Soaking up the sun in Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

The last week of a three-week road trip around California was spent surrounded by the sunshine and beautiful beaches of Southern California. Santa Barbara After a long day of driving along Big Sur, and not having any down time since arriving in California, Santa Barbara was very much spent relaxing and soaking up the sun. We spent the day wandering around the marina, lying on … Continue reading Soaking up the sun in Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

Big Sur Highlights

If there was one place in California that I would say is a must-see, it’s Big Sur. Big Sur is a rugged stretch of coastline between Carmel and San Simeon, with the most incredible coastal views. Highway 1, nestled between the coastline and the cliffs, winds along the numerous bends and turns of Big Sur, with plenty of places to pull over and admire the … Continue reading Big Sur Highlights

A Day in Monterey

Monterey, on the west coast of California, should be on everybody’s list of places to visit. If you’re planning a trip to California, Monterey and it’s beautiful neighbour, Carmel-by-the-Sea, are definite must-sees. They’re two of my favourite places that I’ve ever visited, particularly Carmel. A picturesque town filled with fairytale cottages and an amazing coastline = perfection. As we visited during a three week road … Continue reading A Day in Monterey

Yosemite National Park

As part of a three week road trip in California, we spent two nights in Yosemite National Park, the most awe-inspiring and overwhelming place that I’ve ever visited. Nowhere has ever made me feel as small or insignificant as Yosemite, whether I was stood under the shadow of the towering Glacier Point, or overlooking the giants of Half Dome and El Capitan, which make the … Continue reading Yosemite National Park

Wine not? Sonoma County, CA

How can you visit California and not visit the gorgeous wine tasting region? As part of a three week honeymoon tour of California, we spent two nights in Healdsburg, a city in northern Sonoma. I’d looked at both Napa Valley and Sonoma when comparing accommodation in the wine regions of California, but found the prices to be more reasonable in Sonoma. After four fantastic days in San … Continue reading Wine not? Sonoma County, CA

San Francisco

San Francisco was the first stop of a three week road trip around California. California has always been a bucket list destination of mine. The beautiful, rugged coastline, combined with the possibility of exploring so many new places, whilst soaking up near-constant sunshine sounded like the perfect destination. Luckily for me, my husband-to-be also wanted the same experience and we decided to spend our first three … Continue reading San Francisco