Keep calm…and carry on!

When you commit to traveling either to multiple places, or even just staying put in one location for a short amount of time, you have deal with your luggage. And sometimes you have to be able to be on the GO. Everywhere you go you need to be able to carry your bags up and down and be fully mobile. You need to be able to run to a train, plane, or boat. Some days I would ride all three in a matter of hours. It does get tiring, but that is why packing light is key. I did not bring my big hiking backpack on my last trip. I had a roller carry on. You heard me right. Carry on for a month long trip. It will save your arms and your sanity. I also always bring bags inside of bags. That way I can even out the weight. Sounds crazy, but a week into the trip you will want to leave your bags behind if you don’t listen to me! You need to re-look at your bag and decide what is a necessity. What can you re-wear in multiple ways. I always pack outfits that can be easily switched up with other outfits. I always have one outfit that can be worn to about any occasion. For me traveling is not a runway show. I am there for the adventure. And think about it, anywhere you are in the world has stores. Trust me…and keep calm and carry on 🙂

Cary on

Beautiful Circus by the Beach

What do you think of when you hear Venice Beach? Maybe Muscle Beach, or skateboarders, or surfers? Yes, this all still exists. But the little beach town in Los Angeles has charm and infectious ways that make you never want to leave.You can not help but fall in love with Venice Beach. It makes you just overall very happy. Whether it is the constant sunshine, or the fact that you are biking and walking everywhere. You just can’t help but smile.
Coming from NYC I have to have a little eccentric flair. I like different. I like a little character. Venice sums it all up.
You feel like you are in Italy by visiting the Venice canals. You can walk down the boardwalk and see everything from the bearded lady, to getting your fortune read while you watch the best skateboarders around do tricks. Ocean Park walk brings crazy adventure, but you can easily bike to Abbot Kinney and eat and shop your way into a food retail coma. I have all my favorites in streets surrounding my house. I have my Mexican taco truck on Rose Ave and 4th Street, my coffee at the Toms Store, my go to cocktail spot at Tasting Kitchen, and, of course, Gjelina for everything. Eat like a local and get the Gjelina take out. Given any day I could be sipping a Sake Coconut on the beach at the Venice Ale House. The possibilities are endless. But unlike most cities, Venice makes you feel very welcomed. You will feel like you are apart of a community. Isn’t that what life is about?
The many personalities of Venice are all there in shining colors. Just like if you lived in NYC you don’t frequent time square. I feel that way about the Boardwalk. But I am a happier person knowing that it is an arm reach away.
Hollywood is just around the corner, but for me, my heart lies in the circus by the beach. I have never seen a more beautiful sunset. And who knows you might even see Arnold Schwarzenegger at Golds Gym pumping iron where he started so many years ago.
I have always believed that life is short. That being said, I am making my best attempt to make it a colorful one!
See you at the circus!
Seeing only color
A good morning starts with a Gjelina Cappuccino
California sun can save your life!
Famous Venice Skate Park
I always take time to soak up the sun and appreciate the amazing place I call home
I have to get my oyster fix. This time from Fishing with Dynamite
I was on the search for Tom Hanks, but got my fortune read too!
In Venice graffiti is art
My favorite Mexican taco truck serves the freshest Ceviche Tostado
My happy place is my hammock life on my porch
My morning run never looked so good
My picture wall inspires me
The famous Venice Sign
Venice view from above
View from the Santa Monica Ferris Wheel
Weekends are made for local wine tasting
Venice summer sunsets are the colors of the world

The Southern City that has it ALL

The city that has it all. This might sound a bit impossible, but if you have had the pleasure to visit the southern city, Charleston, then you know exactly what I am talking about. I grew up in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Then after a few years at University of Tennessee I landed at the College of Charleston. After just moments I felt at home. The city does have it all. Everywhere you turn there is history, culture, food, fashion, THE BEACH, and just great people. What else could you ever want? There is a pause I get when I say my family all lives in Charleston. It is a pause of why did you ever leave? I ask myself this question all the time.

I do something different every time I go to Charleston. I eat at new places, I go to a new beach, and I soak up the sunset from a new secret spot. You can do anything you want. Historians say that the city of Charleston was saved from fires during the civil war because a Union General was having an affair with an established lady of the south. She said do not touch my city! The city survived a war and continues to soar in amazing directions. You can feel that romance walking down the cobble stone streets. Or when you get lost around the battery where Charleston took up its defense.
The restaurants are really making an impression in the foodie world. Some of my new favorites are:  Leon’s, The Ordinary, Macintosh, Husk, Poe’s Tavern, Xiao Bao, the list goes on and a new distillery on the famous King Street, Charleston Distilling Co. One of my favorite magazines, Garden and Gun, is also based out of Charleston.
Some might say that I am biased as a southerner. But ask anyone, Charleston is one of the greatest cities in the world. I get lost everyday of my life on this travel adventure, and my answer has never changed. Run, not walk, to the city that has it all. I promise you will not be disappointed. The greatest thing of all is that the city was saved by a woman, you know I love that!

Who said climbing trees are for kids?

 

The beautiful state flag

 

The beautiful Ravenel bridge

 

The architecture and history still seems to amaze me

 

Some of the trees in Charleston are up to 1400 years old

 

Palm trees make me happy

 

Marina of Charleston

 

Make sure to take a pedicab around downtown

 

Life is about champagne and fried chicken in the south

 

It is a boat life
History tours on board a horse and carriage

 

A trip to Charleston is not complete without going to the market and seeing the craftsmanship of the handmade sweetgrass baskets

 

About to shuck a lot of oysters

 

Famous rainbow row

 

Seeing the rosey side of things with fresh fish ceviche and a glass of bubbly

 

Hey! Pick on someone your own size

Kissed by the Greek Gods

When you think of Greece, you think of the Greek Gods. The land was made for and by the gods. It shows in every city and every island. You can easily get swept away with its color and charm. And let us not forget about the food. I have eaten all over the world and the Greek Mediterranean diet is one of my favorites. I decided to concentrate on one island that I have been dreaming of going to for years. That island is no other than the amazing Santorini.

But before you enter the jaw dropping islands, you have to pass through Athens. I love athens. I have been here before. Since I was here for just one night, I wanted to live like a local. I seeked out some art and culture. Luckily enough there happened to be The Athens Art Festival. I decided to attend the African dance version of Swan Lake. After buses and trains and walking many miles. I was outside my comfort zone (which I love) and far from city center. I was of course lost yet again. I finally found the warehouse theaters, and it was worth everything. It was breathtaking, beautiful, and tragic. Happy with my night, I had to get ready for my early ferry to Santorini.

The island lived up to it’s very big shoes it had to fill. I could feel the Greek magic over take me as I pulled into port. I wanted to beach hop, and the island is way to big to walk. We figured 4 wheels were safer than 2, so we rented an ATV. We were a little naive. It was scary, but we managed to explored the entire island. I wanted to see the famous sunset and eat fish. I did both, everyday. I saw the red beach and the black sand. We toured and sampled local wines at Santos Winery. At the winery the views could be one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We finished our last night by riding our ATV to a local outdoor movie theater. We had no idea what to expect, but were just excited to see an English movie. And it just happened to be Pompeii. We were there just weeks before. And the magical little theater might have been my favorite thing on the island. It was all outdoors with recliner chairs and jazz playing in the background. You could drink wine and beer and sit among new friends. We all couldn’t help but share in each other complete happiness in the moment. It didn’t matter what movie was playing. It was the perfect night.

I was very happy with my last hurrah of European island hopping ending in Santorini. I was once told by a friend that Santorini was the only place she had ever been that looked better in person than it’s google images. It is true. It’s hard to explain how gorgeous the island is without experiencing it firsthand. Everyone out there make sure the Greek islands are on your bucket list. The gods created them for a reason!

Pure perfection

Sunset in Santorini

 

Beach day in Perissa

 

I am ready....is Santorini ready for me? On the loose!

 

Sometimes you just need to kick up your heels and soak it all in.

 

Santorini - Perfection

 

When you walk down to the bottom...this guy is your ride back up. I named him Milo

 

Morning coffee in the perfect mug.

 

Hey...thats my purse!!!

 

Seafood, sunsets, and rose...oh my!!!

 

African dance performance of Swan Lake. Breathtaking!

 

Sampling the finest from Santos winery.

 

Fish..it's what's for dinner!

 

Movie date! We watched Pompeii at the open air cinema.

 

Ready for my night out on the town

 

View from above

Day dreaming!

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I live for adventure. But I also know when I need to take a break and take time for myself. I just spent two weeks in paradise. Reading, eating, tanning, and enjoying cold crisp rose! We all tend to be a little bit of workaholics, but never forget to take a deep breath and look around and remember this is a good life 😉