Last weekend Lola and I went on a walk and captured some photos of snowy cabins. Enjoy! Which one do you like best?Read More
One wonderful treat while on vacation: hiring a private chef to cook for you at home. No need to go anywhere, no need to do any dishes. Just sit back, relax, and they do it all.Read More
We found a wonderful vacation house in Palm Springs to celebrate my friend Jed's 40th birthday.
The home has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, an awesome pool & backyard, and great Palm Springs style.
If you are looking for a house in Palm Springs for a group trip, this one is recommended!
(one note, there were a lot of rules about noise outside at night. Thankfully, as we are 40, we were not throwing raging parties until 4am......if you are looking for that type of weekend, this may not be your house).
The best time to visit Palm Springs is January-April. Our trip was in June, and it was 116 degrees. I love the heat, so it was fine with me, but most people enjoy Palm Springs in the Spring.
Make sure to get a festive group photo at the pool like we did to commemorate the weekend!
our group photo
My favorite bar in Paris is a secret one. Imagine walking in a taqueria, a very small casual spot. (also keep in mind, Paris does not have many taquerias-this is not California!).Read More
I love donuts. Who doesn't? We can't eat them all the time, but once in a while they are a special treat.
Have you heard of Voodoo Donut? A Portland donut store with tons of crazy flavors. Voodoo concocts more than 100 different types of donuts.Read More
I just lucked onto this article describing the hot hotels opening in 2017. The list encompasses 81 glorious hotels around the world that all look majestic!Read More
Is this for real? Yes. A rainbow mountain. This wondrous painted mountain is located in Peru,Read More
Borgo Egnazia is a new unique beautiful five star hotel in the region of Puglia in Italy. More on the interesting area of Puglia in a future blog post, but let's just say it's full of ancient olive trees, sunshine, and the blue Adriatic Sea.Read More
Look at these gorgeous floors! This photo is from an airbnb in the Marais in Paris Spring 2015. I usually end up hanging out in the Marias, and there are no large chain hotels here. So....you can't use points, but it's also why of course I like the area.Read More
Anyways, we are in a more chill/authentic part of Mexico, and my friend recommends going to this guy's garage for dinner. Yes, a garage. I was half intrigued/half concerned....but they promised me the food would be exquisite.Read More
Here I am at Cloudbreak. What is Cloudbreak? A surf spot in Fiji near Namotu.
What is Fiji? Fiji is a collection of 333 tropical islands in the South Pacific.
What is Namotu? One of the Fijian islands and a vacation I enjoyed in 2013.Read More
Have you tried it yet? A fun summer activity! Photos of me trying it for the first time in Hawaii in 2013. Yes, I did a headstand!Read More
I discovered West Shore Market over the holidays when we stayed in the neighborhood. It's a small neighborhood grocery + coffee bar + wine cellar + gourmet deli + gelato all in one.Read More
I almost don't want to write about this place.....because I don't want it to get too crowded. But I believe what you give & share comes back to you.....so here you go.
Basecamp is a new hotel in Tahoe City in North Lake Tahoe.Read More
If you are going to Positano, we loved our hotel called Il San Pietro. It is not in downtown Positano....it is a 10 minute car ride, and the hotel provides a shuttle. Positano can be very crowded and very touristy, so we really enjoyed being away from it.
Look how spectacular it is from the photo below. Built entirely into a cliff. See the pool toward the top? The restaurant is under there. See the tennis court at the bottom? You can either take a lot of stairs or an elevator.
This unique hotel opened in 1970 and has remained in the family ever since. The upstairs restaurant has a Michelin star, the downstairs restaurant is outside on the water.
The Amalfi coast is beautiful, but can be crowded. Il San Pietro was a beautiful place to take it in while being away from the crowds.
photo last day --- so relaxed:
My husband prefers macaroons, I prefer macarons. Confused? Read below and learn the difference. Which one do you like?
Although macarons are French, they were actually created in Italy by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533 at her wedding to the future king of France. Macarons were different back then......more simple. In the early 1900's, the grandson of Louis Ernest Laduree turned them into 2 level creation filled with chocolate panache to hold them together. Today macarons are so popular they are even served at McDonalds in France.
Photo below of me in Paris in 2012 enjoying my favorite flavor, pistachio.
Here is a photo of me in front of one of the gorgeous giant doors in Paris in the Marais district in 2016. How spectacular! You will find many of these glorious doors in this area. Back in the day, they needed to be large enough to accommodate a horse & carriage entering into the mansion. Even though we technically don't need these to be so large these days, I am so glad Paris protected these beauties.
Some other photos of other doors from previous Paris trips for you below. I like the photos with people best to demonstrate the scale of the door. If you are heading to Paris, get a photo of yourself in front of one of these gorgeous giant doors!
From my 2015 Paris trip:
From my 2012 Paris trip:
Puglia, Italy. Home to 60 million live trees. Producer of 40% of Italy's olive oil. I know, this doesn't look like an olive tree. It looks more like an oak tree. That is because of it's age. This magnificent beauty is probably 1,000 years old. Some in the region are 2,000 years old. Think about that for a minute. That is during the time of the Bible!
Olive trees along the coast of the turquoise Adriatic Sea....it really was a dazzling place!
Full write up of Puglia coming soon.
Koko Crater is a unique hike in Hawaii on Oahu. Yes, everyone says the other islands are better than Oahu.......but thanks to some friends who used to live on Oahu (Rebekah & Trina), I found some interesting things to do there. Get out of Waikiki, and you will see some cool non-touristy parts of the island.
Koko Crater does have tourists......but it is a unique hike. Have you ever climbed up a rail road track before? 1,000 steps to the top. It was a little scary going down, as you don't want your foot to go in the hole between the stairs. A unique hike if you are up for an adventure on Oahu.
I stumbled across the most amazing small local shoe store in Ostuni, Italy, which has been around for 40 years. If you're headed to Puglia, Ostuni is a must, along with this chic reasonably priced sandal store, Erredibi!
Front of the store:
When you walk in, here is what you see. I mean, where do you start? They are all so cute!
Here are the 2 pairs that I chose, and my sweet husband purchased them for me. Looking back, I wish I had bought more for friends & family for gifts.
how can i buy these?
Erredibi has a few stores in Southern Italy. They do have a website, but the cost to ship is twice the price of the shoes........so, use it as an excuse to head to Italy!
Although not quite the same.....some examples below of similar simple flat styles you can get in the USA.