The Americas

How to spend two days in Los Angeles

Taking advantage of long weekends for road trips is an American art form. You’ve got to squeeze as much joy out of those few days as possible without using up your other precious paid vacation days. Our most recent holiday weekend (as they’re called here) was spent soaking up the…

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Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If films equal Hollywood, then Hollywood definitely equals Universal Studios. That’s the only maths I will ever do. (I realise this is not maths. Please do not email me explaining the concept, you will only be disappointed by my howls of pain). There was only one reason that Universal Studios was a…

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Street art in LA’s Arts District

We stumbled across the street art in the LA Arts District by accident, while walking off brunch. It’s those happy accidents that I want more of. And a little less of the ones where you find out at the airport you need a visa to enter Canada, even though the…

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Ice Cream Museum : sugary fun for adults and kids

When the New York Ice Cream Museum opened its doors in 2016 it had sold 30,000 tickets in five days. It’s fair to say it had hype to live up to. And it did. This year the shrine to frozen dairy treats came to Los Angeles and Mr M and…

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15 Instagram-worthy views in San Francisco

San Francisco is all about colour. The blue ocean, the red Golden Gate Bridge, the pretty pastel Painted Ladies, street art, and rainbows. Virtually everywhere you look is an Instagram-worthy moment. But where are the best spots to let your camera or phone go nuts? I’m glad you asked, it’s…

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Hidden Gems of San Francisco: Point Bonita Lighthouse

Tourist sites don’t usually come as well hidden or as pretty as Point Bonita Lighthouse in San Francisco. You’ve really got to work to get even a glimpse of the 162-year-old lighthouse, which was the third built on the west coast. It was used to lead ships safely through the…

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5 Reasons you need to visit Sonora, California

Driving through rural California, you’ve got your pick of sweet little towns like Sonora. You can breeze by or maybe do a quick “driver reviver” but wouldn’t it be more fun to stay a few nights and get a feel for the place? The historic town of Sonora, California sits close…

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Visiting Alcatraz Island : The Inescapable Prison

I first tried visiting Alcatraz Island when I arrived in San Francisco almost two years ago. That’s when I found out you need to book tickets weeks ahead or there’ll be no Alcatraz for you. Exactly one year, eight months and 27 days after moving to San Francisco, I clambered onto the Alcatraz…

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National Park Week: Point Reyes Seashore

We closed out National Park Week with a proper hike to Point Reyes National Seashore. When I say “proper”, I mean the kind of hike that leaves you glued to the couch. With a bag of chips within easy reach and an IV of wine. It started off as a…

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Hidden Gems of San Francisco: Hiking Marin Headlands Rodeo Beach

I stumbled on Marin Headlands’ Rodeo Beach by accident (another wrong turn and GPS confusion as well) but it turned out to be one of my favourite hiking adventures in San Francisco. It helped that it was a gorgeous day with a slight breeze and a warm sun overhead. There…

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