What is a moment of beauty?

They are those small joys in life that have the power to stop you in your tracks, even if just for a moment. To make you smile, to appreciate, to breathe, to enjoy. This is a moment of beauty. From the simple to the serene, the majestic to the mundane, the comfort to the chaos. Beauty can be found in anything, if you know where to look.

This week we have been dreaming about our next holiday destination. Remembering the feeling of stepping off that plane in an unexplored location. There’s something about being somewhere new that makes us become more present, noticing the beauty of all the things around us with fresh perspective and appreciation. And we don’t always have to travel to the other side of the world to experience it!

Gemma our Studio Photographer shares her moments of beauty from one of her favourite travel trips, a road trip through the beautiful California, USA. Plus she shares with us her next top travel destination to visit post lockdown!

Gemma’s California Adventure

“So we flew to San Francisco with no plan, hired a car and stayed there the first night and explored the next day, we then drove to a gold rush town called Groveland, I fell in love with this place it was like walking into a cowboy film! Then we went to Yosemite national park which was a dream come true!

We sat by the river and had a picnic, that’s my favourite memory of my whole life. A true moment of beauty.”

“Packing up we drove back to the coast and visited Monterey, Carmel by the sea and drove on the iconic Big Sur. Our last stop was LA where I had my pretty woman moment on rodeo drive! Another highlight of the trip was Venice beach, this is the coolest place on earth!”

“Everyone thought I was crazy to travel to America with a 6 year old and no plan but i wouldn’t have done it any other way. I drove 800 miles in total and I enjoyed every second.”

Dream Destination; Post lockdown..

Gemma’s next top travel destination is the Philippines! But what about it has won her over?

“The Philippines is well known for its beautiful waterfalls, that’s what originally drew me in, and that slower paced lifestyle. I want to stay in an eco village where people grow their own food from scratch to cook for the guests. Most of the holidays I’ve been on in the past have been fast paced, cold weather experiences. So I am more than ready for some tropical sunshine!”

But in the meantime; Staycation!

Gemma will be heading to the Lake District as soon as she can. Staying in a cute cabin, climbing mountains and eating lovely food. Time to appreciate what’s right on our doorstep!

Stay tuned for our next blog where we will be sharing our top staycation locations and inspiration for how to bring the Summer fun straight to you!

What’s your dream destination and staycation hotspot? Let us know in the comments below!

You can follow Gemma’s photography journey here at

@gemlouphotography

Missed the last part of our moments of beauty series?

Moments of Beauty; Wild Garlic

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