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Relaxing Pismo Beach Get Away

2023-01-02T20:13:27+00:00January 2, 2023|California|

Sometimes all you need for the perfect vacation is the roar of the waves and a view of the coastline… oh, and authentic Turkish delight. From world travelers to home bodies… First there was COVID and then Indy’s advancing age (he turned 13 in November), so we decided to put away the passports for a [...]

Los Angeles Staycation

2022-03-06T22:32:51+00:00March 6, 2022|Los Angeles|

We enjoyed the beach house at The Tides Oceanview Inn & Cottages in Pismo Beach so much in December that we decided to return for Michael’s birthday. Ten days before the trip, I called the hotel to ask a question and had an unpleasant surprise. The staff said, ‘We were going to call you… Due [...]

California Central Coast Dog Friendly Get Away

2021-12-19T04:18:45+00:00December 19, 2021|California|

This was our first post-COVID family get away. Actually, it was our first leisure trip together in a while. Over the past few years there were many trips to Arizona to help Lori’s mom and spend time together before she passed away. We have visited Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara with Indy and wanted [...]

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 [...]

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