Trip Introduction: France!!

With the start of 2019, I am going to be traveling more, and a bit differently than in the past. I have rented out my house and am off on some longer journeys than I have undertaken before. My first stop: three months in France! To start, yes, I am skipping Paris. I have already…

2018 in Review

It's mid-December, so while there are still a couple weeks remaining in the year, my travels have come to an end and it's time for a brief look back. I will be leaving town again on New Year's Eve (more on that in the next week or so), but I will count that in 2019.…

A Roman Villa in Los Angeles

Outside of the Mediterranean, there are a few areas in the world with a Mediterranean climate: the cape of South Africa, Chile, and the California coast. Perhaps that's why, when oil tycoon J Paul Getty wanted to build a replica Roman villa on the cliffs of Malibu to house his art collection, nobody called him…

My Favorite Art Festival

What happens when one of my favorite cities meets one of my biggest passions as a traveler? Well, I got to experience that recently when, after years of talking about it, my sister and I finally attended Santa Cruz's Open Studios. What is Open Studios? I'm glad you asked. Imagine more than 300 incredible artists…