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World of Colour Snippet.

Please excuse the commentary, it’s impromptu.

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All good things come to an end, at a some point.

Below we have some packaged toys, walking playing wooden toys, walking gingerbread men and Father Christmas. All part of a Christmas parade, through the street of Disneyland.

Fact of the day: Walt Disney died the day he was meant to open Disneyland. Crazy!

At the entrance to Disneyland is a plaque, which states; “here you leave today and enter the world of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy” which could not be any more correct.
The time spent at Disneyland, is a fantasy, the effort and pleasure that the people involved put in, make it worth every cent!

Nobody ever heard me saying I didn’t want to go to Disneyland.

Ride such as California Soar, Haunted Mansion, Toon Town, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, California Scream, ‘it’s a bug land’, Twilight Tower of Terror and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are all compulsory rides. Not just because I say so, but the detail in which each ride is developed, just blows your mind.
The ride at Indiana Jones is on a car, with dinkum wheels and movements exactly to that of a going on safari. No imagination needed. The ride goes through a series of sights and animated scenes, playing more and more on your imagination.
Not everyday do you get to see Indiana Jones and a Father Christmas on the same day.

The evening was spent eating turkey off the bone, in front of a stage for the world of Colour show. World of Colour is 30 minutes of mind blowing water effects, synchronized with music to over stimulate any human being. Children were gripped by the screens of water that played snippets of favorite movies, while adults and elderly were mind boggled with the shapes and colors involved in the water display. Lasers, flames, lights, strobes and music…magical!

It’s been a great trip. The country I miss assumed to be arrogant and plastic, proved me very wrong. Humbling people, gladly providing assistance with great places and sights to see. Coming away from the giant of a country, I have hoped to form a vision of my future.

‘just do it’

In Turkey, waiting for my next flight. I wish you well. There will be more of me.
Do pop past the site when you have a moment.

Chris

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Some while ago last year, Becky was in South Africa visiting and exploring our land. She’s gladly offered to take me around a little bit of LA. Not quite her home land, but close enough to it.
We arranged to stay on the Original Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, which is some 75 years old, and de-commissioned in the water.

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This being our view of Long Beach Harbour from our room.
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Some pretty Sky Line Cranes before the sunset.
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The real deal! The hull 534.
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After our night on the RMS Queen Mary, we made our way to the Getty Centre. Just to have our expectations blown out of the water. I mean, that’s what we expect right…
The size and capacity of this masterpiece, no only the architecture, but the beauty and design of the landscaping. Just a Marvell!
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Try find this row of trees, in the first picture of the Getty Centre. Somewhere, mid right.
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We made it… 1320 miles or 2100 kilometers later and numerous gas/petrol refills.

During dinner last night with Janet and Mike, we were talking about the trip and I was asked the three major hits, or moments that I have taken me aback.

1. Signage, road and advertising signage is a major shock. To have street signs replaced within a week, is something never heard of. The intensity of the amount of signage is also a shock.
This is billboard country! Compared to South Africa, we have skyline posters.

2. The Size of the Grand Canyon, and the thought that just over there, 18km’s away, is the same type of land. And just as Sam said, the view is not positive, it’s a negative in the land scape. Mind boggling. From Google Earth, it looks like a positive structure.

3. The use of the Credit Card is universal. I’ve handled 4 or 5 $20 bills. And about 10 $1’s. I held a $100 once. And since then, everything has been in my Credit Card. Being free to swipe also changes the perspective. Oh bring on the day we get free banking transactions.

Although it’s the end of the trip for Sam. It’s not the end for me.
Becky is able to take me to LA for the last week of the trip. We’ve got a Ducks – Sharks Ice-Hockey game planned. A night on the Queen Mary Ship. A visit to Disneyland, Spruce Goose, Malibu and Getty House.

For now, I’m at Polo practice, watching some 18 girls swim 30, 100m lengths on a 1 minute 20 seconds.

Below I’ve got some photos of the drive into Bakersfield with the pollution hovering the city.

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Till LA…Cheers!