Month: April 2016

The day we met a Princess

The day we met a Princess

Ok we didn’t meet her but we stood and admired her, we walked and took in the wonder of the Pacific Princess from afar….well the closest we could get, my son making comments such as

‘She’s beautiful’
‘She has a great rear end’
‘Can we go on and get a balcony so we can wave to people’

I’m totally convinced he isn’t bothered as to which ship we get on but he has a list of places he wants to see and I’m even more sure that involves more than one cruise. Although he has mentioned the Emerald a few times and if you Watched ‘The Cruise’ Mummy would love to meet a few of the staff from it, they looked liked so much fun and having great staff always makes a holiday better, and I had an absolute nightmare for 5 weeks running trying to get him to go to bed whilst it was on.

About Princess Cruises

The Pacific Princess is one of the Fleets smallest vessels allowing for just 680 passengers on board. I am sure that size in numbers doesn’t take away from the standards that Princess Cruises and its customers expect at all times.

You can view which Ships and the destinations of Princess Cruises here and #ComebackNew

When you are cruising there is always so much going on choices for dining, entertainment and relaxation. Do not to forget the opportunities to visit new places with excursions. Top of our list is Belize. I would like to see what my husband saw whilst he served there and take him back to a place he enjoyed.

Mr Box was very happy to see her also but very sad when his master plan didn’t work 😉

Pacific princess

Finally Watch her leaving Malta (please watch to the end)

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Tomales Bay Oyster Farm, California images #7

Tomales Bay Oyster Farm

Tomales Bay Oyster Farm

After cycling all morning from Rohnert Park in the heat hitting the Pacific Highway 1 along the way, this is an unusual place to stop but beautiful also, we were shown how to Shuck our own oysters, watch the men bring them in from the beds and sort them out, we ate raw ones with a chilli hit and also barbecued them, a great lunchtime stop.

Packing Tips & Tricks for Travel

Packing Tips & Tricks for Travel

Packing Tips & Tricks for Travel. When planning a holiday, I always find the worst part is the packing. It’s a nightmare especially with Children. I found it worse when packing for the Charity Cycle ride across California last year. Fitting a kit list and all involved into a small space with a weight limit. Trying to ensure I wasn’t the nuisance (that didn’t work out) and also keeping in mind that there were 15 of us on a minibus and everyone’s had to fit in.

Here’s an info-graphic on Tips and tricks for travel, wish I had this last year, my new buddies laughed at me daily, I was awful looking back on it. Next time I will know better (if there is a next time).

Packing Tips & Tricks for Travel

Co-produced by :Rebateszone & Travel Not Complete

Coulteville, California Images #5


Coulterville, California

Coulteville, a small town just outside of Yosemite heading East to San Francisco, it has a great little cafe to allow you to cool down after a very hot morning. If your looking for typical old style communites this is one place to visit, look for another on the blog soon.

Alcatraz everyone must Visit

Alcatraz everyone must Visit

Alcatraz everyone must Visit. Everyone has heard of Alcatraz, you may have even seen the films and whatever documentary’s have been on about it, well I can tell you it is

  • Awesome
  • Eerie
  • Mysterious
  • Dark

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Such a lot of emotions running through the body and mind, whist walking round the grounds, inside the Penitentiary itself then thought provoking on the boat home.

In the beautiful grounds, where flowers blossom, a garden grows and the old stone work eroding, it was hard to imagine that nothing but good was in the area.



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Enter the Penitentiary and all those feelings change, its cold, eerie and when listening to the tour in your personal headsets, hearing the reality of what happened, when I say reality I mean that, screams and the prison guards from days gone by recounting their time served there. You see the outside world from a tiny window, a bustling city within arms reach yet it cant be reached, you cant just get up and walk, even the guards and their families couldn’t do that, they had to wait for a ferry to collect them and take them the 1 1/2miles across the bay.

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On the ferry back you think back, discuss with the family what you saw and heard. The crimes they committed did they really need to be in a place like that?. In England things happen that are a lot worse yet they have the right to freedom, a TV, they don’t have the right to escape but if they try, they don’t have the water between them, the risk of drowning if they try to escape, in addition to the risk of being shot. Little man Loved this, he loves history and it certainly entertained him.



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If you ever get to San Fransisco I suggest you pre-book this tour before leaving especially if time is limited for you and your family, it is worth every penny.

For further information check out Alcatraz Tours (prices correct as of published date)

Duration Day Tours

  • Approximately 2 ½ Hours


  • Daily Available up to 90 days ahead.

Adult Price: $41.00
Children: $28.50
Seniors: $39.25

Duration Evening Tours

Adult Price:$48.00
Children: $32.00
Seniors: $45.25


Disclaimer: we paid for all flights, hotels, excursions and food during our holiday. I am sharing our experience because I wish to.

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Buachaille Etive Mor images #4

Buachaille Etive Mor

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Buachaille Etive Mor a rainy November morning with a group of friends, this image had lots of raindrops and I was disappointed until a friend took it and helped remove them, I loved this so much I have it on my lounge wall in a large print format, Thank you Paul for helping to create it.