Category: Hot Spots

Hot Hotels in Mexico City

Mexico City is a fabulous vacation destination. The dollar goes a long way there, the public transit is easy to navigate, and everyone I came into contact with was so friendly. There are affordable flights from lots of US origin cities, especially in the southwest. Flying out of Tijuana is easy and accessible for my

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Visiting the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Basalt columns at Giant's Causeway

Last month I had the opportunity to visit a site that I had only recently learned about, from a children’s book, of all things: The Giant’s Causeway. Located at the northern tip of Northern Ireland, I never even considered that I’d get to see this remote natural wonder, apart from TV or the internet. This

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Guinness Storehouse Tour – Dublin’s Top Attraction

I know that titling this post “Dublin’s Top Attraction” might ruffle a few feathers, especially considering other notable attractions like The Book of Kells at Trinity College. However, judging by how packed the Storehouse was on a Wednesday afternoon, and by the fact that it’s the first thing people ask me about Dublin… I feel

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Visiting Kilkenny Castle: What to Expect

Did someone say castle? Earlier this month I was invited on a spontaneous trip to Ireland. As my friend and I planned our itinerary, we thought it would be nice to do a half-day trip outside Dublin, so we looked for interesting things within a short driving radius. Visiting Kilkenny Castle came recommended by other

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

I honestly don’t know where to begin when it comes to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Legendary and iconic are some words that come to mind when I think about this hot spot. In 2019, the chain is celebrating 20 years and this location is celebrating 10 years. After all this

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ibis Hotel Chain: The Great Budget Option you Haven’t Heard Of

When planning a trip abroad, it can be hard to decide where to stay. Especially if you’re trying to save money! I’m an American, so when I see hotels like Best Western or Holiday Inn, I know what to expect. But when arranging a foreign itinerary and an unfamiliar name pops up everywhere, it would

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, July 2019

Last week I visited Disneyland with a few out-of-town relatives. I was excited to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which opened in May of this year. Special reservations were required during the first month but now a Disneyland ticket grants normal access. Galaxy’s Edge has three entrances: One from the rear of Frontierland, on the

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Alsace’s Picturesque Small Towns

Of our three days in Strasbourg, we spent one of them driving with our friends through the countryside: the route de vin. Alsace, which runs along the border of France and Germany, follows the Rhine river, with the backdrop of the Vosges mountains on the west and the Black Forest on the east. The gently

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An Enchanting Visit to Strasbourg, France

The third leg of my fall European trip: three days in Strasbourg, France’s eighth-largest city. The territory of Alsace has gone back and forth between Germany and France many times throughout history. This game of tug-of-war has resulted in a city that is an enchanting blend of both cultures. As you walk from one neighborhood

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