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#1 The Dark Knight

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:11 PM

I turned 30 in February and later this year, me and my sister are going to the USA as part of my 30th year celebrations. I went to New York in 2006 and Houston and Dallas in 2008 so now it's California and Vegas time.

Here is the deal: http://www.archersdi... ... -francisco

We've got all the key tours thrown in such as Alcatraz. We are also flying semi-posh with Virgin Atlantic who I highly rate and again a great deal: http://www.virgin-at... ... onomy.html

 

Flew with Virgin to New York and they were better than British Airways who we flew to Texas with in my opinion.

Fly from Heathrow 29th August and we've got a 4 star hotel at Heathrow the night before the flight! It will be hot out there and the coach goes close by Death Valley! I will take my Stetson I bought whilst in Dallas.

Can't wait!



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:36 AM

Not fair, thanks for making me jealous!! :angry:

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:48 PM

Sorry about that lol. It seems ages since I was last in the States and this holiday has been in planning since 2010. It ain't gonna be cheap but California and Vegas were high on my list.

My sister turns 40 in 2016 and we said that we would love to do the east coast tour in the autumn. Boston, New York and Washington DC.

I also want to go to Canada at some point.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 04:13 PM

Looks like your in for a treat!



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:45 PM

Yep, it will be great. Defo worth the upgrade on the flights as it is 10.5 hours approx.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:18 PM

Some photos when I went last summer:

 

About to depart Heathrow:

 

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A nice and sunny Vegas:

 

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The Grand Canyon could not be missed:

 

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Heading back towards the simmering lights of Vegas after dusk:

 

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All in all, I had a wonder of a time there, and the weather was great (average of around 42C, reached a max of 46C whilst there).

 

This was my 3rd trip to America, loved it even more than the previous one. Also visited Alcatraz.

 

Your itinerary sounds good, I really look forward to some of your photos, I hope you don't forget by then!!



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:26 PM

Have fun mate i went in 2012 to vegas and it was unbelievable deffo get yourself up the top of the stratoshpere for some great views :)

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 06:28 PM

Those photo's have made me look forward to it even more lol :)

 

Looking forward to the 28th of August. A nice steady drive to Heathrow before chilling out at the hotel, knowing the stress of daily life can be put on hold for 2 weeks. Watch a few planes take off and land. Then at 11:15 on the 29th it's Los Angeles here we come!

 

According to this site: http://www.seatguru.com/

 

We are flying on 747-400 which I am pleased about. They sometimes run an Airbus A340-600 on that route but the trusty old 747 is my preference. Champagne upon boarding too.

 

I notice that plane is Lady Penelope. We flew on Ruby Tuesday to NYC. As for photo's, I won't forget as I am looking forward to using my new Nikon P520 camera with it's 42x optical zoom.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:33 PM

Those photo's have made me look forward to it even more lol :)

 

Looking forward to the 28th of August. A nice steady drive to Heathrow before chilling out at the hotel, knowing the stress of daily life can be put on hold for 2 weeks. Watch a few planes take off and land. Then at 11:15 on the 29th it's Los Angeles here we come!

 

According to this site: http://www.seatguru.com/

 

We are flying on 747-400 which I am pleased about. They sometimes run an Airbus A340-600 on that route but the trusty old 747 is my preference. Champagne upon boarding too.

 

I notice that plane is Lady Penelope. We flew on Ruby Tuesday to NYC. As for photo's, I won't forget as I am looking forward to using my new Nikon P520 camera with it's 42x optical zoom.

 

Glad you liked the photos. Have many more actually, but I wished I had a decent camera with me instead of my smartphone! 

 

That feeling of forgetting about the stress of daily life you mention - has to be one of the best feelings ever. I swear, after more than 4 days in NYC - I was beginning to feel a part of it.  :P

 

I've flown on a 747 big-time - yep they are pretty good, but give me a 777 any day. Only flown once (short-haul) in a A340, so don't really have an opinion of those. 

 

The VA service was on the whole good, but the interior of the planes are very dated, and the IFE sucks. Not sure if they have been refurbished since then.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

We flew on a 777 with British Airways to Houston.

I'm hoping the premium economy experience will help improve the overall experience. The 747 refurb has just been completed I think.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:01 PM

Sad news about that Malaysian Airlines 777 crash. Probably terrorist they're saying now.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

I heard something about a stolen passport... wouldnt surprise at all!Hopefully this doesnt  discourage the positivity of the holidays!



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 10:42 PM

I hope this incident hasn't put any of you off flying. Statistically speaking, it's still the safest way to travel.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 10:52 PM

Just makes me wish Air Marshalls where on every air craft....



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:16 PM

Like Neeson in that new movie non-stop!

Back on topic, I did a search online and discovered that if you want a non-stop flight to Los Angeles, it has to be Heathrow.

American Airlines from Manchester to Chicago then on to LA was another option.

If you choose Virgin or British Airways from Manchester to LA, it shows a quick internal flight to Heathrow first. Not that I mind, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers so it all adds to the occasion.

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