We love to travel anywhere and everywhere, exploring new cultures and places.
We met on a plane so it seems only right that we jet off to different places as much as we can :)
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page" - St Augustine.
On the second of August we will be landing in San Francisco in sunny Cali. We will then make our way across the US of A, making many stops along the way and dropping into Mexico and jumping up into Canada. Our final stop is NYC before flying back to the rain on the seventeenth of September.
October 3rd 2012
Up and out bright and early today :) We took a walk through Chinatown to Downtown, a very peculiar experience. Our first stop was Union Square with all the big shops, unfortunately we had to postpone a visit to the Cheese Cake Factory having just filled up on bagels at the hostel, but we are definitely going back! Then we hit pier 39 – Waw! With chowder, sea lions and chocolate shops at the plenty, this city was certainly off to a flying start! Even Annie tried the clam chowder and surprised us both by liking it and helped Scott with finishing it off. We soon realised why the piers were so bustling with people; anywhere with views of Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge and entertaining sea lions would pull the crowds in. We came across a ... read more
September 15th 2012
We’ve been all over New York city today, from Queens to Brooklyn, to Manhattan and back to Brooklyn! The flea market we were excited for turned out to be a super expensive car boot sale where the rustier and older the item, the more expensive it was! We swiftly subwayed it back to the shops on Broadway. We had to make a stop in a Starbucks for Scotty to find out the Liverpool score; nicest girlfriend award to Annie! Alex suggested we visit the Highline Park which is an old rail track transformed into, well, a park. It was pretty cool, had some nice views and went on for over a mile. The Brooklyn Bridge was Annie’s favourite part when she came 6 years ago, but she was hugely disappointed to see that there was construction ... read more
September 14th 2012
Another busy day in New York! We headed to Central Park for a couple of hours which was so stunning we’re going back there Sunday before we leave for the airport :) It’s crazy that such a huge, natural and peaceful place exists in the middle of this bustling city! We also saw a celebrity there; Zeus, the world’s tallest dog and his family were strolling through and drew a lot of attention! The poor guy had to have pictures with about ten people while we were admiring him. He was MASSIVE! They had a few little art stalls in the park, nothing like New Orleans, these were just photocopied prints and posters put in a frame. Hopefully there will be more unique ones on Sunday… At 2p.m we had reserved passes for the 9/11 memorial ... read more
September 13th 2012
Boy have we walked today! Up and down 5thAvenue, around Times Square and around the blocks, without much shopping to show for it because, well, we are backpackers not bankers. Our hosts suggested a market we should visit so we’re going to try that out on Saturday. We did some laundry today which was a much better success than the first couple of attempts – everything came out the same size they went in…just about! Maybe we’re in denial that our waists have expanded instead of the elastic on our shorts shrinking. We picked the perfect time to go up the Empire State Building (although there may never be a perfect time for Scotty who turned rather pale on the 86th floor). The sun was setting so we saw the entire city in the day and ... read more
September 12th 2012
First of all, we think that Wales should invest in a subway system! It is so fast and reliable, a tad squished at times but at least you’re only squashed for a short time! We didn’t get round to all we had planned today because the Statue of Liberty took up more time than we anticipated but it’s been a great day! As we walked through Battery Park toward the ferry docks for the Statue of Liberty we saw this big copper sculpture which used to sit inside one of the twin towers. It was damaged and burnt from the 9/11 attack but was placed there as a “temporary memorial” to those who lost their lives; it was beautiful. We got on the ferry across to Liberty Island which had great views of the city! It ... read more
September 11th 2012
After a gruelling bus journey from Toronto with frequent stops we arrived in the big jungle of buildings that is New York. Our host, Alex, planned to meet us at Grand Central station so our sightseeing had already started :) Alex and Laila are so lovely and their apartment is luxurious and the subway is only 5 minutes away. There was no one in when we arrived but there was chocolate, a pamper pack, water and snacks waiting for us which was hugely welcomed after the 12 hour bus. We’re kicking off our last chapter of the journey with the Statue of Liberty tomorrow and cannot wait to see all of the city! Have a wicked Wednesday everyone! x x x... read more
September 10th 2012
Our early day didn’t start off too well with the company picking us up an hour late and then being rude to Annie on the phone, but she gave them a grilling when we arrived at the office and gained an apology :) This minor setback didn’t stop us having a brilliant day at the falls though! It was totally surreal and a little scary to be standing under it on the boat, getting drenched by the mist and even more so looking over the edge at the top. We have some really good pictures of the view we had from the top but it was really difficult to get a good one on the boat because we were getting so wet even in our snazzy smurf blue macks!! It was actually quite emotional to leave ... read more
September 9th 2012
What a way to spend a Sunday – walking aimlessly around the city of Toronto, sipping a drink in a bar on the 51stfloor of a building that gives a 360 view, all before heading to see Jason Mraz and Christina Perri. Waw. The concert was in an outdoor amphitheatre and was amazing! Luckily it stayed dry because they played for 3 and a half hours and our tickets were allocated to the lawn area. So we kicked back on the grass and couldn’t stop thinking about all of the amazing places we’ve been on this trip as we listened to the relaxing songs of Mr Mraz until he kicked it up a notch and got us all dancing. He is a brilliant performer and the band, with their variety of instruments, were fab! Christina Perri ... read more
September 8th 2012
Toronto is quite the diverse city! The scene changes around every street corner. After a 15 hour bus journey we arrive at our host’s flat which is colourful and quirky. Sean is really friendly and offered us breakfast and made us feel right at home. He gave us loads of ideas for things to do on our first day which we ended up doing! We headed down to Kensington Market which was very bohemian with one of a kind shops. After a browse we sat in a bar and enjoyed a beer and a cider for Annie :) You can take the girl out of the valley! Sean suggested we visit the Distillery District which used to produce whisky but is now a square full of art galleries, vintage shops and bistros all built in the ... read more
September 7th 2012
We love Washington so were glad to have a few more hours at the National Mall before getting on the Greyhound. The sun was beaming bright and early so we went out and joined it :) Our first stop was at the World War II Memorial where there were War veterans visiting the Memorial which made it all more real and moving. The Reflection Pool made a lovely peaceful walk down to Lincoln’s Memorial which wasn’t as big as it seems in the movies but still very impressive. He was Colgate white! Everything is in line at the Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial all the way down past the Monument to the Capitol Building so we could see everything from there. On our way to Martin Luther King Jr’s Memorial we passed the Korean War Memorial ... read more