General Patton Memorial Museum

General Patton Museum

In the vast desert between Palm Desert and the California/Arizona border is a little nugget of U.S. History.  The General Patton Memorial Museum is conveniently located at a routine pit stop along Interstate 10 freeway, making it an easy quick visit for your adventures on the way out of California, or if…

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Celebrate Chinese New Year in Beauty and Authenticity at Hsi Lai Temple

Chinese New Year Hsi Lai

Happy Year of the Monkey!! I absolutely LOVE Chinese New Year!  There is something so festive about it, something that really resonates with me and my love of fresh starts and new beginnings.  Based in a culture where good fortune is always the coveted prize, rituals and traditions of this…

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Star Wars takes over Disneyland with Season of the Force

Things are officially taking place now at Disneyland in preparation for the new Star Wars Land.  The northwestern side of the park is now closed, shutting down for good the beloved petting zoo and Big Thunder Ranch BBQ restaurant.  We will be without Fantasmic, the Disneyland railroad, and Rivers of…

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Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch Like a Forest of Tranquility

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch

  Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch I am a complete sucker for art installations, but not necessarily the type that you would find at a museum, but rather the kind that sits along the road, outside, enduring the elements of nature day after day.    Perhaps it is because they oftentimes are as…

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Elvis and his Palm Springs Honeymoon Hideaway

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Tucked away in a tiny cul-de-sac in an upscale postmodern neighborhood in Palm Springs, sits a house that is made famous by one person- Elvis.  As if the home didn’t have enough bragging rights already from its history, design, and previous owners, the most lasting and powerful connection came as the Midas…

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Watts Towers and Their Rising of Purpose

When a vision is born, sometimes the human spirit will stop at nothing to achieve the fulfillment of their goals.   So is the story of Simon Rodia, an immigrant born in Ribottoli, Italy in 1879 that immigrated to the United States when he was barely just 14.  He came to America…

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European Gondola Adventure in Our Own California Back Yard

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One of the most dreamy of destinations for many Americans is a visit to the romantic Italy, where one could ride a romantic gondola through canals that are rich in beauty and history.  In Southern California, within the city of Long Beach, is a tucked away little community called Naples…

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The Bunny Museum-The Hoppiest Place in the World

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I’m always on the hunt for a truly unique place to write about, and when the Bunny Museum was brought to my attention, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit.  It is one of those places that is best described in the numerous awards that it has received, from adjectives…

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San Juan Capistrano- A town full of charm and history

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Sometimes a town can be so full of things to do that the city becomes a destination in and of itself.  The town of San Juan Capistrano is a perfect destination city that can make you feel as if you’ve travelled into another time or place.  Just 55 miles south…

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Missions of California- San Juan Capistrano

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There are many facets to California’s history that make it an interesting place to explore.  One of the most well known historical features that the land has to offer are the Missions, born from its historical connection to Mexico and the royalty of Spain.  They were built as a way…

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