A Weekend in Paris

If you’re traveling through Europe, of course your holiday must include Paris. Even if you only have 2 or 3 days, it can be one of the most rewarding vacations you have ever experienced. There is SO MUCH TO SEE.

If you are in a hurry and must choose between only a few of the beautiful vacations spots, here are the ones you can’t leave without visiting:


Eiffel Tower

The one and only Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.  People of all ages enjoy its massive size and the incredible architecture. The Eiffel Tower is 320 meters tall.

It was created by Gustave Eiffel.  In this modern masterpiece, you can find shops, restaurants, and even a kids friendly zone. But most of the time, visitors just want to ride the elevator all the way to the top and take pictures.  



One of the most exclusive places in Paris, the park is full of Disney characters, rides and games, and plenty to do and see.

Many folks like to park far away from the park and take a taxi or the rail to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking.


Notre-Dame de Paris:

The Notre Dame is one of the most ancient and beloved cathedrals in all of the world. It is considered a historical monument and was built in 1160.  If you visit Paris but don’t see the Notre-Dame de Paris, you will regret it.  


Louvre Museum

This is one of the most famous museums in the world.  And the largest. Art stretches for miles.  Painting, sculptures, and all forms of cultural elements line the hallways.  

Of course, the Mona Lisa lives here, as well as the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory, and many more. You could spend several days walking every corner of this beloved museum. Be sure to put The Louvre on your must do list.  


Versailles Palace and Gardens

This palace and the surrounding gardens are also a must visit. Since the 17th century, visitors have marveled at its size and beauty.  It is just another of the many beautiful and historical sites that you can’t leave without seeing.


Paris is for lovers, but it is also for lovers of culture and beauty. If you have to save a lifetime, it will be worth it.

MUST DO when visiting Los Angeles, California!

What’s up, yo?

A bajillion or so peeps visit LA every year and there’s, like you know, a bajillion things to do.  So, how do you decide? How do you whittle down the list of a bajillion to 6 or 8 things you can do in a week long vacation?

Well, I searched a few Top 10 lists on Google and asked a few buddies and talked to the locals last time I was there to see what they liked to do on a regular basis.  Or, is it bases?  Anyhow, I came up with this list below. Don’t be a hater. It’s just a list. And, it’s my list.

Some of these I have done and some are still on my list for the next trip. Or two. Also.


  1. Go to Hollywood.  See the stars on the Walk of Fame.  Sit around a few minutes and spot a few celebs. Gawk at the million dollar cars and the million dollar plastic surgery.
  2. Go to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Go ahead, you know you want to act like a kid again. Ride the coasters, eat the cotton candy, ride more coasters, puke, and so on.  Avoid the long lines by buying a Fast Pass.  So worth it!
  3. Go to Muscle Beach. Watch the folks lift weights. And watch the other folks roller skate. Yes, they still do that. Check out the dogs and the babes and the skateboarders. Check out the tons of sunscreen. You can tell those who don’t use it. Forget burnt. These people look like they have leather for skin.
  4. Go to Huntington Beach. Dude, it’s huge. Plenty of real estate here if you want to relax and soak up rays. If you’d rather ride a bike or skate up and down for miles, you can do that, too.  Or play volleyball. There’s about 10 sets of beach volleyball courts/nets.  And folks always playing. Kites, hot dogs, more babes in what they call bikinis but looks like butt floss, more hot dogs, plenty of real dogs, skaters, surfers (for real, dude), and plenty more to try to just to watch. Oh, and shopping. And a pier with a cool burger joint. Speaking of joints …
  5. Stay out of the traffic. Move late at night or early in the morning.
  6. Disneyland. Gotta go to Anaheim and deal with a bajillion people and even more kids. Especially if you have kids. I was talking to my buddy who owns Mesa Painting Pros in Arizona and he stays pretty active with 4 kids and what not. But, he couldn’t hang on this day. They had whooped him. Too many options. Too much to do. Too much walking. But, also lots of fun if you can pace yourself. See Mickey of course. Play the arcade games. Ride the rides. Go ahead.  Take the kids.  You gotta do it at least once. You don’t want to be ‘that guy.’
  7. Take a picture of the Hollywood sign. With you in it.
  8. Go to a Dodgers game. Or the Angels. Or both. Sitting in a baseball stadium eating peanuts and drinking beer with a cool breeze blowing in the 75 degree weather is pretty awesome. Who cares who wins?
  9. Drive down to San Diego.  Go to Coronado Beach and take the kids to Sea World.  It’s worth it.
  10. Go to Universal Studios.


There’s lots more and you could spend 100 vacations and not see it all.  But, this is a good start.

Hang ten, bro!

Outdoor adventures in Peru

There are many beautiful trails, forests, mountains, lakes, and other scenic havens in Peru.  Hiking through the wilderness can be incredibly strenuous.  Often, outdoor lovers take the train from one major city to another and then hike the local trails.   Here are a few must see areas for your Peruvian adventure:

Go see the San Francisco Monastery.  It is one of the most impressive monuments in South America. It was built in the late 1600s and has several gilded side altars, lattice domes, and catacombs buried underneath.

While in Lima, you have to visit Miraflores.  This area of Lima has wonderful gardens, beaches, and parks, with plenty of trails for walkers, bikers, and joggers. One local favorite is Love Park. And of course, don’t forget to try the ceviche.  This is a local favorite food, made up of a mix of raw fish, onions, and chili peppers and marinated in lime.

Get plenty of rest, then tackle the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This trail is really three trails (Mollepata, Classic and One Day). They wind along the Andes mountains and take you through several environments, including a cloud forest and beautiful alpine tundra. Every visitor must go on this adventure. You are certain to be in awe of the Incan ruins.

llama in peru


If you end up staying, and wanting to hike the 5 best trails in Peru, here they are:

1) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

2) Salkantay Trail

3) Lares Trail

4) Santa Cruz Trail

5) Choquequirao Trail