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A Year of Travel in Review – 2016
December 15, 2016
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Central Park, NYC in Autumn

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.

Florida Roadtrip

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.

2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Swimming with manatees at Crystal River, Florida
2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Salvador Dali Museum, St Petersburg, Florida
2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Gator spotting in the Everglades
2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Fort Matanzas, St Augustine, Florida

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

February was party time in New Orleans (NOLA), joining in the Mardi Gras festivities.

Mardi Gras flags
Mardi Gras flags in the French Quarter
Mardi Gras parade float
Mardi Gras parade float
2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Trying our first gumbo and po'boy at Mother's in New Orleans
French Quarter balcony, New Orleans

Philadelphia

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 an inspiring mural arts program.

Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell
Whoopie Pie
My first ever whoopie pie. Actually my second, the first one was devoured too fast for a photo
St Patrick's Day runners, Philadelphia
Unexpected leprechaun encounter in Elfreth's Alley, America's oldest residential street. This was the weekend of the St Patrick's day parade
Robert Indiana's Love sculpture
Robert Indiana's Love sculpture

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.

Lion's Head, Dolly Sods | Art by Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Lion's Head, Dolly Sods
Art By Nature - West Virginia | Duende by Madam ZoZo

The Girls Take on NYC

April was a busy month as I rendezvoused with Aussie girlfriends in NYC for an itinerary full of Big Apple experiences. We were on a mission for art, architecture and icons. I found the perfect souvenir of our visit, with a nod to one of my favourite design eras.

Urban Rattle on the High Line, NYC | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Urban Rattle sculpture by Charlie Hewitt, on The High Line, NYC
Russ and Daughters, NYC | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Top of the Rock view | Duende by Madam ZoZo
View of the Empire State Building and Manhattan from Top of the Rock, NYC
Gay Liberation Monument | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Gay Liberation Monument featuring the sculpture Gay Liberation by American artist George Segal, Christopher Park West Village, NYC
2016 A Year of Travel in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Bronx's CRASH and Dublin's Solus' tribute to Joey Ramone, across from the former site of iconic club CBGB

Cuba

In Cuba we discovered duende ranging from street art to architecture and even sparked a love affair with vintage cars.

2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Vinales vistas from our lunch table on an organic farm
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Reversible dolls being sold on a former sugar plantation outside of Trinidad
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
View from the watchtower on a former sugar plantation
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Classic cars in Havana
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Sunset over the rooftops of Havana
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
I was amazed at the vintage tea sets we came across in Cuba

Niagara Falls

We drove to Niagara Falls one warm weekend in May and tasted our way through the plethora of wineries at Niagara-On-The-Lake.

Aerial view of Niagara Falls
Helicopter view of the Falls
American Falls
American and Bridal Veil Falls two of the three cascades that make up Niagara Falls
Lake Ontario
Toes in Lake Ontario
Wine tasting and nibbles

Mexico

June saw us head south of the border to swim with whale sharks migrating along the Yucatan Peninsula and other adventures.

2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Sculpture on Isla Mujeres "Island of the Women"
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Swimming with whale sharks off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
We were treated to amazing sunsets of Isla Mujeres
2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Exploring cenotes - limestone sink holes
Tulum archaelogical ruins | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Clifftop view of Tulum archaelogical ruins
Ek Balam selfie, Mexico | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Selfie from the highest pyramid at the Ek Balam archaeological site
Ceviche | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Ceviche - my addiction, especially when they top it with avocado!
Tortilla making in Tulum, Mexico | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Learning to make tortilla's by candle light, when our cooking class experienced a blackout

Detroit

September took us to Detroit for Motown, Ford history and jazz.

Michigan Central Station
The ruins of Michigan Central Station behind barbed wire
Motown
The original Motown studio and office building, now a museum
Fisher Building Interior
Interior details of the glorious Fisher Building - I adore these chandeliers
Pure Detroit
Pure Detroit stores are pack full of soulful souvenirs

Local exploration in Ohio

Weekends at home were spent exploring our local parks on foot and in pursuit of covered bridges.

Winter in Ohio
Attempting not to look miserable in -13 degrees celcius weather - I am a tropical flower afterall
Lake Kendall, Ohio
Lake Kendall on an autumnal afternoon hike

Return to NYC

In November I returned to NYC to show Sir 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.

Central Park sunset
First day sunset over the Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir in Central Park
9/11 Memorial
A reflective moment at the 9/11 Memorial
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Star
The Swarovski studded star that sits on top of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, on display at ground level before it takes it's throne
Radio City Music Hall exterior
More signs of Christmas emerging at Radio City Music Hall
Jean Georges chocolate dessert
Indulgence at 3-Michelin Star awarded Jean Georges

Washington D.C.

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.

Ruby Slippers
Most importantly, a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, on display at the National Museum of American History
The U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
The U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C. The iconic meeting place for the House of Representatives and the Senate
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence
Washington Memorial
The distant obelisk is Washington Memorial, being mirrored in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Australia

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.

Sydney skyline from the Harbour | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race start
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race start | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Excitement as on of the racing yachts nearly capsizes moments after the start
Madam ZoZo and the Sydney Harbour Bridge | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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,

Madam ZoZo

Duende 2016 Year in Travel Infographic

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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  • I see there has been a great year full of travels and good food for you. I’m really excited about reading your new adventures in 2017! 🙂 Lovely to know you’re also such a foodie!

  • […] shared in my 2016 Year in Review, that one of my current life goals is to travel once per month, if only for a weekend or day trip. […]

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