When we planned this trip, we had always planned to spend a decent amount of time in Washington DC and then travel up to New York and cram as much into a 24hr period as we could. So, after a last great day in Washington, we were ready to hop on the train and hot foot it up to New York City. I didn’t love NYC last time I went. I mean it is impressive, it’s good, but it’s not completely my cup of tea, so Emma and I were going to experience things more up her street and see if that changed my mind. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 6”
There are so many great buildings to visit and places to see in Washington DC that last time I was there I missed quite a few of the ones I wanted to do most. I almost forgot that the Library of Congress existed, and the Senate Building was undergoing construction work in preparation for the 2016 Presidential election so we never really went to that end of the mall to see anything. This time I was ready to change that, and both places were pretty high on Emma’s list too so it was a no brainer! After walking a long way on Day 3 of our trip, we had the brilliant idea to try and keep our day to a walking minimum. It didn’t happen, but it was a great day. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 4”
Public holidays are a big deal in America. There are less vacation days, so when everyone has the day off for something like Labour day, it’s a big occasion. Last time I was in Washington DC, I was there for July 4th – Independence Day – so I was quite excited to the city in a state of celebration once again. The weather was glorious again, and to celebrate, we decided we were going to try and take in some of the monuments and the White House over the course of the day. We walked a lot between the Zoo and Georgetown on Day 2 and expected the same, so we went armed with books and snacks, ready to take in some great views and chill out at some great reading spots, as well as taking in some history, politics and culture along the way. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 3”
I absolutely love the first day of a holiday, when you wake up in a new place and you’re ready to explore. Labor day weekend in the USA is a major deal, so we knew Washington DC would be busy, so had sedate Sunday plans to get in some snacks and groceries, to visit the zoo, and have an evening out in Georgetown. Nothing quite like a Sunday out and about, getting acquanted with a new city, and recovering from a long Day 1/Travel day. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 2”
There is no feeling quite liking waking up on the morning of your holiday. The buzz hits, the excitement grows, and more often than not you know that when you go to sleep that night you will be in a new place and you’ll be on your holiday. We all have our holiday routines, pack the last few things, check all your important documents (repeatedly – no-one wants a nasty surprise at the airport), get a coffee and land the cases in the car. D’you know what’s even better? When you won the flights and know you’ll be experiencing Business Class. When you’re introducing your friend to a new country. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 1”
For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you may have seen a previous entry for the Windy city way back when I was traveling the world for a year (found here). I loved Chicago on my first visit, it’s safe to say that I feel in love with the place back then, so when I found out that everyone would join up to celebrate for a big finale together in Chicago, I was extremely excited.
It smashed any expectations and any hopes that I had, and was spectacular!! Continue reading “Chicago: The Windy City”
I really want to be able to put something more clever together than WOW, but there is nothing I can say or do to put down our experiences of Indy into words. The city itself is beautiful, and vibrant, but is only a tip of the iceberg in terms of what the people, the city, and the culture offers. I’ve had a chance to cross off some incredible things on this trip, and for that I am very lucky, but Indy? WOW.
From sporting institutions like the Indy 500 and Indianapolis Colts, to bike and Segway tours through the historic neighbourhoods, to gondola rides down the main canal, it has everything.
When you think of big American cities, rich in culture, art, sports, it’s easy to see why the major cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, L.A. come straight to mind. When you think of famous buildings, bridges, arenas, fields, it’s easy to see why the brain jumps to Fenway Park, Chrysler building, Brooklyn bridge.
For the next 8 days, I’m exploring some of the cultural hotspots of the Mid-West, kicking it off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If you do something 3 times it becomes a habit, right? Is that how it goes? Right, well then, this is now a habit. A fortnight ago I posted all about my favourite cities in Europe, and so this week, I decided to go a little bit further away from home and write about my favourite places in North America.
Friday favourites is a fortnightly post featuring travel tips, guides, advice, and thoughts based on my travel experiences! Continue reading “Friday Favourites: Favourite North American Destinations”
I had high expectations of New Orleans. I have heard great things about the people, the food, the culture, and the architecture, so when we arrived there, I had a picture of what the place would be like in my mind. As excited as I was for Florida and all it entailed, I was excited to see somewhere new as the last stop before a family reunion. And it did not disappoint. Continue reading “New Orleans”