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2001 – West Coast USA

We travelled to the West Coast USA in September 2001 – two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York.

Our itinerary started with a few days at the ‘Luxor’ hotel in Las Vegas.

Luxor - from the air @ Tolfalas.com

Luxor – from the air

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The Luxor, Las Vegas

The hotel, like much of Las Vegas, was deserted and we got a great upgrade on our room.
We had a ‘Presidential Suite’ near the top of the pyramid.

Room at Luxor @ Tolfalas.com

Room at Luxor

While we didn’t gamble we enjoyed the architecture and design of the hotels, including New York, New York.

New York, New York - Las Vegas @ Tolfalas.com

New York, New York – Las Vegas

New York, New York - Las Vegas @ Tolfalas.com

New York, New York – Las Vegas

Excalibur – where I made a friend,

Bob meeting Merlin at The Excalibur, Las Vegas @ Tolfalas.com

Bob meeting Merlin

and The Venetian.

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Singers in The Venetian, Las Vegas

We also took a helicopter flight into the Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon

After a few days in Las Vegas we rented a Ford Mustang and drove through the desert to Newport Beach, south Los Angeles.

We stayed in Newport Beach for a few days and visited Los Angeles and Hollywood

Bob at Universal Studios @ Tolfalas.com

Bob at Universal Studios

then drove south along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Ford Mustang @ Tolfalas.com

Ford Mustang

Encountering squirrels along the way.

Val with Squirrels near San Simeon @ Tolfalas.com

Val with Squirrels near San Simeon

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Squirrel near San Simeon

And stopping to visit Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

Tour Bust at Hearst Castle @ Tolfalas.com

Tour Bust at Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle @ Tolfalas.com

Hearst Castle

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Pool at Hearst Castle

With its beautiful pools.

Pool at Hearst Castle @ Tolfalas.com

Pool at Hearst Castle

We continued south to San Francisco, home of streetcars,

San Francisco @ Tolfalas.com

San Francisco

Pier 39,

Pier 39 San Francisco @ Tolfalas.com

Pier 39 – San Francisco

and Alcatraz.

Alcatraz - @ Tolfalas.com

Alcatraz