Category Archives: Travel

Guide to Portland, Oregon

November 8, 2018

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Portland is a big city with a small town feel and a great deal of pride for being home of the weird. Spend a long weekend exploring the funky neighborhoods and enjoying the laidback atmosphere. Go if you love beer, go if you love rain, or go just for fun and you’ll find yourself falling in love with this quirky place.

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Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

October 8, 2018

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is set along (and within) the coast of the eastern side of the country. Made up of 14 different islands, most of it’s neighborhoods are walkable and the city is fairly easy to navigate thanks to an organized metro system.

This Nordic metropolis represents the best of Sweden with its blonde beauties, progressive vibes, and polite-yet-genuine kindness. There is never a dull moment with museums galore, a hot Scandinavian cuisine scene, modern design and architecture around every corner, and a hearty drinking culture. It’s one of my favorite places in the world!

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Our Experience with Wow Air (Honest Review)

September 20, 2018

While telling everyone about our trip to Iceland, there was one topic that everyone wanted to know about…our experience with Wow Air!

Wow Air is a budget airline that offers cheap flights to Iceland and Europe. They’ve recently exploded in popularity, which is probably one reason why so many people are venturing to Iceland these days.

Today I’m giving our honest review of the airline. It’s worth knowing we actually took four flights with them (one from Los Angeles to Iceland, another from Iceland to Sweden, and then those same flights back home).

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Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

September 17, 2018

Reykjavik is the charming and welcoming capital of Iceland located on the southwestern coast of Iceland. It’s the largest city on the island with nearly 200,000 people living there and new tourists arriving everyday.

Given its history as a Viking settlement and maritime city, there is plenty to discover in terms of culture and history. It’s also a great jumping point from which to explore the great outdoors since many of Iceland’s most beautiful landscapes are only a few hours drive from the city.

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10 Tips for Packing Light

September 10, 2018

There are a lot of perks when it comes to packing light. You avoid extra baggage fees, don’t have to worry about losing your luggage, and can get around easily.

Here are a few of the tips that will help you pack light for your next trip. Bonne chance et bon voyage!

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Guide to Big Bear, California

July 16, 2018

Big Bear is located in the middle of the San Bernadino Mountains alongside Big Bear Lake. The area is blessed with mild California temps but is lucky enough to experience the beauty of all four seasons.

Since this small mountain is only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and Orange County,  it is a popular weekend destination for adventure seekers. The slopes are a big draw in the winter, but there are plenty of outdoorsy activities available throughout the year.

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Guide to Kauai, Hawaii

April 23, 2018

Cliff Trail near Shipwreck Beach in Kauai, Hawaii | Alyssa Pacaut

Known as a lush tropical paradise, Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and a great place for your next vacation. Some of the best hiking trails and beaches in the world line the edge of the island with a dense rain forest in the center that has been featured in action films like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

Outdoor fanatics will be right at home with endless opportunities to hike, surf, and get involved with water sports. Everyone else will have fun accessing some of the best vistas by car and enjoying the laidback vibe of the island. Party people will probably want to skip this island as nightlife is pretty much nonexistent.
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Guide to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

March 5, 2018

Ocotillo in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park | Alyssa Pacaut

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is humongous and spans nearly 650,000 acres. It’s located just east of San Diego County and is home to about 600 or so desert bighorn sheep (aka borregos) that typically keep to the remote areas of the park.

Hop in your car and take to the many roads that crisscross the park. You’ll enjoy exploring the surprisingly diverse terrain from sweeping vistas and broad canyons to the random rock formations and alien-like plants dotting the open desert. It’s great place for a day trip or weekend camping adventure!
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Guide to Moorea, Tahiti

January 9, 2018

Belvedere Point in Moorea, Tahiti | Alyssa Pacaut

Moorea is a quiet, laid back island in French Polynesia that is just a hop and a skip away from the main island of Tahiti. Bright blue lagoon water, luscious jungle greenery, and the best seafood ever are just the tip of the iceberg in this tropical paradise.

There is plenty to do from snorkeling, diving, and kayaking to hiking, nature tours, or simply taking in the breathtaking views. The island caters well to tourists yet doesn’t feel touristy, which makes it a great destination for honeymooners, families, and everyone in between.
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Best Wine Bars and Shops in Long Beach

June 20, 2017

Best Wine Shops in Long Beach | Alyssa Pacaut

Drinking wine is one of my favorite ways to unwind whether I’m grabbing a glass with a girlfriend or buying a bottle for a dinner at home. Thankfully, there are a lot of high-quality wine bars and shops in Long Beach. Here’s the crème de la crème!

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Long Beach Wall Crawl

February 13, 2017

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Long Beach is having a bit of a renaissance and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon it seemed like the right time to show a little love. Mitch Maher and I set out to explore the best walls in Long Beach this past weekend. I wore outfits in black, white, and navy while he played the role of art director and photographer.

The result is a love letter to our fair city in digital form, i.e. the Long Beach Wall Crawl complete with artist recognition and locations so you too can spend a couple hours taking in this beautiful art. A big merci to POW! WOW! Long Beach for bringing these artists to our hometown!

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