Big, Big Bear

I was feeling the urge to beat the heat and relax by a lake today, so I decided to venture to the mountains and the choice fell on Big Bear. Although not exactly close (it takes about two hours from the Coachella Valley), the trip goes by very fast, thanks to the beautiful scenery of perfectly…

Borrego Springs

Someone asked me the other day if I’ve ever visited Borrego Springs and I sheepishly admitted that no, not only I had never been there, but never heard of it, either. I had to make up for the time lost and decided to go there the very next day. It takes about an hour and a…

Desert Jungle

We recently discovered that one of the family’s paintings is none other than a Sam Hyde Harris, a well-known desert painter born in 1889 and active until his death in 1977. The painting in our possession depicts a cluster of tall palm trees completely covered from top to bottom with layers of old yellow frowns. They…

Slab City

If you’re visiting the Salton Sea, then you have to go see Slab City, another unique place that epitomizes off-the-grid living. Big time.

The Salton Sea

When I first heard about the Salton Sea, I honestly thought it was just a fantasy … I mean, a huge body of water in the middle of the desert, really? But no, it is as real as the air we breathe. It exists and it’s actually posing a threat to the same air we…

Modernism Week

Since Palm Springs has the largest concentration of midcentury design in the world, it’s no wonder that architects, designers, and style enthusiasts alike often flock here to get inspired or to shop for midcentury furniture and unique paraphernalia. For the last nine years, Modernism Week has offered not only the chance for modern era aficionados to…

Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs is located right across from Palm Springs and is known for the quality of its mineral waters, considered the best in the world for their composition and healing powers.

Woah Utah!!!

Utah is one of the most exciting and surprising destinations I’ve ever been to. Visiting the magnificent Zion and Bryce national parks was so awe-inspiring, that I’m now determined to explore as many national parks as I can. This country has so many different landscapes with unique geological formations not found anywhere else in the…

At the Court of Many Kings and Queens

I’m back home in the States and I already miss Europe and the wonderful places I’ve visited. The ones that really struck me are too many to name, but the ones that definitely left me speechless are the official royal residences of the Queen and her family: Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace in London, of…

Her Ladyship’s British Season

How could I have left Europe without stopping for a few days in the land of real duchesses and princes? Downton Abbey and Earl Grey tea? Cricket and Fish&Chips? Beatlemania and One Direction? There was no way I was going to turn down my friend Lady Marianna’s offer to stay at her fabulous Georgian house…

If Monte Grappa Could Talk…

Growing up in the sweet, picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa, one gets used to the familiar backdrop of the stunning green Pre-Alps called Mount Grappa. The name itself suggests that Bassano belongs to Mount Grappa as much as the the sun belongs to the sky and if you’re a Bassanese, you inevitably have a soft…

IdyllWild!!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with friends about the ultimate tips for summertime survival in the desert, and they enthusiastically told me how they love camping in the San Jacinto mountains, specifically by the quaint village of Idyllwild, about 40 miles away from here.