I’m finally getting around to sharing a few photos from the holiday we took on our way from Perth to New York.
Our first stop was Honolulu, where we spent three nights. We were really excited about visiting Hawaii because it’s sort of one of those dream holiday destinations that you hear about since childhood but that few Australians seem to have visited. And it was, indeed, amazing. I think it would be even more amazing if you were visiting from anywhere else in the world rather than Australia, though, where we are so spoilt for beaches, which of course are one of Hawaii’s specialties. Still, even as Aussies, we found the beaches very beautiful, and they were, just as you would imagine, dotted all over with palm trees. The water was clear and turquoise and beautifully warm. We even took a surfing lesson and extraordinarily both managed to stand up and ride a few waves!
My most profound impressions of Honolulu were the brilliant 70s architecture, which was really consistent throughout the whole city, and especially around Waikiki, and the incredible natural beauty in and around the city. The combination of palm trees, banyan trees, frangipanis, bougainvillaea, mosses, ferns and all sorts of stunning flowering tropical plants that I couldn’t name was incredible. The highlight of our few days was a hike we took to Manoa Falls through extraordinary lush rainforest. The area around the falls, Manoa, was beautiful in itself, with houses built into the sides of the mountains.
I wish we had time to explore more of Hawaii than just Honolulu, but we’ll have to save that for another day.
More on our travels soon…in the mean time, here’s proof of that surfing!