In all the world, 38 cities are named Paris, but we can agree that none can come close to Paris, France. What cities with this name have you been to? I’ve only passed through Paris Texas, where they have their own version of The Eiffel Tower, donning a cowboy hat. Is it just me or do macaroons look much better than they taste? Did you know they are actually an Italian invention? views from a boat ride on the Seine […]
More than 6 million human remains line the tunnel walls of the Catacombs of Paris, spanning 200 miles. This spooky place was created to utilize the city’s ancient stone mines (which were occasionally collapsing due to poor construction) and address the pressing issue of overflowing cemeteries. At first, the catacombs were unorganized, but with the leadership of Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury, the stacks became more orderly. The use of femurs and skulls to create patterns and designs is beyond creepy […]
I recently visited the beautiful, odd, and eclectic city of Berlin. Everywhere you turn there is something packed with history or something covered in graffiti. It has a very distinct personality–one of resilience and the bizarre. As you wander the streets, you get the feeling that many of the residents want to give the old, strict, insanely symmetrical order of German stereotypes the middle finger. I quite like their spirit. In terms of my originally-from-Texas mind, it feels like Berlin is […]
Mission San Juan Capistrano was the home to California’s very first vineyard–one of the other way Spanish missionaries left their mark on North America besides Smallpox. The mission itself dates back to the 1700s. Time, power shifts, and an earthquake have colored its walls, creating a backdrop for artists to showcase through film, literature, and the visual arts. Today, the site is a museum with a functioning chapel.
Dana Point is a beach town in Orange County. It’s a big surf spot and it feels like suburbia on the sea. Despite the odd, creepy feeling that the burbs give me–this place has some beautiful beaches. Here are the views from Dana Point Lookout: Now for some beer brewed in state at Salt Creek Beach. Orderville by Modern Times is a pretty kick-ass New England IPA.
It’s my birthday, y’all! Here I am being vain with a buncha pictures of myself in a fun (but old) set of sneakers. What a way to celebrate. Don’t you love coincidences? These photos were shot on the 31st floor.
Holy Smokes, did I love walking the streets of Santa Barbara! The Spanish architecture, ginormous palms, and wealth of succulents, all framed by the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea are enough to make anyone swoon, really. Where did all this Spanish flair come from, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! We have proof that this beautiful spot along the coast has been inhabited for the last 13,000 years. The earliest known tribe to call it home are known as […]
I’ve never spent time in Hollywood, until now. It’s funny to visit a place you’ve seen countless times in TV and in movies: the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, and the sign posted clearly in the hills just in case you forget the name of the joint. I have to admit, it’s dirtier than I imagined, and just as crowded as I thought it’d be. But I found a little oasis in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was built […]
To the west of Los Angeles lies the vibrant beachfront neighborhood of Venice. For many years, it was an independent city–until merging with LA in the 1920s. Today, it’s home to many artists, mystics, performers, and folks hoping to live close to the city center. It’s eclectic and terrifically odd. Walking the promenade along the ocean feels like you’re at a circus and an art show, all in one. For the first time, I got the chance to wander around […]