Yes I know, we got back weeks ago and I still haven't updated with all the pics!
We started off in San Fransico for 3 nights - such an interesting city with so much going on! We really enjoyed Alcatraz island - fascinating history and athe tape guide was excellent - very informative. We also loved riding the cable cars, seeing the crookedest street in the world, seeing the sea lions at Pier 39 and going to a local jazz bar. It was pretty cold, only about 12 degrees, and we were shattered by the end of our few days there.
Second was Hawaii - we stayed on the island of Maui for 9 nights in an upgraded suite - yay for being honeymooners! The scenery was just stunningly beautiful - with the backdrop of the volcanic mountains to one side and the clear blue sea and sand to the other. We snokelled and scuba dived with wild sea turtles and an abundance of colourful fish and coral life. We loved the hotel - on walking in your were greeted by an enourmous open lobby with a massive waterfall and "pond" in which were flamingos, parrots and the most enourmous koi I've ever seen! We took a trip around the island to see the black sand beaches, the tropical forests and the road to Hana - a cliffside road which goes around one half of the island with over 900 bends and 70 odd one-way bridges - that's why we didn't drive ourselves! It was great to just chill out and enjoy life, drink cocktails and watch the world go by. We were also there for 4th July celebrations which was fun!
Finally we visited Las Vegas for 3 nights, staying in the Bellagio hotel which was rather luxurious. The whole strip was just completely surreal - everything is so huge! The actual road itself is up to 6 lanes each side, but that feels quite normal because all the buildings on either side are so big too. The hotels are attractions themselves - the arcitecture is totally out there! We loved going up the Eiffel Tower at night, going to a medieval castle for a banquet & jousting, visiting the pyramid, riding a couple of crazy rides on top of the Stratosphere (over 1000ft up!) and watching the gondolas on the grand canal at the Venetian. The Bellagio fountains were also a highlight - every 15 minutes, set to music and lights, just incredible! We didn't get much time for gambling, in total we lost about £2.50, not bad we thought. The shows are the other main attraction in Vegas - we saw Cirque du Soleil's 'O' - amazing.
I've already done some scrapping with some wedding and honeymoon pics. This first one is one of our favourite phtoos from the day - it's me and my sister. I love the threading water punch I got in the US - I don't think you can get it over here but I'm sure it'd be very popular!
These are a couple of layouts with photos from Hawaii. Every single cocktail came with a big slice of pineapple, which was delicious but so messy!
This one doesn't have photos from this year - these are from last year's holiday in Gozo - we got a puncture and had to wait ages for them to come out and fix it - it was no wonder we couldn't find all the equipment to do it ourselves as it was in about 4 different places within the car!
On Monday I started work shadowing at the hospital so it's starting to feel very real that this time next week I'll be responsible for all the patients! We've had a number of tutorials - very useful, and have been tagging along with the current junior to take notes! It's all rather daunting, with finding my way around as well as everything else, but I'm getting there. My rota doesn't look too bad - no nights which is a bonus!
That's it for now!