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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NECROPOLIS CITY

You don’t have to ask me twice to see a “Necropolis City”. When my cousin asked if I’d like to tour the caves at Beit Shea’rim, I had no idea what I was agreeing to. It just sounded very cool, like something not to miss. Beit Shea’rim was a third century CE settlement in the […]

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BLOOD FROM A STONE

Centuries old marble sculptures are like a lingering magic spell. Have you ever noticed how quiet it is in a museum? I think you are thinking what I’m thinking. Even though it’s an impossible thought for a rational adult to have. Let’s just confess to not blinking, and to holding our breath. How could we […]

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MEMENTO MORI

Of all the items I saw on display at the archaeological museum in Naples, this small skull carving recovered from the ruins of Pompeii, is my favorite. Our tour guide Hilaria told us it was a decorative item, typically placed on a table during a feast. Particularly as you celebrate. Memento Mori. Remember Death Whose […]

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