Category Archives: Travel

Life lately, according to my iPhone.


Lately life consists of:

♥ a short trip to San Francisco ♥ little kittens  

♥ tagging my name on a friend’s wall ♥ lots of delicious coffee


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Ponte Winery

One of my favorite “getaways” with out actually having to get away very far is to the Temecula wineries. It has become customary to make our first stop at Ponte Winery, where we line our stomachs with a bit of delectable bites before venturing on to multiple tasting rooms available throughout the county. This is one of my favorite pitstops with a gorgeous restaurant patio and misters for those hot, humid days. They have a great selection of light lunch options like the cheese plate you see above. Tastings in Temecula range from $12 – $20 for 5 to 6 tastings a person. Just remember, get a designated driver. If you cannot find one, there are many services available for hire. No one wants to end a great day on a bad note.


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Quincy Market

Last week I officially moved back to the U.S. But of course, to ease the transition back to California, I took a five day pitstop in Boston to visit some old college friends and wander around my old romping grounds. Being the food-loving human I am (I am obsessed with taking pictures of my food), I couldn’t stop in Boston without going to Quincy Market once or twice. I have to say that I missed a lot of the fatty delicious foods while in Spain. I’ve confirmed that Americans seem to be experts in this topic.

To be honest, these photos don’t even do justice to the amount of food I consumed over those five days. Between the deep fried macaroni and cheese balls, ginormous burgers, crab rangoon, countless bagels with veggie cream cheese and sprouts, hush puppies with sour cream maple syrup sauce and well…more sushi than I should admit, I survived my visit and am still eating my way through various cravings. What I am trying to say between this rant and reminisce of food is that if you are visiting Boston; make a stop a Quincy Market. It will make your taste buds dance and your stomach content: even for the pickiest of eaters. You are bound to find something for everyone in your group.

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Visit Greece!

I still have a hard time turning on the news everyday to see constant criticisms, negative sentiments and heartbreaking stories. Although this is not the main focus in today’s post, we can see that Greece has been under the spotlight when it comes to these negative stories and reports this past year.

Having just recently traveled to Greece (the Greek islands to be exact), I can honestly say it is a gorgeous place to vacation with accommodating people who try to communicate in as many languages as possible, maintain a strong sense of culture and have lovely views and scenery.

It saddened me to see all these people working so hard (normally 16 hour days) for half full establishments. And that was on a good day. Tourism in Greece has dropped dramatically. Accounting for approximately 16.5% of the GDP, it plays a crucial part in the success and welfare of the economy (you can read about it more on CNBC). With tourism on the decline and times getting more and more difficult for the Greek economy, I recommend, not only to help out these people, but also to have an incredibly relaxing sunfilled holiday.

Travel to Greece. Explore their culture. Eat their food. And lay out on the beaches. I will be focusing on great places to visit throughout the Greek islands these next couple posts. I hope you enjoy the photos and get to see them in person yourself.


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Oh, the places you’ll go

{Lyon, France}

I still am having a hard time believing that my European Excursion was almost a year ago. As a way to commemorate this incredible experience, I customized two pairs of sneakers to bring along on the trip (you can see how I made them here). My incredible travel buddy (aka mi madre) and I took photos in a part of the city that seemed most memorable to us. To be honest I haven’t looked at this photos in months, however I can’t help but giggle when I see these images. We made hundreds of memories during that month. I will never forget all the crazy looks we got from passersby while trying to maneuver some sort of balancing act on the dirty ground, atop various walls and benches, and even at the edge of a cliff in order to capture all the places our tired little feet had taken us. It was a mother and daughter bonding experience that I will never be able to exchange. The shoes on the other hand are completely trashed. Maybe a nice shadowbox encasing these dirty smelly things may do just the trick. Future project? I think so.

{Bordeaux, France}

{Nice, France}

{Rome, Italy}

{Pisa, Italy}

{Budapest, Hungary}

{Prague, Czech Republic}

{Santorini, Greece}

{Mykonos, Greece}

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Revamping Coming Soon!

I realize a bit of spring cleaning is in dire need here. So bare with me while I dust the cobwebs off my creativity in hopes to reveal some spectacular new topics and layouts. Essentially, I am aiming to create a mini virtual eye massage for your daily viewing pleasure. I will be back up and running pronto. 

Thanks for all your support over the years!

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Funding Your Dreams

A lot of you have asked me, how am I able to pay for all the traveling that I do. Well, that is a multi-part answer. I do have to admit that I have been very lucky to have parents that are very supportive of my travels (for example: my August Eurotrip this past year). However, I have funded a good portion of my travels and my education. What does it take: work+work+work (lots of hours), understanding/maneuvering of the system (in terms of finding great travel deals), and taking advantage of scholarships that are available to you. So with that in mind, I am writing this post to ask for your help.

Please click on either the picture above or the link below and “like” + “tweet” my painting. I have entered the Make Art. Save Art. Scholarship by the non-profit organization Do Something. The winner will receive a scholarship and a donation to their respective university to support art education. The link is below:

Thank you for all your support and help!




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