Gamble House Tour Review

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California is an exemplar of Arts and Crafts architecture. A variety of docent-led tours are offered throughout the week, and the relatively low price (as compared to other architectural tours around Los Angeles) coupled with the intriguing style and history of the home make this a popular option for visitors […]

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photos

Two of my favorite lands in any theme park are Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, respectively, at Universal Orlando Resort. They are also two of the most photogenic lands, and as such, I thought I’d share some of my best Wizarding World of Harry Potter photos in this […]

Great Food We’ve Eaten in Los Angeles (Summer 2017)

We love to eat, and we love Los Angeles. In this post, we combine those two loves, and share some of the great L.A. restaurants at which we’ve recently dined, with food photos, and recommendations in terms of things we enjoyed. Since I’m guessing most of our readers don’t live in Los Angeles and aren’t […]

Big Island Bees Hawaii Tour

Big Island Bees offers tours to the general public of their beekeeping and honey production operation. As the name suggests, they are located on the Big Island of Hawaii, where you can find a small museum and gift shop (with free samples!) in addition to the beehive tour. The family-owned Big Island Bees allows visitors […]

Free Concert Rehearsals at Hollywood Bowl

During summer, you can attend free rehearsals of Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. No ticket is required and you can come or go at your leisure. In this post, we’ll offer our thoughts on this free concert (more “sorta concert”) and whether this Southern California experience is worth your time. Open rehearsals occur on […]

Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Griffith Observatory is an observatory, planetarium, and astronomy museum in California with great views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the top things to do in L.A. Griffith Park is a popular spot for a […]

Chateau de Villandry Review & Tips

Château de Villandry is a Renaissance country house in the Loire Valley region of France. It’s best known for its flowers and gardens, which is the reason we ranked it #3 on our Best Castles in the Loire Valley list. In this post, we’ll share photos of Château de Villandry and our thoughts on why […]

Todaiji Temple Review & Tips

Todaiji Temple (東大寺, Tōdai-ji) in Nara is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and houses several National Treasures of Japan. In this post, we’ll share photos of Todaiji, tips for visiting this important temple, and our experience in visiting. Thanks to its huge bronze Buddha, Todaiji Temple is a […]

Things to Do in Acadia National Park

Looking for the best activities in Acadia National Park, or tips & tricks for the things to do in and around the park in Bar Harbor, Maine? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Acadia National Park, which is located mostly on Mount Desert Island. In this post, we’ll share some […]

Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Looking for tips and the best activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 45 minutes from Hilo Airport and 2 hours from Kona Airport. While Volcanoes National Park is […]