Like most of you, I absolutely love going away. I love the sun, love experiencing new things, different cultures, different places, and meeting new people.
There is nothing better for me then sitting on the beach in a sunny destination away from the monotonous work back home. There is something magnificent about the water that is quite mesmerising – watching the waves crash back and forth into the sand or watching the sunset on the beach. When you do this, it really gives you lots of quiet thinking time to pan certain issues out and come to a resolution. It gives you the time to really assess what you need to do. The one thing for me to start focusing on is seeing more of this world!
My most recent trip entailed jetting off to sunny California. Ten days of pure fun, partying and relaxing.
First stop was San Diego and the hotspot for me had to be a little town called La Jolla. We went to this beautiful cove where there was just a little bit of sand exposed for our sunbathing needs. It was quite busy but the spot was perfect. There were Sea Lions on the rocks and every now and then they would jump off into the sea and swim quite close to us. It was amazing!
After our 3 days in San Diego, we ventured by plane to San Francisco. What a great city with so much to do. It was quite fast paced and a bit of a race to get everything done but we managed to tick the things of our list.
- Pier 39 – where you can see more sea lions
- Lombard Street – one of the windiest roads filled with flowers
- The Golden Gate Park
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- Alcatraz – amazing
Alcatraz was definitely a hotspot along with our visit to the Castro District which is a renowned gay area full of a few bars and eccentric people. We were only stopping for one drink and then bumped into a great group of guys who partied the night away with us – Castro Style. Pole dancing, men shaking their asses, drag queens followed by drunken skateboard techniques and a whole lot of booze. Absolutely great fun.
Next stop was LA and yes another experience and lots of fun too. There’s Hollywood of course with its trendy clubs, walk of fame and the Hollywood sign and then there is Santa Monica and Venice Beach. We stayed in the Double Tree in Marina Del Ray which was a little quiet but further up on Venice Beach – this becomes another myriad of eccentric people and lots of buzz. I absolutely loved it, walking along the beach promenade you see all sorts – men dressed as cave men, lots of talent and untalented street performers and of course the drummers circle. I felt that I was a hippy surrounded by a big crowd of people eagerly drumming away in the middle of the beach. Great fun.
I preferred Venice Beach as it was very lively and full of wacky people. Santa Monica was good for its restaurant called The Lobster. Tip to all- the lobster and blackened seafood linguine is to die for.
Unfortunately our time in Cali seemed to fly by but I definitely will back.
Looking back on the pictures and reminiscing about all the fun times really inspires me to travel this world a bit more. I think I need to go for it and hopefully next year I will embark on my trip of a lifetime. One that will require lots of saving so I need to knuckle down and start planning. How exciting!