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Tourism

A tour of the Queen Mary

I love historical locations, especially when there are stories of hauntings. Not that I believe in ghosts, but it’s the mystery that entices me. I’ve been reading the book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, which tackles the idea of paranormal activity with historical research. In the introduction to part two of this book, After Hours (bars, restaurants, hotels and brothels), Dickey takes note of the Queen Mary, and in his words says, “(ghosts) overrun places like the RMS Queen Mary,…

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Tourism

Irwindale’s Renaissance Faire

“It’s Americans pretending to be old Europeans.” I’m still laughing about how accurate that is. Sander had never been to anything like a Renaissance Faire. I had grown up attending, not every year but I was very familiar with what went down and how intense the whole Faire can be. Being in California, we’re all aware of how the heat can dominate the entire day. That being said, we slathered Sander in some heavy duty sunblock and hit the road with…

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Lifestyle Living in California

An all natural facial

Before I left for the Netherlands, I had the honor of attending a few sessions of with Dora, an Esthetician who specializes in natural cleansing products and at the time, was opening a new space to work her magic. Now she works from home, using the same wonderful products she used the last time. It was a top priority for me to see her again because her facials are simply amazing. Not only are they relaxing and a fantastic way to…

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Lifestyle Living in California

Back home and loving the sun

Sander and I have finally arrived back in California! We’ve been planning this trip for months and the time had finally arrived for us to board the plane and see my family. It’s been around eight months since I was last home and so as soon as we touched down at LAX and I took in a large breath of smoggy LA air, I knew it wasn’t a dream. Our first few days were spent at home, celebrating both Easter…

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Food Food in California

Cherry Valley’s Lavender Festival

It’s never officially summer for my family until we’ve been to the annual Lavender Festival that takes place in Cherry Valley, CA. This was the 12th year for 123 Farm, a sprawling estate that helps to bring awareness and an appreciation for organic farming. While they have events year around, the Lavender Festival has been a tradition for my family for the past five years. Demonstrations are held for people who are interested in aromatherapy and other uses of lavender oil.…

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