April 6, 2018

With Mr A away back in Australia, the girls and I headed for a fun weekend away in LA during September.  We met up with some close friends from Australia who were holidaying and had simply the best 3 days of fun!  

We caught at crack of dawn flight out of Vancouver and with a 2 hour flight time to LA we had touched down and were out of the airport mid morning ready to have fun!  We Ubered our way from the airport to our hotel in Santa Monica were we decided to base ourselves for the weekend.

We stayed at the very stylish Viceroy Hotel on Ocean Ave.  The location was fabulous with wonderful Ocean views and just across the road and we were on the beach.  The rooms included 2 comfy queen sized beds and a nice sized bathroom so it was perfect for the 4 of us.  The pool area, lobby, bar and restaurant was also just lovely.  I booked everything via expedia which is where I book a lot of our trips these days.  The hotel also had bikes you could borrow but you do need to get hold of them early as they are very popular! 

Once our friends joined us at the hotel we decided to spend the day wandering and watching along the famous Santa Monica and Venice Beaches having lunch and enjoying the shops, street performers and all the magic the comes with this eclectic part of the world.

On Saturday we decided we wanted to do a hike to the Hollywood Sign so we caught the train to Hollywood and from there we order an Uber to take us to our hiking destination!  The plan was going great until both our Uber driver and our friends Uber driver got completely lost and we ended in one location and our friends in a completely different location!  Our first bad experience with an Uber driver as neither could speak English. So with the girls and I now at Griffith Observatory and our friends miles away and nowhere near the Hollywood sign we had an interesting morning trying to find each other!  Needless to say our hike to the sign didn’t eventual but a short hike in the hills around the observatory plus a walk around the observatory had to suffice!! 

On our way back to Santa Monica we took a detour to Melrose Ave as the girls we keen to find the “pink” wall and all other interesting walls along Melrose!  It was a fun afternoon of photo taking and people watching.  

On Sunday we stayed in Santa Monica and hired bikes to ride along the beach, enjoying the magical weather and the fabulous bike path that goes for ever.  More people watching, eating and enjoying being out discovering the fun of the Santa Monica area.

Here are my favourite photos from our weekend away!

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October 23, 2017

In my previous post I shared our day by day itinerary for our week in NYC so in this post I just wanted to share more of my favourite photos!  It really is a photographers paradise with so much to see and do.

My biggest tip for getting around NYC is to use the subway – it is free for kids to travel on the subway so it really does make it the most economical way to get around the city and it is fast and clean!

Enjoy more of my favourite photos from this part of our trip!Sweet Style-0262

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