I thought I’d take part in the travel link up hosted by Binny at Binny’s Kitchen and Travel Diaries with Follow Your Sunshine, Adventures of a London Kiwi and SilverSpoon London, as it combines 2 of my favourite things…food and travel!
The question posed…if travel was a menu, what would be your starter (short haul), main (long haul) and/or dessert (a place with a lasting impression)?
Choosing my starter is difficult! Living in England, we’re incredibly lucky to have so many short haul places available to us. We can get to the majority of Europe in a few hours. I initially was going to pick Spain as we took a 6 week adventure there in 2016 and it’s where I had many holidays as a child. However, I’ve opted for Rome as it’s somewhere that we both instantly fell in love with the minute we arrived back in September 2016. We were only there for a few days but we managed to cram SO much in. From the Trevi Fountain to the Vatican, the Colosseum to the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona to Pyramid of Cestius there is so much history to see, even if you aren’t huge history boffin like us.
The people were lovely, the food was fabulous (endless pizza and pasta…what’s not to like?!) and lashings of wine and prosecco to wash it all down with.
One of our favourite activities was the food tour where it went away from the tourist traps and lived like a local for a morning.
For my long haul trip, I’ve chosen America…
I went to New York for my 30th (although I’ve NO idea where my photos are from that trip…annoying!) and had such a great time with my Mum. I’d really like to go back with JB as he’s never been. There’s SO much to see and do, I think you could go for 2 weeks and still come back with a list of places you never got to! I made Mum take a helicopter trip over the city and it was the best way to see the city.
We took OB to Los Angeles in April 2015. I managed to get flights with Air New Zealand for a complete bargain – £777 for the 3 of us. It was our first experience using VRBO rentals and I was a little wary about getting to the house and it not existing however (if I do say so myself), it was a brilliant choice! Just a couple of hundred steps from Marina Del Rey beach which then was a 20 minute walk to Venice Beach.
One of the funniest memories was getting JB to drive us up the coast to Calabasas to see if we could do any Kardashian Hunting (unsuccessful)…on the way back we stopped at Santa Monica and I’d love to visit the town again as we didn’t stay very long. We did SO much during our 10 days including a short trip down to San Diego, a trip to Universal Studios and a tour of Hollywood where we had our very own X-Factor type car!
We’re off to Las Vegas in October for JB’s birthday and I can’t wait to experience the complete over the top-ness that comes with it!!
My dessert has got to be Australia – this is where we went for our honeymoon. There’s so much diversity from the cosmopolitan cities to the mountains, the wine regions and the incredibly beaches. Australia has a huge amount of special memories attached to it for me. We were away for 3 weeks in total and visited some truly incredible places, non of which was like the last. We stayed in a variety of super posh hotels to small lodges.
We landed in Sydney and stayed at the beautiful Westin Hotel. It’s centrally located and within easy access of everything. One trip that we did was over to Watson Bay and I think it’s here that really left a lasting impression on me. We had fish and chips for breakfast from Doyles Restaurant whilst sat looking back over the sky line of Sydney. I don’t know why, but it’s a memory that fills me with happiness when I think of this.
From Sydney we started a huge road trip which took us to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley for wine tasting, Byron Bay, Broadbeach to see family friends of JB’s, Brisbane (the only place we went that I didn’t like) and then up to Fraser Island.
From Fraser Island we then flew down to Melbourne which is totally different to Sydney. It was whilst in Melbourne we experienced 45 degree heats and watched the Australian Open Tennis which was brilliant.
We only saw a teeny tiny section of the country and we’d LOVE to go back one day.
This was REALLY difficult to choose a country for each course – what would your travel menu look like?!
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