Travel

OJAI AND SANTA BARBARA TRAVEL GUIDE

Want Claire’s entire guide to Ojai + Santa Barbara? Check out her PDF! WHY OJAI/SANTA BARBARA? My husband Craig and I love Santa Barbara! It’s only a 90-minute drive from our house (without traffic) and it’s super dog-friendly, which means Buster gets to come along and we don’t have to find a pet-sitter (yay!). We’ve been to Santa Barbara together many […]
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ROME CITY GUIDE

Want Claire’s entire guide to Rome? Check out her PDF!   WHY ROME? The eternal city has been a traveller’s destination for thousands of years. There are so many idioms focussed on Rome – when in Rome, all roads, etc. – that it’s almost impossible to view it as a modern city, apart from its burden of context.  And that’s what […]
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VANCOUVER CITY GUIDE: PART 2

Want Claire’s entire guide to Vancouver? Check out her PDF!   OVERALL VANCOUVER NOTES – This city hates reservations and all of the best spots are popular, so be ready for waits unless you eat early. Like seriously, forty five minutes  to an hour is typical. – Enjoy the Seafood. The seafood here is excellent: super fresh and local. However, their […]
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VANCOUVER CITY GUIDE: PART 1

Want Claire’s entire guide to Vancouver? Check out her PDF!   VANCOUVER Vancouver feels like a place you would’ve created in Sim City as a kid.  Cradled by snow capped mountains, overlooking an island dotted bay, lush and green with sharp sparkling crystal sunshine (when it is shining) – it’s an aggressively striking town. Now fill that town with Portlandians – […]
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PALM SPRINGS CITY GUIDE: PART 2

Want Claire’s entire guide to Palm Springs? Check out her PDF! WHAT’S IN MY PALM SPRINGS TOTE BAG A bicycle: Ok, too large to fit in a tote bag I know, but you will definitely put your tote bag into the basket, so I guess it kind of works?  Palm Springs is a small community, and everything is pretty close together, […]
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PALM SPRINGS CITY GUIDE: PART 1

Want Claire’s entire guide to Palm Springs? Check out her PDF! WHY PALM SPRINGS? Back when men smoking cigars would yell at back-lot kids, “You wanna be in a picture?” and directors wore three piece suits to set and startlets would start in the chorus just hoping for a chance, Hollywood needed a weekend hideaway.  This hideaway needed to be an […]
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TULUM CITY GUIDE: PART 2

Want Claire’s entire guide to Tulum? Check out her PDF! OVERALL TULUM NOTES: My favorite part of Tulum was sitting on the beach reading and eating ceviche.  There’s lovely yoga studios, higher end restaurants, and engaging activities like the ruins or cents as well, but honestly, I liked just hanging out in the sun and walking around town the best. Before […]
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TULUM CITY GUIDE: PART 1

Want Claire’s entire guide to Tulum? Check out her PDF! WHY TULUM? Beach, ruins, sun, jungle, glorious food and beautiful -very beautiful- people, these are just a few draws to the lovely beachside resort town of Tulum.  “Resort town” conjures up images of Cannes or Lake Como or Playa del Carmen, which incidentally is only about 45 minutes north of Tulum, […]
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PARIS CITY GUIDE: PART 3

Want Claire’s entire guide to Paris? Check out her PDF! Museums: Versailles Real talk: skip the palace, do the garden and hamlet instead.  Bring a picnic and relax by the canal.  My experience inside the palace was akin, I imagine, to sheep being shepherded to market.  Long lines, cramped, filled with screaming toddlers (one punched me in the back, no […]
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