A short drive north of San Francisco is Muir Woods National Monument. Most of the redwood trees in the monument are between 500 and 800 years old. The oldest is at least 1,200 years old. It’s such a beautiful place to visit. We hired a car and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge stopping off at Stinson Beach for some sea air. The perfect day out!
I was a bit nervous about filming in Iran because it’s a strict Muslim country and I’d read that you can be arrested for photographing government buildings. It turns out I needn’t have worried because my enduring memory of Tehran will be it’s friendly people. And I’m not just saying that to be nice, I really mean it. The people in Tehran were warm, welcoming, helpful, smiley and just incredibly lovely. It reaffirmed to me something I already knew. All of us on this planet are essentially the same. Despite our differences in religion, colour, gender and sexuality the vast majority of us want each other to be happy. I know this might sound simplistic, but I’ve spent years travelling the globe and meeting different people and, despite what the headlines, media and politicians would have us believe, I think we are all connected by the common desire to live in a safe, peaceful and loving world.
In this video I visit Golestan Palace, one of Tehran’s popular tourist sights, and the Grand Bazaar which is popular with locals and tourists. I’d heard that the driving in Iran could be hair-raising but it wasn’t too scary!
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and it’s home to the Petronas Towers which are the tallest twin towers in the world. They were completed in 1996 and were the tallest buildings in the world for six years. The architecture is fabulous and I particularly love the pinnacles at the top of each tower. The spire, mast ball and ring ball on each tower collectively weighs 176 tons! The view from the top of the Petronas Towers is stunning.
I spent the day in Los Angeles with my friends Zoe and Stuart. We started off with a fitness class (very LA!) then took a road trip to Santa Monica, Venice Beach and through Topanga Canyon. I asked them to make a sensible contribution to my LA vlog and they did the opposite! I love the big blue horizon of the Pacific shore 🙂