2017 A Year In Pictures: Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018 Hilary

2017 A Year In Pictures: Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but this year seemed to fly by! Like any year there were ups and there were downs, but happily it was mostly ups! As far as travel is concerned I wasn’t sure I’d ever beat 2016, but with trips to, New Orleans, the American Southwest, and London as well as road trips throughout California, and extensive exploration of my home town Los Angeles I would say 2017 definitely gave it a run for it’s money.

Plane Window View New Orleans Louisiana

Plane View

2018 is already filling up with plans for Atlanta, Georgia and possibly Austin, Texas early in the year. Both are places I’ve never been, and of course I’m angling to get in another trip to my beloved NOLA, maybe Spring Break? As for the rest of the year, its still open, but I’m excited to see what’s in store, and I’m confident I’ll work out plenty of fun adventures! Before I close the book on 2017 here’s a look back at some of the highlights:


We took a mini road trip to meet friends in La Quinta and along with a visit to Joshua Tree National Park it was the perfect way to get the year started!

Sunrise over La Quinta

Sunrise over La Quinta

The Joshua Tree National Park is located just over two hours from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. People come from all over the world to enjoy the park’s unique trees and alien like desert terrain. Hiking, camping, rock climbing and stargazing are just some of the activities available within the park.

Joshua Tree National Park

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We’ve always loved Santa Barbara, and its close proximity to LA is a real treat! Quick trips just for lunch have even been known to happen!

Lifeguard Tower Santa Barbara California

Lifeguard Tower Santa Barbara California

Even closer to home, but still feeling like a world away is Malibu. One of our favorite “escapes” is Sunday brunch at the Malibu Farms restaurant, located at the end of the Malibu Fishing Pier, which overlooks Surf Rider Beach.

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Malibu Fishing Pier Malibu Los Angeles California

Down under the Malibu Fishing Pier

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A record year of rainfall and the resulting flower super bloom prompted our March visit to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I had to see all those amazing flowers!


Anza Borrego Desert

Deciding to go on this little adventure at the last minute meant accommodation choices were somewhat limited, so we decided to stay on the coast in La Jolla, the Jewel of San Diego. So, two birds with one road trip… Desert and Coast.


Baby seals in La Jolla

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NOLA Again! In April, we visited NOLA for the sixth time. A day trip to visit the plantation homes was a highlight of our visit this year!


Oak Alley Plantation

As I write this I’m dreaming about 2018’s visit, because it’s definitely happening! If you haven’t been yet, consider making 2018 the year you finally go. It’s always amazing, but did you know that it’s the 300th anniversary of New Orleans? There’s sure to be plenty going on, so what are you waiting for? LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! 


The French Quarter


The Infamous Bourbon Street

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I already love all the lifeguard towers that dot the beaches here in SoCal, so imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this fabulousness during my morning ride! I’m so excited to say that the City of LA voted to make this wonderful statement permanent

Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Venice Beach Los Angeles California

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I admit that during my 8 years living in the Bay Area, I spent very little time exploring San Francisco’s many unique neighborhoods. We did our best to remedy that during our June visit! We chose to explore the vibrant Mission District, where we discovered delicious food, a fabulous park, and amazing street art! So in other words, my perfect day!

Mission Dolores Park San Francisco with Kids

Mission Dolores Park San Francisco

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July’s found us on an epic 2000 + mile road trip through the great American Southwest! We made stops in Las Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Monument Valley, the Antelope Slot Canyons, and the Grand Canyon to name a few!

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The Famous Las Vegas Sign


Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park

Arches National Park Utah #windowarchhike

Arches National Park

Monument Valley Utah #monumentvalley #forestgump

Monument Valley Tribal Park

Antelope Canyon Page Arizona #photography

Upper Antelope Valley Slot Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park Arizona #grandcanyonwithkids

The Grand Canyon

Although I was initially apprehensive about driving so far on my own, as you can see from the photos above the trip was a success!

Historic Route 66 Seligman Arizona American Flag painting

Historic Route 66

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To say I am a fan of public and street art would be an understatement! The idea of bringing a piece of it home a dream. Dreams can come true, and they did with the installation of this @bumblebeelovesyou’s piece in my own backyard!

Bumblebeelovesyou Street Art Los Angeles California

Tim and I pictured with Bumblebeelovesyou

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Historically September has been a slow month for us, if you don’t count that one time, when we ditched work and school and set off for a road trip through Portugal and Spain! That was fun! However, like many before it, this September found us sticking close to home. Exploring Downtown LA and its many tasty treats was a highlight!

Bottega Louie Los Angeles California #dtla

Bottega Louie’s Famous Macarons

Angels Flight Railway Los Angeles California #angelsflight

Historic Angels Flight

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While I didn’t travel in the month of October, I had the best time playing tourist, or maybe I should say, tour guide, when friends flew in for a visit!

Street Art Sidewalk Sayings Los Angeles California

Downtown Los Angeles Art District

We hit the Hollywood Sign, the Bowl, Disneyland, Korea Town, Venice Beach, and Downtown LA to name just a few!

Depeche Mode The Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles California

The Hollywood Bowl

LACMA Los Angeles California

Urban Lights Exhibition at LACMA on Museum Row

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Grateful for friends and family who travelled from both near and far to celebrate Thanksgiving with us, we were also grateful for the amazing Southern California weather, which allowed all 25 of us to eat outside!

Thanksgiving hilarystyle Los Angeles

Grateful for Family and Friends!

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Ending 2017 just as we started it, on a high note, we celebrated the winter holidays in London! My favorite city in the world! Highlights include: Ice Skating at the Tower of London, meeting up with friends, attending A Christmas Carol at Windsor Castle, Afternoon Tea, New Year’s Eve fireworks and more… I’ll be sharing our many adventures in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…

Wishing you and yours all the best in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

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I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and they are, at the ages of 13 and 18, world travelers and all around go along guys. There isnt anywhere I cant take them. It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things Ive learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (31)

  1. You’ve had a fantastic year of travel! Your American Southwest post was definitely one of my favs! It actually inspired me to explore that region one day! I also wrote a similar post! Happy New Year!! #FarawayFiles

  2. So many amazing trip and photos for you last year Hilary. I loved reading about them all and hope you make it to Austin. That’s one city I would love to learn more about. #FarawayFiles

    • Hilary

      It was a great year! Fingers crossed for Austin! Can’t wait to see what you have in store…

    • Hilary

      2017 wasn’t too shabby! Still working through the many London photos, but narrowing them down… happy New Year!

  3. I love reading year end reviews. It sounds like you had a great year with lots of adventures both near and far. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Thanks! We sure did! I’m always surprised by how much we accomplish each year!

  4. Clare Thomson

    I’ve loved following your travels over the last year, Hilary, and it was so special to be able to spend time with you and your gorgeous boys recently. Really excited to see where 2018 takes you. Xx #FarawayFiles

  5. katherinefenech2017

    Wow, you really did well in 2017! I really want to see Joshua Tree one day… it’s on my slowly growing list of things to see and do. Have fun in Georgia! I’ve already planned a trip to Canada for February and I’m so excited. Happy 2018! #FarawayFiles

  6. What an amazing year of travels! I would love to take a road trip through the southwest. I’ve been to some of those parks but years ago as a child. I find the landscape fascinating. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Austin too..there was mention of a girls trip there with some friends but not sure it will actually happen with this crew! Happy New Year! #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      I’m not sure my austin trip is working out either… maybe we should meet up there? Just throwing that out there… 😉

  7. Ruth

    What a wonderful year Hilary! I enjoyed reading about all your adventures and have to admit you have helped me to add several things to my bucket list. Glad to know 2018 is taking some good shape. I going to London on May. Hope to read some of your post about the city before then. #FarawayFiles

    • Hilary

      So glad you found some good ideas! I could say the same about you as I know I’ve benefited greatly from reading your blog! I’ve already written a ton about London and will be adding a ton of new info in the weeks ahead…

  8. Amazing year of travel! I have admired so many of your beautiful photos from 2017 – especially the ones from the Antelope Canyons. I hope I can squeeze in a trip there for myself sometime this year! Looking forward to reading about your 2018 adventures!

  9. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad

    You’ve been to some really cool places this year, and I’m happy to hear you had more ups than downs! The US national parks really do look out of this world, I’d love to visit one day.

    Happy New Year, and here’s to an even better 2018!

    • Hilary

      It was a great year in many ways, especially where travel was concerned! Hope you find your way to the NPs they’re definitely worth it!

  10. Love this recap, and omg that yellow house in New Orleans is the best! I’ve never been to NOLA and it might be time to finally remedy that! I feel like the LACMA light exhibit looks familiar from the movie No Strings Attached? Probably time for a chick flick weekend as it is currently FREEZING in NY! Happy New Year 🙂

    • Hilary

      I LOVE New Orleans!! I’m not sure about the movie, but it’s definitely likely! Nothing like a good chick flick! Enjoy and I hope it warms up soon!

  11. Happy new year! One of my favorite things about living in LA is the proximity of other great towns. You’ve given me some great ideas on how to explore this great city! Thank you. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      It sure was! I’ve got a few ideas for 2018, but nothing big as of yet… you?

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