Venice Beach is my favorite of the beach towns along Los Angeles, Westside. It fulfills my fantasy of living in a sleepy beach community where you can walk around all day in flip flops and nothing is rushed. This is my second trip to LA this year, my first being in February to West Hollywood. On this trip we chose to get some winter sun and rented a town house from One Fine Stay and spent five days in Venice Beach.
The Golden Gate bridge in the San Francisco bay area is one of the most beautiful bridges I have ever seen. The gorgeous terra-cotta red is striking against the blue sky and when fog covers the bay the bridge is like a red hot iron that glows in the mist.
After spending the first few days of our summer holiday in metropolitan Lisbon. I wanted to get out of the city and experience a slower pace. After enjoying beautiful, trendy, urban Lisbon for the first few days of my summer holiday’s I longed to see a beach and the sea. We, therefore took the 40 minute train ride out of the city to Cascais a pretty seaside town west of Lisbon.
Lisbon in Portugal was one of those cities that I was always going to go and check out but never got around to going, always choosing a city in Italy, France or Spain instead. Finally, this year I made my way to this beautiful city on the banks of the Tagus River and on arrival my first thought was what took me so long to visit. Lisbon’s scenic location on the river, the steep hills leading to breathtaking views over the city, the colorful tiles on the buildings lining the cobblestone streets, I can tell you Lisbon is one of the prettiest European capitals I have ever been to.
New York, New York my annual pilgrimage to the Big Apple took place earlier this summer and I did what I love to do most in New York that is wander around aimlessly no plan, no agenda just strolling the streets and neighborhoods taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this unique city.
After a two year absence I was so happy to be back in Los Angeles. To read about my previous visit click here. We again decided to stay in West Hollywood but this time we rented a house just off Melrose Ave in the design district between La Cienega and Fairfax Ave. This part of Melrose is great for street shopping as well as having fantastic street art, galleries, comedy clubs, cool restaurants, cafes and bars.
In my last post I talked about my wonderful visit to Gordes. On leaving Gordes I visited the beautiful Senanque Abbey. The abbey is located at the foot of a mountain and is surrounded by trees and lavender fields.
My summer holidays this year was a week in Provence, southern France. We based ourselves in St. Remy hired a car and toured the countryside. The first place I wanted to visit is Gordes. The little picture perfect village sits atop a mountain in the Luberon region of Provence.
Giverny, a thumb print sized village in Normandy, northern France is where I found myself this past August to attend a friends wedding. Giverny’s main claim to fame is that it is the village where the painter Claude Monet lived in a magnificent country home. This home is where Monet painted some of his most famous works. On touring the property I was particularly taken with the beautiful gardens.
I went on a short holiday to Charlston, South Carolina this Memorial day weekend back in May, therefore file this post under the very very late write up’s. Life has a way of taking away your time. I have been so busy my little blog has suffered. Anyway, why Charlston? well there has been a lot of buzz about the new culinary scene in this southern city, plus I had heard so much about the history of this old town and seen dozens of photos of picturesque streets and the colorful houses that my curiosity was absolutely peeked. Therefore when the opportunity arose I boarded a plane for a quick 3 day discovery trip.