After travelling around the USA for 3 weeks I’m back with stories galore, hundreds of photos and memories and also a bank balance that doesn’t know what’s hit it. It’s given me a new lease for life and some fantastic content for the blog.
We flew from Dublin to San Francisco and stayed for four nights in The Handlery Union Square Hotel. We visited Alcatraz Island, walked around Fishermans Wharf and watched the gorgeous sea lions of Pier 39 as they fought for our attention. We cruised over the Golden Gate Bridge and took the mandatory selfies on Lombard Street. We drove around Haight Ashbury and climbed hill after hill to Alamo square to catch a glimpse of the Victorian Ladies.
If you had of told me this time last year that I would be driving the Pacific Coast Highway over Big Sur from San Francisco to Los Angeles I would have told you were mad, but hey ho… miracles do happen. Collecting the car in San Francisco airport we took off in our little hired fiesta equipped with a sat nav that didn’t work and a month supply of cheetos. We travelled the 650 miles through San Jose, Monterey, Carmel , Los Padres National forest, Morro bay, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, finally ending up in Los Angeles.
Staying on Hollywood Boulevard, we were in the perfect location to explore and uber our way around Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the sunset strip. The highlights of LA was easily Venice Beach. This wide stretch of coast line with golden white sands goes on for miles and is simply beautiful. We stalked celebrity homes, eat in diners, drank Prosecco to the sun setting and visited Universal Studios and a few other famous hotels and bars. This for me was one of the best places we visited.
On from here we flew to Vegas and checked into the signature MGM. It was here that we did the most fantastic and breathtaking thing I think I will ever do. We took a helicopter ride from Boulder City to the Grand Canyon. It’s this kind of experience that makes you feel alive, exhilarated and truly humbled by the beauty of this world. The strip and hotels and casinos I could hit or miss but the bird’s eye view of the desert…that’s what life is all about.
Next stop was Memphis, Tennessee. I couldn’t wait to get here and was not disappointed. Of course we stayed in The Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Boulevard and fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to Graceland. After this we went to Sun Studio and the famous Beale Street. It’s the only place I’ve ever visited that allows you to be in 3 states on the one road. We started in Mississippi, drove to Tennessee and then moved onto Arkansas. It’s not every day this happens.
Last but not least was the big Apple. We flew to JFK from Memphis via Washington and let’s be honest, New York does not need any introductions. We had a fantastic time drinking champagne, shopping and going to Broadway. Obviously we sampled the night life as well.
This was the trip of a lifetime with two of my closest friends and I honestly feel privileged to have had the opportunity to do it. Keep up with Jewellbooks as I log my travels and experiences over the next couple of weeks.
As always…thanks for reading.
Love Janine at Jewellbooks