Monterey, California

Here are a few pictures that I took while visiting Monterey, California. The City of Monterey is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California’s Pacific coast. There are so many unique attractions in Monterey that it can be hard to pick just one. There is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive which is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, featuring awe-beautiful sites perfect for a day of exploration. Marvel at some of nature’s treasures including The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove, as well as the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Top 9 Ocean Views

Mirador Escénico, San Carlos, Mexico

This scenic lookout, four miles from San Carlos, gives a peerless view over the Gulf of California, dramatic Tetakawi—a volcanic hill jutting out of the sea—and the secluded coves of Playa Piedras Pintas. Mirador is also a world-class vantage point for spotting wildlife, including dolphins, pelicans, and whales.
Planning: A good way to explore the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortes) is to rent a kayak or fishing boat in San Carlos. The best sailing and fishing weather occurs from November through May.

 

Sur to Aija, Oman

At the town of Sur, on Oman’s northeast coast, you can soak up the view across the creek to Aija, a village of low, pastel-colored dwellings and ornate merchants’ houses surrounded by rocky beaches. Fishermen’s dhows bob on the water and several small boatyards still build these traditional sailboats.
Planning: Sur is about 90 miles along the coast from Muscat. The view is best at high tide.

 

Látrabjarg, Iceland

Iceland´s most remote region, the Westfjords, is home to one of the world´s greatest bird cliffs and its largest razorbill colony. At Europe´s westernmost point, the 1,457-foot-high, 8.7-mile-long Látrabjarg cliff also entrances its visitors with misty views over white-sand beaches and Snæfellsjökull glacier in the distance.

 

Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii

A guided mule train down a near-vertical, three-mile trail in the Kalaupapa National Historical Park is the usual way to reach this hideaway, sheltered by the world’s highest sea cliffs, which plunge 3,315 feet into the Pacific. In the 19th century, the cliffs served as a natural barrier for a leper colony. Although the colony closed in 1969, some residents choose to remain here.
Planning: Advance reservations are necessary, as a maximum of 18 mules a day are allowed along the trail. The park is closed on Sundays. Visitors need permits.

 

St. John’s Head, Hoy, Orkneys, Scotland

Near the northern tip of the island of Hoy, St. John’s Head is Britain’s highest vertical sea cliff. Thanks to the fierce swell and tide, just reaching its base is a serious undertaking. For less courageous types, the best viewpoint is from the Scrabster-to-Stromness ferry, which leaves up to three times daily.
Planning: The best time to view the cliff is on a summer evening when sunset turns it an ardent red.

 

Son Marroig, Mallorca, Spain

Tired of Viennese court life and enamored of the scenery around Son Marroig, on Mallorca’s north coast, Austria’s Archduke Ludwig Salvatore (1847–1915) bought a property here with sweeping vistas over the Na Foradada (“pierced rock”) peninsula, which has a gaping 59-foot hole at its center.

 

Sagres Bay, Portugal

For a whiff of historical romance and swashbuckling adventure, few outlooks outclass the one at Sagres, mainland Europe’s most southwesterly community. In the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator came here to found his School of Navigation to train sailors and cartographers, in order to fulfill his quest to expand the known world’s frontiers and open a sea route to India. Planning: The best way to explore Sagres Bay and Cape St. Vincent is by car or on foot, as there is no public transportation.

 

Dun Aengus, Aran Islands, Ireland

One of Europe’s most splendid cliff forts, consisting of stone walls built in three semicircles, Dun Aengus sits atop an unclimbable sea cliff rising 328 feet out of the ocean. The innermost court affords superb views over the island of Inishmore and the distant Connemara coast.

 

Coast Road, Western Sahara

One of the Paris–Dakar Rally’s remotest legs, this artery cleaves seemingly endless sands and a rocky Atlantic coast. While the terrain initially appears monotonous, the tarmac road is far from featureless, passing glassy lagoons and palm-fringed oases.

 

Lunch and the Pacific Ocean

I am so excited to go here this weekend! My aunt’s birthday is this Saturday and I am going to surprise her and take her to lunch at this beautiful restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s going to be a surprise she won’t know where I am taking her 😉 the restaurant is called Geoffrey’s Malibu. This cozy fine dining restaurant located in the California coast line along the Pacific Coast Highway, has a classic style that makes for a truly special experience! I have never been to a restaurant where you overlook an ocean and gaze at a spectacular view. I will tell you guys about it over the weekend! 

Pyramids and the Mediterranean

This was probably the farthest that I have ever traveled. My family surprised my sister and I on a birthday trip to Egypt! We were so excited to go and finally see what we had always just seen on history books, television, and magazine. This trip was an incredible and one of a kind experience! The food was delicious, everything was perfect. Here are some photos that I would like to share with you from my trip!

The Pyramids of Giza. It is incredible that you can go so close and touch them. You can also go inside, I will never forget that day.

We took an evening cruise down the Nile River at night. We had dinner and a show the scenery was amazing.

This was the view from our hotel room in Alexandria.

This was outside the Alexandria Library. One of the nicest libraries I have ever seen.

The catacombs in Alexandria. It was a long way down.

This was the Montazah palace which was right in front of our hotel. We were only able to walk in the gardens, the ocean was just behind me as I took the picture. Very relaxing place to walk in.

This was the view from our hotel room, a marvelous view of the Mediterranean Ocean!

After a tour of Alexandria, we came back to the hotel, put on our summer clothes in November 🙂 and went to the beach and started building our own Pyramids of Giza!

Our pyramids were complete! I did the Sphinx by myself 🙂 his face was a little hard to make.

Our tour group from all parts of the world. We all experienced Egypt together and had a wonderful time getting to know each other. We were a little family for two weeks.

The children in Egypt are so friendly and welcoming! They wave and greet you “Welcome to Egypt”

Any direction you look, the Mediterranean is just spectacular! I would of never thought the water and view would be so breathtaking.

This was in Alexandria, they have beaches everywhere!

We visited The Citadel, a plateau in Cairo with the remnants of a medieval fortress and the very large beautiful Mosque of Mohammed Ali, the most visited mosque in Cairo.

We went to the Sphinx show at night to hear the story of how and why the pyramids were built. Our tour was one of the first groups to arrive. It got packed later on. Sitting in front of ancient history, and the Sphinx is an incredible feeling. To think of everything the Sphinx has seen..it’s nice to know that he knows who I am now 🙂

Here is a picture on how the Sphinx looks lit up at night at the evening show.

The famous burial mask of Tutankhamun, the Boy King at the Egyptian Museum.

Statues of Amenophis III and his wife still inside the Egyptian Museum.

This was taken outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. There were so many stray cats everywhere. They would come up to you looking for food. I met a little friend who didn’t want to leave.

I am fortunate that I was able to visit Egypt. Egypt is a wonderful and historic place! I will treasure these memories and hope that someday I can go back and visit Luxor!