@kirstenalana - Kirsten Alana | los angeles

#travelphotographer & storyteller • city breaks, nature escapes, luxury, sustainability, art & culture • co-chair LA #travelmassive ❤️ @dante.vincent

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PSA to announce that as I was packing for Maine and of course doing everything but packing like I should have been which may or may not have included checking my email for the millionth time and scrolling mindlessly through social media.... I somehow discovered @pattiegonia and OMG IT IS THE MOST AMAZING FEED ON INSTAGRAM RIGHT NOW. Why didn’t anyone tell me about it yet?!!!! It’s all the positivity and light and love and gratefulness and realness and sunshine and good vibes that my home feed was missing and I’m SHOOK that I lived so much of my life without Pattie in it!!!!!
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Reading so many captions filled with messages of affirmation, encouragement and support right back to the community that supports Pattie’s amazing content - made me a little day drunk with the idea that I definitely spend way too much time seeing the negative side of what Instagram has become, worrying too much about how my engagement has suffered since the dreaded word ‘algorithm’ entered this space and fretting over what to post or not to post. So I’m pressing publish on this photo which I know will likely bomb because of that A word that doesn’t favor horizontal images such as this.... but screw it. This photo was taken the last time I was in Maine. It makes me happy. I was wonderfully and newly in love with Danté and feeling about as happy as a person could.
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Who knows what adventures lie ahead for this visit to Maine....
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I hope your week is filled with alllllll good things and an extra dose of self love and light.  #peopleworthfollowing #MaineThing #lovemoreworryless #createinspirepositivity #visitmaine #landscapephotographer #shotoniphone
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PSA to announce that as I was packing for Maine and of course doing everything but packing like I should have been which may or may not have included checking my email for the millionth time and scrolling mindlessly through social media.... I somehow

Did you know that the Hollywood sign was originally meant to stay in place for only 18 months? And that it was put in place to advertise properties! When installed, it spelled 'Hollywoodland'. That phrase remained well past its intended timeframe though and became a sort of icon of greater Los Angeles. Then in 1949 the word 'land' was removed and LA’s most iconic lettered-sign entered a period of decay before a rebirth that gave us the landmark as we know it now. One that is visible from all over the city and seems close enough to reach out and touch sometimes.
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To me it’s a symbol of the storytelling that’s inherent to a large part of the culture of this city. Hollywood creates stories that we gobble up. That help us escape from life for a while, that inspire us. Sometimes that help us face things. Learn things. Stretch the boundaries of our knowing and widen our scope. Those are the stories I love best.
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And right now that type of story seems more important than ever. There’s so much going on in our world that I’ve learned about through documentary films and from directors and creators who I wasn’t exposed to when I was younger. It’s just one of the many ways I try to stay informed.
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What are some accounts and/or people here on Instagram that are telling stories and keeping people informed, that you enjoy following? .
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#lalaland #hollywoodsignview #losangeleshistory #hollywoodhistory #historichollywood #lastory #discoverLA #visitcalifornia #thisisla #thisissustainable #responsibletraveller #responsibletravel #goldenhourlight #shotoniphonexs
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Did you know that the Hollywood sign was originally meant to stay in place for only 18 months? And that it was put in place to advertise properties! When installed, it spelled 'Hollywoodland'. That phrase remained well past its intended timeframe tho

Happy Monday from beautiful @puremichigan (summer is such a special time here)! I’ve been with family for birthday and anniversary parties; and I feel profoundly grateful to have been able to be present, not having to miss a moment. There were many years when I first worked in travel that I missed out on every holiday and special occasion.
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I hope wherever you are in the world right now that you too have many things to be thankful for. Let’s make every day this week count. 
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#puremichigan #lakelife #michigansummer #michigansummers #summerinmichigan #visitmichigan #themittenstate #lakelife️ #lakelifeisthebestlife
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Happy Monday from beautiful @puremichigan (summer is such a special time here)! I’ve been with family for birthday and anniversary parties; and I feel profoundly grateful to have been able to be present, not having to miss a moment. There were many y

I quietly let a year of living in Los Angeles pass by without remarking on it here. But as July turns to August, I suddenly feel the significance of it so much more. The pace of year two is already on par to match and exceed that of year one.
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It’s true what adults often say to kids about time and how it flies and how we shouldn’t waste it wishing for someday to come sooner than it’s going to. It’s as if a year has passed by in a blink and the almost four decades I’ve been on this planet have passed by like the rush of wind that moved my hair around as a subway train pulled into its station in New York.
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In honor of taking some time to be thankful and reflect, here are a few random things I enjoy about living in Los Angeles. Things that make me so grateful @dante.vincent & I made the move here in 2018:
- the traffic just isn’t as bad as people think it will be and even when it is, you’re not stuck way underground in a smelly, dirty metal tube. You’re in your own car with your own tunes and company you chose.
- palm trees, so many 
- infinitely more sunshine days than there ever was in New York
- our apartment’s windows don’t look at other walls
- vintage VW vans and bugs (my favorite!) are actually everywhere here, I could swear I see them every time I’m outside our apartment
- we’ve found it easier to live a more green and eco-friendly lifestyle here in LA
- the ability to experience & learn about other people and cultures has been easier, more accessible and somehow feels more authentic here
- we spend way more time outdoors because there are more enjoyable opportunities here
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... and I’m sure I could write many more but those are the first that come to mind.
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#discoverla #elysianpark #vintagevwbug #vwbug #igerslosangeles #lastory #losangeleslife #conquerla #conquer_la #goldenhourlight #palmtreelove #palmtreelover #sonyalphafemale #sonya7rii
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I quietly let a year of living in Los Angeles pass by without remarking on it here. But as July turns to August, I suddenly feel the significance of it so much more. The pace of year two is already on par to match and exceed that of year one. . It’s

This is me being  transparent, I’m really just posting this because
- it’s the only thing that seems to look good “in my grid”
- Cape Cod has been on my mind since I heard about the tornadoes and I just hope everyone I met last month is safe + sound or will be soon
- the vibes @kintravel & @action4ifaw laid down on that trip are some vibes I’m not quite ready to let go of
- and yeah, that’s about it.
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I relish having stories to tell. But also, sometimes I just want to post a photo that I like and has a story only for me.
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How’s your weekend going?
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This is me being transparent, I’m really just posting this because - it’s the only thing that seems to look good “in my grid” - Cape Cod has been on my mind since I heard about the tornadoes and I just hope everyone I met last month is safe + sound

If you’re headed to Boston this weekend, or planning to be there soon, hit up the link in my profile for my guide to @seaportbos It might not be everyone’s cup of tea and there may be other neighborhoods you prefer. BUT I chose to visit and publish a guide to the area because after doing some research online, I knew I’d enjoy the mix of old and new, the plentiful public art, the constant access to water and perhaps most importantly if you’re a fellow Francophile.... the presence of a @tattebakery (If you know me well you understand this is part sarcasm but also mostly true. Priorities! ) I could have just eaten every meal at Tatte. And please someone send me their source for the floor tile because I died and went to interior design heaven when I walked in.
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Now there’s no hard feelings if Boston’s Seaport isn’t for you. Nor do you need to leave a nasty comment letting me know you’re not impressed. That was more than taken care of on my last post by some super friendly locals. Plus, there are plenty of other people here on Instagram highlighting other neighborhoods that might float your boat more. See my friend @frenchieyankee if you want the lowdown on the cute and historic Boston areas for instance.
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Thank you #SeaportBOS for inviting me to visit so I could see what the area is all about. *hosted not paid*
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Now, what are you doing with your nose in your phone, check out my guide and then GET OFF YOUR PHONE 🤳 AND GET OUTSIDE!!!  Happy weekending!!
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If you’re headed to Boston this weekend, or planning to be there soon, hit up the link in my profile for my guide to @seaportbos It might not be everyone’s cup of tea and there may be other neighborhoods you prefer. BUT I chose to visit and publish a

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What are you doing this weekend? I’m putting the final touches on a guide to @seaportbos which I discovered during a recent hosted trip to Boston, essentially the gateway for Cape Cod. You can take a ferry, a flight or a helicopter to the Cape from the city. This photo tells the story of how Seaport is both a nod to Boston’s past and a door into its future. There’s the beautiful wood sailing boat in the foreground, which also reminds me of my childhood growing up in New England, and behind it there’s just one of the many modern buildings that give Seaport a skyline thoroughly rooted in the now. Many of said buildings are LEED-certified or come with features and amenities that are very much in support of a greener future for us all, like rooftop gardens and free bike share.
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I only had 29 hours in the neighborhood but what I found was delightful! It’s an area that is ideal for quick weekends in Boston but also full-featured enough for a longer getaway. And it’s so close to the airport that if you add this on to any longer stay in the Boston area or as an add on to exploring greater Massachusetts, you’re a quick ride share away from your flight home.
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I loved staying at The Envoy, with its dynamite rooftop bar and female head chef. And I’m still thinking about what I learned when I went across the bay featured in this photo, to @icaboston’s satellite location known as ‘Watershed’.️
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I tagged everyone else I discovered during my stay in this post and I’m looking forward to sharing the guide with you this week.  #seaportbos #seaportboston
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What are you doing this weekend? I’m putting the final touches on a guide to @seaportbos which I discovered during a recent hosted trip to Boston, essentially the gateway for Cape Cod. You can take a ferry, a flight or a helicopter to the Cape from t

With the news that’s dominating headlines in the USA, it’s easy to get down. But every time I’m tempted, I am going to choose to remember all the people I personally know who are amazing, who choose love over hate. And there’s a lot of them.  Who do you know like that?
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In all the awesomesauce that was my hosted trip to Cape Cod, it would be pretty difficult to pick just one favorite thing or moment that stood out more than everything else. Unless I get to just pick the people I experienced the trip with. Cliché answer but in this case so true. @mamacaxx is the only one I got what I think is a half good photo of with my own camera. This was taken very much on the go before leaving for my flight, after packing my room and before one last jaunt into Provincetown for Portuguese treats with @wishwishwish. I theorize that the only reason it’s any good at all is because Cāx set up this whole vignette in the dining room of our digs at @salthouseinn (which is fab btw). A fiercely talented model, a creative director by my definition and a beautiful person inside and out; she’s a good representation of everyone we were on the trip with.
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Truly @kintravel and @action4ifaw put together the best of the best team and I still can’t believe I was a part of it. Rounding out the crew is: @staceyhedman, @_sunshineinjuly_, @dillon_mangs, @brandenharvey, @everydaypursuits, @swopes,  @trashhand, @jaloulangeree, @valoriedarling and @paultheprotraveler.
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I can’t promise you’ll have as good a crew as I did to travel with if you book this trip for August or September - but I hope you know this particular blessing of good company at some point in your travels. It’s true that the people make the place. Whether you find people where you go, or you bring your crew with you.  #kintravel
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#mamacax #modelsofinstagram #salthouseinn #capecod #capecodma #ootdinspiration #sonyrx1rii #sonyportraits #sonyalphafemale
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With the news that’s dominating headlines in the USA, it’s easy to get down. But every time I’m tempted, I am going to choose to remember all the people I personally know who are amazing, who choose love over hate. And there’s a lot of them. Who do

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The last full day of my hosted visit to Cape Cod with @kintravel and @action4ifaw culminated in a whale watching trip. We made our way past the jetty to open ocean under a cobalt sky in perfect temperatures, leaving the clapboard houses of Provincetown behind. I couldn’t have imagined how awe-inspiring our time on the boat would be. Along the way we heard from Patrick who is IFaW’s Director of Marine Conservation, about the whales that have been feeding in the area for decades. He talked about what we can do as everyday citizens to ensure we are being the best possible stewards of the ocean. Biologists from @dolphinfleetwhalewatch, who were with us on board, have named all of the whales we saw and they shared those names with us. During each trip with all guests, they take notes and report back for research and learning purposes. Ever present was the idea that these waters belong to the whales and we were just guests in said water. Our captain often slowed, turned or maneuvered the boat so that the engines would be quiet and the whales would have less or no sound disturbance. He also explained, and obeyed, the rules about safe distances that boats are supposed to maintain so there are never too many at any one time near any group of marine mammals. It was truly a transformative day unlike any other I’ve had out at sea. If you can’t book this trip that KIN and IFaW are offering for Aug and Sep, you can do these things that Patrick recommended:
• reduce or eliminate your seafood and fish consumption
• eat only sustainable seafood
• reduce single-use plastic at home and when you travel
• try to eliminate anything that sheds micro plastics when you do laundry or when you’re in the shower or bath
• reduce your water usage overall
• use your vote to hold politicians accountable, push them to prioritize ocean life
• above all, don’t lose hope. We can make a difference!  #kintravel #pushforprogress #peopleandplanet  by @valoriedarling & myself
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The last full day of my hosted visit to Cape Cod with @kintravel and @action4ifaw culminated in a whale watching trip. We made our way past the jetty to open ocean under a cobalt sky in perfect temperatures, leaving the clapboard houses of Provinceto

Congratulations @regan_bluelove_cowger  I’m thrilled to partner with @SpeckTravel {#ad} for their launch today, and to celebrate, I’m hosting a sweepstakes for one person to be entered to win a set of their new line of luggage! You all know I usually only promote brands I already am a customer of before I am approached to do work but in this case when my old friend asked me to consider Speck, I said yes because it was my friend asking and I knew I could trust him. I'm glad I did! I've taken a few trips with my Speck luggage and I love it. They really thought out the details. Three compression bag style accessories are included with each, there's a laundry bag as well as small built-in zip pockets perfect for jewelry and miscellany. In the case of the backpack there's a wet pocket for those odd things you don't want spilling into other areas of your luggage or for that gear that you need an extra layer of protection for and the whole bag is water-resistant. All include TSA-approved locks. My travel tripod fits perfectly in both the case and the backpack (which is important to me because I hate when it's on the outside and can get caught on things in airports or on planes). The pockets and included accessories help me perfectly organize my gear. This is me actually packing my Speck bags for another trip, the only thing missing is the camera I used to take this which went in the bag once I was done. These aren't bags I packed just for this {sponsored} post. Now it's your turn when you win your own set of Speck luggage by:
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Anyone can enter, you just need a US address to receive shipment! Not affiliated with Instagram. No purchase necessary to win. Winner chosen and notified by IG DM July 14.
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#specktravel #takemorewithyou #giveaway #sweepstakes #travelgiveaway #travelsweepstakes #newluggage #launchday #howipack #packyourbags #packyourbagsandgo #whatsinmysuitcase
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Congratulations @regan_bluelove_cowger I’m thrilled to partner with @specktravel {#ad } for their launch today, and to celebrate, I’m hosting a sweepstakes for one person to be entered to win a set of their new line of luggage! You all know I usually

That first sight of the ocean between dune grasses, the first taste of salty breeze... it has forever been changed for me, by the experience I had on Cape Cod {hosted} with @action4ifaw & @kintravel
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On the 2nd day of our trip {that you too can book for Aug or Sep}, we spent half the day with Katie, Sarah & Brian at one of the IFaW centers where deployment and then later research happens whenever there are whales, dolphins or seals stranded on the Cape. Which, we learned, is quite often. The particular geography of Cape Cod that makes it such a wonderful summer vacation destination for so many here in the USA and the dramatic tides that have lent the area an air of mystery and mysticism going back to whaling days and beyond - can actually wreak havoc on the safety of pinnipeds and cetaceans that call the nearby ocean... home. That plus an increase in fishing by human beings using methods and materials that can cause dramatic harm, means IFaW works basically 365 days a year helping marine mammals as well as doing research and conducting studies to ensure that now and in the future, we can all co-exist to the benefit of all & the detriment of none.
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I was naive enough to think before we had this experience that the job might not be *that* hard or the problem *that* bad. But then I saw the photos of seals and whales trapped in fishing line and rope. Photos that made me weep. And I tried to help lift a training dolphin the way rescuers might have to on a beach. Even as part of a team it was not easy. And it was just one task of thousands that they do.
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Danté & I have made huge changes in our life to ensure we’re being more responsible citizens of this . We have a lot more that we still want to do. But we can’t do it all. I’m so grateful to have learned about what IFaW is doing for #peopleandplanet  Things I may never be able to do for mammals that I still care a lot about. As for you? Donate to help their work, book this same trip with Kin to learn for yourself, or volunteer with IFaW if you have relevant experience!  #kintravel #pushforprogress // photos by @valoriedarling
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That first sight of the ocean between dune grasses, the first taste of salty breeze... it has forever been changed for me, by the experience I had on Cape Cod {hosted} with @action4ifaw & @kintravel . On the 2nd day of our trip {that you too can book

The first evening of my hosted trip with @kintravel & @action4ifaw (that you can book for Aug or Sep) in Provincetown — set the tone for a trip that feels actually life-changing when I look back on it now.

We all met at, the idyllic and so East Coast, Salt House Inn where immediately after check in we dove right in to meeting each other and learning about how IFaW works on Cape Cod and around the world in an open air lounge avec adorable minty VW  which #kintravel had set up to be all ours for the weekend. Names were exchanged, stories were shared and we found out we’d be spending time the next day with the IFaW team that looks after the Cape’s dolphins, seals and whales when they are beached or stranded, caught in wire and fishing lines or in other need of rehabilitative care before being released back to the wild.

Then it was time to bike down and up Provincetown’s leafy streets, past whitewashed houses and #pride flags to the Cape Cod National Seashore for aperitif at Golden Hour followed by  the most majestic sunset I’ve seen so far this summer with just the hint of a moon hanging low in the sky feeling like a flirtatious sign from the universe of the magic and wonder still to come....

It was all stunningly captured by @valoriedarling who is as sweet as she is mega talented. This enabled us all to put down our own cameras and relax into the learning, the life change and the loveliness of a summer weekend on the Cape. Though I did snap the very last photo of sunset because when the sky looks that good, I always have to have a photo of my own for posterity.

Tomorrow, I’ll take you with us as we meet the amazing IFaW staff stationed on Cape Cod and try our hand at saving a dolphin or two...
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The first evening of my hosted trip with @kintravel & @action4ifaw (that you can book for Aug or Sep) in Provincetown — set the tone for a trip that feels actually life-changing when I look back on it now. We all met at, the idyllic and so East Coas

I’m so excited to start a new series of stories this week about a press trip I took to Provincetown, Cape Cod two weeks ago already (how in the world does time fly this fast?!) because it’s such a strong example of good news occurring in the USA (when that seems in shorter and shorter supply these days) and because it’s a topic that’s very close to my heart. This is a story about @action4ifaw and the incredible things they’re doing on this planet to improve conditions for animals, people and this planet we all call home.
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IFaW partnered with @kintravel to give us a sneak peek at a trip they’re partnering to offer two times this year in August and September and OH MAN DO I WISH I could giveaway a spot on one of the two trips. But I’ll be sharing more about the trip itself and how you can book it, as well as an incredible video that will show you what the experience is like even better than still photos ever could! I’m excited to tell you more about it starting tomorrow.
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And just so I’m being beyond transparent - IFaW and Kin invited me hoping I’d have a good experience and tell you about it. But neither are requiring me to nor are they paying me to. I’m sharing my experience with you because I believe strongly in what both brands are doing!! 
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#kintravel #peopleandplanet #pushforprogress #action4ifaw #ifaw #capecodma #provincetownma #visitmassachusetts #vintagepostcards #traveldeeply #capecod #postcardfrom #sonyalpha #discovertheusa #visittheusa
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I’m so excited to start a new series of stories this week about a press trip I took to Provincetown, Cape Cod two weeks ago already (how in the world does time fly this fast?!) because it’s such a strong example of good news occurring in the USA (whe

In another of my @stellerstories from this hosted trip with @tourismireland - I talk about the best cocktails & dinner we had in Belfast.
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The cocktails were enjoyed at @grandcentralbelfast’s Observatory Bar which has amazing views of the city in addition to craft cocktails that had @davyj0nes & I wondering how many times was too many to return for the exact same cocktail in one trip.... You’ll just have to check out my Steller story to see which cocktail I’m referring to. And for those that want to choose for themselves, the Observatory had something I’ve never seen before at a bar - a visual representation of where all their cocktails fall on the scale from sweet/floral to sharp/warming and from low to high alcohol content.
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The second photo I took as we walked back to our hotel from dinner at Hadskis. I’ve tagged Chef @niallmckenna so you can see all his restaurants but I recommend not skipping Hadskis no matter what you do. His Cauliflower and Truffle Humous dish was so extraordinary I actually considered licking the plate when it was done. And if I’d had any room left, or been alone, I would have ordered a second helping! They also had wonderful cocktails and a very good wine list. Plus it’s a cozy place ideal for a long evening with friends.
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Both experiences helped me see Belfast in a new light. When I was 12, during “The Troubles,” my mum and I were caught in an IRA bomb scare in a London tube station the fright of which I can still recall if I close my eyes. And that organization dominated the news I saw about Belfast growing up in the USA. Still no place should be relegated to just headlines and Belfast is a great example of that. I don’t mean to minimize the pain of the past or to dishonor those who suffered and might still suffer on all sides. What I do want to communicate is that I actually had someone message me after the first time I mentioned Belfast to ask, “OMG is it even safe to visit?!” And yes. It is! It is more than its headlines - past & present. So much more. I loved the city! I’d like to go back one day to learn even more! ️ #discoverni #visitbelfast #northernireland #belfastireland #loveireland #thenewsteller #stellerstories
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In another of my @stellerstories from this hosted trip with @tourismireland - I talk about the best cocktails & dinner we had in Belfast. . The cocktails were enjoyed at @grandcentralbelfast ’s Observatory Bar which has amazing views of the city in ad

Are you familiar with the Slane Castle concert series in Ireland? I was but it took me half an hour on the grounds during my hosted trip to Ireland with @stellerstories before it occurred to me that we were at THAT Slane Castle!! And then what fun it was to remember seeing such acts as U2, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen performing at Slane via television from the USA when I was younger or on YouTube videos years later. U2 have even performed three times at Slane since the concert series began in 1981.
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But concerts aren’t all there is to enjoy now at Slane. In 2015 Brown-Forman acquired Slane Castle Irish Whiskey and converted the former stables (shown here) of the Castle — commissioned by Henry Conyngham and designed by Capability Brown — into Slane Distillery. In the horse stalls there is now a cozy cafe with artisan coffee bar. An attic-style space with ancient wood beams is now the Heritage Room. The @officialslanecastle website says that “The Conyngham’s are originally a noble Scottish family, and settled in Ireland in 1611 in Co. Donegal. There has been an active association between the Conynghams and the Slane Estate dating back over 300 years….” Now on the land adjacent to where The Battle of the Boyne took place, that might have inspired the legend of King Arthur or at least is connected somehow to Merlin and which was home to Druids and legends aplenty - they are making triple casked blend Slane Irish Whiskey. We were able to taste some during our distillery tour that took us through the heritage room, barley room, cooperage, maturation warehouse, pot stills and production areas before concluding with a tasting. Though I’ve always preferred Scotch…. I did enjoy Slane’s whiskey! I also love that they source wood for barrel-aging in a way that ensures the health and longevity of forests as part of a sustainable manufacturing process.
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One of my favorite Stories that I’ve created on Steller about this trip to Ireland, is about the distillery tour. I’ll link to it in Stories here so you can learn more. I recommend leaving enough time in your visit to tour both the distillery and the  #slanedistillery #slaneirishwhiskey #slanecastle
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Are you familiar with the Slane Castle concert series in Ireland? I was but it took me half an hour on the grounds during my hosted trip to Ireland with @stellerstories before it occurred to me that we were at THAT Slane Castle!! And then what fun it

The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland includes the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. We did them all in one day on our hosted tour with @StellerStories. And we also went up in the air to see the coast by helicopter.
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I don’t recommend packing all this into one day but I do think you should see all of the above! I hope that Northern Ireland will be able to balance the effects of tourism with the need for the earth to be protected because it would be such a shame for this area not to be preserved for future generations.
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The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede and it’s been thought to exist in some form or another for 350 years or more. Salmon fisherman once used it to go out further and get closer to the salmon during the season that ran from June to September but by 2002 there were not enough salmon to sustain a fishing industry and the area came under the protection of the National Trust. You can cross the bridge for a fee but I found the real draw was just the area as a whole; the geology of which is stunning, with water so blue it looked like the Caribbean through my polarized sunglasses.
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Not far away, much of the Giant’s Causeway is also managed by the National Trust. It mirrors the basalt columns at Fingal’s Cave on the isle of Staffa which are said to be the other half of a bridge built by Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill so he could fight Scottish giant Benandonner. There’s a lot of variety in the middle of the story from what I’ve read but it almost always ends with Benandonner fleeing back to Scotland and destroying the Causeway as he went.
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It was easy to see why this area is so popular and why Game of Thrones filmed at the Coast. The natural beauty vividly called to mind for me the mythical stories and fairy tale books that I buried my nose in as a kid!
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#loveireland #bestofireland #discoverni #discoverireland #nationaltrustni #wondermore
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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland includes the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. We did them all in one day on our hosted tour with @stellerstories. And we also went up in the air to see the co

Kindness and thoughtfulness aren’t always what I think of first when I remember hotel experiences. Though maybe more properties should strive for that. We certainly need more of both in the world!! Regardless, that’s exactly what you’ll find at @bushmillsinn where we were hosted during my trip to Ireland for @stellerstories (have you seen all the new Stories they published? Yesterday they featured one of mine about Dublin).
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Bushmills is a boutique hotel on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland that’s subtlety luxurious. Unconventional but exceptional. They put up the American flag specifically for us on the day of our visit to acknowledge and celebrate us. They served us a delectable lunch of clearly homemade soup and a large variety of sandwiches with cold cider that were so welcome during a packed day of sightseeing and gave us time to discover all the snug corners, cozy libraries, and lovingly restored yet also now modern facilities. The richness of its history from the 1600s as a coaching inn felt somehow completely in tune with modern amenities like an intimate cinema that shows the latest blockbusters on Thursday nights complete with real movie theater popcorn.
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Bushmills is in a village home to purportedly the world’s oldest distillery and is right on the banks of the River Bush. It felt more than any other lodging I experienced during this trip, like the perfect epitome of true Irish hospitality so I had to mention them. If you’re exploring Northern Ireland, I hope you’ll give them a visit for an overnight stay or at least lunch.
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And for more from Ireland, check out my Stories on Steller which include the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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#loveireland #discoverni #northernireland #bushmillsinn #irelandsbluebook #bestofireland #bestlovedhotels #boutiquehotels
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Kindness and thoughtfulness aren’t always what I think of first when I remember hotel experiences. Though maybe more properties should strive for that. We certainly need more of both in the world!! Regardless, that’s exactly what you’ll find at @bush

I try to be a person who is representing destinations in a positive way because there is absolutely a correlation between places being popular on Instagram and then suffering negative effects of over-tourism. There doesn’t seem to be enough concern about that reality as a whole and all too often (i.e. weekly if not daily) I get press releases about places that are “Instagrammable” while nothing at all about the food, culture or people is even hinted at.
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While I try to be different, and still have a long way to go, most of the work trips I go on create a situation where it’s too difficult to get anything more “that photo” and the barest idea of the value of a place, never mind enough time to talk to people in depth. And since I’m so often in a position where work travel is all I have & there’s no budget to go on the kind of trips I would personally value and learn from, the cycle continues. Still I’ll always prioritize trying to encourage responsible tourism in my own life and in others.
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So it was with The Dark Hedges which I did love seeing in person because it truly is a beautiful road; but which I only saw, and learned nothing about. I struggled with whether or not to even post about it just like I struggled earlier this year with whether or not to post about the poppies in California.
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I decided to publish these photos I guess so that I could ask that if you are going to visit when you’re in Northern Ireland - please take the time to do more than just get a photo. Please meet some locals, spend some money in the local businesses. Be respectful. Follow the parking signs and take the time to do the whole walk. Don’t damage the natural habitat of these gorgeous trees. Enough of them have died already because this spot became so well known by people who were irresponsible visitors. Be part of the change we need so the places we’ve come to love will survive & thrive. Let’s work to ensure travel is something which changes us for the better not just gives us pretty photos ️
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#loveireland #discoverni #northernireland #thedarkhedges #wheregotstarted #gameofthrones #thisissustainable #sonyalphafemale
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I try to be a person who is representing destinations in a positive way because there is absolutely a correlation between places being popular on Instagram and then suffering negative effects of over-tourism. There doesn’t seem to be enough concern a

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Assuming it’s different from where you live now.)
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I’d probably move to rural France or Scotland tomorrow if I could. And one of the reasons - though there are many - is because I love the modest homes that you find in both. (And in Ireland, England and Wales to be fair.) They’re not always practical for today’s lifestyle but if everything was equal and practicality somehow wasn’t an issue then give me a stone, timber or thatched-roof cottage any day!  I love them. 🥰 I don’t entirely know why. I just know that I see them & I think that’s HOME.
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That might be why I loved Ireland so much this time around now that I got outside Dublin. Just like those other places, the homes just looked more homey to me. I could also very much be romanticizing! But that’s just how I feel when I see them!
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Anyway, a fun place to visit if you like those homes too, is Bunratty Castle and Folk Park close to Shannon. It’s a bit more touristy than what I’d normally recommend. But I genuinely enjoyed visiting during my hosted trip with @railtoursireland to see over 30 buildings on 26 acres under soaring, seemingly ancient trees with wildflowers that grow like ground cover and friendly goats that pop their heads over the stone walls and scare you half to death (if you’re me!). It all portrays a time of fundamental change in Irish society during the early 19th century when a traditional, self-sufficient rural culture began to forever alter. There’s everything from the most modest one room dwelling to a Georgian residence built by the Studdarts who were the last to occupy Bunratty Castle which the park is named for and which you can also tour. It has a great view from the roof. There’s also a cafe serving delicious homemade food and if you like to shop, one of the largest souvenir shops that I saw during my trip to Ireland featuring a great selection of Irish products made locally.
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#loveireland #bestofireland #stellerstories #tourismireland #visitireland #bunrattycastle #countyclare #railtoursireland #irishhistory
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If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Assuming it’s different from where you live now.) . I’d probably move to rural France or Scotland tomorrow if I could. And one of the reasons - though there are many - is because I love the modest ho

Do like to have sunshine or gray skies when you travel? I usually prefer sunshine but one of the “gloomiest” days during my recent trip to Ireland was actually one of my favorites. It happened during my time in Connemara, part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Like the video I shared two posts back, the whole of the area felt somehow very idyllic and quaint in all the best ways. And the grayness somehow added to that, feeling like a comfy blanket that wrapped around me whenever we got out of the bus that took us around as part of my hosted visit with @railtoursireland.
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We started by visiting filming sites for the John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara movie “The Quiet Man” which I’ve always loved (first photo) and moved on to Kylemore Abbey before finishing on the Sky Road (last photo) where you’d normally have a stunning view out to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. In any weather, I’d recommend this part of Ireland.
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Kylemore Abbey has a bit of a tragic past. It began as a castle-style home that Mitchell Henry decided to build for his beloved wife Margaret in the 1800s on land they visited during their honeymoon. But she fell ill following a trip to Egypt and died before they could have the happy years in the home that he’d envisioned. The grounds include a Gothic church and a mausoleum where Margaret, Mitchell and a great grand-nephew are buried. Inside the church are columns made of Connemara marble, named for the region and the gorgeous green tones in the stone that echo the palate of the landscape. The land is so peaceful and like I featured in the video a few posts back, practically vibrates with the sound of birdsong reverberating around the lake and amongst the twisted, magical trees that cover the estate. Kylemore has been a Benedictine monastery since 1920 and now the University of Notre Dame has signed a lease to conduct classes there and host a satellite campus for I believe a term of 30 years. But you can still visit to have lunch, walk the grounds, see the inside of the Abbey and tour the Victorian Gardens on the hill above the estate. It’s beautiful yet somehow still feels a bit wild, just like the rest of Connemara...
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Do like to have sunshine or gray skies when you travel? I usually prefer sunshine but one of the “gloomiest” days during my recent trip to Ireland was actually one of my favorites. It happened during my time in Connemara, part of Ireland’s Wild Atlan

Danté & I accidentally caught the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show yesterday morning during a grocery run and what a fun surprise that was! Ever the social media nerd, I realized it would be perfect for this AM and one of my favorite hashtags: #asundaycarpic
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Do you remember the days when we spent so much time trying to post certain photos on certain days for certain hashtags. And when we openly apologized if something was a latergram since this is Instagram and doesn’t that mean it’s supposed to be instant?! Now we curate to a fault and I’m as guilty of it as anyone at times but here’s to trying to keep it real and as “instant” as possible once in a while!
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18 years of living in the Motor City when I was much younger gave me a profound appreciation for the passion and hard work that keeps beauties like this one on the road. And seeing classic cars in Cuba, added to my particular fondness and appreciation. There locals turned complete lack of choice and necessity into something visitors celebrate and admire. And for me another reason I love classic cars is because they’re another form of sustainability and responsibility in a sense, saving and preserving something that others replace every two to four years.... in a city where people so often wear their wealth in the form of the newest and most luxurious car to drive, it was nice to be reminded that old is never really out of style.
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Back to more Ireland stories in my next post and then I’ll be off to the East Coast to learn about some environmental efforts near Provincetown. Hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend!  #classiccars #gilmoreheritageautoshow #discoverla #originalfarmersmarket #visitcalifornia #lastory #classiccarshow #shotoniphone
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Danté & I accidentally caught the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show yesterday morning during a grocery run and what a fun surprise that was! Ever the social media nerd, I realized it would be perfect for this AM and one of my favorite hashtags: #asundaycarp

SOUND ON  for a moment of zen from Connemara in Ireland which @stellerstories asked me to feature today because the staff all really loved this video and its chorus of nature sounds that I captured on the lake at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.
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There are several Stories in my Steller account from Connemara and the Abbey. I only had one day there with Railtours but it was an area that really captured my soul.
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Similar to parts of my beloved Scotland, there’s a wildness and an unrefined beauty that Connemara has that really differs from all the other places I’ve visited in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. And while the shores of this lake itself feel - and look - a bit more refined because of the proximity to the Abbey, the plethora of sounds that you can hear just standing still in one spot, speak to the way refined and rugged meet here. There’s a harmony of man and nature at this lake.
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For all my love of our “wilder” places here at home in California, there isn’t a place I’ve been yet that I hear this many sounds in.
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Hope you enjoy and will check out more zen moments in my Stories on Steller.  They were kind enough to host me in Ireland in partnership with @tourismireland but I’m not being paid to promote them or support the app.
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#digitalireland #loveireland #instaireland #connemara #kylemoreabbey #naturesounds #naturevideos #bestofireland #stellerstories
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SOUND ON for a moment of zen from Connemara in Ireland which @stellerstories asked me to feature today because the staff all really loved this video and its chorus of nature sounds that I captured on the lake at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara. . There

Inis Mór (Inishmore) is the largest of the Aran Islands, off the West coast of the Republic of Ireland not too far from Galway. Early on in my recent hosted visit, I found myself at this building and one just like it next door (that was painted in shades of Grecian blue and more bright white) at the start of a walk to a prehistoric fort perched 100 meters over waves shooting so high up the cliffs they looked like the arms of giants coming to grab unsuspecting tourists. Before and after that, I saw much of the island from the window of a van on an organized tour and while I would choose to go by foot or bicycle if I ever returned, I still truly enjoyed every minute of being on Inis Mór. I knew Aran mostly as home of the Aran Sweater which I’ve seen people wearing all my life. And I think that’s incredible given that before the 1970s you had to get to and from the island in essentially a row boat. That’s when electricity, pipes for water, tourism and ferries finally did come to Inis Mór. Before that, locals once dragged seaweed from the ocean to combine with sand hoping to eventually create soil fit for farming. And they created mini copies of most houses on the island that our guide told us are for the leprechauns; a story that could be completely true or made up just for Americans. I don’t know but I do know I loved my first visit to Aran and one day is love to return to see more of the Islands. More photos in my @stellerstories.  #loveireland #wildatlanticway #bestofireland #inismor #inishmore #aranislands #emeraldisle #discoverireland #instaireland #irelande
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Inis Mór (Inishmore) is the largest of the Aran Islands, off the West coast of the Republic of Ireland not too far from Galway. Early on in my recent hosted visit, I found myself at this building and one just like it next door (that was painted in sh

Have you ever wanted to take a helicopter ride? If you have wanted to but haven’t yet done it, may I humbly submit Ireland as a good option with this photo evidence (and more to come when my coverage of this trip is finally live in @stellerstories).
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From up in the air over the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, it seemed every shade of blue and green was visible as far as the eye could see. The at times smooth expanse of the ocean reminded me of the Caribbean and the rolling landscape of farms and villages helped me to understand why Ireland has so often been called, “the Emerald Isle.” Though Wikipedia says that’s the poetic name for it due to its referral as such in print by William Drennan in his poem When Erin first rose. Whether it’s the poem or how completely the land looks like an emerald, crushed and spread out as a dust over the earth - who can say. I vote for both. And if you haven’t yet been there to see for yourself, I hope you’ll change that. There’s so much more to experience then just sites such as this. I’ve been twice now, and these two times have left me feeling as if I still haven’t even scratched the proverbial surface.
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Anyway, refreshing @stellerstories every day to see if my Stories from Ireland have been migrated over from the Beta app yet. LOL! I’m so impatient sometimes. I just want you to see as much as you can so you’ll be inspired to visit too. And I love their format of combining words, videos and photos to present a story of a place or an experience. I just can’t wait for you to see my, and my colleagues, work that resulted from almost two weeks of exploring the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  #BestOfIreland #loveireland #DiscoverNI #emeraldisle #irelandfromabove #sonyalpha #sonyimages
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Have you ever wanted to take a helicopter ride? If you have wanted to but haven’t yet done it, may I humbly submit Ireland as a good option with this photo evidence (and more to come when my coverage of this trip is finally live in @stellerstories ).

I have to pack water and snacks whenever I leave the house now because chronic health issues - and a family history that means I have to take things like heart health seriously - make it impossible for me to make it a few hours without those essentials. And while I’d love to buy healthy food in bulk and package it myself to always carry with me, I found out the hard way that doesn’t always work well. In fact, during my recent trip to Ireland, it meant by the end of my trip the bags I carried on to the plane were so full of reusable food packaging from home, that I could barely get my camera and other gear back to Los Angeles safely! So that’s why I’m back to buying a few healthy snacks like @OrchardValleyHarvest wellness mixes that are all Non-GMO Verified and conveniently packaged for my on-the-go life. The nuts and dried fruits used in the Orchard Valley Harvest Multi Packs are picked at their peak, minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients, colors, flavors or preservatives. They are dedicated to pure and simple goodness and committed to using only clean and simple ingredients. So whether I am out of the country or on top of a mountain here in California, (wearing my Aran jumper from Ireland!) I know I have healthy perfectly portioned nibbles ideal for snacking on-the-go in packaging that keeps those snacks fresh. I just make sure I always properly recycle the packaging, that’s another non-negotiable in my life now. They have 9 different mixes that I know of and the Dark Chocolate Almonds are one of my favorite but I also love the Heart Healthy Blend. #OrchardOnTheGo #OrchardValleyHarvest #AD
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I have to pack water and snacks whenever I leave the house now because chronic health issues - and a family history that means I have to take things like heart health seriously - make it impossible for me to make it a few hours without those essentia

On the first day of my trip to Ireland, my luggage had failed to arrive with me and it was pouring rain meanwhile my feet were in little flats that weren’t meant for wet weather and my spirit felt oh so worn down for so many reasons I won’t mention here because it’s not the point of the story. The point is that my dear friends @mumhad1ofthose and @descurran didn’t mind alternating walking around in the rain, taking photos of Dublin’s streets and parks while making the best of things with pints in pubs and a cuppa or two in a coffee shop or three. I don’t think I would have fared well on my own in the days before my work for Steller in Ireland started, not then, but Neil and Des had come over from London to visit Dublin but also specifically to visit me. The kind of friends I’m convinced we all need a few of as human beings, friends who will just be there for you in rain or in sunshine even if you’ve been wearing the same clothes for three days and aren’t feeling chipper. Or worse. As much as I’m grateful for all the travel that I get to go, when I think about it - the greatest blessing of my life have been my friendships. I don’t say it often enough and I also continually fear I’m not a good enough friend in return. So I thought I’d say it now.
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I hope you have friends like that too.
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More Ireland once the new version of @stellerstories is finally released to the public! I want to be able to share a preview of my Stories there here, and then at once link you to the full stories in Steller... 
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#dublinireland #dublinmydarling #thisisdublin #bestofireland #loveireland #visitdublin #ststephensgreen #friendshipgoals
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On the first day of my trip to Ireland, my luggage had failed to arrive with me and it was pouring rain meanwhile my feet were in little flats that weren’t meant for wet weather and my spirit felt oh so worn down for so many reasons I won’t mention h

What did you think of #thefinalepisode of #gameofthrones?  After my time in Ireland these last few weeks, I felt more invested than ever going into last night. And so grateful for all the experiences I had visiting locations where the show was filmed and meeting people whose lives have been forever changed because of the show. From meeting extras and crew to seeing the props and costumes at the official Exhibition in Belfast next to the Studios and the backlot, standing in the exact spot Bran did in the very first episode when he was learning to shoot a bow and arrow at Winterfell aka Castle Ward; and meeting Will and his family’s pets  Thor and Odin. They’re known as the @got_direwolves that played Summer and Grey Wind in the first season. Since they were trained by the show’s trainer, and they are pets not wild animals, they’re more comfortable and friendly with people than any other dogs I’ve ever met. I don’t normally endorse animal tourism but this felt different and I hope (though I admit I don’t know for sure) Will and his family genuinely are treating these dogs well.
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So while other countries such as Spain and Croatia also have connections to the show, I don’t think you can beat the experience of visiting Ireland if you love @gameofthrones as much as I do because it’s so much a part of Ireland and Northern Ireland on so many levels from where it’s filmed to who was in front of the camera and more. There’s even an official app to ensure you don’t miss anything when you visit!
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I’ll tag every applicable account in this photo so you know where to go if you want to have the same experiences I did. I want to thank @stellerstories @discoverni & @tourismireland for hosting me for one of the most memorable experiences of my life during the Final Season. It’s not lost on me how much I have to be grateful for. I am very grateful.
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#stellerxtourismireland #stellerstories #bestofireland #wheregotstarted #gotdirewolves #gotfans #gameofthronesireland #gotterritory #loveireland #discoverni #northernireland
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What did you think of #thefinalepisode of #gameofthrones ? After my time in Ireland these last few weeks, I felt more invested than ever going into last night. And so grateful for all the experiences I had visiting locations where the show was filmed

Ireland is just as green and beautiful as you might have heard. I can assure you of that now that I’ve finally been outside of Dublin. That was the only place I’d been until these last two weeks, which kept me so busy for such long days gathering content to do a series on @stellerstories that I gave up trying to keep up with posting live. I knew I’d never be able to be present on the ground while being hosted for work and also be present with you, my community — and do both well, with the hours we were keeping. Now I’m trying to finish my series for Steller in their new Beta version which will then go live along with Stories from more than 20 other creatives. We all spread out across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to bring you a Digital Day in the Life which will go live later this month. This photo was taken during one of the most special days to me where we flew over the stunning coastline of Northern Ireland checking out where much of #GameOfThrones was filmed from sand dunes that double as Dorne to rock faces that were the foundation of Dragonstone. Tourism Northern Ireland were kind enough to arrange for @cuttingedgeheli & @bushmillsinn to host Wyatt, Dave (see tags for their profiles) and myself as a surprise that ended up being a 45 minute ride I will truly never forget. One you can take too. Just check out their accounts to book! And stay tuned for much more...
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Ireland is just as green and beautiful as you might have heard. I can assure you of that now that I’ve finally been outside of Dublin. That was the only place I’d been until these last two weeks, which kept me so busy for such long days gathering con

Last year @dante.vincent and I drove cross country to move to California. We had bought a National Parks Pass and intended to visit Bryce Canyon but a storm came out of nowhere and visibility was reduced to such a dangerous level, it wasn’t really even safe to drive. Not knowing the area well, and with no cell signal, we simply turned around and headed back the way we came, driving slowly and obeying all the safety precautions we could. Then, like we’d driven through a massive doorway or past an invisible wall - the storm disappeared. In its place was a fog that made the burnt orange earth of Utah glow and seem almost alien. So we stopped to appreciate it and found ourselves climbing higher and higher driven by curiosity and wonder. Utah will do that to you. I’ve been to all 50 states and there’s truly something about nature in the state that’s different. It’s not actually unique. It’s just incredibly unusual. During the climb, I reached a point where I didn’t feel safe continuing. But like a mountain goat, with no fear, Danté kept exploring and I saw a picture perfect moment as he traversed the path you see in this photo. So I took this, and then I sat, for a moment - to take it all in. I love big cities for their energy and the way they’re a museum for the artistic and technological endeavors of mankind. But it’s nature that never fails to stop me in my tracks and leave me speechless just like this scene did in Utah. I need both to survive but I’ve never been more scared in my life than I am on this #EarthDay. I believe we’ve come to value the creature comforts of our cities over the serenity of our natural world. We’ve sacrificed the health of our planet for the sake of what we believe are our needs. But if we kill the planet, we kill ourselves too. And while I’m far from perfect, I’ve started to try to think every day, “How can I be a better steward of the natural world?” I’m changing whatever I can in answer. Because I don’t want this and other times in the past to be the last times I’m left speechless by nature. It’s never too late to make a change for the
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Last year @dante.vincent and I drove cross country to move to California. We had bought a National Parks Pass and intended to visit Bryce Canyon but a storm came out of nowhere and visibility was reduced to such a dangerous level, it wasn’t really ev

Hotel Joaquin, where I stayed during my @cntraveler assignment in Laguna Beach in partnership with @capitalone, is close to the ocean and a very short bike ride away from downtown Laguna Beach. I prefer city breaks that incorporate accessible nature experiences and this stay was the ideal balance of culture and relaxation. At all hours of the day, there was a calming view of the ocean from my room and the common areas. When I needed more that just a view, I borrowed one of the complimentary bikes to shop at the boutiques and art galleries in town or or I hitched a ride in @hoteljoaquin’s electric Moke to be dropped off at the perfect place to begin a sunset hike. My visit coincided with the First Thursday Art Walk that happens every week all year long in Laguna Beach. The annual art auction was also taking place at the 100 year old Laguna Art Museum where I listened to live classical music while dreaming of which piece I’d bid on from the curated mix of modern and traditional art. Another day, I walked from one end of Heisler Park to the other before settling down to eat lunch with a view of the ocean [of course!] -- all while earning an unlimited 2 miles per dollar on every purchase that I can then transfer to one of 14 participating travel loyalty programs so I can turn around and do it all again wherever my next adventure takes me! #CapitalOnePartner #IamATraveler
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Hotel Joaquin, where I stayed during my @cntraveler assignment in Laguna Beach in partnership with @capitalone , is close to the ocean and a very short bike ride away from downtown Laguna Beach. I prefer city breaks that incorporate accessible nature

For my @cntraveler assignment in Laguna Beach in partnership with @capitalone, I stayed at @hoteljoaquin, a 2019 Hot List property that allowed me to earn an unlimited 10 miles per dollar because I booked it via hotels.com/venture. I always prefer properties that reflect the destination they’re in with decor, art and cuisine. Auric Road hired Studio Robert McKinley to ensure that is the case by taking what was The Motor Inn and redesigning it as Hotel Joaquin with the vibe of St.Barths, the 1950s Southern California beach culture and the aesthetic of the Mediterranean coast. One-of-a-kind vintage pieces, customized furniture, curated artwork, record players and cabinets bursting with vintage vinyl helped me feel as if I was staying in the home of an old friend. A home that has no TV and no phone but lots of books, board games and beautiful views - my favorite kind. Each morning as I enjoyed my complimentary coffee or tea in my room, I’d read a book or listen to a record as the the sun came up over Shaws Cove. Then I’d join complimentary yoga on the roof deck which features a greens and edible flower garden used by Chef Leo Bongarra of Saline and the bar staff who make their own syrups and bitters. The only difficulty each day was choosing between the complimentary activities such as surfing, relaxing at the heated pool or adventures in Laguna Beach. See more in my Stories. #CapitalOnePartner #IamATraveler
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For my @cntraveler assignment in Laguna Beach in partnership with @capitalone , I stayed at @hoteljoaquin , a 2019 Hot List property that allowed me to earn an unlimited 10 miles per dollar because I booked it via hotels.com/venture. I always prefer pr

Remember the big assignment I teased back in February? I’m excited to finally get to share with you that I was working for @cntraveler in partnership with @capitalone in Laguna Beach. Only two hours south of where I live in Los Angeles, it’s a very different California experience from the one I live day to day. Join me in Stories and in two more posts where I’ll share what I discovered while traveling with my Venture® Card. Through January 2020, card members like me can earn an unlimited 10 miles per dollar on thousands of properties by booking at hotels.com/venture. That’s motivation to find and book getaways not just far from home but within my new home state as well. Can’t wait to share where I stayed tomorrow - it’s a 2019 Hot List property! #CapitalOnePartner #IamATraveler
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Remember the big assignment I teased back in February? I’m excited to finally get to share with you that I was working for @cntraveler in partnership with @capitalone in Laguna Beach. Only two hours south of where I live in Los Angeles, it’s a very d

Southern California doesn’t have the exact same kind of Spring that I experienced living elsewhere in the United States and Europe. So I was glad @dante.vincent was game for a weekend visit to Descanso Gardens which we had previously visited in December for their nighttime light show. It has themed gardens where landscape architecture styles from around the world are on display for residents and visitors who pay the entrance fee. We paid ours in advance online, showed up early and were almost the first to walk in when it opened. I’d advise this if you want to see the gardens with less people.  Once we entered, we headed straight for the Japanese-style garden — where I took this photo — that [from @descansogardens website] “blends design elements from four classic garden styles. Cross an arched bridge and walk on shaded paths along a koi-filled stream to the teahouse, designed by architect Whitney Smith and built in 1966. The plants in this garden are all native to Asia, and include camellias, azaleas, mondo grass and Japanese maples. The distinctive roof of the teahouse, crafted from blue tiles imported from Japan, is especially striking in the spring when nearby pink cherry and plum trees are in bloom. The garden includes a minka, modeled after a traditional farmhouse, which was designed by Kenneth Masao Nishimoto and built in 1969.” As we weren’t able to travel to Japan this Spring like we’d hoped to do and since a similar area in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was always our favorite in New York, this part of Descanso ended up being our favorite at this time of year. It felt the most different from where we live near Runyon Canyon, which is more arid, punctuated by palm trees, cactus and succulents and which doesn’t really have anything blooming except the plants on our balcony. (Not complaining. Just drawing a contrast.) Does this sound like somewhere you’d want to visit when you travel to Los Angeles?
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Southern California doesn’t have the exact same kind of Spring that I experienced living elsewhere in the United States and Europe. So I was glad @dante.vincent was game for a weekend visit to Descanso Gardens which we had previously visited in Decem

feeling sad for all of the people who will never again see Notre-Dame, looking like this and profoundly grateful for all the times I saw it... while also heart broken at how much I took for granted that it would just always be there for me to see every time I returned to Paris
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feeling sad for all of the people who will never again see Notre-Dame, looking like this and profoundly grateful for all the times I saw it... while also heart broken at how much I took for granted that it would just always be there for me to see eve

Who else woke up extra excited because today is GAME OF THRONES DAY??!!!! ️
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This was shot in Wales a few years ago during a press trip where the part of Khaleesi was played by @lesleyannemurphy. Thanks Les! ️󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #forthethrone #gameofthrones #visitwales #got #gotfans #findyourepic #gwladgwlad
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Who else woke up extra excited because today is GAME OF THRONES DAY??!!!! ️ . . This was shot in Wales a few years ago during a press trip where the part of Khaleesi was played by @lesleyannemurphy. Thanks Les! ️󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #forthethrone #gameofthrones #v

Looking back over my photos, I still can’t believe that a place like Catalina Island can be part of LA County but feel so much like the Med which is in fact so far away you can’t just take a boat there from my home in West Hollywood....
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Seriously, if you’re planning a trip to Southern California but you want something a little different, even though my experience to the island was hosted and of course they want me to tell you to @visitcatalinaisland - I’m telling you because I think you should visit. It’s a fun place that’s very special in ways the mainland just, isn’t.
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(Not that I haven’t grown to love LA, because I have!) And now that it’s settled you should visit, you have a few options on how to get there. You could be very baller, but maybe not so environmentally-friendly and you could take a helicopter. Or, you could do as we did and take the @catalinaexpress out of Long Beach to Avalon. An upgraded ticket in the Commodore Lounge includes one free Bloody Mary or glass of Champagne and priority boarding. They’re famous for the Bloody Mary in certain circles. And I can attest to it being quite delicious!
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No matter how you get there, maybe get there this year. This view will greet you as you pull into Avalon’s harbor and what you do from there is up to you. But since it’s the 100th Anniversary of William Wrigley Jr. buying a controlling interest in what is now the Catalina Island Company - there’s more to do this year then there ever has been before. And if they can’t help you enjoy Catalina, there’s always the @catalinachamber & @catalinamuseum plus a very friendly crop of locals who are like islanders the world over, the kind of people you want to sit and have a drink with, full of good stories. There’s just something about Island life! ️
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#voyagersincatalina #visitcatalina #visitcatalinaisland #wrigleycentennial #visitcalifornia #catalinaisland
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Looking back over my photos, I still can’t believe that a place like Catalina Island can be part of LA County but feel so much like the Med which is in fact so far away you can’t just take a boat there from my home in West Hollywood.... . Seriously,

Did you know that the word ‘casino’ does not actually denote a place of gambling? Or at least it didn’t until quite recently. When Catalina Island’s Casino was commissioned by William Wrigley Jr, the word in Italian simply denoted a place of gathering, a meeting place for entertainment and dancing. Wrigley intended it to be THE place for entertainment and dancing on Catalina Island. And it was! Benny Goodman earned his reputation as the “King of Swing” in the massive top floor ballroom which is surrounded by the columned portico in this photo that offers 365 degree photos of Catalina Island, the town of Avalon and the Bay. Cecile B. DeMille once screened his latest films in the Wrigley’s private viewing room at the Casino. The green rooms hosted Errol Flynn, Cary Grant and more. Even now, the Avalon Theatre on the ground floor still shows first-run movies nightly at 7:30 p.m. and while the latest tech plays those movies now, the projection rooms still house the original state-of-the-art equipment that was installed in the early 1900’s to usher in the era of talking pictures under a ceiling of the most stunning Art Deco murals completed by John Gabriel Beckman. 24 karat gold stars add to the feeling of Hollywood glamour that still seems to infuse the whole building but they’re mere icing on the cake when you consider all the history the Casino has been a part of since it was completed on May 29, 1929. It was then, and still is, one of the most important buildings on Catalina Island & I really enjoyed learning about it through my hosted ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour with @visitcatalinaisland. 90 minutes flew by way too fast for me and I was glad I’d opted for the longer tour over the 45 minute version. I could have lingered up here for 90 minutes alone. From where I took this photo, I could even see bright orange Garibaldi fish swimming in the deep teal waters of the Bay and a lone seal poked its head out as if to say “hello ”. 2019 marks 100 years since Wrigley fell in love with the island ended up investing in it, from up here, it was so easy to see why. Pure magic!  #visitcatalinaisland #voyagersincatalina #wrigleycentennial
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Did you know that the word ‘casino’ does not actually denote a place of gambling? Or at least it didn’t until quite recently. When Catalina Island’s Casino was commissioned by William Wrigley Jr, the word in Italian simply denoted a place of gatherin

During my hosted press trip to Catalina Island, I checked out two options I can recommend for you in terms of places to stay when you @visitcatalinaisland. Both are bookable via their web site.
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The first, represented by the first photo in this carousel, is Mt. Ada. The former home of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife when they were on the island in the 1900s, it receives the first light each day and the last. I think it has the best view on the island and room reservations come with an embarrassment of riches in terms of added amenities; such as a complimentary golf cart for the duration of your stay (normally $50/hr), complimentary golf at the island’s course, a credit at the island’s spa, in town dining credit, a 24 hour complimentary Butler’s Pantry with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as snacks, two meals a day and so much more. It is a @forbestravelguide award winner and a true gem of a property that I’ll be booking for a special occasion trip to Catalina if I have my way.
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Right in town, less than 100 steps from the beach, is The Pavilion Hotel, represented by the second photo of what looks like a tropical oasis. This motel-style property, meaning you enter the rooms from outside, is laid out a lush garden. It has a fire pit for maximum warmth factor on those cold nights when you still want to hang out with the friends you travel with as well as nightly wine & cheese hour complimentary for all guests. I had conversations with quite a few staff members and watched them always treat guests with the utmost kindness. It’s a very friendly property with a location ideal for those who want to be right in the heart of it all.
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And they’re both just a short ferry ride away from Los Angeles on the @catalinaexpress. Thank you @catalinachamber for hosting the #voyagersincatalina together with the above named entities this week. As always, and particularly when I’m not paid, all opinions are my own!
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#visitcatalinaisland #catalinaisland #visitcatalina #visitcalifornia #santacatalinaisland #catalinaislandcompany #wheretostay #forbestravelguide #catalinaislandview #travelguides #wrigleycentennial
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During my hosted press trip to Catalina Island, I checked out two options I can recommend for you in terms of places to stay when you @visitcatalinaisland. Both are bookable via their web site. . The first, represented by the first photo in this caro

What has European architecture and looks like a mini Riviera but happens to be in the USA? One of the Channel Islands! They are like a long string of irregularly shaped pearls laying off the coast of California varying in size and differing greatly in terms of development or lack thereof. It’s difficult to say which is the most well known since it depends on who you ask I think. But it’s Catalina Island, once known as Santa Catalina, that I spent time on this week at the invitation of @catalinaexpress, the @catalinachamber & @visitcatalinaisland on a press trip put together by my friend @kelleyferro to celebrate the #wrigleycentennial which is 100 years since William Wrigley Jr. fell in love with the island and purchased a controlling interest in what is now the Catalina Island Company.
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Through a variety of hosted experiences and a tiny bit of free time, I enjoyed discovering the incredibly rich history of an island that has less than five thousand full time residents and less than 900 full size cars. The primary mode of transportation on Catalina is golf cart or electric smart car and it was on a self-guided golf cart tour that I discovered this home to the immediate thumping of my heart. I was in love. Turquoise is basically my favorite color — as it always reminds me of the ocean — and I loved it against the white in a style that was so reminiscent of my beloved Europe. This looks like a fusion of places I’ve seen in Spain, Italy and France. All of which seem to be present on the island in one form or another. So while my heart sometimes mourns being farther away from those countries now that I live in LA instead of NYC, this week, the longing was lessened by Catalina’s sublime charms. That charm and so many stories to come all this week. Can’t wait to share!
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#visitcatalina #visitcatalinaisland #visitcalifornia #catalinaisland #santacatalina #europeanvibes #houseportraits #voyagersincatalina
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What has European architecture and looks like a mini Riviera but happens to be in the USA? One of the Channel Islands! They are like a long string of irregularly shaped pearls laying off the coast of California varying in size and differing greatly i

This week I’ll be posting all about California, starting with our weekend visit to Point Dume in Malibu and ending with a trip to one of the islands off the coast that I’ll be experiencing for the first time alongside some friends who used to live in New York as well! I’m excited to have so many stories to share about my now home state because in case you couldn’t tell from my previous posts over the last 10 months of living here - I really love it!
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Point Dume is a spot @dante.vincent & I have visited before but this time instead of just laying out on the beach for a while and then doing a part of the hike on the bluffs, we actually spend a long time above the beach on the trails and looking out at the water where we spotted a pod of dolphins and saw many of the resident seals that call the area home. The weather was absolutely beautiful, not too warm and not too cold. And since California had such a wet winter, the bluffs were super in bloom (haha get it “superbloom” ) with all kinds of flowers and flowering plants. I even saw a few of the state’s signature poppies. It looked beautiful, the mostly yellow carpet of flowers that stood out so well against the blue of the sky and water. I could have pitched a tent and stayed for days and not felt bored. Alas, there’s no camping at Point Dume. But there are very well-marked sandy trails and eventually even a boardwalk and lookout spots on the bluffs making it easy to explore the area while ensuring you protect the natural life there.
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I’m becoming more and more sensitive to how often people disregard rules and go off the paths and just like I’ve seen in other spots in California - there were a lot of people doing that when we visited. That’s not something I support but I can assure you that even staying on the marked trails still provides a beautiful experience. The park is open sunrise to sunset and parking is $8.
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#visitcalifornia #californiawild #pointdume #leavenotrace #castateparks #explorecalifornia #caliexplored #californiasuperbloom
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This week I’ll be posting all about California, starting with our weekend visit to Point Dume in Malibu and ending with a trip to one of the islands off the coast that I’ll be experiencing for the first time alongside some friends who used to live in

T-minus 1 month till I land in Dublin and I cannot wait to be back in Ireland, this time, to explore the country outside the city itself since that’s all I saw last time. Though don’t get me wrong, I also can’t wait to be back in the pubs and quaint streets of the city because Dublin really is a wonderful place and the people are sooo friendly. So friendly that two years later they’re still commenting and re-sharing some of the content I posted the last time I was there. This time, I want to get to know even more locals and discover even more stories not just take photos.
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Because I do what I do for you - will you tell me, what would you like to learn about Ireland? Where do you think I should go? What would you like me to share?
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And if you’ve already been, what do you think I should not miss this second time around?
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#dublinmydarling #dublinireland #dublinstagram #dublin #dublincity #visitireland #irelandtravel #ireland_daily #ireland_travel
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T-minus 1 month till I land in Dublin and I cannot wait to be back in Ireland, this time, to explore the country outside the city itself since that’s all I saw last time. Though don’t get me wrong, I also can’t wait to be back in the pubs and quaint

So the California #Superbloom is something I wasn’t even going to post about it. After @dante.vincent so sweetly drove me the 5 + hours round trip that it takes to get to/from Walker Canyon from where we live in Los Angeles to see the largest wildflower event in the state because he knows how much I love flowers and how much just seeing them makes me happy — I spent days pondering the question of whether my posting about it would help or further hurt the delicately balanced ecosystem that is the superbloom. I saw so many people walking on, laying on, pulling from the ground and trampling flowers just for their photos & it caused me to wonder, “Even if I am doing the right thing by staying on the trail and not even touching any flowers, will it still somehow inadvertently spread the wrong message just by posting about this at all?!” Well I still don’t know. I’m pushing publish on this post in the hopes that by sharing this photo that I managed to take without damaging any poppies, it will help spread awareness about how we all — myself included — need to constantly think about preserving and protecting nature, not just appreciating it. While it would have always been out of character for me to lay down in flowers and make myself the focus of the moment, in truth even I didn’t know how delicate the superbloom ecosystem is until I did research about how and when to experience it. It’s very delicate! Interacting with the blooms in almost any way can cause them never to return or regrow in the future. Meaning we can literally love the superbloom to death if we don’t just enjoy it from a distance. The Center for Outdoor Ethics, aka ‘Leave No Trace, as well as Casey Schreiner and Grown in L.A. advise that you follow these guidelines: Don’t go off-trail, Leave the flowers as you found them, Don’t damage any other trails or habitat to get your images and Share this philosophy in the text of your photo. If we all follow those guidelines, there should be no controversy and the wild flowers that make California so beautiful will always be there for all of us to enjoy each Spring. 🧡 #leavenotrace #californiapoppies #walkercanyon #poppyfields
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So the California #superbloom is something I wasn’t even going to post about it. After @dante.vincent so sweetly drove me the 5 + hours round trip that it takes to get to/from Walker Canyon from where we live in Los Angeles to see the largest wildflo

Spinning the globe on this #TravelTuesday to share this image from Lisbon, Portugal that I captured in 2017 while working in Europe as a staff member for a private jet journey. Two nights in Lisbon weren’t even close to long enough to satisfy my hunger for the city of tiled buildings and cobbled streets. I’ve dreamt of returning ever since.
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Especially since our itinerary didn’t include seeing nearly as many of the famed tile buildings as I might have liked. I’ve had a thing for decorative tile since long before it was trendy. And yet, at the same time, it was very me. The days we did spend in Lisboa. If you’ve followed me for a long time then you know I don’t visit a place only to hit its highlights or its most famous landmarks. My thirst for travel is only sated by authentic interactions with locals, with the kind of meals that aren’t on a menu that’s in English AND in the native language and I don’t want to share the same photo of a place that you’ve seen on 100 other Instagram feeds.
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The more I travel, the more I long for the moments no one else is sharing. As a photographer AND as a traveler, it’s those glimpses of a destination that I crave more than anything.
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What about you?
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#lisboa #lisbonportugal #visitlisboa #visitportugal #iamatraveller #tcsworldtravel #traveldeeper #portugal_em_fotos #passionpassport #tlpicks #iamatraveler
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Spinning the globe on this #traveltuesday to share this image from Lisbon, Portugal that I captured in 2017 while working in Europe as a staff member for a private jet journey. Two nights in Lisbon weren’t even close to long enough to satisfy my hung

This seaside tower in Laguna Beach apparently got its name from a wealthy eccentric who would dress like a pirate and hide coins among its stones, or so says its page on Atlas Obscura. Built in 1926 by William E. Brown, and rumored to have at one time belonged to Bette Midler, the 60-foot tower you see in this photo reaches from the edge of the water up to the top of the cliff to its accompanying private home built in the Norman-style. Inside the tower is a staircase for the owners to use for beach access. Popularly called ‘The Pirate Tower’, which is a moniker it received from the second owner of the estate - retired naval captain Harold Kendrick - it’s accessible from Victoria Beach when the tide is low. @dante.vincent and I were there this weekend for sunset, when I shot this, and we didn’t have the spot to ourselves. It’s popular for engagement and maternity shoots but this time it had also drawn French photographer @timgrenard. (Nice to meet you, Tim!) Like so many  spots made popular online that draw a lot of people - who seem to care very little about the fact that the tower itself is part of private property and there are houses immediately above - making lots of noise and being disruptive, which is rude to the people who call this beach home. I even saw people trying to break into the locked gate or attempting to climb the tower. So as much as I want to continue to share beautiful places like this, I will always do so with the note that if you’re going to visit, please do so with respect for not only other people but also the environment itself and the owners of any place you visit. Don’t leave trash, don’t carve in rock or graffiti any surfaces. Don’t attempt to access private property. Take only pictures and leave only footprints!
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Shot handheld on my @SonyAlpha a7RII with the 35mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 100, f/20 @ 1/6 sec
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#piratetower #lagunabeach #victoriabeach #visitcalifornia #mylagunabeach #orangecounty #sonyalphafemale #sonya7rii #atlasobscura
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This seaside tower in Laguna Beach apparently got its name from a wealthy eccentric who would dress like a pirate and hide coins among its stones, or so says its page on Atlas Obscura. Built in 1926 by William E. Brown, and rumored to have at one tim

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ️ I was in Dublin two years ago today celebrating with Guinness, which has been my favorite beer since I could legally drink, and it’s a celebration I still think about to this day. I can’t count how many times I heard, “On March 17th, everyone’s Irish” as we danced and drank and hugged and laughed and told stories in the streets and in the pubs and at the Guinness Storehouse. It seemed more like a celebration of friendship and unity - where truly all were welcome - than any other holiday I’ve celebrated in a foreign country. And if that spirit isn’t what the world needs more of then I don’t know what will heal us. So if you love this holiday but you’ve never celebrated it in Dublin, consider changing that for 2020.
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Are you Irish? Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? 
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I’ll be back in Ireland next month and this time I’ll get to be outside Dublin to see more of the beautiful countryside. I truly can’t wait.
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#stpatricksday #dublinireland #visitdublin #march17th #stpattysday #guinnessbeer #dublinmydarling #thisisdublin
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ️ I was in Dublin two years ago today celebrating with Guinness, which has been my favorite beer since I could legally drink, and it’s a celebration I still think about to this day. I can’t count how many times I heard, “On M

Ok be honest and raise your hand if you totally freaked out while @instagram and Facebook were down yesterday?
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I did for a while because I thought I was personally locked out accounts that are a large part of my business.
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Then immediately when I saw messages from friends on Twitter saying it was down for them as well - I breathed a sigh of relief and found myself wishing I could be outdoors, offline, in a moment like this one that I captured on assignment for @adventure.travel_ & @visitcalifornia. I don’t ever feel time outdoors is wasted. And it’s particularly not when it’s on the coast of California because our coast is hecka gorgeous.
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Alas, I had a lot of work to do yesterday that didn’t rely on any apps working for me. So I stayed indoors and did it.
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And relished the one day that I could let myself off the hook, not feel guilty or weird about feeling as if I don’t have much to say here anymore, or photos just right enough that they’ll be liked by the algorithm..... it was nice.
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I hope your day was too. ️
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#highway1 #californiacoastline #getoutside #instagramdown #visitcalifornia #discovertheusa #roadtripusa #californianas #californiaadventure
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Ok be honest and raise your hand if you totally freaked out while @instagram and Facebook were down yesterday? . I did for a while because I thought I was personally locked out accounts that are a large part of my business. . Then immediately when I

For my overnight in Santa Barbara with Focus Features this week, hosted but unpaid, we stayed at @rcbacarasantabarbara. Bacara was honored as one of the Top Resorts in Southern California in @cntraveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Rain poured down on us for almost our entire time on property and we weren’t actually there much, except to sleep. But I had to capture a photo or two of the beautiful Spanish Mission-inspired architecture similar to that which has thrilled me since my first ever visit to Southern California. I’m longing to return for a proper stay. If that happens, I’d attend their complimentary happy hour on the patio with its fireplace and twinkle lights under soaring palm trees, to sample California wines. Or indulge in the spa and outdoor pools, the larger of which is designed so perfectly that the edge of the pool merges with the horizon of the sea just beyond. While I was disappointed by how much plastic the resort uses, which could easily [but perhaps not cheaply] be replaced with more eco-friendly alternatives, I was thrilled to see Ritz-Carlton partnered with local Chumash artisans and herbalists to create the Chumash Nature Trail. It’s a self-guided trail that hugs the coastline for a while and features descriptive signs explaining the use of specific plants in the indigenous group’s culture. Inside the hotel just off the lobby, there’s also a wonderfully-curated exhibit with artifacts, stories and even video that explains more about the Chumash people whose ancestral land Santa Barbara occupies. The resort also offers Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment programming for children and adults.
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#RCMemories #RCBacara #rcbacarasantabarbara #SantaBarbara #RitzCarlton #SeeSB
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For my overnight in Santa Barbara with Focus Features this week, hosted but unpaid, we stayed at @rcbacarasantabarbara. Bacara was honored as one of the Top Resorts in Southern California in @cntraveler ’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Rain poured down

Yesterday, Chris Burkard shared a post where he said, “It feels like the more we talk the less the words mean. I, for one, look forward to the silence the outdoors can bring...” I‘m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about Highway 1 when he wrote that caption but I instantly thought of it. It’s the driving equivalent of a hike into back country. There’s so little development along large portions of the famed drive, save the road itself, that you can forget the stress of life in a city and feel so much closer to nature without needing the kind of outdoor experience that I think prohibits a lot of people from being out in nature more. Or even just caring about the planet period. The noise of the car itself fades away on a drive like this and you hear instead the sound of waves, of birds, of the wind that you can’t see but you sure can feel. Even the sunshine feels like it has a quiet melody. It’s drives like this that helped me think about the planet as a place I wanted to save, not just experience. I’ll never forget the first time I saw this scene before there was Instagram and before I began working in travel.
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#visitcalifornia #highway1 #bigsurcoast #californiacoastline #epicroadtrip #shotoniphone #exploretocreate
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Yesterday, Chris Burkard shared a post where he said, “It feels like the more we talk the less the words mean. I, for one, look forward to the silence the outdoors can bring...” I‘m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about Highway 1 when he wrote that cap

My Francophile heart was so happy to be in French-speaking Québec last week, being hosted by Volkswagen, to test 4Motion on the Golf, Atlas and Tiguan vehicles. Bonfires, ice cocktails, snow banks taller than me and maple syrup on a stick contributed to the feeling that I was experiencing winter as a child all over again. It was so much like February growing up in Vermont when my mum drove a VW bug. That burnt orange convertible wouldn’t hold a candle to the tech in the vehicles we drove on frozen lakes and snow roads now but it sure was a sweet little car. As we drove these new VWs, I was amazed at how far safety has evolved in automobiles in my few decades on this planet. Even for those of us experienced in purposely putting a car through its paces and hitting that very edge of control (thank you @verenamei for that training!), there was never even a hint of our safety being in question because of today’s @VW engineering. It was both so much fun and also hilariously frustrating in a good way. And I’m choosing to share the experience because I believe in the future of VW. They have some seriously lofty goals to ramp up production and distribution of electric cars and I’m so on board for that. As someone who loves to drive, but also loves the planet, I’ll be first in line to own a car that’s as fun as these were to drive but also environmentally responsible.
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Thanks for reuniting me with @hejdoll plus allowing me to meet @jeanatravels, @waleedsokkar, @sidneyhoffmann & more, VW. And thanks for the mega comfy ride to/from Montreal in the yet to go on sale Arteon - it’s a mega fancy whip that had me wishing I was in the market to buy the day it’s released.
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Video footage courtesy of and copyright @volkswagen / VWusa
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#vwlove #vw4motion #volkswagen #testdriver #vwdaily #agirlsguidetocars #quebecoriginal #hotelsacacomie
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My Francophile heart was so happy to be in French-speaking Québec last week, being hosted by Volkswagen, to test 4Motion on the Golf, Atlas and Tiguan vehicles. Bonfires, ice cocktails, snow banks taller than me and maple syrup on a stick contributed

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