Although I’ve been to LA a couple of times, I will never get tired of it. There’s always so much to do and each time I go it’s a new adventure. Below are a few of my highlights from my last trip to LA. Enjoy!
Runyon Canyon was my first stop. Runyon Canyon is one of LA’s most popular hiking trails. It is a 3.5 miles loop trail that is excellent for running or hiking. I did a mixture of both. It was an amazing workout and the view was also breathtaking.
On Top of Runyon Canyon
Made it to the Top: Runyon Canyon
Picture Perfect Moment Outside Runyon Canyon
The heat in LA was REAL the weekend I was there.
Can’t go to LA without doing a little bit of shopping 🙂
Venice Beach is also one of LA’s popular spots to entertain. It’s an outside shopping center that allows you to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. The vendors on the boardwalk sell everything from sunglasses to pictures of themselves holding snakes. It is very amusing and entertaining especially if you like to people watch. There is music, art, food, basketball courts, skateboarding area, and of course the beach. It can be a bit overwhelming. I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes especially if you plan to be there a while. There is A LOT of walking involved. There are places where you can rent a bike to bike through the boardwalk if interested.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
Culver City, CA
Had to make a stop before leaving LA.
I hope to be back to LA soon…
For those of you still waiting till next year to get a passport, Puerto Rico is still a trip you can make without one! Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory all you really need is a valid I.D to get there.
Puerto Rico is located on the Carribbean Sea which makes the climate around 70-80 degrees year round.
I flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico in June 2015 and stayed for 4 days and 3 nights which was enough time for me to explore the city in and out. Below are some of my adventure while I stayed in San Juan.
Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) was my favorite part of Puerto Rico. I love colors so much so I was instantly in love. This is a must see when in Puerto Rico. There is literally something for everyone: shopping, restaurants, art, museums, history, music, dancing and also you can get great pictures in this area. There was a lot of walking so when you go I do recommend wearing comfortable shoes. This area is VERY safe! There is even police officers patrolling the area to make sure nothing crazy is going on.
Loving these doors!
I searched high and low for this one!
Puerto Rican Flag Door
Plantain Stuffed with Beef and Rice on the Side.
Mofongo (fried Plantain dish) with Chicken
In Old San Juan, there is an area where you can enrich yourself with San Juan’s history. I was able to learn so much about the city. This place is known as the Castillo de San Cristobal ( The Castle of San Cristobal). There are many tours offered but honestly you can easily walk around yourself and read the different inserts around the place that teach you about the preserved area. To actually enter the castle it costs $5. There is a free trolley that takes you from the inside of Old San Juan to the Castle. You just have to get off on stop 18.
In front of Castillo San Cristobal
Not sure what’s going on here 🙂
A couple of friends and I went to visit another friend that moved to Houston a couple of years ago for a couple of days. We were in need of a girls getaway and wanted to see a new city. This was my first time in Houston,Texas and it’s true…everything is BIGGER in Texas.
We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton Houston West Hotel. It was overall a pretty decent experience. The hotel was located in the Galleria area so the location was perfect and we got a good price as well.
On our first full day in Houston, we made sure to visit The Breakfast Klub. We heard a lot of rave reviews of this brunch spot and wanted to experience it. We were not disappointed! AT ALL. Although it took a little over an hour for us to be seated, we enjoyed the wait by catching up among ourselves.
By the time we knew it, we were seated and already eating. The food was ohhh soooo good. Seriously…I ordered Chicken and Waffles and it was very yummy. If you are ever in Houston, The Breakfast Klub is a MUST.
After brunch we made sure to walk around Houston a bit and take some cool pics! We found a beautiful mural on Isabella Street in Houston. The painter of the mural was actually outside and was kind enough to take our picture for us 🙂
The rest of the trip was spent relaxing…seriously. Below are some more pictures… ENjoy!
After my AHH-MAY-ZEEN time in Bangkok, I took a 30 minute flight to Phuket. Phuket is like the Miami of Thailand. It’s an island located on the western part of Thailand that most tourists make it a MUST to visit when in Thailand.
When we landed in Phuket, we were greeted by some very pretty native women. It was definitely a warm welcome!
The hotel I stayed at was the Novotel Hotel in Kamala/Phuket Beach. The hotel was located directly ON Kamala Beach which made the place exceptional! My room was very spacious and had it’s own balcony which was great for perfect views. I just really appreciated the free wi-fi. You will never understand the struggle of getting free wi-fi until you travel internationally. Any hotel that has FREE wi-fi always gets an A plus from me.
After getting settled, I was able to walk around and explore the beach some. There were many vendors on the actual beach. It was very easy to get anything from pancakes to massages…right on the beach!
The following day I went on a tour to the Phang Nga Bay which is also known as the James Bond Island. The island was almost 2 hours away from the hotel and on the way there, we visited the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha) which is also known as the Monkey Temple. This temple was literally filled with hundreds of monkeys. When they see tourists with food, they come out of the caves and expect to be fed. It was quite the experience.
After the Money Temple, it was time to take a long tail boat to the actual island. The ride was VERY scenic. I can’t express how beautiful the ride was. The scenic area covered over 30 limestone islands, rock formations, caves and evergreen mangroves. Once I arrived at the James Bond Island, I was ready to explore…
The following day was set to be my last day in Thailand. I spent the day at leisure in Phuket. I started the day by visiting the Tiger Temple in Patoong Beach. The experience was everything. I honestly wasn’t scared at all. I was just very alert and the trainer that was in the cage with me made me feel very comfortable.
I spent the rest of the day picking up final souvenir gifts and just lounging on the beach.
Thailand was my favorite country to explore thus far!! There’s so many more to see.