Archive | January, 2007

2007 Mardi Gras & Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Mardi Gras/Carnival, the biggest party on earth–all around earth–is just weeks away. So why is it I don’t have my bags packed or plane tickets yet? Because, sigh, I’m not traveling anywhere this party season. Unfortunately, the life of a freelance writer is driven by the ups and downs of one’s assignments. And right now […]

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January 31, 2007 by | 3 Comments

Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne

You don’t have to be a total rev-head to get a buzz out of the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne (March 15 – 18, 2007). When you mix the roar of the engines, a bevy of scantily clad grid girls and a host of celebrities, you get an action packed three days at Albert […]

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January 29, 2007 by | Comments Off on Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne

Reflections on Delhi Belly, La Turista and the Cairo Curse

I was reading my new favorite travel blog (besides this one? yes yes, besides this one) about travel sickness, upset stomachs and all sorts of nasty things that can happen to you on the road. Thank you, Sydney Morning Herald, for introducing me to a panoply of exotic intestinal terminology: Aztec two-step, Bali (Bangkok or […]

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January 23, 2007 by | 3 Comments

Beijing Tours & Day Trips

Beijing surely is a city of China’s past, present, and future – and for me, of all cities, it embodies the quixotic romance of ancient China. Beijing has a history of warlords and revolution, architectural antiquities, the old-world charm of Hutong neighborhoods that contrast with newer, tree-lined boulevards full of mirrored skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, […]

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January 18, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Suggested Itineraries in Los Angeles

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I misspent my youth at the Sherman Oaks Galleria of Moon Unit Zappa fame. I probably wasted months of my life driving from Santa Monica to downtown LA to Encino to Hollywood to North Hollywood, you name it. And […]

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January 17, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Muir Woods

About a month ago I mentioned to my husband in passing that I’d never been to Muir Woods. His response? “And you call yourself a Californian.” I was born in Cali, I’ve lived in or near to San Francisco my whole life, and yet, I have failed to visit one of the most historic and […]

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January 16, 2007 by | Comments Off on Muir Woods

Suggested Itineraries in Paris

It’s impossible not to experience a sense of joie de vivre when visiting Paris, arguably one of the planet’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities. The Seine, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Opera House only begin to scratch the surface of things to do and see. To help steer you in the right direction, read […]

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January 12, 2007 by | Comments Off on Suggested Itineraries in Paris

The Business Trip Where I Learned To Surf

While I love to travel, I am not such a fan of business travel. It’s tiring to run around a conference or to meetings all day, trying to cram in everything you came to do. Occasionally I eat somewhere great, or accomplish something worthwhile, but more often than not I return home beat from lugging […]

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January 12, 2007 by | Comments Off on The Business Trip Where I Learned To Surf

Views from the London Eye

As part of my sightseeing escapades in London (read my previous suggested itineraries in London), I booked a trip on British Airways London Eye. In the weeks leading up to my trip, I debated on whether to book the standard or fast-track version of the flight. In the end, I figured it was really a […]

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January 12, 2007 by | Comments Off on Views from the London Eye

New Year’s in the California Desert

By December I’d had enough of winter, but I didn’t really leave myself enough time to actually book a vacation somewhere nice and tropical for New Year’s, and who wants to fly around the holidays anyway? Luckily I live in California, and if you head far enough south, the weather takes a decidedly nice turn […]

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January 11, 2007 by | Comments Off on New Year’s in the California Desert