Category Archives: USA

USA, Alaska – After some more scenic cruising – flew on a spectacular 90 minute seaplane journey. 

Cruising in Alaska

Views from our seaplane in Alert Bay BC. Quattoon waterfalls

Yes it is small but a seaplane is a perfect way to view Northern BC

Cruise now over. Looking forward to reunion with my old Hong Kong Bank of Canada mates in Vancouver and next stop is Chemainus and Tofino on Vancouver Island. 

USA, Alaska, Glaciers – who knew ice could be so fascinating and beautiful?

You might think a day cruising around two glaciers (Holgate Glacier and the Kenai Fjords) might be boring but you’d be wrong. It was mesmerising and I never got tired of just staring and staring.

Hope you agree?

Glaciers at Holgate and Kenai Fjords


Braving the Alaskan summer and holding a crystal clear piece of glacier ice


Ice on the Ocean – pretty cool

USA – Small town Alaska – loads of character And so much nicer than the usual cruise ship towns

I can see why people come to Alaska for two years and stay for 20, especially when they go to places like Haines and Wrangell and Sitka – the smaller towns (some with a permpop of 2500) with loads of history (gold, fur, fishing and a slug of Russian ownership too). Maybe not so delightful in the Winter! Try a cruise that takes in some of these smaller places. 

Wrangell, Alaska

Haines, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska


Or you get places like this – too many ships in the sea! 

USA – Now where? Alaska of course. 

Just started a 14 day trip to Alaska and Northern British. Columbia. So far scenery is moody and brooding and I’ve seen a seal’s  flipper! However have a later excursion looking for bears and whales so am hopeful to get that on camera. 

First stop were the glacial fjords at Holgate and Aialik. 

Glaciers in the Indian Islands

And before we set off I visited Seward which was the port of departure and is known for its murals.  

Murals in Seward, Alaska

Canada – Where Am I now? Back to one of my favourite places I’ve lived and worked in – Vancouver

So thrilling to be back in Vancouver. As I came in to land the view was as stunning as I remember it from when I first came here in 1995 and stayed until 1998. Sun is out and to cap it all – July 1 is Canada’s 150th birthday so I think it is going to be a fun day – more to come.

Staying with one of my besties Karen and we started off the visit with drinks on her rooftop and a lovely West coast sunset.

Coming in to land in Vancouver and sunset on Karen’s roof


Day 1 – off to Granville Island. This is a wonderful spot in downtown Vancouver that is part food market with restaurants, part theatres and live music and part shopping and just a lovely place to hang out and eat your way around. Unfortunately the yacht in the picture is not mine but the apartment block you can see behind it nestled under the bridge is where I lived back in the 90’s and I used to get the tiny Aquabus over from my place to Granville island – 3 minute trip!

Enjoying the view from Granville Island and with my mate Karen on her roof

LA – Walt Disney Hall, Broad Museum and Warner Bros Studio

We had read about the Broad Museum of Contemp Art in downtown LA. Good news – it was free, bad news was only standby available and a two hour wait. I don’t do line-ups calmly (yes, even though I’m a Brit), so we decided on the spur of the moment to go and do a tour of the Walt Disney Hall next door which consists of 4 buildings and theatres and houses the LA Phil, Opera, Choral and theatre. The building is designed by Frank Gerry and is super cool – tried to show this in pics below – the tour reminded me of the Sydney Opera House tour. The building is amazing and photos don’t do it justice. This tour was free and lasted two hours – we definitely lucked out. 

Views of Walt Disney Concert Hall


Afterwards we headed back to the Broad (pronounced Brode- I only know this as heard someone else on the staff talking about it). Queue was right down by then so we got in there too – lots of Koons, Murakami (thanks to Emma D I know who this is –  see the bright cartoon style pic and the “I’m Mandy fly me” sculpture), Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein etc).  Fab place which really shows off the art with huge ceilings. 

Final day I visited Warner Bros for more serious studio tour than the more fun Universal one. Saw the original set of Friends, some super heros, facades (the one with the steps and ajar door is the one that the original TV Batman and Robin used to run up to visit Commissioner Gordon to find out he latest drama to hit Gotham that they had to solve. That scene was shown in 70 plus episodes but was only shot once:). And I don’t care what anyone says – Adam West did the spandex best!) and also some more Harry P – can one ever have enough of him?

The Broad and Warner Bros


Next stop – “Godzone” – aka New Zealand (part one)