Monday, 15 June 2009

California beckons!

After 5 weeks of battling with a heavy chest and bronchial infection, losing my voice and getting a sty on my eye... I am happy to say my voice came back this weekend, sty is all about gone, chest feels better, I feel stronger - breathing problems are so debilitating, it is amazing.

We have also (excitedly!) booked our holiday to California end August this year! We are flying from Heathrow to San Francisco, staying overnight at a Crown Plaza Hotel, to fly from San Francisco down to Lax, then onto Oxnard in the morning.

My dear friend Kat lives there... I haven't seen her since her last visit to London January 2008, so it's been a while!

We are splashing out a little and hiring a convertible for our stay in Hollywood Beach - it was only £40 more in total so is a good deal! It just cannot rain now whilst we are there...

We will spend three days with her and her hubby, staying in their beach condo (ooh la lah!), popping up to Santa Barbara, seeing other pals etc. I cannot wait to see her and have a good natter!

Then it's back to San Francisco where we are staying at a lovely little boutique hotel for a week, The Orchard Hotel. It's on a popular tram line, which will be good, I so love exploring cities... but don't do hills (errr we will be in SF...)... being asthmatic and overweight do not bode well for hills! But I will persevere!

We will visit Alcatraz, Sausalito and the Muir Woods with their huge redwood trees, do a wine tour, have tea at The Palace Hotel, Golden Gate Bridge with the lovely Japanese Garden close by, do a Hop on Hop off tour, visit the USS Pampanito (submarine), and the Balclutha (full rigged ship) at the Marina, and museums and art galleries. We'll check out Pier 45 and Fisherman's Wharf - well aware it's a bit of a tourist trap, but hey. Let's hope we aren't scared by the man that goes 'BOO'!

So, lots to see and do in San Francisco! I love the style of architecture and the *flavour* of this city... much like I loved the *flavour* of everything in Charleston too.

We are then off to Yosemite National Park for a couple of days, we are staying in the park itself at Yosemite Lodge. We are so looking forward to this too, we are nature lovers of note.

So, all in all, a holiday to look forward to!


  1. So glad to hear you are recovering well. It has been a terrible allergy season here in Richmond, Virginia.
    I hope and pray you have a wonderful trip. Can't wait to see your pictures. andrea

  2. Thank you Andrea! Allergies aren't fun are they??? I hope you are not bothered with them? My hubby battles with his sinuses... so badlt at times that his eyes swell shut!

    Thanks - we are SO excited re this upcoming States trip - we do love America :) Will post lots of photos!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog the other day. You caught me. I am a people-watcher through and through. Probably the only time it's not a good idea is when I'm working out. :) So you're off to Cali in August. We used to live in Oxnard a few years ago. My husband was working on a project in Ventura. I met some really nice people there. Have fun on your vacation!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. You caught me. I am a people watcher through and through. So you're headed to Cali in August. We used to live in Oxnard as well as a few other cities. We met some nice people there. I hope you have fun on your vacation and thanks again for commenting too.

  5. We will be staying in Oxnard, a dear friend of mine lives there and we'll be with her for a few days. She lives by the beach :)

    Enjoy your gym ;)