Travel

Up at The O2 (London) Climb

Since we are living in London for a few months, we are determined to explore this beautiful city inside and out. We were excited to have the opportunity to tick something off of our London Bucket List… we were going to climb ‘Up at The O2.’ The O2 is a large entertainment district located right next to the river Thames on the…

Afternoon Tea in London: Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English tradition of sitting down around 4pm for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake. The taking of afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon since her evening meal was served around eight o’clock, leaving…

Cahoots: A Playground for London Scoundrels!

I have finally finished my 14 days of self-isolation after arriving from the USA, and I was gagging to hit the streets of London (safely of course). I was excited for our first real date in SIX MONTHS and planned to visit Cahoots in London for some ‘tipples and treats.’ Cahoots is a 1940’s themed pub hidden underground beneath the…

We Are Living in London, England!

We did it!  We’re currently living in London!  Not permanently, the plan is to live in London until the end of the year. We’ve been talking about this for precisely 147 days since we were all forced into an endless staycation. Like most other people, in March we cleared our calendar, canceled holidays, and held out hope for summer to happen…

Best White Water Rafting – Tuolumne River

Travel for our family is like oxygen. We need it to breath. Travel feeds our soul so we needed to work with this new 2020 normal and try to plan a Covid-19 safe getaway. We needed to ditch our computer screens for new surroundings. We desperately needed to relax with the sounds and beauty of mother nature, and fill our hearts with sunshine. After…

5 Best Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Like many, we had to completely cancel and rearrange our 2020 travel. Travel for our family is like oxygen… we need it to breath… we need it for our souls… so to say this was hugely disappointing is a gross understatement. After 7 months of staring at a computer screen with no vacation days, and none on the horizon, we decided to…

6 Reasons to Visit Sequoia National Park

Summer travel looks very different this year since we are still on Covid-19 stay-at-home orders. However, National Parks across the US are in the process of reopening, and are a GREAT drivable option as people look to get away to open spaces after spending months at home. We visited Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park recently and were immediately soothed…

Lourdes, France: Why You Should Visit

Lourdes is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in Southwest France. Lourdes is incredibly spiritual, peaceful and tranquil. Lourdes is known for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, where pilgrims gather from all over the world. Sites within the Domain include the Basilica of Saint Pius X, the Grotto of Apparitions or the Grotto of Massabielle known for its healing…

Contra-Tiempo: joyUS justUS

From the moment I walked into the gleaming lobby of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, I was stuck by the calm atmosphere and cultural surroundings. The historic building with contemporary marble architecture was the perfect place to relax and enjoy a tasty cocktail with my girlfriend (made by the friendliest staff ever), before we saw Contra-Tiempo: joyUS justUS…

What to do with 48 hours in Bilbao Spain

Have you been to Bilbao, Spain?  If not, you should add to your travel list. It’s fantastic, and while there’s so much to see, you can absolutely see the highlights in a couple of days. Bilbao is a neat and compact city, tucked neatly into surrounding hills on either side of the river. Getting around is easy and the ‘must…