Day Trip to Palace of Versailles on a Budget

Just a short trip away from Paris is the beautiful and grand Palace of Versailles where King Louis XIV lived to get away from the big city, and where he housed Queen Marie Antoinette and his secret wife. There are so many tours that will take you on a day trip from Paris to Versailles , but we decided to forgo the tours and experience the Palace of Versailles on a budget, starting with the RER train. If you already…
Versailles, France
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Day Trip from Paris to Claude Monet’s House in Giverny

There are so many great museums to visit in Paris that you might literally be able to spend a week just visiting one museum after another. But if you’re looking to step outside of a museum and experience art in an interactive manner, one of the more popular day trips to take from Paris is to Claude Monet’s house where he painted his famous water lily paintings in Giverny. It’s just over an hour to get there by car or about…
Giverny, France
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Our Destination Wedding at Secrets Maroma

A year ago when Joseph and I were planning our wedding, we decided that since we both love traveling, we would do a destination wedding. Originally, our hearts were set on Italy, specifically Lake Como. It was a beautiful location, so picturesque, and combined elements that both of us loved – fantasy-like for me, Star Wars for him (did you know that the beautiful scene where Anakin married Padme was filmed in Lake Como’s Villa del Balbianello?). But as we…
Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Secrets Maroma – an Adults Only, All-Inclusive Luxury Resort

As an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Secrets Maroma – part of the AMResorts brand – has earned quite the reputation. It has been named as the world’s sixth best resort in its category by CNN, one of the best hotels in Mexico, and once again earned the highly-coveted ranking of an AAA Five Diamond resort. During our blissful five nights stay at Secrets Maroma recently, Joseph and I (along with ten other family members who joined…
Cancun, Mexico
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Weekend Bachelorette in Napa

As someone who’s having a destination wedding soon, it only makes sense to continue the theme by having a destination weekend bachelorette in Napa, right? The best part is that my closest friends love to travel as well, so when I brought up the idea of dragging everyone through a California road trip with the main destination of California’s wine county – Napa – everyone was on easily board. But since the drive to Napa from Los Angeles would be…
Napa, California
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Xcaret in a Day

During our recent trip to Cancun, Joseph and I stayed at Hyatt Zilara – an all-inclusive resort, where there really wasn’t a reason to leave the hotel. And yet, we still wanted to take an excursion to explore Mexico just a little bit and chose to spend a day in Xcaret – an eco-archaeological park just 45 minutes away from Cancun. I know what you’re thinking – “what does that mean?”. That was my thought too, and I came to…
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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Alfred’s Coffee on Melrose Place

I am not a coffee connoisseur but I can’t help but be drawn to coffee shops with their aromatic coffee scent floating about the room and the interior decor that makes staying for a couple of hours enjoyable. The great thing about living in LA is that there are ample amounts of coffee shops, particularly on the west side of the city, that you can visit. One, in particular, is Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen located in Melrose Place. It’s been on my…
Los Angeles, California
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