So here we are, the first of many posts. Whilst travelling I made notes on what I want to do more of when I get home, as well as creative ideas I want to explore. One of them was to share my photos more often with you... so here we are!
To give you a quick run down, I travelled to America with my family to celebrate my mum turning 60! We were set to explore San Francisco, New Orleans (the home of Jazz), New York and Cape Cod, where I would then leave the family to meet up with my best friend Ash in Toronto, Canada. If I was to document the whole trip I would be here forever so here are my chosen highlights;
After shortly touching down in LA we did a quick tour of Santa Monica and decided to spend the afternoon and night in Santa Barbara. Palm trees lined the streets, and bougainvilleas acted as decorations on many locals houses. In the morning we set off to begin our coastal route to San Francisco.
The coastal route to San Fran is breath taking, we spotted the seals sleeping on the sand, passed through Big Sur, Carmel and many other quaint towns until we finally arrived at the home of Flower Power, aka San Francisco.
Our first morning in San Fran was spent indulging in breakfast delights at Tartine Bakery (a must do when visiting San Francisco) Make sure you go early to avoid the long lines! We also had a coffee break at The Mill, another cute bakery in San Fran.
After a day of exploring the streets (or should I say hiking up the many hills) at sunset we went to the Golden Gate Bridge and took in the views.
Next on our itinerary was NOLA, New Orleans. What a unique place! The streets are full of colour, run down houses and interesting people. It has a sense of mystery about it. We visited many art galleries, had walked Bourbon Street at night, enjoyed many oysters and crab rolls and also managed to fit in a Swamp tour. If you are looking for a local BBQ spot, out of the tourist areas head to The Joint. As soon as we walked through the doors we knew we found a hidden gem.
Our flight to NY was an early one, however once we arrived in NY we couldn't help but want to explore the concrete jungle. Our time in NY was short but sweet! We took in many of the sites like Central Station, walking through Central Park, shopping on 5th Avenue, Soho and NoHo, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring Dumbo, and of course taking in the view at the top of the Rock at sunset. After all of this we knew we had only just scratched the surface! Until next time NY!
The next part of our trip was coastal and more relaxed. We stumbled across a quaint town called Marble Head, where we stayed for a few nights before heading off to Cape Cod. This part of the trip was much more relaxed and tranquil.
After Cape Cod we all set off on our different ways for our last leg of the holiday, my path took me to my best friend in Toronto, Canada where I stayed a week.
I found Toronto to be an inviting, multi-cultural and vibrant city, I can clearly see why my friend has chosen to live there. We spent Canada Day hiking in the Scenic Caves in Barrie and on the weekend we explored The Island on bikes following by a Blue Jays Game, of course!
My last stop before the journey home was in LA. Here I was lucky enough to watch the spectacular Independence Day fireworks near Echo Park, hiking in the Hollywood Hills the following day, then time to fly home.
Thanks for the memories America and Canada x