New York, New York!

New York, New York – the last stop on our incredible 2015 holiday.

Hard to believe it was this time last year we were finishing up the best holiday we’ve had in years. It was also our last few days left with our super awesome travel buddies Jess and Ryan – so we wanted to make sure we made the most of it.

Here are our highlights from in and around the big apple.

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Brooklyn, New York

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Last but certainly not least on our amazing holiday was Brooklyn, New York! Landing late from Canada we arrived at our Williamsburg Airbnb to be reunited with our excited travel buddies Jess and Ryan. Equally excited we could not wait to explore our super cool borough of Brooklyn.

In no particular order here’s a few highlights from in and around Brooklyn.

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Oh Portland!

I couldn’t help but have the Portlandia theme song repeating over and over in my head as we cruised into the ultra cool city of Portland, Oregon.

As we made our way from Portland airport, our super friendly Uber driver enthusiastically told us that Alberta Arts District was an awesome neighbourhood, and lucky, because that would be our home for the next four days. He gave us advice as to what to check out and after dropping our bags off at our AirBnB we went out to explore the neighbourhood.

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Streets of San Francisco

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.

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Three days in Big Sur

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.

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