Traveling with Kids: Lunch at the Hotel del Coronado


On my recent visit to San Diego for Blogher, I went a day early to stay with some very good friends.  They picked me up from the airport and we headed right to Coronado Island with her two young children for lunch.  I had been flying all morning and was quite hungry and ready to enjoy their company. I have been to the Hotel Del Coronado many times, yet I have yet to stay there.  It is a luxury hotel right on the water.  In the 1990s, my mother and sister were staying there while I was visiting friends in the city.  I have vivid memories of … [Read more...]

My Impressions of BlogHer 2011 – the Good and the Bad


  I just came back from BlogHer 2011, a conference I'd been eagerly awaiting for some time.  Five days in San Diego never sounded like a bad idea in the first place.  It's a stunning city, one that I love going back to and still need to explore.  I love its scenery, weather and as a bonus, one of my best friends lives there. I had such plans for this BlogHer.  Having blogged for more than a year now, I knew what I needed to learn and who I wanted to meet in the world of my favorite bloggers.  I felt confident that this would be my best … [Read more...]

Highlights of our trip to L.A. and, oh, the rain

I never thought it would rain so much during our trip to Los Angeles. Even our friends who live there couldn't believe the amount of rain that hit last week. It was a sog fest. Nonetheless, we all had a great time, out of our usual routine and environment. I had been to L.A. loads of times for work and to visit my friend and sister back in the days of no kids, so I know the city pretty well. We stayed at a superb hotel called the Erwin in Venice Beach. Overlooking the boardwalk and sea, it's a retro hotel that's part art gallery, part beach … [Read more...]

Legos, Legos and More Legos

When we decided we were going to visit our friends in San Diego, we knew we had to go to Legoland while in town. Our kids have been dreaming about it for months.The biggest attraction in Legoland are, indeed, the Legos. As soon as you enter the parking lot, you come across life-sized lego figures. Most of Legoland is also made of Legos. There are mini cities made out of Lego, including figures of the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower. There are many rides at Legoland. My son is 42", so he just made the cut-off for many of the rides. I was glad … [Read more...]