Travel

You might be in the US for work, to study or with your spouse. Even though you’ll spend a lot of time exploring your immediate surroundings, you’ll also want to see more of the country.

I’m working my way across the continent slowly, and writing about trips overseas too.

Testarossa Winery: A gem outside of Napa

There aren’t many US wineries that have a history spanning 129 years, and even less can say they were legally able to run during Prohibition. Testarossa Winery is the exception. Just a 20-minute drive south of San Jose and nestled in the hills of Los Gatos, Testarossa Winery’s wine cellars…

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6 Best Christmas activities in San Francisco

A Christmas season trip to San Francisco can be just as magical as any other northern hemisphere destination, despite the lack of snow. If you’re having trouble finding the best Christmas activities in San Francisco, I’ve compiled them for you. At least one of the events hark back to European…

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A weekend in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea

No California road trip on Highway 1 is complete without a stop at either Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s a truth universally acknowledged – the area is gorgeous and there are so many great things to see and do. Mr M and I packed the car and headed down the coast…

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Under the sea at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

If the idea of scuba diving or snorkeling sets your heart racing a little too quickly, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California is the next best thing. Have you ever seen an ocean of fish interacting? Actually ‘keeping mostly separate’ is probably a better way to describe it. Have you…

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Visit The Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

Everywhere I go in San Francisco I see cars with yellow “The Mystery Spot” bumper stickers. I thought it was some clever advertising for a pub or nightclub. A creepy nightspot with speed dating nights that don’t filter out participants with hygiene issues. Luckily, and as usual, I was wrong.…

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5 Great San Francisco hikes

Hiking season doesn’t really end in California, it just gets a bit colder and some would say easier to schlep up those steep hills with a breeze blowing. I’ve compiled a list of my favourite San Francisco-centric hikes that will give beautiful scenic views of the bay, the forest, the…

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Paul Kelly at San Francisco’s Slim’s

Australian music legend Paul Kelly is finishing off his US tour tonight with a show at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. I was lucky enough to nab a free ticket* to his performance at Slim’s in San Francisco last night, so you could say this blog post is tainted…

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A guide to renting a car and driving in the US

It’s not just being on the right side of the road while driving in the US that will be tricky, whether you’re moving here or just on holiday. Although, you’ll be surprised how often you get slightly disoriented while making a turn, or walk to the passenger side of a…

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On Halloween and corn mazes

Halloween may have snuck up on me this year, but that doesn’t mean I missed out on the corn mazes. Everywhere you look people are decorating their yards and windows with Jack-o’-Lanterns, witches, brooms and ghosts. Meanwhile I feel like I blinked in August and suddenly it was mid-October. So…

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5 Reasons you need to see a US soccer game

Sports are a huge part of life in the US – be it the NFL, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer. Getting to a game is on the bucketlist of travellers to the US for good reason. The atmosphere is second to none, you’ve got to try the food, there’s entertainment…

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