Araby Trail

Bob Hope’s house is perhaps the most iconic and noticeable residence perched high above South Palm Springs. I’ve always wanted to visit it, but it’s not open to the public and the private road that leads to it is guarded by a rather ominous sign that is either morbidly comical or disturbingly forewarning. So, what…

The Cathedral City Cove Art Scene

Many desert residents and visitors might not know that Palm Springs’ neighboring town, Cathedral City, is equally vibrant with creative types and personalities. The hilly side of Cathedral City, named the “Cove”, is surrounded by spectacular rocky mountains and beautiful landscapes dotted by palm trees, perfumed jasmine, and colorful bougainvillea. It’s probably why it has…

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…

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…

Ciao Italia

I can’t believe it’s been this long … but here I am, in Italy, at last. I finally got over the jet lag and the cold weather and I’m fully enjoying my hometown, Bassano del Grappa, with my family. Last time I was here was over three years ago and I immediately noticed many changes:…