After a long drive from Big Sur, our next stop on our 2015 US holiday was vibrant San Francisco.
Arriving at our AirBnB late on a busy Friday afternoon, The Castro District was buzzing. Commonly known as The Castro, it’s one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the United States and full of personality, great food and a welcoming neighbourhood. It’s also really well positioned for exploring, with the Mission District walking distance away and a main tramline ready to take you directly into the CBD in about 15 minutes.
After our last city jaunt in LA, San Francisco was a welcome change in pace and size. As long as you don’t mind the odd gravity defying hill, San Fransisco is a very walkable city. Its neatly packed streets are filled with colourful homes to uncover, each with their own personality. We quickly felt at home in San Francisco.
Melbourne was more like Meltburn today. We hit a stinky hot maximum temp of 42 degrees! I think that calls for an icy pole don’t you think?
Here’s a little collection over on my Icy poles board.
From the top: Striped ice pops from Martha Stewart, Mango + Salted coconut pop from The Design Files, Spicy margarita popsicles from Luvo’s fresh blog, Mango coconut and lime popsicles from Souvlaki for the soul, Sweet peach iced tea popsicles from Paper & Stitch blog, Peach moscato and raspberry pop from The Design Files, Blood orange popsicles from Paper & Stitch blog, Mylky protein + peanut butter choc tops from Yum magazine.
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I hope you’ve all had an amazing break over the holidays and had a chance to relax, contemplate and hit the snooze button at least a few dozen times.
Keeping with tradition we spent our break soaking up as much sun as possible in our home state of Western Australia, dividing our time between family in Perth and Denmark (a small town about 5 hours south of Perth).
There was plenty to see in Perth, with new arrivals from friends and family to welcome, and this year we had the chance to share my home state with one of our closest friends, Aoife, whom was happy to indulge us with a personalised tour of some of our old haunts.
My parents are finally back in Perth, retired and looking relaxed, and as their house is just a few minutes from the stunning City Beach, that seemed an obvious first stop.
Having left Hearst Castle in the rear mirror and now well and truly on the road, our next stop was stunning Big Sur where we’d stay for the next three days. For this post, I’ve handed the writing reins over to my hubby Mark. Enjoy this amazing extensive review!
What people commonly refer to as Big Sur is a strip of coast that stretches from San Simeon in the south to Carmel in the north. The ‘park’ offers plenty to see within its bounds – state parks, rugged coastline, majestic redwoods, fine restaurants and the odd beach or two to soak your feet at – but the highlight is the voyage through itself, with each minor stop contributing to your ‘Big Sur’ experience.
October – November: Had my first Messina ice cream in Windsor | Trekked over to the north side for some fun at Home-Work market | Finally tried the super sweet All Day Donuts | Checked out the ‘I’d letterpress the shit out of that’ exhibition at the Work-Shop | Drooled over the amazing Bistro Morgan’s donuts – handmade by a 14 year old! | Discovered a new walking trail | Visited the stunning Melbourne School of Design building – especially loved the red room | Picked cherries in Bacchus Marsh | Blown away (literally, it was really windy!) by this years bigger and better Night Noodle Markets.
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