Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA - Lucy Williams Global

 

Pearl Harbour is one of those places you must visit while on a Hawaiian cruise or vacationing in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA).

I was on a cruise that went to Honolulu and I didn’t make it to Pearl Harbour when I had been there previously. This time I went and it was a great day. I went on a ship’s tour and Pearl Harbour is short coach ride from the cruise ship terminal.

Why Must You Visit Pearl Harbour?

On the 7th December 1941, Pearl Harbour was bombed by the Japanese and World War II hit the USA. Most of us know the history and have seen the film, but to go there is completely different.

Seeing the harbour with your own eyes and being able to pay your respects to the men and women that died there that fateful day. The US Military has made the visitors centre a fascinating place to visit and give lots of history in the museums.

USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is a chilling insight that can still be seen today, of what happened in the historic harbour which is the sunken USS Arizona.

The ship was hit by surprise and ship overturned completely. 1102 crewmen were trapped inside the ship and lost their lives. To this day, this is the grave of these brave men that lost their lives during the Japanese attack.

On the tour of the memorial, they show a short film that takes you back to Honolulu in 1941. After the film, you board a boat that takes you to the memorial site.

The memorial is a viewing deck over the top of the USS Arizona and you can see the hull of the ship. Also, there is a lot of oil that they call the black tears of all the men that died there.

It is very sad and unbelievable what happened when you are viewing it for yourself. Inside the memorial is a wall with all the names of the men that died.

USS Missouri Memorial

The second part of our tour was to board the USS Missouri Memorial also called the ‘Mighty Mo’. This was the battleship that ended World War II. It was very interesting to visit this ship and see how the ship worked.

I like to see inside a ship and what it looks like and how the crew lived and worked onboard. I think that is because I have spent most of my life onboard cruise ships. From working onboard to now travelling alongside my husband.

It was interesting walking below deck in the crew mess and bars and then up to the officer mess and bars. Not much has changed in the way a cruise ship is below deck today. Apart from the cabins have improved a lot!

The ship is huge and walking around on deck the seeing the giant battery turrets and all the areas below deck were amazing to see.

You can walk around the ship on your own and follow the arrows or go on a guided tour for more information about the ship.

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What to See at Pearl Harbour

I just saw the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Memorial when I went to Pearl Harbour. If you have more time you can also visit the USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Aviation Museum. The visitor centre is open between 7.00am – 5.00pm.

Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA

 

Limited Items Can Only Be Brought into Pearl Harbour

The U.S. Navy rules that all bags, handbags, backpacks are prohibited from the area. Basically, you cannot have a bag that can conceal a weapon. There is a storage area before you enter to store your belongings for a small charge.

You can bring inside a bag the size of a hand-held radio, which is the size of a glasses case. Wallets, bottled water, cameras (no case), umbrellas and cell phones are allowed inside, but you must either must carry them or be able to put them in your pocket.

You can purchase something in the gift shop and you can carry that around the visitor’s centre though. Also, if you are taking a tour bus, nothing can be left on the bus as the military do not allow that either. So, travel light when going to visit Pearl Harbour.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 20*C – 28*C
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: American English
  • Top Tip: Bring an umbrella or lightweight waterproof coat/poncho, as when it rains it pours as I found out! Always check the weather before, I brought my little umbrella and I am so pleased I did. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking.

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THE SIGHTS TO SEE IN KAUAI HAWAII IN ONE DAY

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Why You Must Visit Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Hawaii USA - Lucy Williams Global

California Dreaming in the USA - Lucy Williams Global

Before I joined the ship this time I flew out ahead of my embarkation date and spent three days in Los Angeles.

I stayed with some friends that live in Dana Point. This is a beautiful part of California, right by the beach and harbour.

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Dana Point

Dana Point is beautiful, the beach is long and sandy. Perfect for surfers and wildlife spotters.

To me this was the real California on the coast and whist I was there the TV show ‘The OC’ was in my head constantly ‘California, California, Califoooornia’! Do you remember that TV show?

The marina there is a nice walk, to see all the yachts and sit and have a coffee or a light snack.

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Laguna Beach

Down the road from Dana Point is Laguna Beach which is an another very pretty place to walk along the beach and around the town.

The small town is full of restaurants, surf shops, art galleries and cute beachy gift shops.

One the galleries that is nice to have a look around is the Wyland Gallery. The gallery is all sea life, especially dolphins and whales.

He is a painter and sculptor. Some of the pieces are out of this world. Also, at the back of the gallery you can go outside and see amazing views of the coast line.

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Balboa Island

Balboa Island was like stepping out of California as there are cute small wooden houses very close together by the water.

It was like a small seaside town that reminded me of New England.

The main street had nice little giftshops, beach clothing stores and ice cream shops. We had some delicious frozen yogurt there.

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Outlet Shopping

If in California you must make the most of the shopping! Especially the outlet malls. I’m from the UK and we do not have outlet malls like the American styles and you cannot beat the prices!

My friend loves to shop, so she knew all the great places to take me. The San Clemente and Carlsbad malls were so good! I got some great deals that I would have not got in Europe.

After three days I shopped until I literally dropped, as I was so jet lagged. I saw some beautiful beaches and coastal towns. Now I will be California dreaming until I make another trip!

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Essential Info

Weather: Spring 18*C – 26*C

Currency: US Dollars

Language: American English

Top Tip: Wear comfy shoes for walking around the malls and along the beach.

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Love Lucy x

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The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Cheers travellers! This post comes to you while enjoying my Sippin Gypsy Sparkling Lemonade as I revisit my travels to the charming historic district of Savannah Georgia.   I love Savannah for her lush shaded squares and beautiful architecture of an age gone by.  Of the many flavour pallets indigenous to America, the southern cuisine is one of my favourites and Savannah delivers every time with creative twists on classic comfort food dishes.

Savannah is also a town to indulge yourself with luxurious accommodations, eclectic shops and boutiques and a people passionate about their hometown. Altogether, these charms combine to help you enjoy the epitome of southern hospitality.

My preference is to visit in the spring or fall.  Savannah can be beastly humid in the summer and brisk in the winter, but she is always beautiful and welcoming. There is so much offered in a very walkable neighbourhood with a comfortable balance of indoor and outdoor options for exploring.  Give yourself at least two to three days to really enjoy Savannah GA and come hungry…you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been to Savannah several times over the years for the simple pleasure of going and just enjoying walking around and exploring.  Each visit I can stroll up a new street and take in the stunning, well-manicured properties with beautiful courtyards and unique details. While in Savannah, I love that many of these beautiful historic homes have been converted into Bed and Breakfast Inns.  One of my favourite Inns is the Hamilton Turner Inn.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

The rooms are elegant with touches from the past but very modernized and comfortable with air conditioning and other luxurious details that leave you feeling pampered.  As a Bed and Breakfast, a delicious meal every morning is part of the package.  This is a great way to start the day, a warm home cooked dish with the southern flair.

Many of the Inns also offer a wine reception in the late afternoon. When planning a family getaway to Savannah it is important to note that most of the Bed and Breakfast’s do not allow children, so when the kids go with me to Savannah, we love staying at the Mansion on Forsyth or The Marshall House.

The Mansion of Forsyth is directly across from the beautiful Fortsyth Park with her majestic trees and iconic fountain.  The park includes a playground that the kids can run around on while my husband and I enjoy a cocktail from the lounge in the hotel.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

The Mansion on Forsyth also has a sister property on the river, both hotels constantly run a complimentary shuttle between the two locations for guests to save on the distance walking just to get to River and Bay Street or back to Forsyth Park.  The Marshall House is much closer to the action of the historic district of Savannah.

Each room in The Marshall House has carefully preserved details from the past. The building served as a hospital during the civil war so of course there are rumours of ghosts and spirits, but I can assure you during both of my stays at The Marshall House, I had no visitors from other realms or any disrupted sleep.

Southern cuisine…  Rich and hearty with dishes that aren’t afraid of butter, cream and lots of seafood.  Shrimp and Grits, Crab Cakes and Fried Green Tomatoes in some form or another make their way to almost every menu across Savannah.  Olde Pink House and Pirate’s House are iconic Savannah restaurants for classic southern cuisine.

I’ve also enjoyed dining at sunset with a riverfront view at Vics on the River or live music and great cocktails at Jazz’d.  But Savannah isn’t all only southern cuisine, many restaurants pride themselves on unique dishes with fun flavour pairings.  For a more creative dining experience, we’ve had fun trying various plates at Treylor Park or their sister location, Hitch.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Ever had Peanut Butter and Jelly Hot Wings??  I have, at Treylor Park…and they are oddly delicious!! For a special occasion and truly incredible cuisine, Alligator Soul has left a lasting impression on my own foodie soul for memorable flavours and eclectic pairings.  It’s become a tradition with my family to ensure our first morning starts at Mirabelle Café.

While they specialize in Liege Waffles and locally sourced Perc Coffee, all of the goodies on the menu are delicious.  As a break in the middle of hot afternoons, we indulge at another iconic location: Leopold’s Ice Cream… many of the flavours update seasonally….so even if it’s your second or third visit back to Savannah, check out the new flavours and take a moment to cool off.

One of the best things about Savannah: her historic district is an open container area.  Sippin Gypsy Travelers know this means they can grab a delicious cocktail to go and keep exploring!  This is one of my favourite ways to see a city.  I feel like I can see and try so much more.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

While in Savannah, I am still getting through the variety of Bloody Marys that are unique to each bar.  No one bar in Savannah makes this cocktail the same way!  Currently one of my favourite Bloody Marys is from the Pirate’s House at the edge of the Historic District.  I order mine extra spicy…  Please share if you have uncovered a favourite spot for great Bloody Marys in Savannah, I’ll add it to my list to try!

Savannah offers so much to explore and see during your visit.  I am a huge fan of tours as an overview when you visit any city.  I have done almost every tour offered in Savannah.  I love a good ghost story, so of course, the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour was right up my alley.

But I truly enjoyed getting into the details of the architecture and history of Savannah Old City Walks paired us with a passionate local that took us through the city and off the main streets to find unique details.  I also highly recommend a Savannah food tour,  I really enjoyed Savannah Taste Experience, this really took me to eclectic places that I may not have originally chosen to visit, but introduced me new spots to come back to and try more!

The Telfair Museums offer a package deal to tour all three of their locations including a tour of the well preserved Owens-Thomas House to see what life was like in early Savannah. Your ticket is good for a few days, so you can spread out the visits to the museums in between other activities. Broughton St. is your main destination for some truly fun shopping experiences.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

 

Please do yourself a favour and stop in for delicious chocolates in the most beautiful boutique at Chocolate by Adam TuroniThe Paris Market is a delightful way to take a break from the heat and shop, you will find chic, posh housewares as well as unique gifts.

As the sun sets, grab a cocktail at Rocks on the Roof of the Bohemian Hotel, this bar offers a stunning view of the river and bridge and is the perfect spot to catch a magical sunset before hitting the town for more sippin and strollin.  Jazz’d and City Market will both offer live music into the night.

But a local favourite is to grab that cocktail to go and pop in and out of different spots for music and fun with your friends.

Savannah really is a beautiful town with so much to offer.  The people are warm and hospitable and set the bar for what true southern hospitality is.  Her careful preservation of historic details and glimpses into the past coupled with her delicious cocktail and cuisine offerings makes Savannah a truly special and memorable getaway.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Kristin started Sippin Gypsy as a way to catalogue her experiences and offer helpful tips from her travels as she explores the world sip by sip. See more Sippin Gypsy travel suggestions as well as cocktail recipes inspired by each location at www.sippingypsy.com.

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The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

Midwest State of Mind_ Travel Inspiration USA

The Midwest of America doesn’t have the easiest time of it when it comes to reputation. In fact, the area is best known as “flyover country”; i.e. the place people see from the air while flying from New York to California.

However, as a keen traveller, you’re no doubt aware that sometimes the best places to visit are hidden gems. The Midwest has plenty to offer to travellers, even if its cities and sites aren’t quite as well known as their coastal cousins.

If you want to discover the delights the Midwest has to offer, then here are a few places you might want to start…

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Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Midwest State of Mind: Travel Inspiration

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If you’re a fan of water sports or just love a beautiful view, then the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect choice for you.

This beautifully peaceful lake offers a plethora of activities to enjoy, from mountain biking to horseback riding— so you’ll never be short of something to do.

If you want to take to the water yourself, then rent a boat from the shoreline and set sail.

You’ll likely want to stay in the surrounding areas, close enough to the lake to day trip to when you wish. Look for accommodation options in Camdenton or Climax Springs, or Jefferson City if you’d prefer to stay in a bigger area.

Just be sure to book ahead if you want to visit during the summer months; the lake is popular, and accommodation is in short supply during the peak season.

 

Indianapolis, Indiana

Midwest State of Mind: Travel Inspiration

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If you asked someone to name you a piece of trivia about Indiana, they’d likely come up blank, aside from the occasional reference to Parks and Recreation.

Indiana just isn’t a well-talked about state that demands a place in the national consciousness, and its state capital Indianapolis is even less talked of.

However, Indianapolis is a city well worth visiting. There’s plenty of fantastic accommodation to enjoy, including high-end options like the Indianapolis Marriott North.

The city is also easy to explore on foot and has a canal system that offers a delightful riverside experience enjoying the many bars and cafes.

Indianapolis might not be a city with a reputation the size of New York’s, but it’s still a cosmopolitan city that you won’t regret taking the chance to visit.

 

Door County, Wisconsin

Midwest State of Mind: Travel Inspiration

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This county in Wisconsin is the setting for eleven different villages and towns, all of which have a unique quaint charm that you just won’t find from the big coastal locations.

If you’re an outdoor adventurer, then Door County is a must-visit, as there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the region.

You can hike through the wilderness trails or take boating expeditions onto Lake Superior, then head onto the shore to explore the wineries and local cuisine during the evening.

For a quiet vacation in a beautiful spot, Door County won’t disappoint.

 

In conclusion

The Midwest may be dismissed as “flyover country”, but there’s plenty to see and do here. Whether you’re a fan of the outdoor life or want to visit an impressive Midwestern metropolis, there’s plenty of reasons to visit this unique part of the USA.

 

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Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

I have returned home after three months of travelling around Alaska, the Californian Coast, Mexico, Hawaii and French Polynesia and reality has hit me!

Real life after travelling is nice but overwhelming!

If you have been following my travels you will know I travel with my husband that works onboard a cruise ship. Hence my blog tagline ‘The Travelling Wife Cruising Around the World’.

Alaska

This has been another long trip, but it was lovely to see Alaska properly. I have worked many Alaska seasons when I was still working onboard, but I never really saw much.

This time I made the most of my 4 weeks there and visited glaciers up close from a small boat to landing on top of one in a helicopter. I saw wildlife up close and totem poles.

Glacier Bay | Juneau | Ketchikan | Skagway

Californian Coast

After sailing around Alaska, we sailed south to the California coast and on the way we stopped in Astoria, Oregon. This was a new port for me and I enjoyed a lovely tour of the Oregon coast.

We then sailed to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The weather was great whilst in these port so I saw the Golden Gate Bridge in its full glory.

Santa Barbara was a food and drink day on an amazing food tour and LA was spent in Long Beach catching up with friends.

Oregon Coast | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii & French French Polynesia

I went back to Hawaii and French Polynesia. It was fantastic to go back to Hawaii and French Polynesia as they are my favourites! Especially Bora Bora in French Polynesia, pure paradise.

It took a long time to get down there, only 8 days at sea! But it is worth it in the end when you get there. I got to see another new port; Pago Pago in American Samoa on the way down to French Polynesia. It is a beautiful little lush tropical island.

Hawaii Oahu | Kauai | Maui | French Polynesia

Mexico

We spent a lot of time in Mexico on seven cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were nice for the margaritas!

Also, short mini cruises of 4/5 days either just to Cabo San Lucas or to Ensenada and Catalina Island, California. Catalina Island was another new port for me and it was a nice new place to go, a really pretty island across the water from Los Angeles.

Mexico | Catalina Island

Back Home

Since I have been back home my feet have not touched the ground. After a 14 hour flight, I have been suffering from jet lag. I wish my body would just understand and sleep at night-time!

Within two days of being at home, we have been to Lake Como, lovely but I would have preferred a week at home to recover!

Now, it is time to get ready for Christmas, our tree is up, the turkey is ordered and the Christmas shopping is done. If you need a helping hand with your Christmas shopping check out my gift guides for travellers and cruisers.

Traveller Gift Guide | Cruiser Gift Guide | Travel Beauty Gift Guide | Christmas Decorations

It’s Not the End!

I love to travel so, even though I am home there will be lots of travel blog posts from around Italy and the UK and you will be reading them very soon!

Happy Holidays

Love Lucy x

Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global