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California Vacation

Anjali’s friend Vaishali, from college came from the east coast to visit California. They started in San Diego and as they were passing thru to LA and eventually San Francisco, they stopped by to visit.

Vaishali, Shahid and their baby daughter Aleena and a couple of their friends stayed for one night.

The baby on the left is Aleena and the one on the right is Jayla (a friend of Vaishali’s).

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Here is Aleena, Vaishali and Anjali.

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We spent the week before Paris in Geneva. I had to work during the week (Monday thru Thursday) so Anjali explored (probably more so than in my numerous trips in the past).

Anyway, here are a few of the local sights.

The United Nations is on the outskirts of town. There were many dignitaries and events related to the UN.

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Here is Lake Geneva with the the local Starbucks (the one with the green awning on the far right). It looks just like any other, except that a latte there will cost you over $6! Our Hotel Angleterre is right on the lake and close to all the restaurants and shopping.

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Here is Anjali at the “longest bench in the world” in the Old Town at the top of Geneva. The bench at the Promenade de la Treille measures 126 meters long!

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Well that is it! This was the last episode of our mini-vacation. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Many thanks to Mom and Dad for watching the kids while we were gone. It sounds like they had their own adventures.

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Paris In 3 Days

I’ve been meaning to post a few more pictures from our last day in Paris.

We took it pretty easy and just visited the Louvre and walked around the Eiffel Tower.

Here are a few picture from the Louvre.

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We did see the Mona Lisa but boy was it unimpressive! They make you stand 20 feet away from the painting. It is covered in 2 layers of plexiglass and is at most 2 ft by 2 ft. Not sure what the big deal is.

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Anyway – see for yourself!

After a nice lunch at the Dome Cafe near the Eiffel Tower, we headed back to Geneva which was a 4 1/2 hour drive. I must also mention that without our TomTom GPS system we would have been hopelessly lost in Paris. Maybe not such a bad thing.

We hope to get back again in a few years, though there are too many other sights to see on our list of 50!

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50 Places to Visit Before You Die

As I was searching the internet for articles on our upcoming trip(s) (more to come on that),  I came across this fun article originally published by the BBC.  It lists their top 50 places to visit before you die.  Interestingly enough, not a single item is in the UK!
I am up to 13 with just 37 to go. How many do you have?

  1. The Grand Canyon
  2. Great Barrier Reef
  3. Florida
  4. South Island
  5. Cape Town
  6. Golden Temple
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Sydney
  9. New York
  10. Taj Mahal
  11. Canadian Rockies
  12. Uluru
  13. Chichen Itza — Mexico
  14. Machu Picchu — Peru
  15. Niagara Falls
  16. Petra — Jordan
  17. The Pyramids — Egypt
  18. Venice
  19. Maldives
  20. Great Wall of China
  21. Victoria Falls — Zimbabwe
  22. Hong Kong
  23. Yosemite National Park
  24. Hawaii
  25. Auckland — New Zealand
  26. Iguassu Falls
  27. Paris
  28. Alaska
  29. Angkor Wat — Cambodia
  30. Himalayas — Nepal
  31. Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
  32. Masai Mara — Kenya
  33. Galapagos Islands — Ecuador
  34. Luxor — Egypt
  35. Rome
  36. San Francisco
  37. Barcelona
  38. Dubai
  39. Singapore
  40. La Digue — Seychelles
  41. Sri Lanka
  42. Bangkok
  43. Barbados
  44. Iceland
  45. Terracotta Army — China
  46. Zermatt — Switzerland
  47. Angel Falls — Venezuela
  48. Abu Simbel — Egypt
  49. Bali
  50. French Polynesia

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Muir Woods Hike

On one of the last days in the Bay Area, we went to Muir Woods redwood park.

It was a 2 hour drive from Mom and Dad’s house.

We went for a long hike and saw the redwoods. The tallest trees in the park are 260 feet with a 14 foot diameter and are over 1000 years old. The park has the tallest species of Coast Redwoods in the world.

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On the way home we stopped off at the Oak residence in Orinda (from Redwoods to Oaks!). Here are the 3 boys climbing in their backyard.

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Great America Amusement Park

On one of the days in the Bay Area, we went to Paramount’s Great America Park in San Jose.

Here are Mom and Anjali on the Demon ride.

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Here are Vikram and Nikhil on the Centrifuge ride:

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Here are all of us on the Delirium ride —a powerful spinning pendulum that will send you whirling.

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Here are Anjali and Annika on the Log Ride:

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Annika went on all of the thrill rides that were allowed for 48″ and under kids.

Mom (Rajani) went on all of the rides! Not bad for a grandma!

We had a great time at the park.

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This week we went to the La Brea Tar Pits. La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin.

Enough of the commercial. Here are some pictures from our visit.

This first one is one of the active tar pits. You can see the methane gas bubbling up thru the water.

The reason there are so many fossils is that the animals used to try to drink the water and would get stuck in the tar and die.

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