USA ROADTRIP – COMING SOON

USA ROADTRIP – COMING SOON

I will be giving you top tips on the destinations and attractions we visited and honest hotel reviews too.

I also have lots of pictures to share with you.

Look out for the post on driving tips for the USA.

We’ve been driving in the States for over 20 years now and we learnt a few things this time from the local sheriffs!!

Watch this space….


  

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

 

Happy Independence Day

 

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

 

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How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?

For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Interesting to know isn’t it??

If you need help planning a trip to the US then please get in touch it would be my pleasure to help you.

Thank you

 

USA Road Tripping In Style

USA Road Tripping In Style

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Have you ever had that dream of cruising on the open road in that little red sports car. Your hair blowing slightly in the wind under that perfect white scarf and your pillar box red lippy glistening the sun?? Me too and my dream came true on my Honeymoon when my Hubby and I got to cruise down the Pacific Highway Coastal Road., California.

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ONLY I didn’t look like this picture and I don’t have any pictures to post. Why?? Because all my pictures show my wind swept hair standing on end and my sunburnt nose!! Not cool.

So now is my chance to tell you how to do it right and in style too!!

I was made aware by Bloggers Lounge of a great travel competition that Round the World Experts are running and thought it was a great way to show you exactly what I mean.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on fashion you just need to be organised and mix n match some essential pieces. You can’t be taking those big suitcases with you. WHY?? Because the truck on these convertibles are tiny and you don’t want that big suitcase perched the back seat cramping your style do you?? Yes that was us with the massive suitcase taking up the back seat!!!  So mix n match is the plan.

Here are a few idea’s to help you.

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Look after your face and hair too. Keep your hair in tip top condition and cover with a hat or scarf to keep that windswept look at bay. Sunscreen, you must apply frequently. We spent literally all day driving and although we applied sunscreen at intervals it obviously wasn’t enough. Keep reapplying throughout your road trip.

Here’s a few photo’s of the scenery you may see along the way.

 

It’s great fun planning each outfit and you’ll be surprised how little you actually need to take with you. Don’t forget all those cool shops along the way too, you may want to buy another bag whilst your there!!! Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to get that fab photo of you driving your convertible in style!!!

Have fun cruising the open roads and would love to see any of your pictures you take.

Lake Tahoe California & The Alder Inn

Lake Tahoe California & The Alder Inn

 

We are starting to plan our next West Coast Road trip and it has bought back fond memories of our last one in 2012.

Sometimes I think its harder planning your own trip than helping others. It takes me forever to decide on which hotel we should stay in!!! Normally the higher star rating the more guarantee of a splendid hotel.

However this time when deciding on accommodation at Lake Tahoe I trusted the reviews on Tripadvisor as The Alder Inn was rated 1st in South Lake Tahoe. Its actually classed as a Motel and believe me I hesitated for ages before booking but I’m glad I made the decision and followed the reviews. It’s family run and the advice they give us as it was our first visit to the area was outstanding.

We were checked in and shown to our room The Audrey Hepburn Room. I love these colours and felt right at home here. As you can see from the pictures everything is colour co-ordinated even the bathroom matched!!

 

The Motel is a great location for walking to the Lake, going to nearby Heavenly and seeing the outstanding views from the top of the Mountain after riding the cable car. We even watched an open air concert and saw a paddling boarding competition.

We hired a speedboat to cruise around the Lake and was so impressed we went back and did it again the next day.

You can hire bikes and follow the trail, eat ice cream at the local ice-cream parlour or just relax on the local beach.

We did it all!!!

It’s on our list to visit again on the next road trip. It’s such a peaceful place to stay and we really didn’t want to leave to continue our trip.

I will leave you with some pictures of the breathtaking views.

 

 

 


I think you will agree the pictures speak for themselves.

If you need any help planning your road trip whether its in the USA or the rest of the world then please get in touch. I’m here to help.

 

South Lake Tahoe and The Alder Inn, California

We are starting to plan our next West Coast Road trip and it has bought back fond memories of our last one in 2012.

Sometimes I think its harder planning your own trip than helping others. It takes me forever to decide on which hotel we should stay in!!! Normally the higher star rating the more guarantee of a splendid hotel.

However this time when deciding on accommodation at Lake Tahoe I trusted the reviews on Tripadvisor as The Alder Inn was rated 1st in South Lake Tahoe. Its actually classed as a Motel and believe me I hesitated for ages before booking but I’m glad I made the decision and followed the reviews. It’s family run and the advice they give us as it was our first visit to the area was outstanding.

We were checked in and shown to our room The Audrey Hepburn Room. I love these colours and felt right at home here. As you can see from the pictures everything is colour co-ordinated even the bathroom matched!!

The Motel is a great location for walking to the Lake, going to nearby Heavenly and seeing the outstanding views from the top of the Mountain after riding the cable car. We even watched an open air concert and saw a paddling boarding competition.

We hired a speedboat to cruise around the Lake and was so impressed we went back and did it again the next day.

You can hire bikes and follow the trail, eat ice cream at the local ice-cream parlour or just relax on the local beach.

We did it all!!!

It’s on our list to visit again on the next road trip. It’s such a peaceful place to stay and we really didn’t want to leave to continue our trip.

I will leave you with some pictures of the breathtaking views.

I think you will agree the pictures speak for themselves.

If you need any help planning your road trip whether its in the USA or the rest of the world then please get in touch. I’m here to help.