The world is in love with Instagram, or at least 800 million of us are. Though I admit to growing tired of thinking up new and interesting #hashtags, I do love all the beautiful and inspiring photos. Instagram has shown me that there are even more amazing places around the world then I could ever have dreamed of and some of them are in my own back yard. Others are so obscure they may as well be on the moon…
Discovering the culinary delights of a new destination is one of the joys of travel, but it’s not always easy. How do you avoid the more touristy establishments and pinpoint the best places when you have limited time? This can be particularly difficult in larger cities where the vast number of choices can make it hard to choose and more often than not you end up disappointed.
Having visited England, and more specifically London, numerous times it was only recently that I started exploring outside the Capital. I wasn’t willing to “sacrifice” what I considered limited and precious London time when there was so much to see within the city limits. My Things To Do in London list is still a mile long, but I’ve now checked off many of the city’s main attractions, so it made sense to start devoting time to exploring further afield.
Interactive experiences featuring everything from ice cream and candy to happiness and selfies are literally popping up all over Los Angeles. In fact, I admit I thought I might finally be over it (gasp), even deciding to skip both the selfie and illusion museums, until I heard about LA’s most recent pop up experience: Beyond the Streets: Vandalism as Contemporary Art. The exhibition features graffiti, street art, and you guessed it… beyond. You know I wasn’t missing this!
Though I dream of faraway travel almost daily, and at the very least every Thursday (reading all the lovely posts on Faraway Files), a quick getaway to somewhere close to home is often more realistic. This was the case last March when we spent the boy’s Spring Vacation in Palm Springs, which although only a two hour drive from Los Angeles, feels a world away.
Palm Springs, an easy two hour drive from Los Angeles, happened to be one of the few well known Southern California cities our family had yet to explore, which made it the perfect choice for a mini vacay! The desert climate, landscape and architecture are all quite different from what we’re used to over on the coast, which really added to the feeling of being far from home, even if we really weren’t. We spent three relaxing days and two nights exploring and photographing the city and surrounding Coachella Valley.
Angry dust devils and debris swirl around the mostly abandoned buildings, and the once vibrant beach is deserted as well. The water looks blue from a distance, but there is a slight tint of something else on the surface and the stench is unbelievable. The sand is long gone, in its place the remains of millions of dead fish, and as you walk along the shoreline your feet make a crunching sound as they sink deep into the bones.
My daydreams are filled with amazing destinations from around the world, and if given the opportunity I’d drop everything and head off to any one of them. The white sand beaches of the Izu Peninsula in Japan, the canals of Venice, Italy, or the fjords of Norway all sound fabulous, but for various reasons too numerous to list here they’ll all be staying tucked away in my dreams. For the moment…
This week on the blog: Koreatown
My mission to take advantage of everything Los Angeles has to offer is almost two years in and I still feel I’ve barely scratched the surface. You might think I would have grown tired of all this trekking around by now, especially when contending with LA’s notorious traffic, but rather than wane my interest has only intensified. There is still so much to discover!