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Author Archive | Ciaran Blumenfeld

TRIPPING IN THE COSMOPOLITAN

On my recent trip to Las Vegas I had dinner (twice) in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. To get to and from the restaurants I had to walk through the lobby.  It stopped me in my tracks. It’s hard not to be jaded after your tenth trip to adult Disneyland. Bigger fountains, more lights, yadda, yadda. What […]

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GOING HOME TO GRACELAND?

I’ve never been an Elvis fan. Nobody in my family has. Growing up we had racks full of records in my burnt-orange shag-rugged den. None of them were Elvis records. I’m not sure why that was. Perhaps it was the age of my parents, who were already married with kids by the time Elvis rocked […]

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WHEN WE COULD FLY

Do you remember that moment in childhood where you still barely believed you were magic? Reality was starting to leak in, first a trickle at two or three. Then a rising tide at four or five. But still you sandbagged it. Reality could be beat.  The right spell. The right star to wish on. The […]

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A THOUSAND STORIES IN A DAY: POMPEII

Note: This post originally aired as a review on Momfluential.net.   Up until recently I’ve been a DIY traveler. I enjoy the research that comes before reaching a destination, and the challenge of taking public transportation and the satisfaction of “discovering” things as I go. I may be able to (happily) walk for hours in […]

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TWELVE HOURS IN PARIS

 Note: This post was originally published on my other site For the most part I prefer my flights direct. Even on a flight as wonderful as our Air France Jumbo Jet… Just get me there. One and done is how I like to fly. Layovers in Europe are the exception. I have to touch down […]

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SHOPPING IN JERUSALEM AT MAHANE YEHUDA

If you’ve ever had a fantasy of visiting an ancient marketplace, but loathe time travel, this is the place for you. Mahane Yehuda is an ancient market in a modern world. It is a place where you can buy everything from candy (in bulk) to underwear, socks and rubber chickens. There are alleyways packed with […]

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DISNEYLAND NATIVES

What is it like to grow up at Disneyland? To know every corner of the park as well, or better than the swings at the playground on your corner? Ask my kids. They, and their friends, and the children of so many bloggers that I know, have grown up in Disney Parks. They are there […]

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SANDY DANCERS

Growing up in California has its perks. Sunset strolls on the beach and impromptu photo shoots. These are the moments childhood memories are made of. It was cold when we shot these photos and the wind was whipping us, chasing us back up the cliff at Salt Creek Beach in Laguna Niguel. But we lingered […]

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THE MAGIC HOUR

Some days at sunset, a portal to another world opens, right at the end of our block. The air hangs thick with it. The trees stand still. The birds flutter almost apologetically from branch to branch, like children caught fidgeting at church. It reminds me that there is something out there, beyond the strip malls […]

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