Now that I have gotten over the post holiday blues I thought it was about damn time that I share some photos with you. We had such an amazing holiday, a once in a lifetime kinda trip. Matt and I spent 6 weeks in the USA in 2006 so it was great to not only revisit those places and see how things have changed but also experience places which we missed the first time around.
First up was an 11 hour long haul flight. We flew with Virgin Atlantic and they were really good, I ordered the vegan food option for the flight and to be fair, it wasn't that bad! So after a long flight and feeling quite tired we picked up the hire car then promptly exited the freeway much too soon and ended up in downtown San Francisco during rush hour. Oh so much fun! Not. Where we stayed in San Francisco we cheap and cheerful but pretty much close to everywhere we wanted to be. We walked so much in those three days we were in the city. Up and down those hills was a great workout!
Everywhere we went seemed to have a heatwave going on as well which was good for us. You can never complain at extra sunshine. During the midst of this heatwave we drove over to Yosemite National Park. I was so taken a back by this beautiful place that I got quite emotional at the top of Glacier Point. I cannot put into words just how breathtaking this place was.
We then headed back across to the coast and drove down to Santa Barbara via highway 1 and the Big Sur. This is such a gorgeous drive with amazing coastline.
Once we reached Santa Barbara I really felt that I had come home. I seriously could live there. You had the beach, the pier, lots of shops, fresh green juice and lots of yummy places to eat. I fell in love with Santa Barbara!
We spent a day on the roller coasters of Magic Mountain before heading to Santa Monica to relax for a couple of days. Matt did a lot of driving! One of the highlights was riding the beach cruiser bikes from Santa Monica pier down to Venice Beach and back. even if I did get sunburnt!
On such a gorgeous sunny day we headed to Newport Beach where we eat some delicious pancakes, walked on the beach and enjoyed the sunshine.
After another 5 hour flight we ventured into New York City! Although the apartment we were staying in was small we were a lot more central than the last place we stayed in New York, only a few blocks away from Central Park and a short walk to my favourite coffee shop... Coffee Bean!
Of course we had to sit on the met steps like Gossip Girl! We also went to see Chicago on Broadway. It was such a fun experience and we had surprisingly amazing seats!
We did a lot in just two weeks and had a fun filled active holiday. I loved every minute and I am so grateful that I am able to travel to exciting places.
All photos taken by Matt :)