California, Uncategorized, USA

Sonoma, California: Wine and History

Sonoma, California is a tiny town about an hour and a half north of San Francisco and is known mostly for its abundance of wineries. Like most of the wine regions I’ve visited, it’s a beautiful setting - full of mature, green trees and wide open spaces perfect for grape vines. But it’s also a… Continue reading Sonoma, California: Wine and History

Asia, South Korea

The House of Sharing: Seoul, South Korea

When I was living in South Korea I had the opportunity to visit the House of Sharing about an hour's bus ride north of Seoul in Gwanju, Gyeonggi-do. Both a home for surviving "comfort women" of Korea and a museum that focuses on their lives during WWII and the horrific and torturous acts committed against them,… Continue reading The House of Sharing: Seoul, South Korea

Asia, South Korea

Gakwonsa Temple: Cheonan, South Korea

Just as Europe is filled with castles and churches, Asia is filled with temples. Sometimes big cities like Seoul will have more than one. They vary a lot in size and extravagance, but usually have one thing in common - they are on a hill. The Gakwonsa Temple (각원사) in Cheonan, South Korea is no… Continue reading Gakwonsa Temple: Cheonan, South Korea

Europe, UK

The Top 5 Free* Things to do in London

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” quipped Samuel Johnson all the way back in 1777. No truer statement has ever been made of old London town because it is hands down my favorite city on Earth. There’s so much to see and do you could fill a week with… Continue reading The Top 5 Free* Things to do in London

California, USA

How to Visit the Getty Center

How do you feel about art? Is it something you seek out or are you dragged along? Are you a fan of contemporary / modern art or do the classical artists inspire you? Whether it’s street art or wacky sculptures or Renaissance masterpieces, I always look for art in the city I’m visiting. Yes, it’s… Continue reading How to Visit the Getty Center

Czech Republic, Europe, Uncategorized

A Bohemian Weekend in Prague

The great thing about being in Europe is how close you are to other countries. In some cases you can drive only a few hours and be in another country. And while I was living in Germany I definitely took advantage of that a lot. There are a ton of easy day trips from pretty… Continue reading A Bohemian Weekend in Prague

California, USA

Mural Hunting in Long Beach

Long Beach, California is a city with a long and rich history. Stretching back to the 1800s it was first a cattle ranch and then a sheep ranch. Its location was perfect for a tourist destination, which is what eventually brought people to the area from other parts of Los Angeles via the Red Car Trolleys.… Continue reading Mural Hunting in Long Beach

California, USA

A Vintage Lovers Paradise: Palm Springs, California

If you’re looking for the perfect place for a weekend escape, look no further than Palm Springs. This little town in the desert a little over 100 miles east of Los Angeles has been a destination since the turn of the 20th century and continued to grow when resorts, golf courses and hotels were built… Continue reading A Vintage Lovers Paradise: Palm Springs, California

Florida, USA

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

I might be 34 years old but I still love the Harry Potter books and movies as much as the first time I read / saw them. I’m not even ashamed. I was in high school when the first book came out and have watched the movies countless times. If you’re like me and are… Continue reading The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Baja California, Mexico

Ports of Call: Ensenada, Mexico

So, you’re on a cruise to Mexico! That’s exciting! You can’t wait to get to Cabo San Lucas or Mazatlan and relax on the beach. But before you get to that point, your first stop is Ensenada. What on earth are you going to do there? Maybe you haven’t even heard of this place. Ensenada… Continue reading Ports of Call: Ensenada, Mexico