Yikes another year bites the dust and as I’ve done in 2014 and 2015, I thought I would take you on a short whistle stop tour of my adventures for the year.  I will be honest and say that I haven’t blogged much about my travels this year but I will get there and will start posting again when time allows.

So where did the wind blow me in 2016…here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you’ll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post…let’s go!

January

I started the year with the intention of boarding a flight back to England from New Zealand on the 2nd however a stomach bug kept me in NZ for an extra week which let’s be honest, wasn’t too much of a hardship; so I got to do some of my year end accounting work from New Zealand and enjoyed a few extra days at home with my family and doing a couple more tiki tours.

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From there I did a little road trip to Cambridgeshire

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…and enjoyed a little staycation in Essex with a spot of gluten free afternoon tea…

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….then onto Lisbon for a long weekend which I haven’t blogged about at all…let’s just say Lisbon really wasn’t my cup of tea, mainly as I just didn’t feel safe and maybe Porto spoiled me.

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Looking back, that was quite of lot of tiki touring in one of my busiest months at work.

February

Our birthday month always has a birthday trip planned and this February was no different…alas 2017 has nothing at all planned!  Our destination was Seville in Spain and I adored the city, my third trip to Spain and finally I found a spot that I actually loved ( I really disliked Valencia and Barcelona on my prior visits!).

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I visited Leicester for the very first time to visit the Car Park King and found that it’s actually a really cool city that is often overlooked by tourists…

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…then it was a trip to Greater London to visit Kensington Palace *coughs* completely overrated!

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^^I spotted this gentleman as I was leaving Kensington Palace and he made me smile…the squirrel whisperer that looks like the guy from Back to the Future!

March

March saw me finally ticking Liverpool off my bucket list and can I just say, I don’t know why it took me so long to visit…be warned the city is pricey so book well in advance and choose your activities wisely as there are a number of ticket combos available.  G and I really loved the city and I would happily return…especially to see the ladies shopping with curlers in their hair.

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I popped up to the smallest county in England called Rutland and visited Oakham which is a very sweet area of England, it reminds me slightly of an unexplored Cotswolds…

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…then at Easter I popped over to visit the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, my home county…

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…and then G and I went to Hatfield House and to visit the underground caves in Hertfordshire, I really need to blog about that as it was a good day out…finished off with McD’s sundae!

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^^G hates exploring England and getting dragged through houses like this…see those big grey clouds…he was in the door faster than me!

April

In April I was busy preparing for our big trip to Peru so we just did a few day trips close to home and one slightly further away.  I visited Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, I love this county so much…the home of drunk wobbly houses…

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…and then I popped across to Grantchester in the spring time which looked glorious.

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The first bank holiday in May actually started on the last day of April which is when we headed up to Shropshire; a county that I fell head over heels in love with and can’t believe it’s not on more peoples radar – I read something recently that said if you want to know what London really looked like back in the day then a visit to Shrewsbury is a must with all its historic buildings; everyone was so friendly…(the north is so much friendly than the south I’ve found this year!).  Bridgnorth and Ironbridge are also worthy of a visit! I couldn’t choose between two of my Shrewsbury photos so you get both!

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

May

We cancelled our trip to Peru as G’s dad passed away from cancer in May.  Things were a bit of blur and we did some random things like visiting Woburn for a new pot for the hob…

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…and visited St Neots to eat cake.

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Rachel and I went down to London on the last bank holiday in May to the gluten free fair and to have afternoon tea at the Intercontinental and I can’t thank her enough for dragging me out and for that chat we had that day.

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June 

I took G’s mum for a drive to Cromer so we both got out of the house, it was nice to blow away some cobwebs…

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…then I attended the cute little wedding dress fair in Blunham church where they were showing dresses through the decades including my 80 year old boyfriends mothers flapper wedding dress!

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Also I thought it was high time to revisit Waddenson Manor in Buckinghamshire which was the first ever stately home that I had visited in England…it wasn’t as gaudy as I remembered!

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G and I then jetted off to Madeira for a weekend (remember all those painted doors!), the hotel we stayed in no longer exists as it was destroyed in the recent fires and we didn’t get to do much due to the flight times, you need more than two nights.  However we did visit Reid’s Palace which is part of the Belmond Group for Afternoon Tea, to be fair we thought it was okay but the service wasn’t anywhere near 5 star at all.

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July

Looking at July it was a busy month as it consisted of a few staycations, I met Caprice who was over from South Africa for afternoon tea at The Langham in London and after a few cuddles…

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…I jumped onto a train to Cardiff to see G who had been working the week in Wales; it was a blink and you miss it visit of Cardiff

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…then we drove back to Bedfordshire via Castle Combe

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and Lacock which were just as pretty as I imagined them to be…Lacock was on my Jane Austen bucket list (yes I have one of those…told you I loved bucket lists!)…how gorgeous is Wiltshire and still there is so much to see in that county.

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I popped up to Warwick to visit the castle and was deeply disappointed but I did think Warwick itself was rather pretty.

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Rachel and I headed up for a picnic under the most famous apple tree in the world!

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

G and I popped over for a long weekend to the Cotswolds, actually he went to work and I didn’t…so I got to visit a few counties all in one weekend plus I enjoyed visiting some of the cutest little villages in the land including Great Tew, Bibury, Stow on the Wold and Broadway just to name a few!

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Not sure how I managed this also but I headed to Broadstairs to see my gorgeous friend Amy and her beautiful boys for a day by the seaside.

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July was busy busy!

August

After a busy July…I have RSI from typing all of the above…it was a quiet August thankfully.  I managed to tick Tom Jones off my bucket list…and I can say with my hand on my heart, he is soooo good and totally worth taking your knickers off for…which some ladies did on the night.  I kept my Bridget Jones knickers on.

I headed to the RHS Wisley Gardens in Surrey with G’s mum, it was an emotional day as it was a spot that G’s mum and dad wanted to visit together but we wandered around and drunk tea all before the rain set in.

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Chester oh my goodness, my second most favourite place in the whole of England…totally worth a day trip or a weekend away, loved this city soooo much.

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September

Feeling like I had cabin fever and just needing a break from life in England, I popped across to Washington DC…

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2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

…Los Angeles…

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Palm Springs

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…and Disneyland with my parents and little sister…it was our half way meeting point.  We had a great time as we always do together albeit they had to deal with me, the stress bunny that could never relax.

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I managed a little visit to Ampthill where there were some gorgeous thatched cottages…

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…then G and I did a day trip to Stoke on Trent…we had done this trip years ago but everything had changed so much, G complained a bit but he had the second best scones of his life so he was a happy bunny in the end.

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October

October was a funny month but I still managed to visit Alfriston (thank you Sian for the brilliant suggestion)…

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

..and onto my old hometown of Arundel

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

…both are worth a visit and there was so much to see in-between that I didn’t have a chance to stop at.

I also popped into my number one favourite spot in all of England, Cambridge to buy new bras (which I failed at and still need to buy!).

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G’s mum wanted to visit Rome so we both went away for a long weekend where we just plodded along and did a few magical tours in the eternal city.

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After feeling rather down in the dumps for weeks and beyond exhausted, the doctor advised rest so I decided to stop doing my county trips until I felt a bit better.

November

Ahhh November…nothing like cancelling a big trip with only a few weeks to go but that’s what happened with our China trip.  So having a jinxed companion ticket with British Airways (we had cancelled our Peru and China trips by this stage!) we ended up in Greece visiting Santorini

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…Katakolo…

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…Nafplio…

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…and back to Athens.

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

I was happy to finally tick Santorini off my bucket list and even more happy to realise that I loved the mainland more than the islands.

December 

Well December was rather quiet travel wise…just relaxing…heading to a carol concert by candle light…

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

2016 Travel Review - So where did the wind blow me in 2016...here we go, take a seat, buckle yourself in and you'll find the emergency exit is at the end of this post...let's go!

…eating…snoozing…painting the shoe room…maybe buying some new shoes to put in the shoe room!

While 2016 seems to have passed in a blur and in tears…the second half did anyway…it also made me realise that travel isn’t that important when you compare it to family.  Don’t wait to have children just because you think you can’t travel with them (you can!), travel to places that interest you (don’t follow the pack!) and if you just want to relax in front of the fire in your own home then do it and be happy…we are all different and we all want different things in life, embrace what makes you happy.

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Take that step as you never know when the rug will be pulled out from under your feet!

xx

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Ahhh Palm Springs…if there was one place in California that I wanted to visit, it was Palm Springs…Retro glamour and architecture at it’s best!  To be honest, the most famous instagram door in the whole of America is in Palm Springs and I wanted a snap or two (there are more than two photos I promise!).

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We arrived after our day trip to Disneyland, I may blog about Disneyland this year…but it will more likely be in 2017 or 2018 at the rate I’m going, I’m failing at this blogging business.  As we were driving into Palm Springs the temperate went from double digits to triple digits and it turned into a furnace…poor daddy had man flu so you can imagine how he felt in 44 degree heat (for the normal people of this world…in celsius!)…he was the perfect travel companion!

Palm Springs is one of those destinations that isn’t too taxing…you eat, swim, shop, eat, maybe do something a tad touristy and then eat, shop and sleep some more…a perfect spot to rest on your California road trip.

So let’s start with the most famous pink door on instagram…if you follow fashionistas on instagram you will know what I’m talking about…THIS PINK DOOR…or if you’re fluent in hashtag #thatpinkdoor…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…now let’s see how Kelly poses by the pink door…the normal “ish” pose…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…the pregnancy pose (I’m not pregnant, just fat!)

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…the Pee-wee Herman pose…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…the stride by (trying to look cool while yelling at mum “have you taken the photo yet, remember to get the palm trees in” and also trying to hold my tummy in and failing!)

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…the Sale of the Century pose!

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

Let’s just say, my sister Lisa is pretty darn fabulous…she’s so much better than an instagram husband or instagram child…let me introduce you to the “instagram sister”…Lisa stand here…

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…Lisa I need your back to the camera pretending to take a photo…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…Lisa look into the distance…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…Lisa is available for instagram work on weekends and from 5pm onwards during the week and currently lives in New Zealand…so if you need someone to pose in front of the Wanaka Tree looking into the distance or to stand on some mountain top looking like she hasn’t broken a sweat (sorry I sweat like a pig, Lisa perspires lightly), she’s your gal!  (The hat belongs to me…bought in Venice…styled up by the “Instagram Sister”)

I’m guessing you’ve seen enough of the famous pink door…we meet a local who said they were looking at painting the door white…let’s start a really good blogging rumour shall we…#thatpinkdoorwillbecomeawhitedoorsoon…pass it on!

We decided to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs on the outskirts of Palm Springs (it’s an easy drive)…perfect if you like to drop a shoefie with a giant dinosaur (obviously I did!).

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

In essence, it’s just a lot of big dinosaurs that don’t do anything but you can have some real fun here…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…I would like to say I know what each one was called but I don’t so I’ll rename them to make my life easier…that’s Bob and Jim above.  (I should point out that Bob is the random name I call people when I forget their name, I just rename them to Bob and I generally call people who are really called Bob…wait for it…Bobkins)

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

^^Jim again with some Palm Trees…so many Palm Trees in Palm Springs…crazy eh!

Here comes Liz with Liz Junior…she looks like a Liz don’t you think…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…and I suppose this is Kelly the Dinosaur…this is what I look like in the mornings…grumpy, angry and ready to eat everything in sight (even my folks refuse to talk to me on skype in the mornings!).

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

With all these dinosaurs you have to strike a pose…or maybe a few poses…the instagram sister strikes again (I love her so much!)

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…mum act scared as you’re about to be eaten by a dinosaur…she smiles…obviously she’s looking forward to getting eaten by a dinosaur…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…once again mum is looking forward to getting by eaten by a dinosaur (she was probably having a good hair day hence the smiles or she’s got daddys credit card and he’s about to be eaten!)…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…act scared mum…I think she almost cracked it (almost)…

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…the instagram sister about to enter the T-Rex’s back passage (it probably wasn’t the day to wear pastels!)

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…we may have scared a few dinosaurs with our double chin selfie!

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After our little fun adventure with the dinosaurs we moved onto the serious business of shopping at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets…

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…okay this little adventure almost ended up in a disaster as some idiot decided to put their credit card into the slot for notes in the drink machine (with a bit of force us Kiwi women have when something doesn’t fit)…thankfully the said idiot has a fabulous daddy who is MacGyver in his spare time.

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

Amazing shopping with the best discounts I’ve ever seen…I got a DVF dress for £83…crazy!

We decided to check out the cable car which gives amazing views over Palm Springs but ummm….

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…yeah we didn’t go up…let’s just say the ride to the top wasn’t for the faint hearted and I struggle with heights…I freak out on the second step of a ladder.

As I said earlier, Palm Springs doesn’t have a lot of attractions to keep you busy for a whole week…it’s all about relaxing…swimming…shopping and eating…we did visit the ever popular blogger destination, Moorten Botanical Gardens which surprise surprise is only open a few hours a day, first thing in the morning…

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…it was closed when we decided to visit!  To be fair, I prefer flowers than succulents which I just find a tad boring….I’m going to go to blogger hell so I might as well admit it here and now…I hate succulents!  I do like a cactus to be fair…well I used too until I had an unfortunate incident while having a wee in Libya a few years ago and reversed into a cactus…it got my foot only thankfully.

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

So let’s talk Palm Trees and Retro Architecture…well let’s not…I will just spam you with photos…it’s easier…

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…you…

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…can’t…

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…beat…

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…a…

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…good…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…old Palm Tree in Palm Springs!

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We stayed at V Palm Springs Hotel which is a funky little retro style hotel with a pool…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…my pool shoefie but without any shoes…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…the cute bar area by the pool…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…how very American…getting misty…have never seen this before until I got to America…SOOOO weird…and even in the main street while walking on the pavement…weird…just sooooo weird…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…the “instagram sister” enjoying the pool area…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…striking an instagram pose like a pro…peace out sis…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…I really liked the simplicity of the hotel…it was rather instagrammable…

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

…and it had extremely friendly staff which is always what you’re after on any stay!

USA Travel Inspiration - California Dreaming in Palm Springs and that pink door which makes everyone go crazy on instagram! If you love retro architecture then you're going to fall in love with Palm Springs; there aren't a lot of things to do but it makes a relaxing stop on your California Road Trip...I've included some gluten free restaurant tips as well so you won't go hungry on your next vacation. I'm so glad to have ticked Palm Springs off my North America bucket list...click to read all my travel tips for Palm Springs.

I really did like Palm Springs and I will definitely return one day…it’s got a charm to it, it’s not big and bustling…it’s a spot where you don’t feel guilty for just sitting by the pool reading or going shopping at Target or Walmart to escape the heat!

I hope you enjoyed all the family photos…I have a quote framed in my home which says “REMEMBER AS FAR AS ANYONE KNOWS WE ARE A NICE NORMAL FAMILY”…people say my family is crazy, I just think we’re normal and everyone else is slightly boring!

Travel Tips for Palm Springs

  • We stayed at the V Palm Springs Hotel; it’s very motel in style (Kiwi’s will know what I mean when I say this!) so if you aren’t that mobile then I would request a ground floor room – the staff were friendly, the pool was clean and the location was an easy drive into the main centre to have dinner.
  • Moorten Botanical Gardens was a short walk from our hotel; check the opening hours as well didn’t realise it would only be open until 1pm!  Entry is $5pp
  • You can find more information on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway…I was too much of a wimp to go on it!
  • The Cabazon Dinosaurs are an approximately 20-30 minute drive out of Palm Springs (on the way back to Los Angeles)…entry is $10pp…Mum and Dad both received a senior citizen discount, woohoo…hello $7pp entry.
  • The Desert Hills Premium Outlets is just a short distance from the Dinosaurs so you could hit both of them up on the same day like we did…amazing shopping and discounts…remember to take an extra bag.
  • Talking of shopping…it’s rather easy to get around Palm Springs if you have a car; we rocked up to and shopped at Walmart and Target and loved it…Walmart is amazing for people watching!  Both have amazing gluten free options in the grocery section, I picked up numerous gluten free items and hello fresh fruit.
  • You know when you get hot and you don’t feel like eating…well that was us really so I’m a bit light on the ground with gluten free options but I really did enjoy the cheap and cheerful Fisherman’s Market and Grill where they make everything fresh for you and the menu clearly stated what was gluten free (I’m the weirdo craving fish in the desert!).  Looking for more detailed options then check out these blog posts on gluten free options in Palm Springs here and here.
  • That Pink Door is located at 1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs…google maps got us there with no issues…use the hashtag #thatpinkdoor to stalk on instagram
  • I’m not a great fan of ASOS due to the quality however the floral dress that I’m wearing is amazing quality, cotton and perfect for holidays and it’s on sale!
  • If you plan to visit Palm Springs then I highly recommend getting a car to get around…when it’s hot, you don’t want to be walking and it’s quite spread out.  It is extremely easy to drive around, the roads are wide and well signposted.

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After watching Full House as a little girl in New Zealand, San Francisco has been on my travel wish list and last year I got to visit for the very first time (properly! transiting through the airport on the way to New Zealand doesn’t count).

G and I visited on probably the busiest weekend of the year with Fleet Week, Jazz festivals, Baseball playoffs and parades happening all across town making if rather fun trying to get around town.

Our accommodation for our long weekend in San Francisco was the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins which sits on top of Nob Hill overlooking the great city.  The hotel has so much history and is truly a beautiful building with a number of 1920’s features including a postal chute (still in use today as my postcards made their way to various destinations around the world).

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco hotel exterior

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel Art Deco Postal Chute

We were extremely lucky to be given an upgrade to the Presidental Suite which in one word was incredible, the joys of brand loyalty and being a Platinum member of the Priority Club.  The view was amazing and I could see Macy’s from the bedroom window which was dangerous for a shopaholic like myself.

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco view from Penthouse Suite

Our first night we spent at the Top of The Mark which is a fantastic bar and restaurant at the top of The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins.  The entertainment that evening included a jazz band and dancing, while the lights of San Francisco twinkled below us.

A cheeky little New Zealand Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is including on the wine list and this Kiwi girl had to support the New Zealand wine industry while abroad, as you do!

intercontinental mark hopkins san francisco top of the mark new zealand wine dancing

Our first proper day in San Francisco we decided to catch the Cable Car and do a little bit of shopping.

We walked down Powell and managed to drag myself into a number of shops including Coach (new hand bag purchased) and GAP.  I love GAP jeans, and I was lucky to meet the lovely Charlotte who fitted me into my first pair of skinny jeans.  Charlotte is a super star when it comes to finding you the perfect pair of jeans even if you are like me with super long legs.

Obviously there are all the important department stores in San Francisco like Macy’s that you find in the majority of the big US cities however we stumbled across Gump’s which is pretty amazing for finding some kooky items and I love kooky.  They had their Christmas decorations out and I was in heaven!  If you only visit one store in San Francisco then make sure it’s this department store as they have such variety and some truly unique pieces on offer.

The prospect of walking back up to Nob Hill from Powell & Market wasn’t an option so we purchased a Cable Car ticket to get back to the hotel and then to visit the Cable Car Museum.

The Cable Car Museum is a must see and as it’s a working Museum it is pretty cool as you see the wheels turning.  I love transport museums, it’s the geek in me coming out as I find the history behind all the transport that we still use today to be really interesting.  The Museum is free and well worth a visit.

We headed to Fisherman’s Wharf which to be honest I just found slightly tacky and over priced.  If you are looking for tacky souvenirs then this is the place for you in San Francisco.  I was happy to leave and we stumbled up Lombard Street to catch the Cable Car back to the hotel.

The next morning we headed to China Town and again found this rather disappointing, I much prefer China Town in London.  However we had to purchase a cheap bag for all the additional items we had purchased so a third bag was required.

While the Cable Car is a famous San Francisco icon so is the Golden Gate Bridge and G wanted to walk across it.  It was an interesting day to walk across as it offered the best views of the Fleet Week Aerial display and of the city.  I love Bridges (it’s that geek coming out again) and I love Red so this was a complete winner for me once G had managed to coax me onto the Bridge (it was a long way down for someone who doesn’t like heights!).

golden gate bridge san francisco alternative photos

That evening we had tickets to the Baseball Play Offs at the AT&T Stadium to watch the San Francisco Giants Baseball team.  The concierge at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins managed to get us some tickets (a small fortune but so worth it).  This was our very first baseball game and what an experience it was.  The fans were incredible for starters, they were explaining the game to us and offering us nibbles and there was so much banter going on.  The atmosphere is truly amazing and there was a fly past of the stadium.  If you get a chance take in a game when in America, grab the opportunity with both hands as you will see how patriotic the American’s really are and its a great thing to see.  If visiting the stadium takes loads of clothes as its freezing!

AT&T stadium San Francisco Giants Baseball Game play offs

The morning before flying onto Las Vegas I had managed to get us some tickets to visit Alcatraz.  Such incredible history in one tiny little island and what a life all the inhabitants of the island had; not just the prisoners but the families including the children who lived on the island.  If you want to visit then make sure you book your tickets well in advance.  We took the first tour and it meant we didn’t have a lot of crowds to deal with.

alcatraz island prison san francisco

Our hotel was located on Nob Hill (still giggling!) which is quite a posh part of town.  It overlooks San Francisco and why you get such an incredible view from the Top of the Mark.  The area is amazing to walk around as all the buildings are stunning.

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel exterio

There is so much more that I want to do in San Francisco that a return visit is required in the future.

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Las Vegas, the home of brash and over the top hotels, it was a place that I had rather mixed emotions about visiting – was I going to love it or hate it?!  To be honest, I am still rather undecided about Las Vegas.

As we are loyal to the IHG brand we decided to stay one night each at The Palazzo and The Venetian in Las Vegas as these hotels fall under the Intercontinental brand and it meant we were able to collect Priority club points.

The two hotels are actually one giant resort with the casino in the middle with two towers for the accommodation and you seriously need to have the map that they give you at check in to move about the hotel (yes I laughed but the map was pulled out on numerous occasions) and trust me Google Maps on your iPhone isn’t going to help!

The accommodation and lobby of The Palazzo and The Venetian are very different so I thought I would let you know what to expect.

The Palazzo

For me the Palazzo is a very simple styled resort for Las Vegas; there is no major theme other than a slight Italian one running through the lobby and rooms however if you are looking for non themed hotel which is first class while in Las Vegas than the Palazzo is the hotel for you.

The Palazzo hotel tower Las Vegas

The Palazzo Lobby interior Las Vegas

The rooms at the Palazzo are large but I think this is something that you expect in Vegas as everything is HUGE! The decor is kept very simple in the rooms and there was a lovely marble bathroom with a set of scales which after almost two weeks in the States I had gained almost half a stone!

The Palazzo suite Las Vegas hotel room

Las Vegas is over the top and this is probably demonstrated best by the fact that our suite had three TVs all up.

The Venetian

The Venetian was my favourite and if I go back I will stay at this part of the resort again. Yes its themed on Venice and it has its own Rialto bridge outside the hotel (its less crowded than the real one in Italy) and there is a canal both inside and outside the hotel where you can take a Gondola ride on or you can just shop while taking in the lovely views of a pretend Venice.

The venetian hotel las vegas gondola canal interiors

Yes everything is fake however I didn’t find it tacky in any way, it just made me smile.

The room at the Venetian was HUGE, even bigger than the one that we had at The Palazzo. However we had paid an extra $100 for an upgrade as our original room wasn’t ready on check in and I needed a nana nap before going out shopping with G.

The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas interior suite

Our suite was located on the 36th floor – the top floor so the views were impressive however I am not going to lie – we didn’t have a view of the strip we had a view of the car park below of the Wynn Hotel however our suite was right below the glittering Venetian sign that sparkled all night long which for me was a winner and I had to Face Time my mum in New Zealand to show her; needless to say it’s now on my folks travel wish list.

The Venetian Las Vegas Hotel Exterior

To say the suite was opulent was an understatement – our room had a hallway with a guest toilet, a dining room, an office area, a very large lounge with floor to ceiling windows to show off the view, an even bigger bedroom and a gorgeous bathroom however it wasn’t fussy in any way and I loved it!

For me the Venetian side of the resort is the best and its slightly cheaper for some reason.

When we had booked in at the Venetian, the receptionist told us we would be staying in the Palazzo tower of the hotel – we had booked the Venetian so I was adamant I was staying in The Venetian to experience the difference between the two hotels.  There is a chance that you will actually stay in the rooms which are in the Palazzo tower rather than on the Venetian side even though you have booked the Venetian (just a heads up!).  It’s only a short walk through the casino to either hotel; possibly longer if you get lost – remember the map!

When checking into the resort, they provide vouchers and discounts for the restaurants within the resort.

Like all the hotels / resorts in Las Vegas there is serious shopping to be had.  I managed to escape Barney’s without purchasing a pair of Christian Louboutin Heels however I did make numerous shopping purchases from Banana Republic.  There is a huge array of shops meaning you don’t have to leave the resort to visit the shopping malls.

My tip would be to check your invoice as we found that they tried to charge us for the use of the Internet (this should have been free through their loyalty program) and also for use of the gym (there was no chance of this happening EVER!)

Both hotels are stunning and you won’t regret your decision to stay in either one.  Just make a booking – just do it, you know you want too!

The-Palazzo-vs-The-Venetian

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