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California Dreaming: San Diego & Santa Monica

Since moving to London, with its seemingly endless grey days and never-ending darkness during winter,  I’ve become quite enamoured with sunshine.

I can’t believe that I took it for granted for so long: perhaps all Australians really are genetically predisposed to worship the sun. So, although we’ve been quite lucky in London this year in terms of the number of sunny days we’ve been blessed with, you can only imagine how excited I was to re-visit California (even if only for a week!) to soak up every last second of sunshine I can before winter officially hits.

I had the immense pleasure of spending a few days at the incomparable Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego – perhaps one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been. Spin class by the beach (complete with a serenade by the US Navy on their morning run), morning walks and jogs along the beach, the sea breeze and bottomless brunch – what’s not to love? As I stood with my toes in the pacific, I can quite honestly say that London has never felt so far away. The best part? It’s all only a 10.5 hour flight away. 

Add a visit to the San Diego Zoo (where I was perhaps disproportionately excited to see real-life Flamingoes for the first time – what can I say, I love the colour pink…), a stroll and afternoon shopping down through Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade and some attempted star-gazing at the Griffith Observatory, my brief visit reminded me just how much there is to love about California life. 

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