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We were in the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire during 2006 for an October break and to do some “leaf peeping”. This photo is of Lake Winnipesaukee the largest lake in the area which we drove around on our way back to Boston and then on to Cape Cod for our last few days. The scenery in this part of the US is absolutely beautiful in the autumn and we were enchanted by not only the leaf colours and stunning scenery, but the pretty little towns with their covered bridges, clapboard houses and tall church steeples. 

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We arrived in San Francisco in February 2010 on the day of the Chinese New Year parade (Year of the Tiger) so having dumped the suitcases in the Argonaut on Fisherman’s Wharf we headed back into the city centre to observe the preparations of various bands and participants and then took our places on Post Street to watch the floats go by. We loved the dancing lions and the kindergarten children dressed up as little tigers, the different bands and the dancing. The fire crackers were loud and the elaborate costumes colourful. A great experience!

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Whenever we visited San Francisco we always stayed at the Argonaut hotel down in Fisherman’s Wharf. I liked it there. I loved that we were close to the waters of San Francisco bay and easy transport links including the Powell and Hyde Streets Cable Car. The turnaround for this route was just around the corner from the hotel so we could always get a seat on this iconic form of transport.

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Visiting Hearst Castle is a must if you happen to travel down the Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Sadly on my trip the weather was foul with thick cloud and bouncing rain and we had absolutely no views of the surrounding coast or countryside from its towering location. The next day, however, there it stood, like a fairy-tale castle in the sky.