Welcome to this week’s edition of Faraway Files. I’ve been sightseeing quite a bit lately, but haven’t been traveling. Nope, instead we’ve been visiting destinations closer to home with a heavy focus on Southern California’s many beach cities. This week I’ll be sharing some of our favorites from LA’s closest neighbor to the north, Malibu, which stretches 21 scenic miles along the Pacific Coast Highway, and is the stuff California dreams are made of.
Always on the lookout for new LA adventures I was excited to discover a new Arts District walking tour, featuring Graffiti and BBQ, which happen to be two of my family’s favorite things. It was almost as if this tour was tailor made for our art loving barbecue eating family. The three hour tour includes an insider’s look at graffiti writing in the Downtown Los Angles Arts District, a graffiti lettering workshop, and a late lunch at Pearl’s BBQ.
Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, is home to some of the world’s most well known companies, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon to name just a few. Also famously known as the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and Grunge, music plays a large part in the Seattle scene. Oh, and maybe it’s worth mentioning that for 26 years it was home to yours truly. Yes, I spent my formative years listening to the aforementioned grunge and stomping around town in the unofficial official uniform of the PNW: a hoodie and Doc Martens.
Recently I had the chance to meet up with Urban Canvas, a new social media and street art finder app based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. We spent an afternoon in the Downtown LA Arts District filming and talking about street art, why I love it so much, and the positive impact it has in Los Angeles, and other cities around the world. Wondering where you can find all this amazing art? We talk about that too!
I’m hosting Faraway Files this week, and after all your fabulous posts from last week’s edition I’m excited to find out where you’ll be taking me next! From hiking adventures in Norway and New Zealand to castles in Portugal and graffiti in Venice Beach there was a little bit of everything and I’ve definitely added to my ever growing travel wish list.
Though summer isn’t officially over for twelve more days (but who’s counting) my kids went back to school weeks ago, and Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial official end of summer here in the States has come and gone. Still, autumn isn’t here yet, and I’m holding on tight to the last days of what turned out to be a wonderful summer full of carefree and fun filled days.
It’s Faraway Files time! I’ve missed all of you and I am looking forward to reading about your summer adventures and to share some of mine with you. I’m always excited when I travel, but I admit that the times when all four of us are equally excited doesn’t happen as often. This week I’ll be sharing the surprise and delight of our visit to Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon.