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S: USA April 9th- May 1st, 2011 (3 weeks)

FC: 4 nights | 5 nights | 2011 | 3 nights | 9 nights

1: The beginning of my USA adventure. 3 weeks visiting Los Angeles, Las Vegas (Grand Canyon), Washington DC and New York.

2: The very flash 'Hotel Roosevelt' with the most comfy bed EVA! We were constantly getting notices to say part of the hotel would be closed for filming purposes. On our first night I spotted a celeb heading into the elevator. It was Ed Westwick who plays 'Chuck Bass', the mean one in 'Gossip Girl'. Was so exciting!

3: 'Rio and Scream 4' movie premieres across the road from the Hotel Roosevelt at the Chinese Theatre. Emma Roberts from 'Scream 4' signing autographs.

6: Universal Studio Tour, special effects | Above: 'Fast and the Furious' stunt cars Below: Our mini train went through water on 'skull island' from the movie 'King Kong'. | Above: The Waterworld show was awesome. Based on the movie with Keven Costner. Fake shooting, flames, waterskis, boats and great stunts. Left: Drive down Wysteria Lane, 'Desperate Housewives'

7: LA Lakers vs Oklahoma CIty Thunder.The game was INCREDIBLE! Full house at the Staples Centre, 18,500 fans. | Top right: Full house chanting MVP (Most Valuable Player) Kobe Bryant RIght: Lamar Odom, wife Khloe Kardashian-Odom

8: Disneyland Missed two trains but eventually made it to Anaheim. Free entry tickets thanks to Erin.

10: End of trip, on way home. Flew from New York to LA, Newmark airport (New Jersey). Flight cancelled due to a devastating tornado. Death toll up to 200+ people in Alabama alone, 1700 injured at this point. State of emergency announced in 7 states. WInd speeds of 200-250miles per hour. We were meant to have landed back in NZ on the 30th for my birthday but missed it due to flight cancelled. No USA birthday or NZ birthday : ( | Another day in LA so we made the most of it. Booked a 'Movie Stars Homes in Beverley Hills Tour' with stop offs at Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Beverley Hills mansions and Rodeo Drive. | Oh la la.......

11: The very wealthy Beverly Hills houses. Saw Biebers, Pitts, Beckhams, Michael Jacksons house where he died and more... | Can you guess where Los Angeles finishes and Beverley HIlls starts? | The famous Rodeo Drive had shops like Rolex, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and more... Our tour guide pointed out Badgley Mischka which featured in the movie, 'Pretty Women'. The shop assistant snubs Vivian Ward when she tries to buy new clothes.

13: Clockwise: Paris Hotel, Excalibur, Bellagio and Caesars Palace

14: By chance met Pierre at the Colosseum who needed to sell his ticket to Celine DIon which was starting in 10mins. Taken! | Most AMAZING show! Total high after it...

16: Jabawockeez was the worst show ever! So boring, big dissappointment!

17: This was a water based show. It was the best show ever, so mesmerising... Incredible talent! Excellent last night in Vegas!

18: Grand | Grand | Scenic Tours Grand Canyon with helicopter | A r i z

19: Canyon | o n a

20: New friends we made at the Luxor LAX club. Great night out with Darren and James (top right) , featuring Mario performing.

21: The mansion party, Canadian naked news reader, betting rooms and who says white men can't dance?

23: Our accomodation in Washington DC. Free Wifi after Vegas was a blessing. Contact with Shane and family. The best pizza in the world at 'Matchbox'!

24: Hope Diamond , India One of the world's most famous gems. 45.52-carat | Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

25: Nature's Best Photography exhibition

26: The Washington Monument (obelisk) built to commemorate the first president General George Washington | The White House | U.S Capitol- free tour inside, very worthwhile. It stands as a monument to t he American people and their government.

27: Iwo Jima Memorial, battle of WW II

28: Jumbo junk food!

35: Only in America!

37: Times Square

38: Pedicab ride around Central Park. Great tour guide! The park is the heart of Manhatten- runs up 51 blocks.

42: Brooklyn Bridge

46: 'Wicked' was AWESOME!

47: " Don't you make me come and find you now ya hear!" - black train conductor to the young boy who got on without paying. " You're not on the Wanted list, I hope?" - Female train conductor 'Yeah LIsa you do have dark circles under your eyes" - Penny regarding the purchase of eye cream " I just want to marry you so i can listen to your accent all day" - VIP guy giving out passes to the LAX Luxor club " Your accent is incrdibly sexy and you're so beautiful" - California guy repeated this all night at the LAX club, Vegas " Are you guys sisters?" - Random people in LA/ Vegas " $1 water" - really fast Mexican seller, Vegas " Were we not meant to follow you?" - Pen and I following the guide in the US Capitol tour (DC) " Feed the birds, tuppence, tuppence" - Sound of Music musical, New York | No Zit Sherlock - antizit cream in a pharmacy, LA "Quit, quit holding on to me" - An aggravated ma towards her child in the National Archives Museum, DC " Where are you from? Are you sisters? You girls are so beautiful! "- A guest in our hostel as we were about to leave DC for the airport "Don't hustle a hustler man" - Two black guys quarrelling outside the Amtrak train station, DC "C'mon , you right Muriel? " - Pen to me, everywhere "Fannies on seats" - Yankee Stadium tour guide " Was that your friend? She's so strong!" - Older lady watching Pen lift her heavy bag onto the shelf above on the Amtrak train to New York "'LIsa, you talked again last night!" - Pen to me in DC " Great eyes, WOW- when you smile your eyes smile- Shop assistant in the Swarovski shop | " GIve me you email and next time you come to New York I'll pick you up in a limo" - Helpful old guy in Starbucks- seedy at end " Av, so av! " - In regards to USA food we had eaten " Bang a right" - A New Yorker giving us directions to the MOMA museum " Supermodels! " - Big guy serving food to us at Ellis Island Running tally of guys who have mentioned our sexy accents: 7 | Favourite Quotes

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