OK, when Jan and I started planning this trip Vegas was not exactly in our top 10 list of places to go. Actually, not even our top 100. However, keeping that in mind, it turned out to be a perfectly reasonable place to punctuate our road trip to the Grand Canyon. All the requisite Vegas attractions were observed, if not necessarily whole-heartedly embraced… Bright lights: ✅ Wall to wall gambling: ✅ Wedding chapels: ✅ Glitzy shows featuring botoxed singers from […]
From a fligh-path huddling hotel by L.A. Airport to the rain-washed red rocks of Sonoma we drove out of California, into Nevada and eventually through Arizona experiencing the many moods of south-western USA’s desert roads. After the seemingly endless craziness and smog of L.A.’s freeways we broke through to barren, flat, treeless plains that wouldn’t look out of place along the Nullarbor Plain. Beyond Las Vegas things improved. Rolling hills, more vegetation, ranches and even forests of evergreen trees as […]
We finished our mini-road trip at Asbury Park, the prettily faded sea-side town we visited four years ago when I made a Bruce Springsteen pilgrimage to places mentioned in his songs (click the time-machine link here). It was just before Hurricane Sandy smashed into the New Jersey shore and caused a lot of damage so I was interested to see how it had affected the town and whether it had recovered. Happily things seemed Great. The Old Casino building was […]
Back on the road (after riding the train from New York to Lancaster in the heart of Pennsylvania) with no particular plan or direction in mind. We had intended to cycle around the Amish country surrounding Lancaster four years ago but abandoned the idea after Hurricane Sandy hit. (We seem to be accompanied by disasters whenever we come to the States- this time it was the election 😳) With a car and not bikes we realised that exploring was going […]
With the excitement of the marathon still spurring us on we made the most of our last few days in NYC. Katz’s Deli, MOMA, Melbourne style coffee and cafes, One World, the 9/11 memorial, the election, gigantic pizzas and desserts, and more… and we still only scratched the surface!
And why exactly have so many of our family gravitated to New York this November? Well, Because Heidi ran in the New York Marathon! Not that she is the only family member pounding the pavement here in New York: Hayden, Charles, Matt and Garnet got into the spirit th a 5km dash to the finish on Saturday, setting the scene for Heidi’s big run in the main event on Sunday. What better excuse could we have for a celebration, so […]
The 31st of October casts a peculiar spell over Americans, young and old. Four years ago when we were last here, coincidentally also at this time of year, much of the excitement on the east coast was blown away by Hurricane Sandy- can’t let the kids trick-or-treat if they are going to get blown away, a-la Dorothy and Toto. This time, however, we got the deluxe package deal- the lead up, when pumpkins begin to mysteriously sprout in every shop […]
The promise of vineyards and wines drew us away again from the coastline to the fabulous Napa Valley. The seemingly neverending swathes of autumn-toned vines, mist-shrouded hilltops and grand winery buildings were a real treat and contrast after the natural beauties of the coast and Yosemite. The $25+ tasting “menus” the wineries offer to sample their wines (“generously” removed if you buy 2 or more bottles!) and the absence of any form of dining options were definitely not a treat… […]
Taking a break from our coast hugging journey we turned eastward to Yosemite National Park for two days.Beautiful autumn weather, breathtaking scenery: no need for explanations, I think the photos tell the story…
And so begins the road trip- Portland to L.A. via the coast hugging Highway #101 in Oregon and Highway #1 in California. Too many towns and beaches to detail; too many photos to caption or explain, so here is a grab-bag moments from the last three days on the road…
Goodnight Seattle! Not exactly sleepless in Seattle- we barely stopped for breath during our three hectic days in hilly, autumn tinged Seattle. From our base in Pioneer Square, across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and through streets of fascinating architecture we crammed in as much as possible during our first stop this on this west coast tour of America.