Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand

After living overseas for a few years, I have come to appreciate my home country so much more. Don’t get me wrong – I have visited some beautiful places, but I think when you grow up somewhere you don’t really see it as a paradise but more an every day thing.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get a few days off work, so I headed to the Coromandel with some good friends of mine. While we were there, we decided to walk the track to Cathedral Cove – a marvellous beach. It is a major tourist attraction and the beginning scene of Narnia was even filmed there!

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Venice Beach, Los Angeles

The first thing I noticed when we arrived in Venice, was the extravagant colours. On the main promenade down by the beach, most of the buildings are screaming out for customers with vibrant colours.

Venice is known for the many performers that feature on the boardwalk. I happened to come across a dance/breakdancing performance by a group which was spectacular.
{Click here to watch performance}

Venice Beach promenade is also known for it’s “Muscle Beach”. Located here is an enclosed area with weightlifting equipment, and a sand box with gymnastic, rope climbing, and acrobatic bars.

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Huntington Beach, California

This town is so beautiful. My first day to myself – I decided to bike around and explore Huntington Beach. Having been told Main St was a good place to go, I chose to go there first. Main Street is the ‘main street’ going towards the beach from inland. It is filled with shops on either side, and plenty of spots to park yourself up and relax in the shade and/or sun. At the end of the street you are met by the HB Pier. To me this was stunning. It has amazing views of the ocean and you can see how far the beach stretches down each side of the pier, both being completely packed with people. Almost every day the sky is cleared of clouds.

Every Tuesday night, Huntington Beach puts on a night farmers market – with music playing, plenty of stands to check out, and if you’re hungry, there are many options for eating.

Since being here, I have almost spent every day down by the beach. It has such a calming, enjoyable atmosphere here and I’m definitely not ready to leave yet. Glad I still have three more weeks to go!

Huntington Beach + Pier

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Tuesday Night Farmers Market

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Fresh Strawberries at the Market

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