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1st stop California

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Hi all!!

I arrived in LA yesterday after a long but good flight, no sleep and arriving in at 0625 was a struggle but I'm so glad to be here!
Met a lovely doctor from the RCH on my flight when we both answered a call over the PA for medical assistance (all was fine). Funny how you always know someone hey?!
After getting through customs and security I took a shuttle 1 hour south of LA to where I'm staying this week in Costa Mesa.
Its triangulated between Huntington and Newport Beaches, in Orange County.

I'm staying in a cute room in a little unit block with my hosts Brandon and Jess. Both are in the medical field and love to travel so we have loads in common and they are fab hosts. They also have 2 little rescue dogs Emi and Elly who are adorable and playful all the time, so I feel at home.

After arriving and settling in (and a nap) I set off to Newport Beach and Balboa island.
I arrived at the Newport marina first I grabbed a latte at Honour Coffee Roasters and set off to explore the local shops. Lots of boutique stores and restaurants that overlook the marina, very cute and quite busy for lunch.
I walked down to the beach and walked along the track admiring the houses that are literally beach front!

Today I explored Huntington Beach, was cold and raining but still lovely. It's famous for major surf comps and volleyball. You can also have beach bonfires in designated rings they have 1000!
You can fish along the pier also.

I walked up and down Main street filled busy shops and cafes. Lots of little street eat type places to grab a bite. I then went to Pacific City which is like an outdoor shopping and eatery (similar to harbour town at home) No purchases yet though...
Had a delicious lunch at a Japanese restaurant called The Backhouse, they have great Bento box lunch specials.
Shame it wasn't great weather as it would be really nice to spend a day on the beach here.

Well that's it for my first couple of days here!!
More later in the week, I have plans to visit San Clemente and Laguna Beach the next few days.
L xx

Posted by mslaurajade 18:24 Tagged travel holidays blog newport_beach orange_county

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Sounds amazing!! What a jam packed first few day! Enjoy πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

by Kara

Great to hear you got there safely. Thanks for the update, look forward to reading all about your amazing adventures 😘

by Daria

Looks fab and how cute are those little pups! Keep the updates coming

by Jodie

πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ Sounds like it’s off to an amazing start x

by Natalie

So glad you are there safe and having a great time!
I want one of those houses on the Beach... magic!

by Emma

Can’t believe you’re doing it!! Super proud, well done!
We really liked Newport Beach, found it quaint and relaxed.
Love your updates. Have a great time xx

by Yvette

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