Well I made it back ... just. Vacations are susposed to be a relaxing thing right ? Wrong ... kids were hyper 24/7, Wife moved from one illness to another, and I was rushed by ambulance to hospital. I woke last wednesday night with amazing stabbing pains in my back ... my left Kidney had a stone and I was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest San Diego. They are wonderful and they sent me for a CT scan ..... the stone had gone and they were concerned about a "node on my Adrenal gland" which showed up, so when I got back I have to have more tests. Could be why I been feeling like a total plum for the past few months .... best get it sorted ! LA and San Diego was having one hell of a heatwave. Temps in the 90s most of the time so we all were downing loads of water. We did the usual tourist things, Santa Monica, Hollywood sign (thanks photogoddess :love: ), and also Universal studios. That I think was my sons best day. He's always loved the Blues Brothers film and wanted to watch the show there again. This time one of the actors came down and took him up on stage to dance ..... and he got a pair of original Blues brothers sunglasses to boot ... he was VERY pleased. Hollywood blvd and Manns theatre were vistied too. Then we drove down to San Diego and stopped in La Jolla (La Hoya) for lunch before getting to Hotel Circle North and the Handlery Hotel. We did all the tourist things here too but my wife's best friend lives there and they grew up together in London. WEll she showed us some of the less well known places and I have loads of photos to share. Mostly they are not materpieces but I like them. ... well it's late and I am dead tired from the trip and back to work so soon ... well I have posted a few already .... loads more to come .