Traveling By Land, Sea and Air Hotel @nyware: 2018

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Armistice Day falls each year on 11 November to mark the day in 1918 when the fighting in World War One was stopped. That is 100 years ago today. We reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.
In The UK Today

At The Beaches of Normandy WW2 for D Day

Our great Uncle Joe McDonald we remember 

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Norman House- 11th Century-medieval or mediaeval-
any way you spell it--its a long time ago

Embracing Both Coast and Countryside

Once in Christchurch, we first visited the Priory, next we walked in the town center, then off to Mudeford Quay and finally,  its link to the sea.

...managed  to climb aboard a small boat  fishing Dorsett Bridge Pool, on one of the finest chalk streams in Britain, flowing  from  the legendary Hampshire Avon.
The waterway beautifully winds its way through the city and we were lead to some beautiful unexpected  discoveries.  It is reminiscent of  our Cambridge trip this Summer, although no signs of  Edwardian punts that could  provide that unique water persepctive of the traquil sourroundings. 

The annual Office for National Statistics survey says this is the oldest city in England--in terms of over 65 years of age, and also one of the happiest,  in terms of life satisfaction and sense of things.

We  drove through The New Forest on the return,  which is actually ancient woodlands. It is a National Park reserve but it is evident  by the water and timber resources, that the conquering armies and communities  all had a hand in making it what it is today, a great place of expolration.

It remains one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the south-east of England, covering southwest Hampshire and southeast Wiltshire.

Fish and chips is quintessential English,
Fishing, Fish and Chips-well that's just OMC-Oh My Cod! redundant 

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There is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes. I got the Wellington boots on to walk through the rain and green muddy fields of Kent. Surrounded by some of the finest countryside in the whole of the South East of England, it is good to be back home.

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Flying low on the Lake Tohopekaliga shoreline today, we sailed past water lilies and reeds, saw blue heron, osprey, ducks and even a juvenile bald eagle.
Sunshine and Lake Water

Managed to see a baby alligator even with the daylight, other boats, and the extreme heat.

Blue Heron 

We call them swamps.Here, they are
known as lakes.


The weeds and reeds

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I still need my space

Lets celebrate Youthful American Bravado, not just the shiny suits and NASA Logo I'm wearing - but the test pilots with leather helmets and goggles, who sat in "Spam in a can" capsules powered by dynamite, and punched holes in the sky at Mach 2.3, going into space with the coolness necessary to return despite a 1 in 4 chance of not,  and doing  it all again. They managed this stress through competency.

No bucks, no Buck Rogers-it takes money to run a space program. 

The whole state of Florida is coastline, an  American paradise known 
as The Red Neck Riviera -The Youniverse. Tranquility base.The ego has landed.
My girl Sarah,  a brain surgeon and a rocket scientist!

Riding the sky.

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Ah Florida, America's Australia, not quite a prison colony, nevertheless, a sunny place for shady people..joke.

The whole state is a coastline, hurricane prone, and the only place it doesnt rain is indoors...but let us start with the obvious: It is hot.

All these old folks that retire here are doing a dress rehearsal for hell..ok actually heck...and when they end up there it is Boca Raton all over again. Heck is other people and you meet them in the Sunshine State.

Sunblock by day, insect repellent by night

 Yes there are alligators crawling around but let's talk about insects...

The lands are full of huge bugs. They have palmetto bugs..which are roaches with wings. They have 80 species of mosquitoes and they have swarming love bugs that attack your car windshield and grill.

These love bugs, like the Burmese pythons and zebra muscles, are an invasive species and not native but  from South America; apparently on vacation to visit the theme parks., They are very good at mating but don't last very long as they die within a few days.The hatch, they mate, they perish..and if they are in the path of your car, they go splat.
 Overlooking all these inconveniences, three of the best reasons to visit Florida are the ports of call for the cruise ships that take you through the  Gulf of Mexico and The Caribbean via the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral.
The Breakers in Palm Beach
We Still Dream Of Jeannie ..Cocoa Beach 

Onboard The Disney Dream
in Port Canaveral

Dr No With Dr Who
A Day visit in Port

I need my Kennedy Space Center

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The Will Rogers Polo Club in Pacific Palisades, is the only remaining polo club in Los Angeles. (It's like field hockey with 2 goals.).

Established  by Roger's in 1926, it hasn't changed much. Will's Will donated the park for the public, and the will of Will's will, the preservation efforts, are ongoing.

Today there are matches at 10am and 2pm. I was on my hike-run and watched the horses arrive by trailers.

Back in the day, Rogers and his hollywood friends Spencer Tracy, Walt Disney and Clark Gable would play polo at the field on weekends. Then head our ro The Beverly Hills Hotel for drinks,The Polo Lounge became a popular watering hole and got its namesake from the movie stars.

                  Yesterday's event

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Ocean Boulevard 

Will Roger's State Park

Taking a hike in the mountains

With all the roads you take, make sure some of them are dirt

The quintessential California car-the 1963 Corvette convertible. I'm too big for it now-Not much leg room.

Marina Del Rey

Dawn at the start of Route 66, "The Mother Road"  with the holy mother,  Santa Monica
We should look this good at 129 years old, this Australian Fig Tree

I finally got that pony I was promised.
A hike to the bridge and back-6 miles
The view of West Los Angeles skyline

Polo match at Will Rogers