House Totem Pole

Totem Poles in Stanley Park

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The sun shone for our second day in Vancouver so we went to the park! We only had the morning to explore the city before boarding the Crystal Symphony to begin our cruise to Alaska so we didn’t want to stray too far from Canada Place. We’d heard about Stanley Park and we could see it from our hotel window,…

Beatles Socks

Father’s Day Presents for the Music Lover

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We’ve just celebrated Father’s Day here in England. But what do you give the father who has most things? I think this year, my daughter surpassed herself. Socks. Yes Socks. But not any kind of socks… Yellow Submarine socks from Happy Socks! I’m a fan of Yellow Submarine (I completed the Yellow Submarine Lego last year) and I had seen…

Alaska Cruise

Alaska Bound

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It is finally time to get excited about our Alaska Cruise. This is set to be our second cruise with Crystal Cruises (which is also our second cruise ever) on a bigger ship and to a cooler climate. Our first cruise was aboard the Crystal Espirit, at the time their newest and smallest ship. Well more of a large yacht…

Double Fantasy

Hard Times are Over

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In November 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released ‘Double Fantasy’. It was John’s first album release since 1973’s flop, ‘Mind Games’. The intervening years had seen major changes in the couple’s life. Mind Games had been a massive flop in comparison to his 1971 album ‘Imagine’.¬†With initial encouragement from Yoko, John disappeared on an 18 month bender (his ‘lost…

That JW Marriott Smell….

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Did you know that a hotel can have a signature smell? I walked into the Corner bar at the JW Marriott in Austin Texas and was immediately hit by this sweet smell. It provoked an instant and positive reaction, triggering a memory of happy times with my girls at the JW Marriott in Palm Springs for the Desert Trip concerts back in 2016. In…