A holiday within a holiday

After an amazing week in Hawaii, we hopped on a plane to San Francisco.

We didn’t stick around long though. After a night in a motel (not as terrible as we expected) we caught the bus down to Santa Cruz. We stayed here which was really central. The best part?

It had a pool!

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We arrived around lunchtime and headed to the Walnut Street Cafe for a spot of food. Luckily, they were still serving breakfast (the best meal of the day).

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We had more Mexican food for dinner at El Palomar, a bustling downtown restaurant.

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The next day, we headed to the famous Boardwalk, via a walk along the San Lorenzo river.

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The Boardwalk was awesome. Lots of colourful sights and sounds.

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We met a few interesting characters on the way.

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We played an air hockey tournament.

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I’ll leave you to guess who won…

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We took in the beautiful sea views.

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And said a quick hello to the local sea lions.

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After all that, we were feeling a bit peckish. So we headed for something Santa Cruz does very well – seafood.

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This place came highly recommended by the lifeguard at our hotel.

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They’re famous for their clam chowder, so we had to have some.

It was delicious. Our lifeguard was bang on.

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We also had an array of fried fish, including calamari, clams and prawns.

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As if that wasn’t enough, we couldn’t resist some fish tacos.

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All incredible. Feeling very full, we headed back to the Boardwalk and then back to our hotel.

Via an ice cream place. Obviously. (This is a holiday within a holiday, after all.)

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After some serious pool time, we headed back into town for some dinner. This place had caught our eye earlier that day and we couldn’t resist trying it out.

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We started with some cocktails.

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And then tucked into some classic Cajun food.

BBQ shrimp and grits.

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Some meatballs.

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And some classic fried chicken wings, served with a delicious buffalo sauce.

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Since the place specialised in Bourbon, Alex had to try one of their selections.

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His favourite was the Templeton, which was Al Capone’s favourite liquor.

Also – three double shots of excellent bourbon for $12?! Excellent value.

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The next day we had a lie in (see previous photo) and a classic American breakfast at Zachary’s.

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We had a chilled afternoon by the pool.

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Followed by a wonderful picnic in the local park.

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An amazing holiday within a holiday. Santa Cruz, you were awesome.

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