USA – Spectacular view of Grand Canyon (2)

Welcome back!

Continuing from my previous post, from Hoover Dam, it was a 3 and 1/2hr ride to the National Geographic IMAX Theater Grand Canyon.

Sign board of the Visitor Center to the IMAX Theater at the entrance to the car park.

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Display in the IMAX center of the history of the Grand Canyon. Part of the tour also include the 34min of IMAX Movie on the Grand Canyon in the IMAX theater.

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After lunch was the trip to the Grand Canyon where it begins……… a 2.4km to the Desert View Drive. The 1st stop is the Yaki Point.

The view is magnificent; just like a painting. You just have to be there to enjoy this view.

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The South Kaibab Trail but I did not take any walk as I was on tour.

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Information on the Canyon and it’s river.

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Breath taking view……

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More? Yes….. more to come. Follow me on the trail…….

USA – Spectacular view of Grand Canyon (1)

Hi there!! Glad that you are back with me. Well, this trip not a new one but was done way back in 2007 (that’s like 8 years ago). In fact I finally got to continue this new series on my USA series which I started sharing back in 2013 (2 yrs lag). Hope you all dun mind. =)

This one highlights my trip to West Coast of US which is to see the Grand Canyon aside from  visiting San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

A matter of fact it was a last minute trip. I only arranged for my bus  ticket and accommodation in Las Vegas  (I will be posting this trip too in coming post) and head off to Grand Canyon day trip like 2 days before. It was my 1st time taking  the infamous Greyhound bus from San Jose, CA. It was a 14hr ride with a transfer at Los Angeles before heading to Las Vegas.

My journey started at 2pm from San Jose and passing through the ranges and valleys heading to LA.

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Arrived in LA at 9pm where I had to wait for another hour for my connecting bus, and arriving in Las Vegas at 4am and boy, was I surprise to see that the city is still lighted up with neon lights and people walking on the street and casinos in the wee hours.

Below is the Fremont Hotel & Casino

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and this is the Fremont Street Experience or FSE. What is this famous for? Well.. follow me on the next posting on Las Vegas and you will know. =)

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At 5am, the day tour bus picked me at for my tour at one of the motel for my Grand Canyon trip;  a 5 hour trip ride. There were 2 types of tour; south rim tour  and west rim tour which include Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge that suspends 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon floor. Eventually I took the South rim tour as I was more into sight seeing.

First stop was at Hoover Dam, which is also known as Boulder Dam. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada.  It was more of a stop, shoot and continue here. Did not manage to get to go for a real tour on the hoover dam. Maybe next time. =)

High tension wires all around the area of Hoover Dam.

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Shot from the other side of the dam

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It was a 30 min stop before we continue our journey. Stay with me and enjoy the coming post.

Penang, Malaysia; Morning walk in the Chowrasta Day Market (2)

Nice to have you back with me on this ‘e-walk’.

Last posting on this very short series on my morning walk in Chowrasta Day market.

Still in Kuala Kangsar Road which a stone throw away from Chowrasta Road.

Vendor selling colourful cloths. Ladies choosing and deciding what they want…..

  

With the background, is the Komtar Tower; the tallest office building on the island. 65 storeys

Walking back to Penang road to the main entrance of Chowrasta Market building which house for permanent stalls for the vendors.

 

 

hmmm.. .what do they have here? They have Tambun biscuit which are oven-backed biscuits rounds/balls of flaky pastry filled with a sweet or savoury paste made from grounded green beans (tau sar). They also have medicated oil which some are made from nutmeg oil.

… more stalls inside to choose from.

A closer snap shot. Oh yes, further back you can see pickled sour/sweet fruits which are worth trying. =)

 

ok…. that’s all for this series. Just a short one and also a break from my series on Taiwan. So which country will it be next? Want to know? If yes, then click on ‘Follow me’ and join me on my e-journey. =)

Penang, Malaysia; Morning walk in the Chowrasta Day Market (1)

Hi there!! Welcome back. This series is about my morning walk in the day market in Penang Island on one of the weekends when I was back there.

Walking along Penang Road, I wanted to see the day market that I have heard a lot about, which is the Chowrasta day market; along Chowrasta Road next to the Chowrasta Market building.

This is the beginning of Campbell Street which  is a street within the buffer zone of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It runs from Penang Road to the junction of Buckingham Street and Carnarvon Street.

  

The street was named after the Penang Inspector General (1866-1891) Sir George William Robert Campbell, who was also the acting Lieutenant-Governor of Penang between 1872 and 1873. It used to run from Pitt Street, which was much older. The locals called it Sin Kay, meaning “new street” but I will not be covering here in this series.

Stalls along Penang Road.

This is the Chowrasta Road where you can see vendors setting up their stalls on both sides of the road. Usually in the morning, the road is closed to traffic; maybe except for motorbikes slowly zooming in and out.

Lots of activities and daily requirement needed can be found here.

mmm… anything that interest you here? thermoflash or tiffin carrier?

At the T-junction of Chowrasta Road is Kuala Kangsar Road (not the Kuala Kangsar in Ipoh state).  On this street you can find lots of old coffee shops where you can grab your breakfast and hot coffee while you enjoy watching the hive of activities across the street.

Look at the space in between. It looks packed right? well it is if there are lots of people.

 

 

 

Hope you are enjoying this ‘e-trip’. Another post on this series before I go on to my new series. So, do follow me on my series in this blog. Tata!!