Our last week in the U.S.A. was the perfect way to end our road trip. We were so spoiled staying with Aunty Jill (A.K.A. JillyKen or JK) and Uncle Kenny in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, we must repay the favour one day…or perhaps we should bulk order some groceries to restock the fridge and pantry as we ate them out of the house!
Our Southern California adventure began in the desert and ended at the beach. The great thing about SoCal is the diverse terrain. You could be hiking up a mountain in the morning, exploring the desert in the afternoon and swimming at the beach by sunset.
Time has run away from us the last few weeks. We’ve obviously been having too much fun! It’s early morning at LAX and we have a couple of hours before our flight to the East Coast so it’s a good time to grab a coffee, reflect on our adventures, and write the next post.
We crossed the state border into California on July 9. We imagined passing through a magic, invisible screen at this point and being instantly transported to a land of golden beaches, endless sunshine and temperatures ten degrees warmer; it’s called ‘The Golden State’ after all. We quickly noticed, however, that Northern California shares Oregon’s climate: warm but not swim-in-the-ocean-in-just-your-board-shorts warm and we had a few more miles of forest to go before we hit those Californian shores.
Well, they let us into the U. S. of A. It helps traveling with a Kiwi, they’re liked in every country. I also become flustered when I go through customs so thank god Tim was there to do the talking; when I was asked where I was going I answered, “America, obviously”.
Expectations were high for Vancouver. We’d been told it’s a lot like Wellington but bigger and therefore, better; a city sitting on the water, surrounded by mountains, the people are outdoorsy and the coffee is good. But we have to admit, we weren’t totally blown away.
Stepping off the plane in Faro, Portugal we were greeted by a wave of hot, sea air and we knew we were now “on holiday”.
If you’re after a stay-cation in the U.K. and you want soft, sandy beaches, good food, rich history, an abundance of activities, and warm weather (it’s one of the sunniest places in England) then look no further than Cornwall.
Following our mini-break to Paris, we spent the rest of the week in the Big Smoke, catching up with friends and family.
All aboard the Eurostar, we were off for a mini break to Paris.