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Visiting Sagrada Familia Tips

May 17, 2018

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Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Basilica has been on my wish list since I planned my first trip to Europe in 2000. Unfortunately I was lured to Eastern Europe and never made it to Spain. After all of these years, my dreams of visiting Sagrada Familia was finally realized on a family trip from Madrid to Barcelona. I couldn’t […]

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Top 5 Weekend Getaways From Mumbai

May 15, 2018

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Living in one of India’s largest cities is life changing. Mumbai, a city of millions, where the past, present and future can be seen in one square block is exciting, chaotic and sometimes overwhelming. Being a resident here, you learn not only to survive but thrive in epic traffic jams and seasonal flooding all while […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure in One Day

May 7, 2018

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Visiting Southern California and and only have the time (or money) to do Disneyland and California Adventure in one day? Those of us who go to Disneyland often will say no, don’t do two parks in one day. It’s true, there is a ton to do at each of the parks and to really get […]

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Staying at LEGOLAND Castle Hotel California

April 30, 2018

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The long awaited LEGOLAND Castle Hotel California has finally opened! We were so excited to be one of the first guests to stay and experience the new hotel. Read on to find out what we thought and why this should be on your must visit list! Just as I recommended for the first LEGOLAND Resort, […]

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Guide to Planning a Trip to Ireland

April 24, 2018

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For the last 15 years I have been visiting family in Ireland almost on a yearly basis. Because of this, I often get emails asking for help in planning a trip to Ireland. “What should I do in Ireland” or “Where should we stay?”.  Also because of the fact that we visit for family, I […]

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Best Area to Stay in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs

April 19, 2018

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San Diego is the ultimate family playground with so many things to do all over the city. From visiting the famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park to relaxing on any of the amazing beaches, you will not be at a loss for things to do in San Diego. The city itself is quite easy […]

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Tips on Planning a European Family Vacation

April 16, 2018

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One of the most stressful parts of travel for many people is the process of actually planning the trip. This is particularly true if you are heading abroad with your family for the first time. You want everything to be just perfect. But, the logistics involved in planning a trip to Europe can be quite […]

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The Best Natural Hot Springs Near Mammoth

April 8, 2018

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If there is one thing that everyone in our family can agree on,  it’s our love for hot pools of water! It can be a jacuzzi or a natural hot spring, just as long as it’s hot. On our recent trip to Mammoth we decided to take some time to hop around to the different […]

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Exploring All Things Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

April 2, 2018

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One of the main attractions for our family visit to Universal Studios Hollywood was of course The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Having just finished book number 5, my 7 year old was hankering to visit our neighborhood theme park. While the Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn’t a huge section of Universal Studios Hollywood, […]

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LA Sanitation Department Open House 2018

April 1, 2018

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It’s almost that time of year again! The day little boys (and girls) look forward to all year long – trash truck open house! My son equates spring and summer with several things and the opening day to summer in his mind is the LA Sanitation Department’s open house (and the Fire Service Recognition Day!).  This […]

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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips for First Timers

March 30, 2018

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It has taken us 5 years of living in Los Angeles, but we finally made it to Universal Studios Hollywood. Wow! I wish we went sooner, but I am also sort of glad we waited. My son is just now 48 inches which meant he could go on every ride at the park. Visiting Universal […]

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What to Pack for India (& What to Buy There)

March 27, 2018

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If you are like me, you probably tend to over pack for destinations that you don’t know personally. I find this especially true when visiting a developing country.  On my first visit to India I took WAY more than I needed. I listened to people who had only visited the country for short times and who also probably […]

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The Best in Zion National Park Lodging

March 25, 2018

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One of our favorite summer trips, with the best hike ever was to Zion National Park. This is one of Utah’s most visited parks and for good reason – it is an amazingly immersive experience whether you stay inside the park or not. On our last visit, we waited a little late in the game […]

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Ultimate Australian Road Trip Ideas

March 22, 2018

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Australia is a destination that has been on my travel wishlist for ages. From the beautiful beaches, the Outback’s barren remoteness to trendy cities like Melbourne, Australia is a dream destination. Being big animal lovers and massive road trip fans, it goes without saying how alluring Australia is with their unique wildlife viewing opportunities and self-drive […]

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Velas Vallarta – All Inclusive Family Luxury

March 19, 2018

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My yearly tradition of getting away for my birthday was almost thwarted this year with my Palace on Wheels train journey through Rajasthan being so close to my birthday.  But…Los Angeles was unseasonably cold and I couldn’t let my birthday pass without a little break somewhere. If you read my travel dreams for the year […]

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Disney Easter Eggstravaganza

March 17, 2018

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One of the reasons we renew our annual passes at Disneyland every year is because of the many yearly holiday celebrations. We love Mickey’s Halloween party, the fantastic Christmas decorations and holiday themed rides and of course, Easter. There aren’t fancy decorations or unique parades, rather, following in modern tradition, there is an Easter egg […]

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7 Best Places to Visit In Delhi

March 16, 2018

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Delhi, the capital of India, is for most visitors their first view of what this fascinating country has to offer. Filled with breathtaking forts, mosques and monuments from the days of Mughal rulers alongside markers of a new, modern country that is taking hold. The contrasts between the congested, narrow roads in Old Delhi and […]

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Palace on Wheels Train: A Journey Through Rajasthan

March 14, 2018

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Most first-timers in India focus on exploring the well known Golden Triangle area of the country that encompasses Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It is here that you can experience the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, while also getting inspired by the world’s most famous monument to love at the Taj Mahal in Agra before […]

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Day Trip to San Juan Capistrano with Kids

March 12, 2018

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Since we first moved to LA I have had a list of things to do and places to visit. San Juan Capistrano has been on that list now for years. A few weeks ago we finally had the opportunity to head down to see what it’s all about. Read on to see what we thought […]

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How to Get a SIM Chip in India

March 8, 2018

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One of the most frustrating things while traveling is not knowing how to stay connected. Historically it has been very difficult to get a SIM chip in India, however I am happy to report things have been streamlined and it’s getting much easier. In addition, there are also other great options that previously didn’t exist […]

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