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Weekend Away | Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake – California | May 2018 Just a two hour drive east of Los Angeles is Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest. A well-known vacation escape for Angelenos, I hadn’t been to Big Bear since high school. During that…

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Griffith Observatory

One of the Frenchman’s best friends came to visit us from Belgium for a weekend stopover on his way to Las Vegas. It’s hard to decide what makes the cut for two days in LA, but hands down, a favorite place to take any…

Jolly Oyster
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Day Trip | Oyster Shucking and Picnic in Ventura

The Frenchman and I love oysters.  My love affair with oysters is much more recent, but the Frenchman’s love for oysters stems from his youth.  Raw oysters are a staple in the French cuisine, especially during the holidays and the Frenchman’s memories of eating…

santa ynez weekend trip
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Weekend Away | Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez

The Frenchman and I are big on wine. The history, the process, the nuances, the nose, the taste… especially the taste. One of the reasons we love living in Southern California is accessibility to all different landscapes and places. We’re only 2 hours away…

Catalina Island
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Day Trip | Catalina Island

Just an hour ferry ride away from Los Angeles is Santa Catalina Island, which makes it a perfect weekend destination for Southern Californians. But as a SoCal native, I haven’t visited the island… Until now. Catalina Express offers free round trip rides on your…