While planning ahead with the blog, I came across some of my travel shots that I filed for printing. Back in 2008, Dan and I went on a 6-week holiday which was to be our last overseas trip before settling down and planning for a family. Yep, life before children – seems like eons ago!
We set off for the United States and our first stop was San Francisco. I loved our time there and we saw loads, mainly by walking across half the city. My highlights were seeing the awesome Golden Gate Bridge, going to a gig at The Independent (intimate indie venue), stumbling across a super fun festival on Haight-Ashbury, eating Mexican in the Mission District, doing a wine tour in the Napa Valley, walking the seedy streets of the Tenderloin and probably lots more I’ve forgotten about.
Before we went I had a great recommendation to check out Bourbon & Branch. Coming from Melbourne and living around the corner from the Black Pearl Bar (iconic cocktail bar in Fitzroy), this place was the bee’s knees. Think 1920s during Prohibition when the ‘speakeasy’ was all the rage. You need to book online and there are a set of house rules to follow and the cocktails are something else! What an awesome experience and I highly recommend it to anyone travelling without children (or get a babysitter if possible, it’s worth it!). You even need a password to get you in the door.
After San Fran, it was off to the city that never sleeps – the one, the only New York. I had been wanting to go there for so long and it did not disappoint. From the galleries and museums, the subway, the bagels, the hustle and bustle, the yellow cabs, the architecture, the shopping, the cafes and restaurants and just the general feel of the city – I instantly felt at home. I loved watching Sex and the City and I felt like I had stepped into that wonderland!
AND you’ll never guess who we saw at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. We were waiting for the play ‘August: Osage County’ to start, and across the theatre Dan spotted none other that Mr Big himself (actor Chris Noth from SATC). OMG! I nearly died and the rest of the audience was also in a flurry at the sight of him. At interval I walked past him and we made eye contact. At that moment, my life was complete, ha!
We did a lot while we were there: The Met, MoMa, the Guggenheim, (lots of tiny little galleries too), the top of the Empire State, a Broadway show, ate bagels in Central Park, took the subway to Brooklyn for pizza, ate in Chinatown, lots of shopping in Soho and the usual stuff you do when in NYC.
From our hotel room, I could see the top of the Chrysler building, my most favourite building in the whole world. I stared out the window a lot and managed to get some pretty cool shots.
After the States, we left for England to visit and spend time with family and friends. We stayed in Somerset with Dan’s family and with friends in London and I even managed a side trip to Paris with my lovely friend Pauline. It was my third time there and it was so nice to see all of those wonderful sights again, this time with a girlfriend who was super happy to shop ‘til we dropped!
I’ll never tire of seeing the Eiffel Tower, especially at dusk. We both took a gazillion shots and spent hours watching the sun go down over the city.
On the way back to Australia, we stopped in Thailand for a beach fix. Just what the doctor ordered after pounding the pavement in the States and being busy catching up with everyone in England.
The shots I took on this trip formed the basis of a little exhibition I had at the iconic Mario’s restaurant in 2009. The show was on for three weeks and we had a lovely opening night celebration. About two weeks later, I found out I was pregnant with Ava and the rest is history.