2016 has been an exciting year of travel, exploring in and around our new base in the Midwest U.S.A plus international sojourns to Canada, Cuba, Mexico and home to Australia. To celebrate a year in travel, here I share a pictorial of our 2016 adventures, including many never-before-published photos.
We began the year thawing out in Florida, on a road trip that took us from swimming with manatees at Crystal River on the gulf coast, through the wilderness of the Everglades and down to tropical Key West. From the U.S.A’s most southern point, we turned north through the art deco district of Miami, to explore the NASA facility at Cape Canaveral and on to historic St Augustine.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
February was party time in New Orleans (NOLA), joining in the Mardi Gras festivities. This was a short trip just for Mardi Gras, and we returnedto New Orleans in 2019 to explore more of this amazing city. See my first-time visitors guide to New Orleans for what to do beyond Carnival.
One March weekend we flew to Philly for a crash course in American history and a cheesesteak of course! We discovered a variety of architectural styles, and a lifetime’s worth of art museums to explore..
Hiking in West Virginia
Our first April getaway was cold and grey. We drove across the border to tick another State off our map and hiked through the West Virginian Appalachians.
We drove to Niagara Falls one warm weekend in May and tasted our way through the plethora of wineries at Niagara-On-The-Lake.
September took us to Detroit for Motown, Ford history and jazz. From the historic Diego Rivera rendered Detroit Industry Murals to the modern murals of the Z Parking Garage, Detroit is clawing its way back with its creative class leading the way.
Local exploration in Ohio
Weekends at home were spent exploring our local parks on foot and in pursuit of covered bridges.
Return to NYC
In November I returned to NYC to show James around my favourite spots and explore some new ones. We enjoyed New York’s fine dining scene, with 12 Michelin stars worth of amazing meals. We walked it off by clocking up approximately 150,000 steps around town.
We walked another 64,000 steps around Washington D.C., exploring the impressive architecture, memorials and monuments of the U.S.A’s capital. We also took in the highlights of D.C.’s plethora of museums and galleries including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center; the National Gallery of Art; and National Museum of American History.
2016 was completed with a trip home to Australia, beginning in Sydney and then northward to Ballina, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and Brisbane. After a beautiful Christmas day with family, we were fortunate enough to witness the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race start from a ferry on Sydney Harbour. The mood on the harbour was electric, as hundreds, if not thousands of sea vessels jostled for a position to catch the starter’s gun and many pursued the racing yachts as long as they could keep up . Not only was the race start incredible to experience from such close range, but the weather was perfect and I got to spend time staring lovingly at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
I’m super excited to see what inspiring destinations and experiences 2017 brings. I hope you will join me along the way, here on Duende.
Peace, love and happy holidays,