Sunday, 29 May 2011

Note-worthy: I'm ba-ack!

Yes, after more than four weeks of travelling around the USA, I've returned safely to OZ, refreshed, happy, a little bit tired and more than a little bit poorer than when I left (but with a helluva lot more clothes, shoes and souvenirs). I had an amazing time, but it's definitely good to be home. I have to say, I really did miss blogging and I'm super excited to get back into it. I just have to switch my brain back on! I also have a month's worth of blog posts and internet gossip to catch up on, so let me know if there's any particular awesomeness I should see (links welcome!).

Regular posting will return shortly - in the meantime, here are some of the highlights from my trip (just a few of the 2000+ photos I took... I'm not even kidding)!

The Grand Canyon - amazing (and a little bit scary).
I went through a lot of money in Vegas, but only gambled about $15. The rest went on shoes...
I absolutely LOVED New York, and pretty much everything we saw there was exciting. But a particular highlight was the Empire State Building, which we went up at night (we did Top of the Rock during the day) - the view was just magical, and photos definitely don't do it justice.
I also had the opportunity to meet Betty Freakin' White at her book signing in New York. Awesome doesn't come near to describing how it felt.
After reading Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (a very fun read, BTW), I knew I HAD to visit The Strand. I could have spent days there.We also visited the New York Public Library (where Carrie and Big were supposed to get married), and I think I could have happily stayed there forever.
San Francisco was an absolutely beautiful city - just VERY cold.
We had so much delicious food during the trip, but San Fran was a particularly tasty city.
We woke up to snow in Yosemite! Although it meant we couldn't see much of the park, it was pretty thrilling. I'd only ever seen snow once before and had never seen it actually snowing, so it was a real treat.
DISNEYLAND. Oh my goodness. I think it's my favourite place ever. It really is the happiest place on Earth. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet the real Belle, but I DID see Ariel - my other favourite princess - twice, so that (almost) made up for it.
We saw heaps of our (mostly my) fave TV/movie/book sites in New York and a few in San Fran, but LA. was particularly fun for all the TV and movie history. The Warner Bros studio tour was a highlight - as you can see, we got to see (and touch!) Central Perk, plus Star's Hollow (I sat on the steps of Lorelai's house, ohmygosh) and a bunch of other cool locations/costumes/props.
All in all, it was a fantastic holiday! But tell me, what have I missed while I've been ignoring reality and suffering minor internet withdrawals?


  1. Sounds like a truly amazing trip! Can't wait to hear and see more about it

  2. We're glad to have you back!!


  3. I'm glad to hear you had such an amazing trip! Seeing your photo of Disneyland makes me want to go back there! It's one of my favorite places on earth, haha.

  4. Welcome back!! I love your pictures :) Your trip sounds fantastic. I would love to travel all over the US like that on one big epic trip.

    Hm, what have you missed? Blogger had some problems with deleting posts and not letting people comment, so in that sense you didn't miss much! I had two special weeks, one for Adele Griffin and one that's going on this week. I'm not sure if there's anything else (other than the same reviews and stuff), but you can check out my recaps if you'd like. :)

  5. Thanks for the lovely comments, ladies! And thanks for the links, Small Review, I'll be sure to check those out (I have a lot of reading to catch up on!)

  6. Welcome back! So glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself :)

  7. Thanks Michelle! It's good to be back :)

  8. Wow, this sounds like an incredible trip! Was it your first time in the US? It's funny...I grew up 4 hours from the Grand Canyon and have only been there once.

  9. It was indeed my first time in the US! I know what you mean, I feel like I know New York better than Sydney now! My fiance and I agreed that, while it's great to travel overseas, we definitely need to explore more of our own country.

  10. Belle, you have now been to more places in American than me! I love that you spent a lot in Vegas... on shoes! My kind of gal.

    Thanks for sharing the fantastic photos.

  11. Haha, I also spent a bit on dresses ;) Now I'm just frustrated because today is the first day of winter here in Australia and most of the things I bought are summery! Although I'm sure I'll be happy come summertime :)