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SoCal: LA sights in one day

January 25, 2018


LA isn’t like other cities where people come to ‘sightsee’. Apart from Hollywood. Everyone wants to see Hollywood. So if you come to LA, here is your one-day sightseeing tour. Start at Rodeo Drive and do the Pretty Woman thing, popping into the Beverly Wilshire. For sustenance after shopping: if you’re in a hurry and […]

SoCal: Cambria to Monterey coastline

September 16, 2017


Having lived in LA we decided it was high time to travel the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) north to Monterey. After a night in Santa Barbara wine country, we headed north with two brief stops: firstly at Pismo Beach for a ridiculous seafood lunch at the Cracked Crab (ridiculous due to both quantity and style of […]

SoCal: Los Olivos (aka my new favourite place)

September 14, 2017


I fell in love with this place instantly. Actually, I think I fell in love with the description in my California Road trips book: Strutting in cowboy hats and high heels, the ranching town of ‘Los Olivos’ has a four block long main street lines with wine bars and restaurants, art galleries, cafes and fashionable […]

Salt Lake City, Utah: The home of the Mormons

September 10, 2016


Salt Lake City is simply stunning. I’ve been dying to visit since I read the book The 19th Wife, and then had endless questions for one of my colleagues from there when we were on a long train ride in Paris. I felt like a semi expert and when the opportunity to visit came up, […]

Park City, Utah

September 9, 2016


When my husband asked if iI wanted to join him for a weekend away as he was speaking at a conference, I did a quick google of Park City: Sundance film festival, mountains, ski resort, near Salt Lake City.  I hadn’t been to Utah before, so why not. As I’d be spending some time on […]

LALA land: how I came to be in Santa Monica

March 21, 2016


How do you fancy spending a but more time in LA? My boyfriend asked one evening. In turned out he meant moving. This was a recce trip to see whether it’s something we wanted to do. If you’d have asked a month ago LA probably wouldn’t have been in my top 20 lost of places […]

SoCal: San Diego

August 24, 2015


I’m now mostly based in LA and making the most of living in California, this weekend we hopped in a zipcar and drove down to San Diego, booking Z Hotel last minute on Hotel Tonight (I also hear the W Hotel is particularly cool there too – their pool gets rave reviews). I had high hopes for San Diego from […]

SoCal: Santa Barbara

July 14, 2015


The first thing you need to know about Santa Barbara, apart from the fact is a beautiful seaside Spanish-esque town, is that there is great wine. And when I mean great, I mean I-may-be-drinking-Californian-pinot-noir-and-chardonnay-for-the-rest-of-my-life. We stayed at Brisas Del Mar where the hospitality was incredible. From the constant supply of food – fruit & pastries in the morning, milk […]