Tulum, Mexico: not the kind of story we need right now

The Maya civilization was incredibly advanced. We all learned about their refined alphabet and cutting edge knowledge of astronomy and mathematics as kids in school. Well, I visited the ruins of Tulum over New Years, and was struck by how much I didn’t know. They were master traders and incredible artists. Politics and urban lifestyles…

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An Artistic Celebration of 50 Days in Quarantine

I’m sharing this post in honor of my 50th day of quarantine. Yes, we’ve all heard it a million times already–these are strange, historic, and difficult times. Although we’re all struggling on different levels, it’s always good to be thankful for who and what you have. I’m so grateful that my family is happy and…

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I blew all my SPG points at this hotel on a Greek Island, and it was worth it.

If you’re daydreaming about what vacation you’ll take once the quarantine is over, I found the perfect hotel for you. Mystique, in the impossibly beautiful neighborhood of Oia in Santorini, seems too good to be true. I assure you, it’s a real place and not the stuff of fairy tale. We booked our stay during…

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Explore an Ancient Seaport From Home During the Quarantine

Oia in Santorini nowadays is known for its sunset views. However, this settlement in the northern hilltops dates back to the early 1200s. It served as one of the city’s major seaports for trading and travel. One of their major exports was wine, which remains the case to this day. In fact, they’ve been producing…

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Tour Athens From Your Couch

Last year, I traveled to Greece. Last week, I finally found time to edit the pictures I took there. In light of the current pandemic, I thought I’d share old travel pictures with all of you. Helpfully these images will provide you a bit of virtual relief for your cabin fever.Around 15 years ago, I…

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Stuck in Santa Monica? Support these local restaurants from home or pick up curbside.

Over the years, I’ve spent many weeks (months even) calling LA “home.” There are so many small businesses that could use our support right now. Below is a list of a few of my favorite spots in Santa Monica who offer online and pick up options. We all have to eat, why not eat well…

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