After visiting with my cousins in Detroit, we crossed the border and went roadtripping through Canada to meet with my brother. Having crossed on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls on my last trip, I was keen to cross into Canada on another iconic bridge: Ambassador Bridge at Detroit/Windsor.
I could almost feel the bump as we crossed the border. Well… almost.
There are a lot of storybook-worthy-looking farms on this side of Ontario.
Getting closer! The whole while, I was mentally rehearsing for driving on the right hand side of the road once I got to Sean’s. That’s a big thing for an Aussie!
Pantages Theatre is one of the best known Hollywood movie theatres. You can see the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars going right along the path in front of the theatre.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame stars commemorate the celebrities of the film, television, radio, and music industries.
The imprints of celebrities hands and feet, and their signatures, can be found in the concrete outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
There are plenty of buskers and street performers, wax models outside of Tussaud’s, and people dressed in costume for photo opportunities.
There’s something for everyone in Hollywood!
Santa Monica Boulevard, aka Route 66 in West Hollywood.
The old town is just beautiful.
The Sandias Mountains glow pink in the sunset each night. They’re also a great vantage point for looking back over the city.
The 66 Diner on the iconic Route 66 looks great and serves fantastic 60s style American food.
After we got our kicks on Route 66, we ate here.
I actually love the way Americans fly their flags, both state and national, with pride.
There weren’t any cowboys here… much to my disappointment.
That’s a train station. Seriously.
And so is this one…
I didn’t see a Mountie in Canada, but I saw a police officer on horseback in Texas!
Chuck Norris’ favourite street in Houston.
Broadway, Nashville, at night. There are more people here now than during the day.
This was in the Swinging Doors Saloon. These guys were great!
The Bluebird Cafe, made famous by the TV series ‘Nashville’.
People were lining up to get in… and you can’t get in unless you book at least a month in advance.
We bought boots. What else does one do in Nashville?
Country Music Hall of Fame. This was an absolute must!
My country music “first love”.
The Band Perry playing at the Grand Ole Opry.
At night, the falls took on an eerie feeling that only added to their beauty and power.
The city lights of Niagara Falls, Ontario, were very pretty, too.
The park reminded me of Narnia, covered in glistening snow with a lamp post standing on its own.
Old Falls St, Niagara, is so pretty at night.
In April, 2014, Winter was just getting ready to leave as we arrived.
The Niagara River, full of only-just-melting ice at the end of winter.
The falls were still partly frozen, and the mist coming off them was icy, but there was still a rainbow!