Girls Weekend in SoCal

Los Angeles is a city of stories. Whether you’ve grown up amongst the palms, packed up the trunk and moved bright-eyed to have your coming of age, or, learned to love the cityscape through the movie screen—certain visions reign supreme. The Hollywood Sign, the pink palace façade of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the panoramic views from the Griffith Observatory are iconic sights long sealed in to our collective consciousness.

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Winter Packing Guide for Two Weeks in France

Flying with just a carry-on can save tons of time and energy and help you avoid the risk of dealing with lost baggage or heavy suitcases. When you only have a small suitcase or backpack and a few pieces of clothing to work with, figuring out what to pack and how to plan outfits can be tricky. I am happy to say it’s also doable! Working from a capsule wardrobe is the best route. Choosing basic clothing items in neutral colors goes a long way for creating a variety of outfits with limited items. To help you prepare for your winter trip, here’s a list of must-have items to put in your suitcase or carry-on. I promise it’s so easy if you plan ahead.

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Villa de Leyva: a City Frozen in Time

A picturesque historical town set high in the Andes, Colombia‘s Villa de Leyva is one of the country’s top attractions and is home to some of its best preserved colonial architecture. Located a three-hour drive northeast from the capital Bogotá, the 16th-century cobbled streets, terracotta tile roofs and whitewashed buildings welcome visitors to this unique corner of the Boyacá department. Read on for my guide to the secrets of this rural gem.

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London: The City of Markets

They say the best way to get a true sense of a city is to stroll around its street markets; and that statement couldn't be more true when it comes to visiting a market in London. Simply put, London is a city of markets. Dozens of bazaars populate the city’s streets, where stalls overflow with all kinds of goods, foods and general necessities. This posts highlights the 9 markets I visited while in London!

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A long weekend in St. Augustine, Florida

What makes a place great isn't necessarily how far away it is, how long you spend there or how much cash you drop. What makes a place great is 'newness.' Weekend trips help us break the weeks’ routine and gives us the opportunity to visit a new place and explore something different, and St. Augustine in Florida is just the kind of different most people are looking for.

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The 'merienda' tradition - south Florida edition

I grew up with the tradition of tea time or "la merienda" - the perfect afternoon snack. It usually consists of tea, coffee, or mate, with toast, a croissant, scone, cake or some sort of pastry, cookies - all sweet and very delicious.  Ideally, the "Merienda Tradition" is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.

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What to see in London as a First Time Visitor

A special post covering the must-visit spots in London for those first-time visitors! London is, by far, one of the most popular city destinations in the world. The city is quite big, so my recommendation is to at least spend 5 full days here. I think that five days will give you enough time to visit museums, well-known landmarks, and its historic architecture!

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