We spent a long Christmas break in New York, staying in an amazing AirBnb apartment in the city’s West Village. Jamie had been there before, about 10 years ago, but it was my first visit. And predictably, it was love at first sight! Though the weather was refreshingly crisp (read: bitterly cold) the city had everything we wanted and more. We were truly spoiled for choice in the West Village when it came to choosing restaurants and bars to try. Museums, attractions and everything else we needed was just a short subway ride away. Among the highlights of our two weeks in New York were a performance of the youth orchestra at Carnegie Hall, cocktails at the awesome Little Branch, whiskey tastings at Highlands and a touristy-but-still-awesome horse and carriage ride through Central Park. It was such a fabulous, indulgent holiday, and I can’t wait to go back again soon!
Maybe it’s a little premature, but this summer in San Francisco is shaping up to be pretty darn perfect. The weather continues to be sublime, even with the afternoon fog rolling in. We had a stellar 4th of July with amazing friends and rooftop fireworks. Family and friends have visited, including Jamie’s mum last week, honeymooning pals this week, and another friend in town from tomorrow! After that, I head back to Brisbane for ten days to see my family before college starts back in August. But, I digress. Thankfully, with so much time off at the moment, I’ve been out and about taking lots of photos. Here’s a few from the last couple of weeks – enjoy!
We have had some of the most divine weather recently in San Francisco. The days have been clear and warm – hot even – with the usual cool change at night. In other words, near perfect. With my being on holidays from college, we’ve made a point to get out of the house more on weekends for adventures. There’s been rooftop wines, backyard picnics and long lunches – basically food and drink is the common denominator, as it usually is with me Anyway, here a few pics from the past couple of weeks in sunny San Francisco. More to come soon!
In every way, 2011 was an amazing year. Jamie Talbot and I travelled the world, visited 15 countries, and met countless inspiring people. We spent time with our families and friends in Australia and England, and made new friends everywhere else. Eight months on the road was revitalising yet tiring, but we’ll never forget the opportunity we had to take the such a huge chunk of time off work, pack up our lives and travel, free of worry, debt and responsibility. The trip brought us even closer together, too – so we got married at the end of it! And now, we start 2012 with a new home in San Francisco – overjoyed at what 2011 brought us and excited to see what’s ahead in 2012. Here are my favourite memories from the year on the road.
We were almost over the red rocks by the time we made it to Bryce Canyon, but quickly realised this was a site quite different to the others. Thousands of red, orange and white needles of rock poke up from the canyon, giving a ripple effect as the sun passes over in the afternoon. And even better than standing at the top looking down, you can follow a few well worn paths into the canyon, and get lost at the bottom. I’d love to go back to see Bryce Canyon in winter, because the snow fall would really light the place up!
Monument Valley is the ultimate movie set – for John-Wayne-style westerns, at least. The famous red rock monuments all line up on the horizon and change colour and size throughout the day, depending on where you’re standing. We did a one day trip through the main valley and the one next to it, Mystery Valley. It was hot, red and dusty, as you would expect – but with some amazing sights along the way. As usual the best times for photos were morning and evening but with such a long day in the sun, I unfortunately I didn’t make either! But these pictures will have to do – enjoy!
Our second stop in Moab was to Canyonlands National Park, which, as the name suggests, is full of canyons. About an hour from Moab, the park is massive. There are a number of different viewing points, loads of trails and even one canyon rim that would take two days to drive around. But in the absence of a 4WD, we stuck to the viewpoints of Mesa Arch, Green River, Grand View, Needles and Wooden Shoe. The sights were beautiful but in the middle of summer, the best bet is to visit early morning or late afternoon. We were rewarded with the best light in the afternoon at Grand View Viewpoint, which is my favourite photo from the set. Between all of that and Arches, I am almost convinced that Utah is made entirely of National Parks.
And so the official road trip begins! Today’s trip was to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, for sunrise. We made it just in time to see the sun hit the Northern Window, and light up Turret Arch. Absolutely beautiful. After that, we made it through the park quite quickly, hoping to beat the heat and the crowds. But still we were there for almost seven hours, checking out a few different sites. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to Delicate Arch, which is probably the most famous site in the park. But with the desert heat, I think I’ll come back in winter sometime instead!