Pennsylvania Travel Diary

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My trip to the states coincided with my friend Jo of Things By Bean visiting her parents back home. She was an amazing tour guide around South Central Pennsylvania for a few days and we had so much fun.

Shown here – my first diner experience at Lincoln diner, hiking at Cunningham Falls, shoo fly pie (and a little bit of shoo fly pie with my cream), 50 cent wings and a tour of the Utz potato chip factory. Not shown here – our awesome DDR skills during an afternoon of arcade games. Thanks for having me Jo!

Savannah & Charleston Travel Diary

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

Savannah

Savannah

Fried chicken

Fried chicken, red rice, okra

Jestine's

Jestine’s, Charleston

Savannah and Charleston were incredibly beautiful cities that I would definitely recommend visiting. Here is a quick post to share a couple of my favourite moments from the South!

Savannah, GA: I loved the Spanish moss that hangs from the trees here and the many gorgeous squares and parks. There are also many ghostly stories about this city and museum homes to visit that make it a really interesting place.

Charleston, SC: Southern food at Jestine’s Kitchen – I had the fried chicken, red rice and fried okra. I loved it here, but I wish I took photos of my friends’ meals too – Coca-Cola chicken and the BLFGT (a BLT with fried green tomatoes). Delicious!

New Orleans Travel Diary

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New Orleans was another incredible city that I definitely want to visit again. Looking back through my photos, I was surprised to find that I didn’t take many here. I can only attribute that to having far too much fun here to stop and take my camera out.

The highlights of my time in New Orleans were simply wandering around the streets and admiring the way this city looks, and most importantly, the food. A visit to Cafe du Monde for beignets was one of my first priorities while here. You can just see the beignets under that mountain range of icing sugar!

I also visited the New Orleans School of Cooking for a fantastic cooking demonstration. Harriet Robin was our chef and she was so funny and the dishes she prepared were so delicious, this has to be one of my favourite things I did in the US. Harriet cooked gumbo, jambalaya, bread pudding and pralines – I just can’t wait to try out these recipes when I eventually get back to Australia! The gumbo I had here was the best dish I had during my time in the US, however gumbo doesn’t make for the prettiest photo so no picture of this dish unfortunately!

Coming soon – Florida, Georgia and South Carolina! I just arrived in London today so I have a huge backlog of US photos and adventures to post in the next couple of weeks.

Memphis Travel Diary

Graceland

Graceland

Graceland

Graceland

Rum Boogie Cafe

Rum Boogie Cafe

Sun Studio

Sun Studio

Sun Studio

Sun Studio

Lorraine Motel

Lorraine Motel

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Memphis was another incredible city I’ve been able to visit on this trip. My few days here was all about music, history and seeing my first NBA game. I had so much fun in Memphis, even the terrible weather while I was here didn’t bother me!

Graceland: Of course I had to visit Graceland while in Memphis. My photos of the interior didn’t turn out great, however it was really interesting to step back in time and walk through those retro rooms.

Live music: Sunday night at the Rum Boogie Cafe is Memphis Blues Society Jam. It was amazing to sit and listen as lots of performers got on stage and played – a great night.

Sun Studio: Also a must see in Memphis. It was such a thrill to walk through this building where so much music and history has been made.

Lorraine Motel: One of the most fascinating parts of my trip has been seeing incredibly significant historical and cultural sights, including here, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

Playoffs: Seeing my first NBA game was so much fun – Grizzlies v Thunder in game 4 of the series. The atmosphere at the game was sensational and I definitely need to see more sports while I’m in the US.

Texas Travel Diary

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One of the amazing things about my trip here in the US has been how unique each place I’ve visited is, and how the landscape changes as I travel across the country. Visiting Texas was another chance to see a different part of the country and I loved it!

Here are some pics featuring some of my highlights from Texas:

1. Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX: created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, this public art installation is Cadillacs half buried in the ground and the public are encouraged to spray paint the cars.

2. Southern cooking: an amazing meal at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen in Dallas, TX of buttermilk fried chicken, mac & cheese and braised Swiss chard.

3. Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, TX: learning more about the life and death of JFK.

4. Cowboys AT&T Stadium, Dallas, TX: I don’t know much about American football, however my tour of Cowboy Stadium was awesome.

5. Southern cooking (again): a huge plate of ribs at Riscky’s Barbecue in Fort Worth, TX.

6. This amazing shirt I bought in Fort Worth. I wore this to a rodeo and a honky tonk in Fort Worth – I posted an outfit pic on my Instagram!

My next stop was Memphis, TN – post coming soon.

New Mexico Travel Diary

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My time in New Mexico was brief (less than 24 hours!) however I was so happy to have the chance to visit this state where I ate delicious fajitas, went on an incredible trail ride, and rode in a hot air balloon for the first time. The trail ride was a great opportunity to see the amazing landscapes and environment – wildflowers, cactuses and the occasional tumble weed rolling past. And my early morning hot air balloon ride, followed by a champagne breakfast was an amazing experience.

Grand Canyon Travel Diary

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Here are some of my pics from the stunning Grand Canyon. A helicopter ride provided an incredible vantage point for viewing the canyon one morning and watching the sunset over the canyon later that day gave another amazing view of this spectacular natural wonder.