required to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts if they wanted to enter any churches.
I would recommend to anyone travelling to Italy to avoid going during the peak summer times (July and August).
Not only to avoid the heat, but also to avoid the incessant crowds everywhere.
Me in front of St.Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Italy.
|I had a "Royale with Cheese" in Paris.|
Julie standing over a canal in Venice, Italy.
In terms of hygiene, Switzerland was the polar opposite of Italy. It is a very clean and tidy country.
Although the one thing that Switzerland had in common with Italy was prices - expensive! As an example, a can of pop was typically between $3 and $5 (yikes!).
Julie and I with the Swiss Alps behind us.
Paris is my second favorite city in the world, after New York City. Nothing beats the history, beauty, and glamour of Paris.
After seeing the Champs Elysee at night, one can understand why Paris is called The City of Lights. It was unfortunate that we didn't have a few more days to spend in Paris.
We would have liked to explore the city a lot more, plus perhaps take a day trip to Euro-Disney.
A photo of the whole Contiki gang (taken in Florence)
As for our next vacation, we are planning to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida at the end of January.
Although we've been to Florida before (when we went on our cruise, we saw Miami and Ft. Lauderdale), we didn't have time to visit Orlando.
Since we are using Julie's Frequent Flyer Miles, the trip is going to be (relatively) inexpensive.
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