Saturday, September 14, 2013

East Coast Vacation

Hello, everyone! Sorry for those few weeks I disappeared off the face of the earth, but after I returned from my trip school was starting and I simply ran out of time to post. I missed you all dearly and before I get back to posting about fashion, I absolutely have to share the details of my vacation with you!

We got a VERY early start at my residence in Redding, California on Wednesday July 31st to drive southwest four hours to the beautiful city of San Francisco, ariving around 9 am. Because our flight wasn't for another 12 hours, the family and I visited some of our favorite places there.

  The Palace of Fine Arts

 Ate fresh clam chowder, calamari, best-of-the-best fish sandwiches at Fisherman's Warf
 

 The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park: a museum, zoo, planetarium, and aquarium all rolled into one.
 By the end of the day, we were exhausted, but couldn't contain our excitement for the east coast. We departed San Francisco International Airport around 11 pm, were airborne for 5 hours, then arrived in Philadelphia before sunrise the next morning. After driving into the city, we walked to see some historical sites, like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

Had my first Philly cheese steak in Philadelphia, how perfect is that?

The next day I had the pleasure of going to my absolute favorite place to be: the beach. Yes, I live in Cali but not in Malibu. Not in Long Beach, nor Santa Cruz or Huntington. These places are 9 hours south of my house, so the beaches I go to are on the northern California coast. They are beautiful, but freezing. You need to be wearing jeans and a sweater, swimming is out of the question. The last time I went to a beach in a swimsuit was on a vacation to Hawaii at least 4 years ago, so coming to the sunny Delaware coast was well-anticipated. We spent the day at Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk, where we swam, sunbathed, shopped, and stuffed ourselves with heavenly Grotto's pizza.


As well as sight-seeing and enjoying the beaches, I got to see my grandma, great-grandma, countless second cousins and great aunts and uncles who I hadn't seen in years, or hadn't even met. The entirety of my mom's side of the family lives on the east coast between Manhattan, NY and Fort Meyers, the southern tip of Florida, so sadly visiting her relatives isn't common for us. But I had the best time with my loving family and I cant wait to see them again.
Anyway, after meeting up with family in Delaware, the next few days we moved on to the beautiful Jersey Shore. First up was Cape May Point and Cape May Beach.


 I even got to do some boogie boarding!


Victorian mansions just off the beach.

The next day we went to yet another NJ beach, Stone Harbor. Before comming here, I only had the vaguest of memories of Stone Harbor from when I came at age 3 or 4. It was cloudy but warm and beautiful, just as I remembered it.

That night, we really had some fun at the notorious Wild Wood! This Jersey boardwalk and four piers hosts hundreds of restaurants, arcades, rides, roller coasters, haunted ships, and the best view of the shore atop the Ferris Wheel. We were out until midnight partying on the pier!


The next morning we drove to Washington DC. This place is amazing! We did some major sight-seeing, between the Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Museums, Washington Monument, the White House and many more.


The following day, we drove north to the place I had wanted to go to more than anywhere in the world: New York City. It was stunning. New York is so incredibly perfect and I loved it more than words can describe. The city simply took my breath away. I am going to live there at some point in my life. I just know it.


Freedom Tower


 Did I mention I also got to see Flo Rida in concert on the Today Show in Rock Center?! I was thisclose to him. Thisclose.


 I saw Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist and the rest of the Today Show ensemble, even Jimmy Fallon made an appearance on the Show! 

After 10 days, we drove all the way back to Philly and flew back to San Francisco. I had such an amazing time on the east coast and I am so anxious for our next trip there!


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