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Traveling with My Mother

2020-05-10T19:48:05+00:00May 10, 2020|World|

During a time when travel planning is on hold, instead of dreaming about the next adventure, I find myself reminiscing about journeys from days gone by. I have also been thinking a lot about my mother, who passed away two months ago. Like me, Mom loved to travel. I should actually say - like Mom, [...]

Historic Filipino Town Street Art Alleys

2020-02-13T21:14:12+00:00February 13, 2020|Los Angeles|

I have wanted to check out the Gabba Alley Project for a while. So, on a cool sunny day, Michael, Indy, and I headed out to explore. We consulted the alley map, decided to park in a central location, and found free parking on Vendome Street just north of Beverly Boulevard. As we followed the [...]

Travel Inspiration: Thailand

2018-12-12T03:55:27+00:00December 12, 2018|Asia|

Looking for travel inspiration for your next holiday? Thailand is one of those destinations that has something for nearly everyone: big city excitement, small city exploration, beaches galore, island hopping, archaeological sites, and peaceful countryside. You can even meet elephants at one of several elephant conservation centers. Thailand was the second stop on our World [...]

Los Angeles Street Art: Melrose Avenue

2018-03-31T23:33:14+00:00March 31, 2018|Los Angeles|

Melrose Avenue is a popular shopping, eating, and drinking destination. It is also a great place to go on a street art walk about – especially between Fairfax and La Brea. Start near Fairfax Avenue and walk east. Keep your eyes out, as there is street art to be found all around. Look up toward [...]

Five Awesome Travel Destinations for your Bucket List

2020-08-17T01:07:19+00:00January 1, 2018|World|

Are you daydreaming about places to go on your next vacation? I am… I’ve been looking at tons of websites to check out destinations I’m hoping to visit one day like Bali, India, Galapagos Islands, Kenya, China, Croatia, and Slovenia. And, there are some favorites I’d love to re-visit like Greece. I’m also reminiscing and [...]

Ibiza: Return to the White Island

2018-02-10T05:57:41+00:00July 9, 2017|Europe|

Sometimes we travel to explore new places. And sometimes we travel to re-experience a beloved destination. We first visited Ibiza in 2007 and have returned several times, most recently on our 2013 world trip (twice) – see the Ibiza blog post.  Each time, we combined a one-week stay with a visit to another city like [...]

Tax Free Shopping Abroad

2017-09-17T23:43:34+00:00April 23, 2017|Travel Tips|

Many countries impose a Value Added Tax (VAT) of up to 25% on goods and services purchased for consumption within the country. Unlike sales tax in the U.S., the VAT tax is built into the price, so you won’t see a separate line item on your receipt. If you are a big shopper, the VAT [...]

Santa Barbara Dog Friendly Weekend

2017-03-03T03:22:41+00:00March 3, 2017|Los Angeles|

Looking for a dog friendly get away close to Los Angeles? Grab your leash and head up the coast to Santa Barbara – it is just 1.5 – 2 hours away (depending on LA traffic). Santa Barbara Sightseeing and Activities Cabrillo Boulevard Cabrillo Boulevard hugs the coast near Stearn’s Wharf. Take a long stroll along [...]

Travel Gear

2017-02-05T22:56:16+00:00February 5, 2017|Travel Tips|

We've tried a lot of travel gear and gadgets over the years. Some were great, and others - not so much. Here are our favorite travel companions.   Carry-on Bag This carry-on bag rocks! It has wheels and also converts into a backpack. The backpack feature came in handy when we had to carry all [...]

Santiago Chile Street Art

2017-01-02T21:02:40+00:00January 2, 2017|South America|

Although we didn’t see much of Santiago due to my illness (some type of flu or cold), we did make it out to see a wee bit of the city’s wonderful street art. Enjoy… Barrio Lastarria Street Art Barrio Bellavista Street Art Santiago Street Art Tours I’ve added a street art tour (or two) to [...]

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