With only three days in Iceland, we needed to pack all we could in! On our first day, we did a classic Golden Circle tour in South Iceland, with the addition of a fabulous spa to break up the excitement. Our Golden Circle Tour is perfect for a one-night stopover, or if you’re looking to see as many sights as possible on one road trip close to Reykjavik.

Iceland Golden Circle Tour: Icelandic Horses

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After picking up my travel buddy, Nicole, from Keflavik airport, we headed out to our first stop, Lake Kerid. Along the way, we saw these adorable Icelandic horses right by the road. We obviously had to stop, and were giddy to take photos with these adorable horses.

Did you know that in Iceland, there are laws that prohibit importing other horse breeds? There is no cross-breeding so Icelandic horses are the purest breed in the world… and likely resemble their Viking ancestors that were brought over on ships 1,o00 years ago.
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And I whale always love you. I have kitchen towels with this phrase on them, and ever since Daniel read (and became obsessed with) Moby Dick, whales have been a theme in our relationship. We finally had a chance to see them out in nature when we went whale watching in San Diego.

Hornblower Cruises Whale watching in San Diego tour review

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We took a four-hour tour with Hornblower Cruises, which conveniently departed from downtown. Make sure to come early and buy your tickets in advance. There was a really long line for the 9 a.m. departure time, that the cruise left 15 minutes late. It was frustrating as they could not scan a bar code to let you on the boat and you had to line up at the ticket booth. Luckily we made it on just in time!

Once we got on we grabbed a spot on the middle outdoor deck for a great view of the whales. If you’re seasick, the boat sells medication, but I brought my own Gravol and took it before we departed. I didn’t get sick at all, but I did get sleepy! I think next time, I would opt for a herbal alternative so I wouldn’t have to nap for the 45 minute ride back into the harbour.

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It took a while to find whales… nearly an hour and forty five minutes. We were instructed to look for water spouts coming straight up from the whales’ blow holes. Crew were looking out for them too and we finally spotted our first set of whales. After a good view, we spotted a group of 3-4 grey whales and we got incredibly close! It was amazing seeing them swim together and flip their tails. I stayed on the upper decks the entire time and got an excellent view and some great video footage.

The cruise was really enjoyable and on the way out into the Pacific Ocean, we were given a brief overview of the history of the harbour and points of interest, including the Point Loma lighthouse, the Naval base and dolphin trainers that were training combat dolphins. Yes. combat dolphins! We also spotted some non-combat dolphins jumping in and out of the water on our way out.

Overall, the tour was a great value and we luckily got to see a lot of whales. The boat was comfortable and not too crowded for the Christmas holidays. It was marvelous being out on the Pacific Ocean and seeing the gorgeous coastline of San Diego.
And I whale always love you. I have kitchen towels with this phrase on them, and ever since Daniel read Moby Dick, whales have been a theme in our relationship. We finally had a chance to see some whales out in nature when we went whale watching in San Diego.

Hornblower Cruises Whale watching in San Diego tour review

san diego hornblower cruises whale watching (1 of 14) san diego hornblower cruises whale watching (3 of 14)

We took a four-hour tour with Hornblower Cruises, which conveniently departed from downtown. Make sure to come early and buy your tickets in advance. There was a really long line for the 9 a.m. departure time, that the cruise left 15 minutes late. It was frustrating as they could not scan a bar code to let you on the boat and you had to line up at the ticket booth. Luckily we made it on just in time!

Once we got on we grabbed a spot on the middle outdoor deck for a great view of the whales. If you’re seasick, the boat sells medication, but I brought my own Gravol and took it before we departed. I didn’t get sick at all, but I did get sleepy! I think next time, I would opt for a herbal alternative so I wouldn’t have to nap for the 45 minute ride back into the harbour.

san diego hornblower cruises whale watching (5 of 14)

It took a while to find whales… nearly an hour and forty five minutes. We were instructed to look for water spouts coming straight up from the whales’ blow holes. Crew were looking out for them too and we finally spotted our first set of whales. After a good view, we spotted a group of 3-4 grey whales and we got incredibly close! It was amazing seeing them swim together and flip their tails. I stayed on the upper decks the entire time and got an excellent view and some great video footage.

The cruise was really enjoyable and on the way out into the Pacific Ocean, we were given a brief overview of the history of the harbour and points of interest, including the Point Loma lighthouse, the Naval base and dolphin trainers that were training combat dolphins. Yes. combat dolphins! We also spotted some non-combat dolphins jumping in and out of the water on our way out.

Overall, the tour was a great value and we luckily got to see a lot of whales. The boat was comfortable and not too crowded for the Christmas holidays. It was marvelous being out on the Pacific Ocean and seeing the gorgeous coastline of San Diego.

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One of my favourite memories from my trip to NYC this Spring was spending the day in SoHo. The weather was gorgeous, and we had so much fun exploring the shops, sights and eats.

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For our visit to SoHo in New York, I am wearing a blue Zara dress with bell sleeves (similar dress under $15 here), Adidas Neo Advantage sneakers (I raved about them here), and a Mackage mini Rubie bag.

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