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Bear Mountain {Oktoberfest and apple picking}

ihyt-photos-Bear Mountain Oct 2013

Last weekend we hired a car to get out of the city and see the fall foliage. Coincidentally, Oktoberfest and apple picking go hand in hand with this time of year so we thought we’d stop by  Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain for a sausage on our way to pick some apples. Good plan, huh?

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Unfortunately we never got to pick apples as the farm literally was closing its gates as we drove up. The good news was the store was still open so we picked up some apple cider donuts and a pumpkin pie…we both come from a long line of sweet lovers here in the Huett household.

Every year it surprises me how beautiful the change of season is in this hemisphere. Really, the Australian autumn is lame in comparison. If you’re interested, here is a post from our first “fall” in the USA.

Mexico {Mayan ruins and a babymoon}

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{The beach at Playa del Carmen}

Ever since my university days I have wanted to visit the Mayan ruins in Mexico so I put it to husband one night in December when it was cold and miserable outside, that ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have one last holiday lying on the beach doing nothing before the baby is born?’ and suggested Mexico as an ideal location. Lucky for me he thought the idea was pretty good so we booked a trip to an all-inclusive resort near Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

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{Husband was happy that the beach actually had waves so he could body surf – he desperately wanted a surf board to ride these lovely little waves but none could be found}IMG_2116

{The grounds of the resort were beautiful and lush}IMG_2118 IMG_2132

After lounging around the resort for a couple of days we got bored so we took the resort bus and spent half a day in Playa del Carmen.

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{Husband brought a pair of crocodile skin boots which I’m totally embarrassed about so won’t post a picture}

We also took a day trip to Chichen Itza. I won’t lie, it was a long day but totally worth it.

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{Here I am, the fat pregnant woman, looking particularly happy in this shot}

The day trip also involved a stop at a Cenote (underground water hole) for a swim.

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And a stop in a town called Valladolid (the Spanish built it out of stones from Mayan temples).

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So now we are on the count down…6 more weeks until we meet our new little boy.

Vegas Baby

IMG_1837I’m not really sure what we were thinking booking a trip to Sin City when I was 25 weeks pregnant but apart from the flight (which turned out to be pretty long and uncomfortable for me) it turned out to be a great (but cold) long weekend!

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{Highlight was The Neon museum. A super interesting insight into the ‘old Vegas’}
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{The water display at The Bellagio seen from the top of Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino}

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{They are also selling “butterfat” shakes! Needless to say we didn’t dine at this establishment.} IMG_1753{We then headed out of Las Vegas for a couple of nights into the desert. How beautiful are the colours?}

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{We ended the weekend with a night in Boulder City} IMG_1816{And a tour of Hoover Dam. I highly recommend it as well. If you don’t do the tour it’s just a wall rather than an amazing engineering construction particularly given that it was built in the 1930’s}

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{This is me, inside the wall of Hoover Dam}

Travels

I love New York but it gets to the point when you just really want to get out of the city. I’m craving some out-of-town time but with the husband currently back in Australia for two weeks I don’t see us getting anywhere until after Christmas. So until our next getaway I’ll just have to be content to dream of destinations (and trust me I have a very long list of places I’d like to visit) and browse through photos from our 2012 catalogue of travels.

A few months ago we spent a weekend with friends in Newport, Rhode Island (to check out the houses of the rich and famous) and Mystic, Connecticut (to eat chowder!).

{Nothing like some good old-fashioned chowder}

{Picturesque Mystic}

{Spectacular coastline at Newport} 

{Opulent houses in Newport – really who needs walls covered in platinum?}

{Would you stand in a line this long for apple cider?}{Aww just us and the Atlantic Ocean}

A weekend in Miami {South Beach}

Our trip to Miami was the highlight of the summer. The weather was amazing and we finally got that day on the beach we had been dreaming about.

{Cocktail hour on the roof of our hotel}

 {Architecturally Miami is pretty special, I feel in love with all the retro buildings that have been kept in great condition or renovated to keep the funky facades}

{Cuban cigars sold on the side of the street}{And it wouldn’t be a great weekend without the sunday drinks}